The Techie’s Guide to Wedding Planning

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It seems like everyone in our office is getting married! Jim tied the knot in April. William got spliced at the end of last month. Jenelle said “I do!” earlier this month. David and I are getting hitched in September, as is Myeasha. And Allison is engaged to espouse early next year. That’s 7 out of 26 people who work at BlueFletch, which is almost 27% of the team! So of course we are all wedding planning, talking about weddings, talking about vendors in the area, talking about ways to do the ceremonies, but most importantly, as techies often do, we talk about tech. We share the ways that mobile and web apps and websites help us in our nuptial quest.

89% of all brides in 2015 in the US used their smartphones for wedding planning activities, from researching and contacting wedding vendors, to creating a registry or wedding website, to getting wedding inspiration, according to the 2015 Real Weddings Survey done by The Knot which captured responses from nearly 18,000 US brides who wed in 2015. This percentage has likely risen this year due to the uptick in tablet and smartwatch capability. When the average wedding guest list is 139 with an average wedding cost (excluding honeymoon) of $32,641, it’s no wonder that we plan our weddings on the go! This is a moment in our lives that is very important to us, and which takes ALL OF OUR FREE TIME for on average about 6 months to accomplish, especially for the bride, especially when only 26% of couple’s hire a professional wedding planner to help them out! In our increasingly mobile world, we take those moments to plan whenever and wherever we can. And so, I compiled a list of useful mobile and web apps and websites for those of you who are also planning to take the plunge.

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Pack Light, but Powerful. Vacationing with Mobile Technology

By | Ideas For Your Business

You’ve planned an amazing getaway to explore new places and escape the daily grind. You want to stay connected while traveling, but only to a certain degree. How do you decide what electronics to bring along to best serve you?

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First, let talk about the most important mobile device: your phone. If not already weatherproof, a rugged and waterproof case can provide more freedom and less worry. Leaving your phone in pocket while swimming in the sea, rather than unattended on a beach, gives a sense of security while allowing capture of underwater photos and images taken in places too risky to expose a traditional camera. The most feature packed waterproof cases include external batteries to recharge a device and can more than double the usage time.

Often my iPhone camera is sufficient for capturing vacation photos, but there are occasions when a point-and- shoot or GoPro is preferable. A snap-happy photog knows this already, but extra batteries and memory cards when capturing high-resolution photos can always prevent disappointment.

vacationing with mobile technology

Sometimes vacations can take you through extremely remote areas like a backpacking trip in a national park. Days might pass without seeing traditional power sources to recharge. Portable solar devices can be deployed during peak sun to keep the campsite sound system powered throughout the trip. Pro tip: instrumental music pairs perfectly with stargazing.

Vacationing with Mobile TechnologyYour phone will be with you most of your trip, but should you be traveling international then don’t except to have continuous network service without a hefty fee. However, the device can still be highly useful even without the connectivity. Your phone is capable of communicating with GPS satellites and displaying location, so be sure to download maps for offline use. Google Maps recently added the ability to download maps and there are also many apps available with offline maps catered to tourism points of interest. This has personally come in handy many times while trying to navigate foreign roads on a moped.

If you one of many who use a premium music service, download music ahead of time for the long plane/train/automobile trips to help pass time. And when you stop to rest or eat, make sure to pick a restaurant or coffee shop with a FreeWiFi sign. This is the perfect time to plan the next few days, book travel and lodging and check-in with loved ones.

Often people say they want to “get away” when traveling, but a realist knows that making mobile technology work for you provides the smoothest and most enjoyable vacations. Use these tips to pack a smart and versatile array of necessary tech.