I met my husband on OkCupid. For about 4 seconds I was embarrassed about this (my parents have the ultimate meet-cute involving a lost ring and a wrench), but it didn’t matter because Elliot is the greatest human alive and I couldn’t be luckier to have met him. Plus, in San Francisco, where we met, almost every couple I know met online. (And actually, most of my good friends are people I met online. Twitter, blogger conferences, MeetUp, Couchsurfing. The list goes on.)
So when we got married (holyshitImmarried) it only made sense to make our wedding the most tech-powered day ever. Let’s see the list shall we?
We rented an Airbnb for our wedding. After a little snafu involving our own back yard (turns out our upstairs neighbors we’re holding their reception in the yard on THE SAME DAY), we quickly turned to Airbnb to find a place nearby with a pretty yard. After only a day we snagged a gorgeous Victorian with a yard three times the size as ours, a fountain, and the friendliest property manager a girl could ask for. Who knew?
We turned to Amazon for all our wedding decorations. When we realized last minute that we’d now need to decorate, we just used our Prime membership and spent $100 on tissue paper, LED lights, mason jars (because of course) and ribbon.
Our wedding website and invitations were sent through Glosite. Though both my grandmothers requested I print out the digital versions and snail mail them. I’m not sure why I’m surprised.
Instead of registering at a store, we used Thankful because then we could get presents from ALL THE PLACES! Which means we could get gift cards from REI, a coffee foamer from Amazon AND this freaking fantastic portrait from Etsy:
Obviously I turned to Thumbtack to hire professionals for all the extra stuff. Jayne Serba, an incredibly talented tailor and costume designer, revamped my dress (which I – duh – bought used online). She also tailed Elliot’s linen suit (also bought online – shoutout to Suit Supply) so it fit him like a glove. I also hired Chantelle for my hair and makeup and John to spruce up the Airbnb garden the day before.
Since we were DIYing this whole shindig, we turned to TaskRabbit to hire some spare hands. We found Joyce to (wo)man the day, making sure the bathroom was stocked, wine bottles were recycled and tables/chairs were picked up on time and Morris to pick up our food at a local restaurant and deliver it to the yard.
No fancy limos for this group. After our ceremony and reception, we called a Sidecar to take us to our karaoke afterparty. While I was expecting the driver to be all, “wow, did you guys just get married?” seeing that we were decked out in our wedding costumes, he seemed completely un-miffed. We even chose the shared ride option but didn’t get matched with anyone else going the same way. Bummer. I was definitely hoping for some attention on this one.
Moral = Tech Is Your Friend
While I’ve never been the type to dream about my wedding since I was old enough to form a coherent thought, I did turn into a slightly crazed version of myself in the
days months leading up to the event. Even with a casual, 30-person backyard party, there are still a million balls in the air and I don’t wish the stress on anyone. That said, I’m so grateful to live in a city that’s powered by so much creativity and weird ideas. The people we hired and the websites we used and the apps we downloaded saved our asses more than once. Thanks San Francisco. #speederoni
Photography by Nirav Patel