Apps, Tools and Software for Planning a Wedding
What would Martha do? Use her planning templates and programs to find out. Or use an app to plan each table’s seating arrangement. Either way, there are way too many online tools to ever feel lost again while you’re planning your wedding.
A one-stop shop for an overview of the budget, managing the guest list, venue information, contacts, checklists and inspirational photo storage.
This app helps you communicate all wedding-related news with your guests, including directions, hotel information and gift registries. Couples can customize the design and layout of information.
Photo Storage Flock
This app uses background location information and knowledge of your Facebook friends to identify and categorize pictures of guests.
This app assembles all guests’ photos into a timeline so those who couldn’t attend can view the day as it unfolded.
Brides and grooms can register for any item anywhere by scanning a product’s bar code with the app. If a product doesn’t have a bar code, you can take a photo of it and add a description to your registry. >>
This app is TheKnot.com’s answer to having a wedding planner with you at all times. It features common questions about etiquette and planning with answers and resources.
(available on iTunes)
After reading a couple’s set list on Hifi.com, the app will select songs from a vast collection in categories like first dance, bride and father, and most requested.
Not the app type? Popular wedding websites provide planning tools and resources that are easy to download or access via a free personal account. Though most offer checklists, budget calculators and calendar reminders, others offer more specific support.
Martha Stewart Weddings website (marthastewartweddings.com) offers vendor-specific templates as pdf files that include the key questions to ask so you can easily compare services.
TheKnot.com offers a downloadable tool bar to for organizing websites and links to your checklist, guest list and budget.
For brides who want a central source for all their planning, wedding software offers everything from guest list management to vendor communications to stationery for invitations. Some top contenders include:
- PerfectTablePlan (perfecttableplan.com) helps with guest list management, seating preferences and printable charts.
- iDo Wedding Couple (elmsoftware.com/ido) can catch duplicate names on guest lists, assign RSVP numbers, map locations and swap tables on the seating chart.
- The Organized Wedding (theorganizedwedding.com) includes extensive information about multicultural wedding ceremonies and customs.
- My Style Wedding (mystylewedding.com) features a 3D layout so brides can visualize seating arrangements and event space from a real-life perspective.