Being a passionate and curious (and lazy) person – read nerd, I can’t help but see opportunities to enhance everyday life with technology that will make it easier. A lot of the time I see a need for something that will make life easier, but I just don’t have the skills required to invent it.
When some really difficult or time consuming task is given to me, I immediately try to come up with a way that I can leverage my skill set to make that task easier for me: hopefully whatever I make will someday make the same task easier for someone else.
Our wedding has presented quite a few of those opportunities. Anyone who has planned a wedding or was even around someone who was planning a wedding knows how difficult and, even more-so, time consuming the planning can be. Fortunately for weddings there is almost an overabundance of tools out there to make wedding planning easier and more efficient. For us, though, there are some aspects of these things that don’t exactly fit what we’re imagining.
A prime example of that is the task of sending, receiving, creating, and tracking wedding invitations, RSVP’s and the current contact information of family and friends. Knowing the problems that arise when dealing with those tasks, I’ve discovered the need for a system that will make all of that easier.
The system that I plan to build will be a web-based application that I can integrate into our blog here that will allow everyone to see our family trees and who from those trees will be attending our wedding. This system will require that I create a digital invitation and RSVP system that is mostly automated. We’ll be able to send out an email and point people to our website to read how we’re planning it and through the same website they will be able to RSVP and view our family trees.
Look for this in the next couple of weeks, since I plan to start it as soon as possible in order to compile a comprehensive list of literally everyone we are related to and all of our friends. There will also probably be Facebook integration.