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Tech Talker's Guide to Wedding Planning

After walking down the aisle recently, Tech Talker reveals 4 awesome ways to incorporate technology into your wedding.

By
Eric Escobar,
January 15, 2014
Episode #108

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As many of you know, there have been some big changes happening to Tech Talker lately. Aside from getting a house and a cat, I’ve also...drum roll please…tied the knot! That’s right - now there’s a Mrs. Tech Talker!

Getting married has opened my eyes to the world of wedding planning (not that I could have done any of it by myself). It also surprised me at how much tech is now involved in planning a wedding.

In this week’s episode I’ll be covering some fun and interesting wedding tech that might help you or someone you know plan their big day.

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Photo Booth

One really fun thing to have at a wedding is a photo booth. There are plenty of companies out there that you can hire to set up a photo booth at your wedding reception, but with a little DIY tech work you can make one for a fraction of the cost. Plus after you’ve made yours, you can use it for parties and other events in the future.

There are a few parts to this photo booth. The first and easiest is the backdrop, if you don’t have something in mind already you can head down to your local hardware store and build a pretty nice backdrop with the use of some PVC pipe. You’ll pretty much want to make something you can drape fabric over or anything else that will match your colors (I found out that color-matching at a wedding was pretty important).

The rest of the photo booth is all tech. You can do this in a number of ways. If you have a Mac computer you’re probably familiar with the built-in photo booth software that comes with most Apple computers.

This is by far the easiest way to go because you can set your laptop up on a podium or table and use it to take pictures for your guests.

However, if you want a professional quality photo booth, there is a great piece of software made by Breeze Systems that has a ton of awesome features. This software allows you to hook up a professional camera to your computer such as a Nikon or Canon DSLR (these are the big fancy cameras most photographers use).

The software allows you to set a custom time interval to take multiple pictures. It allows you to print the pictures right after they are taken (provided you have a printer attached), and it even saves these pictures to your computer so you can email them or post them after the wedding.

I could go into much more detail about the software and how to set it up, so if you’d like to know more, post a comment or question on the Tech Talker Facebook page. If there’s enough interest, I’ll do a YouTube video and a blog post to show you the set-up I created for my wedding! For now, here’s a pretty good YouTube video explaining one way of setting it up. This software works with both Windows and Macs.

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