You're engaged, now what?
Technology is revolutionizing the way business is done, and the wedding industry is no exception. From Pinterest boards of their dream weddings, to following their favorite social influencer when she gets married, to tagging friends in posts of videos and pictures of their wedding inspirations, you can ditch the wedding planning binders, and simply plan your wedding online! here are so many things you can add to your wedding plans. As a starting point to this new adventure, you can consider wedding engagement signs. They are fashionable and will leave a great memory.
Millennials account for nearly 77 billion people, are a larger group than the Baby Boomers, and over twice the size of Generation X. For a business owner, this is a huge target market! With almost all of them on at least one social media platform, the expectation for on-demand service is higher than ever. The leading generation is becoming more dependent on technology as it advances. Luckily, companies have found a niche that used to never exist – wedding technology to suit millennial couples!
Here are some of the technologies that are changing the wedding industry:
Wedspire - By catering to those who expect instantaneous service, Wedspire has found a way to take the stress out of your wedding planning. Imagine that Pinterest created a customized wedding-inspiration feed based on your style, taste and budget. Take that magical feed and transform it into a personalized Netflix-style listing that shows you the best options tailored for you. All you have to do is click "add to cart." That's Wedspire - a unique wedding planning platform that revolutionizes the wedding planning game. From your Wedding Planner to your veil, every detail matters and is available for purchase in one place. Wedspire helps turn couples' ideas into reality.
Aisle Planner - The ultimate wedding planning organizer down to every detail. Wedding planners have taken a step away from the traditional binder or pen and notebook. They're finding comfort in applications like Aisle Planner as they navigate their way through their newlywed's wedding-planning process. From planning, to design, to business to collaboration tools, Planners are at ease with using an application to stay organized. The organization of an application makes sharing ideas, images, and files that much easier!
Zola - An all inclusive site for your registry needs! There is now no need to wait in line at your local department store and then walk throughout the store scanning items you want your guests to buy when you can simply choose directly on your phone or computer. From household items to honeymoon experiences, you can choose from a vast number of offerings all in one place. Well-known brands such as Kate Spade, KitchenAid, and Nespresso are listed on the site, making for an easily-accessible list that caters to all needs, wants, and styles. Zola also gives guests the “Group Gifting" option for those wanting to all contribute to one gift. With the craze of splitting the cost electronically, millennials love the personalized attributes of this wedding registry platform.
Menguin - For the guys who are always on the go, Menguin is for the modern groom and groomsmen who enjoy customization. Menguin is the highest-rated online suit and tux rental company on the market. With affordable prices and the ability to customize a look from the tie to socks, what else could a guy need? Menguin was founded to fix the frustration born from the time-consuming tux rentals and unflattering fits. With the wide variety of colors and fabric swatches, fast turnaround time, 24/7 customer service, and a satisfaction-guaranteed model, Menguin suits the needs for the modern millennial, pun intended!
Weddington Way - a collaborative shopping experience with the largest assortment of bridal fashion available online, Weddington Way is becoming a household name. It is now the fastest growing e-commerce business in the $100 billion-dollar wedding industry. The site is a collaborative shopping experience for wedding parties in which bridal parties can browse the largest assortment of bridal fashion available online, then discuss the products in a virtual showroom. Weddington Way is differentiated from others in the market, both e-commerce and brick-and-mortar. By offering this collaborative and personalized experience, as well as the ready-to-wear dresses, Weddington Way hits the nail on the head for what millennial brides are seeking.
Minted - an ever-growing design marketplace with an emphasis on crowd-sourcing, Minted takes a new approach to providing stationary options online. It has countless customizable designs created by their community of independent artists. They have built their art, home decor, and stationery business through crowd-sourcing. “We believe that great design lives and thrives in the hands of independent artists who people do not have access to through traditional retailers. Minted uses technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent, making Minted a place where artists can learn, gain exposure, and build their businesses." - Mariam Naficy, founder of Minted. The steps on how they curate their products are simple but effective.
UberEVENTS - Forget coordinating buses and coaches on your big day. Uber has revolutionized the transportation for weddings and events. UberEVENTS is a division of Uber dedicated to events and weddings that allow you to pay for and schedule where, when and how your guests travel during your special day. The only thing they have to worry about is having a great time celebrating your big day. The best part? You only pay for the rides you use.
Wedding Drones - The photographer's newest friend and the wedding industry's newest fad! Millennials love to stay on top of the trends and set themselves apart from their friends when it comes to planning their special day. Many contemplate adding a drone to their expenses, since the resultant imagery is spectacular. Drones are all the craze and can assist in getting aerial shots that your professional photographer might not be able to reach. Views of the venue from high above, a picture of all your guests simultaneously, and a scenic bride-and-groom shot are always crowdpleasers! We advise that you communicate with your photographer to ensure the drone driver has a plan in place so it doesn't disrupt your ceremony. Drone Insurance is recommended though, since the unmanned aerial vehicle runs the risk of causing damages. All in all, have a safety plan in place, encourage clear communication between the photographer and drone driver, and have insurance to make sure all goes smoothly on your special day.
