Brides- and grooms-to-be have a long to-do list before their big day. These days, some couples are using more unconventional methods to get it all done. To save time and money, they're turning to social media to plan. As our Iris St. Meran explains, invites and responses are just a click away.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- This is a day some spent their whole lives dreaming of. Getting here takes love, commitment and lots of planning. The latter has changed over the years.
Professional Bridal Consultant Mary Homer said, "Social media is becoming very popular. It's the rave right now from Facebook to Pinterest, which is very popular, tweeting, as well as actual websites for couples."
After getting engaged a year ago, YNN Associate Producer Krista Thresh and her fiancé, Shawn, are planning for their big day.
Thresh said, "We decided to do it on our own. We wanted our own feel to it."
Since both are tech savvy, that feel includes some of these new elements. Their wedding is set for next summer and they made a wedding website. They will have traditional invitations sent through the mail, but only a few clicks are needed for guests to respond.
"The biggest reason is probably convenience. Finances come with it as well. But it's very convenient for both guests and us to have the RSVP page right on the website whenever we want,” Thresh added. “We don't have to wait for them to send back the invitations. We can go right on and see who's coming."
Thresh says her family and friends like the idea, but Homer says if this is the route you want, keep all your guests in mind.
"Not everyone has internet, the older generation: Grandparents, aunts and uncles may not necessarily have the internet,” Homer cautioned. “So, you may still need to go the traditional route and mail out some Save the Dates."
Homer doesn't believe the paper invitation is a thing of the past because it's something people like to have as a keepsake. There are lots of other ways to mix traditional and technical.
Thresh also has a blog chronicling her experiences wedding planning with loved ones.
If you don't have much experience with social media, she says start small.
"You can also do Facebook or Twitter, something like that. You can create a hash tag people can upload their pictures to it, anything that you want," said Thresh.
Both agree, whatever you choose should be what you want to make your day as special, personal and memorable as it can be.