We’ve always thought that Memolane has great potential to be a powerful tool for telling the story of events like festivals and sports tournaments as well as more intimate affairs like weddings, graduations, and family reunions.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to test out Memolane for telling the story of a relative’s wedding. I gave it a try and learned some valuable lessons along the way. Here are some planning tips to get you started on creating Memolanes from the events in your life that matter most.
1) Tell everyone what you’re doing before the big day
It’s incredibly helpful if the bride and groom have created a wedding website where they can announce to everyone ahead of time that they want to create a Memolane for their wedding and tell them how they can contribute and what hashtag to use when creating memories. The earlier you can assemble a group of friends on Memolane, the easier it will be for them to contribute to the story.
2) Encourage fellow guests to use the service that they are most active on
While it may be tempting to snap photos with your digital camera in one hand and tweet from your phone with the other, don’t lose sight of what you are there to celebrate. Do a straw poll to see who uses what service before the wedding, and ask people to use specific services ahead of time if you need more variety.
3) Always get video of the dancing!
Tweets are funny, check-ins are informative, photos show moments, but video is something that really helps you relive the dance when the guy next to you turned his tie into a Rambo headband and did a freestyle solo to “U Can’t Touch This.” Even video in bad lighting still sets the scene.
4) Be on the lookout for more people to include in the Story
Did someone show up with a camera backpack at the wedding? They probably take good photos, so become their reception buddy and tell them all about your wedding Memolane project. Get their email address and invite them to contribute their photos, and of course, don’t forget to follow up a few days later.
5) Check to see if the venue has network coverage
This was a fatal assumption on my part – as we were way up in the foothills of the Sierras and there was no coverage at the wedding site anywhere. Instagram, Foursquare, Soundcloud, and Twitter quickly use their utility when you can’t actually communicate to the cloud. A little recon with your carrier’s coverage map pays rewards.
My first try at creating a Memolane wedding story was foiled, but I am confidant that with the lessons I learned on this attempt, I can definitely make a success of it in the future. If you have any additional tips that you would like to share, please leave them in the comments. I’m looking for some sage advice to publish in our upcoming guide for creating Event Memolanes.
Have you created a Memolane from a wedding or event? We’d love to see how you and your friends on Memolane told the story through social media. Send us a link at firstname.lastname@example.org.