Married to the Mac

Alanis Morissette was on a TV talk show the other night discussing her upcoming nuptials. And the obvious question arose: when a famous musician gets married, who gets the honor of performing at the reception? She responded that she would probably just hook up her iPod to some speakers.

I’m also getting ready to walk down the aisle. And while we decided to hire a DJ for the reception (one who spins flat discs called “records”), our Macs and iPods have certainly been a big part of the planning and execution of our big day. We designed save-the-date cards, invitations, and programs on our iMac and printed them out on our Epson Stylus Photo 900. We put up a Web site for wedding details with my .Mac account. (And because .Mac URLs don’t exactly roll off the tongue, I used a forwarding service to redirect guests from a URL that’s easier to remember).

We used iTunes to build playlists for pre-wedding events. We used iPhoto to build slideshows of our years together. And to make sure we catch every word of our vows and post-wedding toasts—yes, even the embarrassing ones—we’ll have our iPod nearby with the Griffin Technology iTalk adapter. We even asked our photographer to just give us digital files of our photos so we can have fun after the wedding creating books, slideshows, and prints.

Our Mac has made it easier than ever to put together the projects you once had to pay big bucks to have someone to do—projects it might not have even occurred to us to try. And while it has meant more work, it has also made the whole experience of planning a wedding much more personal and reflective of our style.

So how has your Mac changed the way you put together a party? Tell us your secrets.

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