27 Feb 2017
How The Internet Has Changed Wedding Planning
Traditionally wedding planning was one of the most painstaking tasks that anyone could go through. Most of the time, you just didn’t know where to start, who to contact, what venue to pick, how to choose caterers and so on. The internet has changed the game for good and made wedding planning much easier.
There is a whole range of websites, online shops, social media communities, etc. that can help plan the perfect wedding. There are phone apps available that have been specifically designed to help in the planning process. Bloggers give out advice regarding the latest wedding fashion trends, menus, themes and even budgets.
Katie from Orla James agreed…
‘As a high street jeweller I don’t think we would’ve been able to compete with all the big names, however online we have a larger market and we can really define ourselves. Since many more businesses can thrive online it offers more choice to consumers and fiercer competition forces companies to offer a better customer experience such as designing your own ring.’
From reviewing caterers and picking one that suits you, checking out wedding rings and dresses to registering gifts and sending out invitations, the internet allows you to plan your wedding from the comfort of your home. On top of that, since there is a whole range of information at your fingertips, all of your wedding planning decisions are more informed.
Here are a few ways how the internet has changed wedding planning:
Spoilt For Choice
From Pinterest to Facebook, now you have the chance to look through countless dresses and jewellery, liking, pinning and bookmarking your favourites along the way. The internet is great for helping pick themes and generating new ideas. Be it those humungous 10 layer cakes, those magnificent floral arrangements, your colour schemes or the lighting that brings your wedding venue to life, you can just sit behind a computer and plan the perfect wedding.
Unfortunately, being spoilt for choice is a real thing. You may find it hard to cut down the thousands of liked and pinned choices and make a definite choice. You will always want your wedding to be better or as good as what you’ve seen online.
Communication Is Easier
Long gone are the days when you couldn’t get hold of your caterer or decorator due to them being on the road. In this day and age, everyone is just a Whatsapp message away. You can stay in constant contact with all your stakeholders. What’s more? You can deal with them all within the same platform. What this means is that everyone is more accessible. You don’t need to be frantically running after a vendor wondering how things are going.
Role Of Social Media
Social media has brought people closer to each other. If you are planning a wedding, you can get opinions from friends and family through social media. You can share your plans with the world and get feedback. There are plenty of groups and communities that bring like-minded people together, offering advice and suggestions free of cost.
Social media also allows different stakeholders to connect with each other. Using social media, you can deal with your photographer, decorator and other vendors all at the same time. Your friends can take part too and make the experience, even more, fun. Everyone is on the same page, making the planning process much more efficient.
Everyone Is Invited
So your best friend can’t make it to your wedding since she is stuck half way across the world. No problem! You can stream your wedding live on Facebook, Skype or a number of different platforms. Share your photos within hours of them being taken. In fact, why don’t you just go ahead and have your dream wedding in a far-off exotic location and have your guests be there through the internet? You can share your wedding with everyone, no matter where they are or where you are.
The downside of this is that there is no such thing as privacy anymore. Because of the internet, you know that your wedding photos will be online for the world to see, regardless of you wanting this or not.
When you are planning your wedding online, you are doing so through the help of scores of pictures and media that you come across. The problem with this is that you start eyeing things which you may not be able to afford. Those designer wedding dresses sure do look great, but they cost a fortune. You want each picture that your photographer takes to mirror something you saw on the internet. Since everything is right in front of you, it becomes incredibly hard to say no.
You will fall in love with everything, regardless of the cost. You may start building expectations based on someone else’s experience and these expectations might not ever be met. Choosing something that matches your requirements and falls within your budget could be very hard. The key is to keep your feet firmly on the ground and keep your expectations in check before you start planning a wedding on the internet.
This article was written by Katie Jones from Orla James.