The second you say “yes” and slip on that pretty diamond ring, you’ve not only committed to the man of your dreams but also a months-long part time job of wedding planning! Not to worry — below I’ve shared some apps and websites that make wedding planning a lot less stressful and a ton more fun. Even if you’ve opted for a simple affair or splurged on a wedding planner, every bride can benefit from a few helpful tips!
1. GET STARTED
Take the first step by signing up on The Knot and WeddingWire. In my opinion, these are invaluable from start to finish. There are some great tools and features to take advantage of, most importantly vendor searches and reviews. You can also keep track of to-do checklists, your budget, and guest list. They are available as apps for easy access anywhere and include tons of tips and advice on etiquette and pretty much everything wedding related. There is an option to build your wedding website, but I opted for a more customizable choice elsewhere.
2. DEVELOP YOUR STYLE
This pretty much goes without saying, but Pinterest is a great resource for wedding inspiration. It’s helpful to be able to set up separate boards, like one for dresses, one for overall look and feel, one for great ideas (like for favors or signage), etc. You could even set up a group board to share ideas with bridesmaids, your hair stylist, or photographer. I thought it was helpful to be able to keep track of items I wanted to purchase but budget for along the way, like outfits for wedding events. Once you have your images compiled, you can save to your tablet or print copies to take to vendor appointments.
3. CREATE YOUR WEBSITE
Having a wedding website gives you the chance to share valuable information with your guests. The bonus benefits are that you can upload fun photos and bios to help build excitement about the event. I found Wedding Woo to be a user-friendly option for a simple and customizable solution to create a wedding website. Besides the basics, Wedding Woo gives you the option to manage RSVPs, create a Guestbook, and display an auto-populated gallery of your wedding hashtag photos from Instagram. Some other options are Wedding Window, offering a responsive design website, and Riley & Grey, showcasing stylish upscale-feel designs. With a website and app in one, Appy Couple encompasses a fully mobile experience.
4. SHARE INFO
Inevitably you’re likely to end up with countless files and folders of wedding documents. I found that it was helpful to use document sharing websites, like Dropbox or Google Docs, to be able to coordinate information with other people. My sister (and Matron of Honor) and I shared a Google Docs spreadsheet for my shower guest list, which allowed me to update her on any address changes while she could update me on RSVPs. The same could be done with the wedding list so bride and groom can both make live updates. It could also be helpful to set up online document sharing with your wedding planner!
5. CLICK & SCAN
Setting up your gift registries online is a must. What’s even better is downloading the app, which most big retailers offer. The flexibility that comes with the chance to change items, quantities, or even scan a product into your registry from the store is greatly helpful. Registry experts like Crate & Barrel have even developed a Thank You Manager to help you say on track with thank you notes. Innovators like Zola are taking things a step further by allowing you to bring products, services, and experiences into one place to create a truly unique and customizable registry experience.
Long gone are the days of disposable cameras. Wedding hashtags on Instagram have become the gateway for guest candids. What’s even better is if your website will display a gallery of your tagged photos so that everyone can see. Apps like WedPics offer even more flexibility by allowing guests to upload photos and videos from a phone or computer, and have partnered with photo printing services to make ordering prints a cinch. Bridal Guide offers more suggestions in their post, Easy-to-Use Wedding Photo-Sharing Apps.
As the wedding gets closer, all the showers and events start popping up. What better way to get the party going than with the perfect playlist? Spotify is a useful tool to create custom playlists and also stream music from a pretty solid assortment of existing mixes. The best thing is that you can play your custom playlist offline, making it easy to bring anywhere. For my bachelorette party I created a fun, party girls mix to listen to while we were getting ready in the hotel, and currently working on another upbeat, romantic mix to play while we’re getting ready the day of the wedding. Nothing sets a better tone than some great music!
For more app suggestions that streamline the wedding planning process check out Mashable’s post, 16 Apps and Gadgets for Wedding Planning.