The ability for technology to be at our fingertips, tending to our every need is astounding. These Wed-Tech companies have found ways to better our communication, organization, and execution of wedding planning countless ways. Planning your wedding can be a daunting task but by using Wed-Tech, you will find that there are endless opportunities to create the wedding of your dreams, with a less stressful process.
With so many groundbreaking medical advances being revealed to the world every single day, you would imagine there would be some advancement on the plethora of many female-prevalent diseases (think female cancers, Alzheimer's, depression, heart conditions etc.) that women are fighting every single day.
For Anna Villarreal and her team, there frankly wasn't enough being done. In turn, she developed a method that diagnoses these diseases earlier than traditional methods, using a pretty untraditional method in itself: through your menstrual blood.
Getting from point A to point B wasn't so easy though. Villarreal was battling a disease herself and through that experience. “I wondered if there was a way to test menstrual blood for female specific diseases," she says. "Perhaps my situation could have been prevented or at least better managed. This led me to begin researching menstrual blood as a diagnostic source. For reasons the scientific and medical community do not fully understand, certain diseases impact women differently than men. The research shows that clinical trials have a disproportionate focus on male research subjects despite clear evidence that many diseases impact more women than men."
There's also no denying that gap in women's healthcare in clinical research involving female subjects - which is exactly what inspired Villarreal to launch her company, LifeStory Health. She says that, “with my personal experience everything was brought full circle."
“There is a challenge and a need in the medical community for more sex-specific research. I believe the omission of females as research subjects is putting women's health at risk and we need to fuel a conversation that will improve women's healthcare.,"
Her brand new biotech company is committed to changing the women's healthcare market through technology, innovation and vocalization and through extensive research and testing. She is working to develop the first ever, non-invasive, menstrual blood diagnostic and has partnered with a top Boston-area University on research and has won awards from The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and Northeastern University's RISE.
How does it work exactly? Proteins are discovered in menstrual blood that can quickly and easily detect, manage and track diseases in women, resulting in diseases that can be earlier detected, treated and even prevented in the first place. The menstrual blood is easy to collect and since it's a relatively unexplored diagnostic it's honestly a really revolutionary concept, too.
So far, the reactions of this innovative research has been nothing but excitement. “The reactions have been incredibly positive." she shares with SWAAY. “Currently, menstrual blood is discarded as bio waste, but it could carry the potential for new breakthroughs in diagnosis. When I educate women on the lack of female subjects used in research and clinical trials, they are surprised and very excited at the prospect that LifeStory Health may provide a solution and the key to early detection."
To give a doctor's input, and a little bit more of an explanation as to why this really works, Dr. Pat Salber, MD, and Founder of The Doctor Weighs In comments: “researchers have been studying stem cells derived from menstrual blood for more than a decade. Stem cells are cells that have the capability of differentiating into different types of tissues. There are two major types of stem cells, embryonic and adult. Adult stem cells have a more limited differentiation potential, but avoid the ethical issues that have surrounded research with embryonic stem cells. Stem cells from menstrual blood are adult stem cells."
These stem cells are so important when it comes to new findings. “Stem cells serve as the backbone of research in the field of regenerative medicine – the focus which is to grow tissues, such as skin, to repair burn and other types of serious skin wounds.
A certain type of stem cell, known as mesenchymal stem cells (MenSCs) derived from menstrual blood has been found to both grow well in the lab and have the capability to differentiate in various cell types, including skin. In addition to being used to grow tissues, their properties can be studied that will elucidate many different aspects of cell function," Dr. Salber explains.
To show the outpour of support for her efforts and this major girl power research, Villarreal remarks, “women are volunteering their samples happily report the arrival of their periods by giving samples to our lab announcing “de-identified sample number XXX arrived today!" It's a far cry from the stereotype of when “it's that time of the month."
How are these collections being done? “Although it might sound odd to collect menstrual blood, plastic cups have been developed to use in the collection process. This is similar to menstrual products, called menstrual cups, that have been on the market for many years," Dr. Salber says.
Equally shocking and innovative, this might be something that becomes more common practice in the future. And according to Dr. Salber, women may be able to not only use the menstrual blood for early detection, but be able to store the stem cells from it to help treat future diseases. “Companies are working to commercialize the use of menstrual blood stem cells. One company, for example, is offering a patented service to store menstrual blood stem cells for use in tissue generation if the need arises."