How to use QR Codes for Weddings
As a wedding planner, your goal is to get as many couples as possible to book your services and then plan the most incredible wedding with satisfied guests. This involves the tactical combination of a well-designed marketing strategy with highly organized event planning. And if you’re not a professional wedding planner, learn how QR Codes can make you look like one.
Event QR Code
Make it easier for guests to RSVP
Every wedding invitation should use an Event QR Code, especially if you plan to send them as direct mail. This way, when your guests receive the wedding invitations, they can view all the wedding details by just scanning the QR Code. To ensure that they block the date in their calendars, the QR Code is also equipped with a button to save the date to their smartphone calendar easily.Learn more
VIDEO QR Code
Send thank-you notes in style
Weddings are not complete without showers of gifts. Why not return the favor by sending a thank you note to everyone who attended? Use a Video QR Code and record a personal thank you video. You can then either add the QR Code to the note or use the short URL it comes with to send it via email or text. Your guests will certainly cherish this unique way of saying thanks, especially if it comes directly from the newlyweds.Learn more
Image Gallery QR Code
Share unlimited memorable moments
The hardest part of the wedding is not the wedding itself, it’s what to do with the hundreds and thousands of photos. With the Image Gallery QR Code, you can upload as many wedding photos as you like so that no one gets left behind. Add it to your wedding favors in advance as you can add more photos even after the wedding is over. That way your guests will always have instant access to the pictures and you don’t have to worry about sending the link later.Learn more
Business Page QR Code
Promote your wedding planning services
After couples announce their #justsaidyes moment on social media, the next step is to plan the wedding. In fact, over 85% of couples start discussing their wedding preferences even before getting engaged. This is your opportunity as a wedding planner to catch their attention using a Business Page QR Code. It displays all the important business info in a mobile-optimized landing page, a book appointment button, as well as a map navigation to your office. Add this QR Code on your social media posts so that newly-engaged couples can find you easily with just a scan.Learn more
Coupon QR Code
Attract attention with offers and deals
Everyone loves a good deal, especially when they’re about to spend a bomb on a wedding. It’s a once in a lifetime experience after all. Why not use a Coupon QR Code on your store window to attract newly-engaged couples? Perhaps offer a free wedding consultation, invitation design service, or even photography to sweeten the deal even more. This deal will surely attract their attention and develop a good first impression.Learn more
Why should you use QR Codes for weddings?
As a wedding planner, you need to make sure that everyone involved has access to the information they need to make the wedding a success from beginning to end. And when you consider that the reason behind the rising popularity of QR Codes boils down to one core aspect: the ability to connect print to digital, it’s clear to see why they work so well for weddings.
Imagine it the other way around: You spend ample time and energy creating beautiful designs for invitations, and then it comes to the time where you need to add an RSVP link. Doesn’t it make more sense to use a QR Code that matches with your design instead of using a long, ugly link that’s difficult to search for anyways? Exactly, no further explanation needed.
Tips to make your QR Codes for weddings a success
The style you use and tone you convey are crucial for developing professional, yet personal wedding designs. Below are three top tips to give you a better idea about what to look out for.
Make it personal for the couple
While it is a good idea to create templates that you can use for multiple customers, they still need to be personalized for the couple at hand and their guests. Make sure to use their names and styles that relate to their personal interests.
Match designs to the wedding theme
All designs, no matter whether they’re for invitations, thank you notes, or wedding decorations, should all align within a specific theme. If the couple would like to go the traditional route, this involves colors like white, silver, and black. But more modern weddings have begun to introduce more creative styles with bright colors. Either way, everything needs to match within the same theme.
Keep it culturally relevant
- Korea: Grooms give their new mother in laws a wild goose or duck to convey his good intentions with the bride.
- Scotland: On the night before the wedding, the bride and groom drink heavily and are covered with treacle, ash, feathers, and flours in order to ward off evil spirits.
- India: The bride’s sister(s) trick the groom upon entering the wedding tent by stealing his shoes. He has to find a way to bribe them to return the shoes in order to leave.
