14 Ways to Plan Your Wedding in the Palm of Your Hand
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Find Your Ring
Tiffany & Co. Engagement Ring Finder
If you’re too shy to try on a little bling in the store, use this app to bring the jewelry to you. Sort by style, carat, or metal to find the perfect ring. You can even upload a picture of your hand to see what your favorites will look like on your finger. When you’re ready to take the next step, schedule an appointment at a Tiffany’s store directly through the app.
Finding the perfect venue can take a lot of pavement pounding, especially since most locales don’t list availability and pricing on their websites. Enter this service: You can search and compare venues based on price, location, style, and guest count to minimize correspondence. If you find a venue you like, book an appointment straight through the app.
Carats & Cake
This free site lets you browse pictures of real weddings in your area to discover reliable vendors. Each image is accompanied by vendor information, so you can easily connect with and use the same professionals—whether it’s a florist, a cake baker, a hairstylist, or a photographer.
WeddingWire Budget Tool
WeddingWire has a myriad of helpful planning tools, like vendor reviews, a wedding website builder, and this budget tool. Keep your finances in order by setting and monitoring your budget. The free calculator also provides industry averages, so you’ll know approximately how much to spend on each aspect of your wedding.
Once you’ve finalized your guest list, enlist the help of this free site to collect guests’ mailing addresses for you. After signing up, you’ll receive a personalized link to send to family and friends, which will take them to an easy-to-fill-out form. Export the whole thing to an Excel document to give to your calligrapher, or send save the dates, invites, and thank you notes directly through the app.
Whether you’re into marsala or set on blue, this app will make it easy to find the right color scheme for your big day. Simply select the color of your choice and it will offer suggestions for complementary hues. See a color you like in someone else’s photo? Use your camera phone to snap a picture, and the app will find the closest Pantone color, so you can build your palette around that shade.
Wedding Dress Studio
If you’re not sure what silhouette would flatter you most, try this app before heading to the bridal salon. With more than 300 customization options, you can design your dream dress and then upload a photo of yourself to “try it on.”
If your groom could use a little inspiration, too, direct him towards this company. All he needs to do is select the type of wedding (options include beach, country, and city), and the page will populate with appropriate—and shoppable—selections.
Experts estimate it costs bridesmaids approximately $1,500-$1,800 to be in a wedding. Brides can help soften the financial blow by giving their bridesmaids some flexibility with attire. This service features a collaborative virtual showroom, where the bride and her bridesmaids can share dresses and vote for their favorite styles.
From a honeymoon snorkeling trip to a series of cooking classes, unique online registries make it possible for brides and grooms to register for nearly anything. Use this registry service to browse thousands of products and experiences and create a limitless list of coveted items. There are group-gifting options for big-ticket gifts, and you can even choose to discreetly return or ship any products or services given at a later date to accommodate your schedule.
With more than 300 templates to choose form—including eight designs that match Real Simple’s own line of wedding stationery—it’s easy to share all the big day details on your own website. Once you’ve selected a theme, you can tell the story of how you met, introduce your wedding party, and highlight travel and event information that guests can access through the app or a custom website URL.
Access thousands of designers and artists selling fun, unique, and affordable finds right from your phone with this handy app. Whether you’re looking for a custom guest book or handmade earrings to gift your bridesmaids, the easy interface makes it possible to shop and save your favorites or browse curated lists no matter where you are. You’ll also receive push notifications when your item ships.
Once invitations go out and the wedding is just a few short weeks away, it’s easy to feel like the planning is done—then comes the dreaded seating chart dilemma. Use this tool to take the stress out of finding the perfect place for each guest. Simply select the type of tables your venue is using and how many you need, and then drag and drop each guest into place until the seating plan is just right.
You’ve probably hired a professional photographer, but you won’t have to wait for those images to come in with this app. After signing up, invite guests to join your personal “capsule” via Facebook or email. Attendees can then upload their snapshots and videos manually or use your custom code as a hashtag on Instagram, so everyone can view all of the day’s biggest moments in one easy-to-access place. You can even order prints, cards, or canvases of your favorites.