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<p>With the traditional wedding season starting to heat up, many people’s thoughts are turning to how they can tie the knot in cutting-edge style. Robot officiators and LED gowns are just some of the innovative technology to make your walk down the aisle that much more interesting.</p> <p></p>

<strong>The iFairy</strong>

<p>{youtube uguH2dN2uvE}</p> <p></p> <p>For those couples who can’t make up their minds about who will officiate at their wedding, there is a new and unique approach. Thanks to a Japanese robotics company, the iFairy robot now does weddings.</p> <p>The iFairy is a 4-foot-tall robot with flashing eyes and plastic pigtails that can talk, gesture with its arms, and detect the presence of a person. It has to be remotely controlled, but for all intents and purposes the robot is the one leading the ceremonies.</p> <p>If this kind of ceremony sounds appealing, you can get your own iFairy and have a robot minister at your wedding for $68,000.</p> <p></p>

<strong>LED Dress or Tuxedo</strong>

<p>{youtube bvxruB9Gpxs }</p> <p></p> <p>Every bride hopes to have that special glow on her wedding day, and now that glow can be intensified by a LED-filled dress. Companies like Enlightened Designs will take your bridal gown or tuxedo and install custom lights to make them that much more dazzling.</p> <p>The above dress contains more than 300 LEDs throughout the skirt and was mean to replicate the effect of candlelight with a soft flickering pattern.</p> <p>An LED wedding dress can set you back anywhere from several hundred dollars to several thousand depending on the amount of lighting and the complexity of the dress and your lighting design.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Livestreamed Weddings </strong>

<p></p> <p></p> <p>As much as everyone appreciates traveling to a tropical island, many don't have the time or money to do so for other people's weddings. Luckily, those guests can be there for the special day without having to actually be there.</p> <p>Livestreamed weddings are becoming easier to set up, thanks to services like Marry Me Live or even something as simple as Skype. Thanks to livestreaming, far away guests can watch your wedding ceremony and reception video via the Internet.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Google Wedding Planning</strong>

<p></p> <p></p> <p>Along with everything else it helps you do daily, Google now has services that help you organize and plan everything you need to make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch.</p> <p>Through Google weddings you can select the theme and design for your invitations while organizing who will be sitting where.</p> <p>Google teamed up with well-known wedding planners to prepare wedding-themed templates in its various services – Google sites, Picnik, Google Docs and Picasa – that do everything from creating invitations and spreadsheets to compiling all the photos of the event after it is over.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Video Game Invitations</strong>

<p>{youtube AlYyHbaXaGE}</p> <p></p> <p>There are plenty of stories about people proposing using their significant other's favorite video game, but some couples are taking it to the next level by turning their invitations into video games that have to be beaten in order to access the details for the event.</p> <p>A German couple decided to really embrace the trend and created their own Mario-inspired 8-bit video game. Their game, dubbed "The Incredible Adventure," required guests to play as either the bride or groom a mission to rescue their intended. Once they beat the two levels, they would be provided with the details of the event – there was an option to just watch for those who are not up on their gaming.</p> <p>The couple even designed the packaging, which included an instruction guide, soundtrack and bloopers.</p> <p></p>

<strong>The Remember Ring</strong>

<p></p> <p> </p> <p></p> <p>If you’re not good with dates, the Remember Ring is the perfect wedding ring for you. It has your wedding date engraved on the inside and has an interesting way of grabbing your attention on that date. The ring is programmed to heat up on the day of your anniversary so that you’ll never forget.</p> <p>The ring’s interior ‘hot spot’ technology begins to heat up 24 hours before the actual day. For 10 seconds, the ring will be around 120 degrees F, which, according to its website, is “hot enough to cause discomfort but not hot enough to burn, making it impossible to ignore.” The ring will continue to warm up every hour on the hour for the entire day. You never have to worry about it running out of battery power, either, as the ring uses your body heat as its power source.</p> <p>It’s a bit much, but depending on whom you’re marrying, the heat may be nothing compared to what might happen if you forget.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Designer Lighting</strong>

<p></p> <p></p> <p>For those who feel that their wedding should be a production, bringing in a professional lighting team to illuminate the bride and groom might seem like a logical move.</p> <p>Thanks to recent technological developments, it has become common practice for couples to hire outside lighting companies for their big day. On the more expensive end, there have been setups that cost $200,000 and required 25-person operational teams, but it is possible to find less expensive options.</p> <p>Regardless of how much money you choose to spend, lighting professionals can set up spotlights to highlight a first dance, chandeliers to act as starlight or even a strip of video to stream across the walls of a venue all night.</p>

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