- Jamaica: As opposed to a white wedding cake, they use a black cake made of fruits and rum similar to fruit cakes served at Christmas.
- Kenya: When newlyweds leave the village, the bride’s father spits on her head and chest in order to improve her chances of finding good fortune.
- Guatemala: In order to welcome the newlyweds to the wedding reception party, the groom’s mother breaks a white bell filled with flour, rice and grains, which brings luck and prosperity to the new couple.
- China: The bride wears a red veil to cover her face and her mother holds a red umbrella over her head while she is escorted to the wedding to symbolize boldness, luck, and love.
A brief history of weddings
Although the concept of the white wedding dress has become widely recognized, there are many more unique wedding traditions across history and various cultures. Let’s take a look back at how marriage got started and what it has evolved into today.
When did the concept of marriage begin?
The first mention of marriage is found in ancient Hebrew texts from the Old Testament dating back a few thousand years ago but likely began long beforehand. The original concept developed out of necessity: marriage helped royal families protect their bloodlines, granted family property rights, acted as a method for families to reach a new leg up in society, and even became a method of avoiding incest.
It was purely for economic reasons and had little to do with love. Both men and women typically didn’t have much say in who they married either, as it was mostly up to their families and patriarchs. There were also differences in equality among men and women. There was often no form of courtshop and women often didn’t have equal rights within their marriage.
Historically (and still to some extent now), marriage also involved the concept of dowry or bride price. With a dowry, the bride’s family gives money to the groom’s family and with a bride price, the groom’s family gives money to the bride’s family. Whether that was required, in which form, and to which extent depends heavily on the family and cultural background.
Marriage and religion
Marriage also has strong ties with religion, which is still present today considering how many marriages take place in churches at the hands of a priest or pastor. Religious texts also gave married couples additional rights, especially when it came to becoming intimate, though there were also rules attached to marriage as well, monogamy in particular. According to some religions, marriage is a permanent contract and is not possible to divorce, even after finalizing the surrounding legal proceedings on behalf of the government. Nowadays, there have become more clashes between family religious traditions and modern law.
When did it become popular to wear a white wedding dress?
Although marriage is a tradition that goes back thousands of years, the trends and styles attached to it are constantly in flux. The white wedding dress is one prime example, because it wasn’t made popular until 1840 with the reign of Queen Victoria in England. Citizens often followed the fashion choices of the royal family and Queen Victoria decided to go against the fashion standards of the day when she decided to wear a white wedding dress with lace on the neck and sleeves. Following suit, the same dresses began to pop up among citizens that could afford the expensive materials.
White wedding dresses became globally recognized in the early 1900s among middle-class families in Europe and the US. It was then that they began to symbolize purity and innocence in addition to wealth. As the Industrial Revolution began to make materials less expensive and Hollywood popularized the concept in movies, more and more families began incorporating white wedding gowns.
Different types of marriages
- Common law marriage: an informal form of marriage that considers people who have lived together for a certain period of time as married.
- Cousin marriage: a marriage between cousins.
- Endogamy: a tradition where partners must be from the same local community.
- Exogamy: a traditional where partners must be from different communities
- Monogamy: marrying one individual person.
- Polyandry: a woman with multiple husbands.
- Polygamy: both men or women having multiple spouses.
- Polygyny: a man with multiple wives.
- Same-sex marriage: partners who are married and have the same sex.
Which types of marriages are recognized, permitted, and accepted on a societal level differ among locations, cultures, and governmental regulations.
This depends on the graphic design requirements of the tool you used to create your wedding designs. The general rule of thumb is that you should use the same image file format when you download your QR Code as was used for your complete graphic design. For simple image files like JPG and PNG, Canva is a great tool to combine them.
Yes, as long as you choose a Dynamic QR Code, which most of our most popular types of QR Codes are. When you create your QR Code, all related tracking data such as location, time period, or even campaign material (when you set this up), are viewable in your QR Code Generator profile.
It depends on what you’d like to promote or connect your audience with. Use a PDF QR Code to make it easier to download your catalog of services, or a Video QR Code to showcase your work on previous weddings—the possibilities are endless! View a complete list of all our QR Code types.