It goes without saying that the last two years have been incredibly challenging for a lot of industries – and the wedding industry is no exception. Governments were forced to ban large gatherings, which meant that many couples had to either cancel or postpone their big day.
That said, things are looking up for the industry as experts predict a 20-25% increase in weddings in 2022 compared to pre-pandemic levels. This is music to my ears as I’ll be tying the knot next April!
As I begin my wedding planning process, I’ve started to think about the latest apps, gadgets, and technologies out there that I could potentially use to wow my guests.
Here are some of my favourites:
Picture perfect: drone photography
While drones aren’t exactly a new invention, the way they’re used at weddings and receptions certainly are. Not only can they capture spectacular aerial photographs and footage, rumour has it that they can also substitute the ring bearer or be used to hold the bride’s veil train.
I’m not too sure about the latter (I don’t think my other half’s nephew, or my bridesmaids, will appreciate that!) but I’d definitely consider drone photography to get amazing close-ups of the big day and those all-important group shots.
One thing to bear in mind though – you’ll need to get permission from the venue before flying the drone, and make sure the weather conditions are suitable.
Putting your wedding cake in the spotlight
Something I didn’t consider before is how much you can end up spending on the lighting for your reception. But, if you don’t want to splurge on the full shebang, then one option could be focusing on the wedding cake.
Disney introduced its digital projection wedding cakes, and since then many companies have followed suit. Animated images are projected on to the cake, and the bride and groom have the flexibility to personalise it as they see fit.
Want to project pictures of you and your partner on to the cake? No problem. Your names? Sure thing. A clip from your favourite film? It’s a done deal. You can even incorporate your wedding theme colours into the design.
With this new tech, your wedding cake will be the ultimate showstopper.
Mixing things up with a robotic bartender
Booze is an important part of most weddings – particularly Indian weddings where an open bar is a must. Hiring a robotic bartender to make and serve drinks all night is certainly unique and will add a memorable twist to the evening.
You can add up to five spirits and three mixers to an app, which you’ll need to do ahead of time. It comes preloaded with hundreds of recipes, but couples can also choose to customise their own and create signature drinks for their guests.
One that caught my eye was Cecilia, an impressive seven-foot-tall robotic bartender that can make up to 120 drinks an hour and speak 40 different languages!
Robotic bartenders are certainly shaking things up for the hospitality industry and is a nice touch for wedding receptions while you party the night away with your guests.