In the next six months, my son, daughter, and
grandson are all getting married. Our family is
spread across Ontario and the United States,
so I'm thankful to be living in the computer
generation. Wedding plans without the
advantage of the Internet and email would
be a long, difficult process.
To get my point across, let's visit the homes
of Miss Modern and Miss Pre-Computer as
they prepare for their special days:
Miss Modern has an idea of the venue she
would like for her wedding and spends an
evening researching on the Internet. She
looks at pictures of different halls, along
with prices, menus, and features
included. After deciding on three
possibilities, she emails to ask if they
would be available on the wedding date.
One hall is booked, so Miss M. and her
fiance will go to see both halls and make
a final decision. Communication and menu
changes are done by email.
Miss M. designs a database for her guest
list. Additions and changes are easily made.
Invitations are created using special
wedding software and elegant blank cards.
Easy, attractive and inexpensive.
Again using the database and a signature
font, Miss M. creates mailing labels (using
transparent labels) for 200 people in less
than an hour. To create personalized reply
cards, she uses mail merge and the computer
inserts names on each card.
A relative in another country would like
photos of the couple for a special wedding
gift. Using a digital camera, the photos
are taken and emailed in plenty of time
for the gift to be made.
There are constant questions from the
guests about accommodation nearby, what
is everyone wearing, what do the young
couple need? Emails answer many of the
questions and guests are given a website
for the bridal registry. Items still needed
are listed here, can be purchased without
leaving home and will be delivered to the
reception. This is a big help to people
coming from a distance.
Miss Modern relaxes while she and her
future husband look at honeymoon spots
- on the Internet of course!
Miss Pre- Computer, on the other hand,
has had a headache for days. Too many
things to do and not enough time.
After weekends spent looking at
various halls, she and her fiance can't
take it any longer and book the next
one they visit.
The guest list has been typed out, but
some important people were missed and
there are duplicates on the list. Miss
Pre-C is not a fast typist when she's
stressed, so has to re-do the 200 guest
list a number of times before it's right.
Her days are constantly interrupted by
phone calls from guests with questions
about the wedding. The long distance
bill is growing every day.
A friend recommends a good printer
for invitations, but he is out of town,
and another search begins.
The invitations are beautiful, so
Miss Pre-C begins addressing the
200 envelopes. Never praised for
her handwriting, the last of the
envelopes is barely readable. She
decides to try again tomorrow.
Relatives need pictures of the couple
for a special gift. The photos are
mailed and after frantic calls to the
post office, are finally delivered, too
late to use.
More long distance calls so gifts aren't
A frantic call from Gramma at the border.
Customs officials are questioning her and
are taking apart the gifts. Through her
tears, Gramma explains that the 50 items
had been individually wrapped.
Miss Pre-C takes a deep breath and
P.S. If you still need convincing, my son
met his future bride on the Internet!
Creative Home Computing is a unique online resource, providing the help and ideas to use computers confidently and creatively and have fun in the process. Regardless of your age or skill level, computer literacy will enlarge your world.
Projects - Hints - Products
"It's Never Too Late 2 Learn"
Believe it or not, there is etiquette on how to... Read More
Brides through the ages have accessorized with wedding jewelry to... Read More
With so much to do, every bride needs a surefire... Read More
What best way can a bride think of rising to... Read More
Planning and organizing a wedding budget can greatly reduce the... Read More
Numerous men have pondered the questions, "Why does my wife... Read More
How do you handle arguments that lead to heated exchanges... Read More
A 50th anniversary gift commemorates a milestone most married couples... Read More
An ideal combination. A good career, a great husband and... Read More
Mattresses and marriage go hand in hand. Sleep is important... Read More
Today's tech savvy couples are plugging in and creating unique... Read More
There's no one simple answer to the question that I'm... Read More
Planning a wedding of any size or budget can have... Read More
Dear Friends of Marriage,There is a lot of talk on... Read More
The elegant beauty of a strand of pearls... Read More
Communication plays one of the most important roles in any... Read More
Henry Vlll and Elizabeth Taylor, who between them had fourteen... Read More
It's safe to say that of all the important events... Read More
The wedding gown is most important choice for a bride... Read More
People are looking for life-long relationships in the most peculiar... Read More
I've been noticing a few things lately that a few... Read More
The kids are yelling, the dog is barking, and you... Read More
Ben* has been happily married for 19 years. He recently... Read More
Everybody talks about wedding invitations, but what about all the... Read More
In a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony, Jewish wedding rings play... Read More
Does it seem like the phrases "ecology" and "wedding" could... Read More
Getting Married? Congratulations! You just set the date for the... Read More
Somewhere when you least expected, you find the person who... Read More
How many times has your anniversary come around and you... Read More
One of the top priorities on a wedding day is... Read More
One of the good things about Las Vegas Wedding Packages... Read More
The wedding favor box carries on the timeless tradition established... Read More
One of the biggest areas of dispute in estate planning... Read More
Wedding rings are a symbol of union. A union between... Read More
When it comes to your catering services for your wedding,... Read More
It's a fact, however odd it seems, that some brides... Read More
Your wedding invitations are your announcement to family and friends... Read More
Symbols! Weddings are full of them. Exchanging rings. Exchanging roses.... Read More
Brides looking to stay on top of their wedding plans... Read More
Your success in marriage depends largely upon having sound and... Read More
One of the most memorable days in our lives is... Read More
You're well into planning your wedding and have finally decided... Read More
Have you ever had to give a wedding speech? As... Read More
OK, so you have your heart set on the top... Read More
Wedding flowers make up a large part of the wedding... Read More
WHAT HAS WORKED FOR USBrief Reflections On Enjoying 36 Years... Read More
As a Personal Trainer for brides-to-be, I often get asked... Read More
The great day has come and gone, and you are... Read More
Hiring music entertainment can arguably be the most important booking... Read More
It used to be that if you wanted to buy... Read More
Marriage & Wedding Marriage & Wedding