Technology and Destination Weddings

Technology and Destination Weddings. Once upon a time, destination weddings seemed like quite the undertaking. Times have changed, however, as technological innovations have made planning a celebration from afar much easier–and even more fun.

So how is technology changing the destination wedding landscape?

LIVE STREAMING Not every invitee may be able to attend a destination wedding, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be a part of the big day! Between apps such as Periscope and actual robots that live-stream events, nobody will be left out from the celebration as long as they have a screen in front of them. Brides and grooms can even offer a first-hand peek of the action by incorporating a Go Pro while walking down the aisle.

PAPERLESS INVITATIONS While traditional save-the-dates and invitations can be elegant touches, virtual correspondence can be simpler to manage and also easier on the budget. Paperless invitations these days have all the bells and whistles. In addition to sending out invitations to all guests on the list, these programs also compile all of the RSVPs in one place to make it easier to finalize the final attendance list. It’s hard to argue with something that saves both time and money!

WEDDING WEBSITE It’s imperative to share all of the wedding details with guests, especially when it comes to destination weddings. Attendees will want to book accommodations in advance and make their travel plans, but they won’t be able to do that without the specifics. The wedding website is not necessarily a new technological advancement, but these days, it does much more than simply share information with loved ones.

WEAR YOUR HEART ON YOUR SLEEVE Between FitBits and Apple watches, everybody is sporting activity trackers these days. However, on the wedding day, it’s not about how many steps the couple takes (trust us – they’ll reach your goal!). Instead, brides and grooms are keeping track of the heart rate feature to remember their wedding day.

Newlyweds are checking the synced app after the wedding to see their physical response to the sequence of events. From the emotions of the ceremony to the upbeat tempo of the reception. All in a simple graph. Some are even taking the extra step to get their Big Day heartbeat engraved on rings. Or emblazoned on canvases or pillows to remind them of that special moment.

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In a world where everyone is connected. It only makes sense that technology makes its way to the destination wedding industry. Modern couples, busier than ever can enjoy the ease that comes with planning. While loved ones can rest assure that they will be a part of the Big Day. Whether they are near or far.

Rebecca Hochreiter is the vice president of marketing and customer engagement at DestinationWeddings.com. The world’s leading destination wedding and romantic travel planning company. DestinationWeddings.com has worked with more than 20,000 couples and half a million guests to plan dream destination weddings.

Forget Vegas: 6 Cool Spots to Host Your Bachelorette Party

Forget Vegas: 6 Cool Spots to Host Your Bachelorette Party.

You may have found Mr. Right. But no trip down the aisle can be considered complete without first saying so long to singledom with your best girlfriends (and a bottle of champagne or three) in tow. Though it might sound like a cakewalk, throwing a first-rate bachelorette party. It can be exceptionally tricky (not to mention stressful), with location, activities, and top-notch eateries playing a major role. Not sure where to kick off the party planning? Ditch the male stripper scene and typical Vegas affair and send off your “Ms.” status in style at these hot spots.

Chicago

Where to Stay
Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. A cool 10-minute walk from famed shopping destination the Magnificent Mile. The Waldorf Astoria Chicago offers spacious, airy rooms with deep-soaking tubs for relaxing downtime. As well wet bars for in-house cocktail crafting, and a 24-hour in-room dining service for late-night bites. And when the tourists on the Mag Mile get to be a bit too much, you’re just steps from the relative calm of Oak Street.  With its fashionable retailers, spas, and top-notch dining.

Where to Eat
There is no shortage of great eateries in Chicago, from pizza to seriously haute cuisine, but for a good post-night-out brunch, head to Logan Square’s Lula Cafe. This major player in the farm-to-table movement has been open since the late ’90s and brunch tables are still notoriously difficult to come by (and walk-in only on weekends), thanks to Lula’s fresh take on traditional breakfast items (the Cornbread French Toast, for one, comes with Klug Farm plums).

Where to Drink
An always-elegant fixture in Chicago’s Wicker Park, The Violet Hour is a perennially popular spot for pre-Prohibition-inspired cocktails.

What to Do
Grab a towel and sunscreen and head for Oak Street Beach. The downtown oasis is just steps from Chicago’s skyscraper-filled backdrop.

After you’ve showered, ride the L over to Chicago’s Second City. Known for its laugh-out-loud sketch and improv shows, The Second City boasts a series of highly successful alumni including Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and Stephen Colbert, to name a few.

 

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