We consider ourselves lucky to live in such a technologically driven world. The digital world may have its annoyances but on the whole it’s the ultimate resource for information and inspiration. A fact that makes it an excellent tool when planning a wedding.
The net is a great way to catch up on the latest wedding trends, ogle the most anticipated celebrity weddings and brush up on our wedding etiquette. It’s also produced a flurry of excellent wedding planning apps and websites. Here we take a look at the best of the best apps and websites, each of which can be used to turn your big day dreams into a reality.
Pinterest may not be a dedicated wedding planning app but it’s helped many brides and grooms to create their wedding visions. Pinterest is the place to find inspiration for all aspects of your wedding ceremony and reception. You’ll find images that satisfy every wedding theme imaginably. Here The Garter Girl offers her advice on using Pinterest to plan a wedding:
“The whole point of Pinterest is that you can save and curate ideas. You pin or save images to create inspiration boards so that you won’t forget things. So, when you see something pretty or potentially helpful, pin or save it to a board for later. Use this main master wedding board to save all of your ideas and everything that you might want to come back to or explore later when you have more time.”
WeddingWire provides a great source of action and advice thanks to its vast range of wedding planning features. Its wedding tools are particularly advanced. Marrying couples can use them to make wedding checklists, create and manage guest lists, prepare seating charts, devise budgets and even design their own wedding website, which can be shared with guests.
You can also start a wedding registry via the website. Here all your gifts are listed in one place allowing browsing guests to choose a present you’ll really want.
Selecting the perfect theme and colour scheme is an important part of preparations. With award-winning app Pantone Studio you can build a beautiful palette that suits. Your palette can consist of up to five complementary shades. The app even lets you take pictures of specific wedding items – like a flower you like or a bridesmaid dress you’ve purchased – to find exact colour matches.
We love this app and love it even more because it’s free. WeddingHappy may be basic but it has the fundamentals to keep you productive and organised throughout the wedding planning process. It’s got the seal of approval from thousands of couples and is responsible for the completion of 16,125,929 wedding planning tasks to date.
With WeddingHappy you can set and follow a timeline to ensure you’re completely prepared for your big day. Use its features to devise a schedule and to-do list, and set reminders for all those important appointments and milestones. It’s super easy to use. The app can even be shared with others (including your partner and wedding suppliers) to track progress, keep on top of your budget and payments, and set due dates. Better yet, the majority of the WeddingHappy app’s features can be used offline so you can continue planning your wedding everywhere and anywhere.
Whilst similar in name to the previous planning app covered in our rundown, Appy Couple offers a very different list of plus-points. Described as ‘your complete wedding suite’, the app is the place to create all the little and big things that will really make a difference to your wedding plans.
You can use the app to create your own wedding website or app. This can then be used to design and send your save the dates and invites, schedule various wedding related events (such as stag and hen parties, dress shopping sessions and alteration appointments), and manage those all-important RSVPs. Your Appy Couple site or app can also be used to gather photographs from your guests and plan your honeymoon in the days and weeks after your wedding day.