Is Your Event TOO High-Tech?
Kathy Gazda
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Is Your Event TOO High-Tech?

Jacaranda Food and Beverage Director Mike Reed says remember, not all your guests may be tech saavy!

One of the hottest trends we see lately in weddings, bar mitzvahs, quinces and other events is the blend of high-tech with the more traditional aspects of celebrating. Computer controlled light shows, 360-degree photo booths, huge video screens and live streaming of everything from wedding ceremonies to the entire event are almost standard fare. These often make the event more exciting and fun plus can allow access for friends and family that couldn’t attend.
However, technology is also finding its way into more subtle areas ranging from on-line invitations and RSVP’s to QR codes for everything from uploading guest’s photos and seating charts. While they might add a fun and unique aspect (we all want something unique at our events!), keep in mind these might not be user-friendly for everyone.
For example, we’ve seen several events where signing the guest book requires making a selfie-video and uploading it to the event’s personalized website. It’s great for the tech-savvy but often intimidates older guests or those with visual challenges. Another popular trend is skipping seating charts or guest place cards and using a QR code that attendees have to scan to find out where they’re seated. We’ve seen more than few people confused by that one.
Most social events—especially milestones like weddings, mitzvahs and such, bring together a wide range of people of different ages, backgrounds and abilities. The best entertainers and MC’s specialize in selecting a variety of music to make sure everyone enjoys themselves and makes their way to the dance floor. Using the same principles when considering how much cutting-edge technology is appropriate ensures that everyone feels comfortable, included and has a memorable night!
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