Let’s face it, technology is here to stay and will forever be a part of our lives. Every aspect of our daily lives are influenced by technology and we love it! Recently VendorVid started ordering groceries for the office via Amazon Prime Now. Imagine how life has changed for us! Technology is continuing to shape and enrich every aspect of our lives.
The wedding industry is no different. Technology is influencing the entire wedding planning process. We constantly hear how couples and wedding vendors are using new technology to capture and share wedding day memories. The following are some of the top wedding websites, apps, and technology to capture a more intimate experience at your wedding.
Live Video Streaming Sites & Apps
You’ve seen Facebook Live, Periscope, YouTube Live Events and other tools to broadcast events live. When your friends and family cannot attend in person, why not live stream the wedding? The way this technology works is you’ll need a camera or smartphone and an account to a popular live streaming app like Facebook (Live), Periscope, Ustream, Livestream, Live.me, etc. By setting up the camera in an appropriate spot, friends and family can watch the wedding from anywhere around the world. If you are planning a small wedding, the ability to stream the wedding can now make it possible for close ones around the world to attend virtually. It is yet to be seen, if your guests will soon be wearing the new Snapchat Spectacles Glasses to record videos throughout your wedding.
Virtual Reality Video Camera
You’ve seen virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard, Google Daydream and Samsung Gear. Google Daydream. If you haven’t, the headset allows you to be front row and center. For weddings, you can record full 360° panoramic view of the wedding. The action, the laughter, the dancing, even grandma Elma sitting in the corner tapping her feet is in full view. It essentially becomes your own personal big screen. You can purchase a 360° camera from distributors like Amazon or Wal-Mart and on the big day, set it up in middle of the room (or anywhere you want) and press record. Your videographer should also be able to help you out with this. The recording can then be viewed on VR devices and you and your guests can experience the wedding up close and personal. NOTE: Check out this article if you are having issues with Samsung Gear.
Camera Technology is not limited to a stationary lens on a desk or in the hands of a professional photographer. Now you can slap a small camera, like Go Pro Chest Harness on anything and experience a totally new perspective. You can purchase body cameras and put it on the bride or groom, on the kids running around or even on your dog if you want to. This view is entirely different from any other traditional camera angle. The captured footage can be shared in a variety of places (Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc.). You can also manipulate the captured footage by speeding it up or slowing it down and incorporate it into your wedding video. The possibilities are endless.
Along the same lines, your photographer can add a GoPro Camera on a drone and fly around the wedding reception so footage can be captured from above. This view can be stunning, especially for people who choose to have an outdoor wedding. You can get creative by having your guests spell out words using their body or use printed photo cutouts to display something to the camera up above.
Photo & Video Sharing Apps
Wedding photo apps allow your guests to help capture the moments of your wedding. The most popular apps of course are Instagram & Snapchat. Many couples provide a hashtag (#likethis) for instagram that will allow them to easily see all of the photos captured by attendees. If guests choose to use Instagram Stories or Snapchat, you can tell them to make sure to download the content before the day is done and share it with you via email, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. In addition, apps like WedPics and Joy allow a more private way for guests to share photos of your wedding.
Photo printers like Polaroid Zip are becoming inexpensive. With the use of this technology, you can have your guests snap photos at your wedding and use wireless technology to send the photo to a printer for it to be printed out. You can request two copies, one for the guest to keep and one for your collection. Seeing photos from the guests’ perspective can create a more intimate photo album than the photos snapped only by your photographer. Furthermore, you may want to consider hiring a photo booth vendor so you can capture more wacky images of your guests.
These technology ideas are not limited, they can be meshed together, combined or used separately. At the end of the day, your big day is special even without technology but it can become just a tad bit more special if you can capture incredible footage from unique perspectives.
If all else fails, just get the wedding party a selfie stick!
Share some footage with us if you have used these types of technologies for your wedding!