Online Wedding Tool-O-Rama

For whatever reason, my inbox has been filled with pitches from newish companies advertising their spiffy online tools designed to make the lives of brides and grooms even easier. But are they really as spiffy as they seem? In an attempt to find out, I started signing up for some of them. I do these things so you don’t have to!

The lens that sees RIGHT INTO YOUR WEDDING

The Wedding Lens: At first I couldn’t figure out why the uploads were so dang slooooooooooow at this photo sharing service, but then I realized that the pics I’d chosen were absolutely HUGE. I’m talking file sizes that my free Flickr account would have rejected, so that’s a mark in their favor. It’s easy to create albums and name photos. At some point, however, it stopped accepting my titles and letting me add photos to sets. Hopefully, that’s just a bug that’ll be fixed soon. What’s spiffy is that your guests can upload the photos they take to your account. What’s less spiffy is the $49 price tag for six months of medium grade service and the fact that they want you to give them your loved ones’ e-mail addresses. Want to try it for free? Enter HOLYMATRIMONEY in the referral code box when signing up for “Gold” service. I’m still not sure what it can do that a Flickr group can’t do.


Put your wishes in this here pot

Wishpot: I found out about this tool when someone from Wishpot contacted me to ask if I’d like to be listed as one of their wedding experts–in fact, as far as I know, I’m featured in the newsletter this week. When you add the Wishspot button to your browser, you can add anything you want to your wish list, from dresses to stock pots to CDs and books. What’s spiffy is that it’s kind of fun and really easy to use, and you can add other Wishpot to a friends list to keep tabs on what they’re buying. You can also add a Wishpot button to your wedding web site registry page if you’re so inclined or even import your Amazon wish list. This tool is free and actually works, meaning there’s nothing particularly unspiffy about it.

NOT BIG AND ALSO NOT LITTLE THANKS

Me.dium: I’m always deeply suspicious of any company that delights in labeling itself “web 2.0” but I’m willing to give anyone a chance. This app pretty much tells you what other Me.dium users are looking at online, so if your, say, bridesmaids or FMIL have downloaded the program, you can all surf around together and chat about what you see. They can see what you’re looking at, and you can see what they’re looking at, so keep it clean hey! I couldn’t give this app a proper run through because no one I know wanted to download and install it. Then again, too much connectivity isn’t always a good thing–I think I prefer to browse alone. What’s spiffy is the idea–co-browsing while chatting through IRC is a pain. What’s less spiffy is seeing that CorvetteStudd is checking out Real Dolls…in real time.

Don’t we all need a butlet now and then?

Wishlist Butler: Created by Jean-Claude Eischen, this site doesn’t seem to handle any actual transactions the way most registries do. From what I can tell after creating a list and then granting my own wish (for a “stinky, hairy dog” worth $100), the site is merely a way for a wedding guest or other well wisher to see your gift preferences and then let you know they’re buying that gift. You can provide a link to said gift, but they still have to go to the site given to buy it for you. There’s just not a lot that’s spiffy about this tool. What isn’t spiffy is that it doesn’t provide the gift giver with a shipping address like the more useful wish list tools out there.

Hope these mini reviews have been helpful, as I’ll likely be getting endless gobs of spam forevermore because I signed up for each of these services. My information will be kept private, you say? I’ve heard that one before…

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