It’s almost 2017, so put down your notebooks and checklists and take your wedding planning to your phone. With all of the technology out there, you better believe that wedding experts have created some pretty amazing apps to help you through your planning process. From hiring a wedding planner, to digital checklists, to booking your hair and beauty services, here are a few of our best-kept secrets (aka favorite digital tools) to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.
- Wedding Planner by The Knot
Think of The Knot’s apps as a mini-wedding planner in your purse! Keep yourself sane with their wedding checklist, find a vendor from their list of over 250,000 merchants, schedule a venue tour directly from their app, and browse endless inspiration photos to help inspire your perfect day.
Why limit your wedding registry to two or three stores when you can fill it with literally anything that catches your eye? With Zola you can create your registry on your iPhone or iPad and customize it to your liking. If you’re out shopping and see something you like, just scan its barcode to add it. You can also add “experiences” so your guests can choose a service like Blue Apron or a wine membership instead of purchasing a household item.
- Wedding Wire
This app will keep you on track for your wedding. It’s basically your mom and dream personal assistant in app form (minus all the nagging). It has built in tasks like “find your wedding cake maker” and “book your invitations vendor” to help remind you as each deadline is approaching. It also allows you to sync events and contacts with your phone’s calendar and address book.
Joy is one of the top-rated apps out there. You can start from the very beginning by creating your wedding website on Joy. Next, you can manage your RSVP’s directly from the app, so no need to worry about whether cousin Jim said yes or no. Joy also acts as a social network allowing your wedding party to e-meet beforehand, which is great for out-of-towners. Lastly, guests can upload photos directly to the app, so no more combing through your wedding hashtag for the best pics!
- Loverly Virtual Wedding Planner
It’s no secret that sometimes you need a little help from the professionals, especially when it comes to wedding planning. Although we love all of the advice we get from our friends and relatives, some things are best left to the experts, which is where Loverly comes in. You can chat for free with a wedding expert or choose a wedding planning package. You can also browse through advice on budget planning, registry set up, and tailor recommendations from their wedding concierge.
Instead of stressing about your hair, makeup, or nails for your wedding, download Stylisted. You can browse through hundreds of stylists’ profiles for photos of their work, prices, and recommendations from other users. And the best part is that they come to you, so no need to worry about getting ready at a salon. You can also book waxing and spray tans through the app, but we suggest doing this before your wedding day…just in case.
Creating a honeymoon registry is more popular than ever. What better way to share the love than by having your guests contribute to the honeymoon of your dreams instead of taking part in a typical registry? They will be able to give you experiences and memories instead of trinkets or housewares.
*All images via respective apps.