Video Collaboration Helped Me Say Yes to the Dress!

March 28, 2013 - 2 Comments

I recently saw a blog post from my colleague on how video technologies like Cisco Remote Expert are completely revolutionizing the way we do things; for example, applying for your wedding license via video.

It was his blog that made me think about my own upcoming nuptials and the role that video collaboration played in my wedding planning. And while I didn’t apply for my marriage license via telepresence, I did however do something pretty cool that I wanted to share.

I don’t personally consider myself a bridezilla, no comment on what my bridesmaids and husband-to-be would say, but I did find myself in a tizzy regarding my wedding dress. Like any bride, I wanted the support of my closest family and girlfriends when I went dress shopping. However, I was on the hunt for a dress during a trip to my home state of Louisiana and my sister, who’s my best friend and maid-of-honor, was in Virginia.

She’s my older sister, so I’ve been asking for her opinion since I was a kid. When it came to my dress shopping, I was upset at the thought of not getting to share that moment with her. I had to think outside of the box to make sure she was there for the experience — and boy did I ever.

Thanks to the flexibility and mobility of Cisco video solutions, I was able to connect via video with my bridal party, but most importantly my sister, using my mobile phone and the video component of my Cisco WebEx app. Bet you would have never thought of doing that, am I right? I scheduled the meeting and we all joined the call. Since I was using a Wi-Fi connection, I was able to share my video with every person on the call. Gone are the days of strictly corporate use of video, telepresence, and conferencing and hello innovative use cases!

All I know is that without the help of Cisco, I might just have picked out the wrong dress. Thanks sis!

I’ve included a picture below – don’t worry it’s blurred out in case my fiancée is a reader of the Cisco Video blog.

Wedding dres

Tell me, has video allowed you to do something cool like this?


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  1. Hi Julie – great post (and best wishes on your upcoming wedding)! What a fun, innovative use of the technology!

    • Hey Veronica,

      Thanks! My wedding took place on 3/30/13 and was one amazing experience after another. I received so many complements on my dress and truly believe that my bridesmaids’ input via video made the difference. I originally wanted a different dress and now couldn’t imagine wearing anything else.