In today’s modern world, apps have become an essential part of our everyday lives. From checking the weather to reading the latest news, now you can find an app for any task.
But, have you ever thought about using applications to help you plan your wedding?
It might surprise you to know that there are actually a ton of amazing apps that can make the wedding planning process easier for you and your partner. Many of the applications are free or low-cost, and can be accessed from anywhere and at any time.
From creative countdowns to photo sharing platforms and budget trackers, here are 9 of our favorite wedding planning apps to help you prepare for your big day!
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Choosing your wedding date will probably be the first big decision you make with your partner. Whether it’s 10 months or 2 years away, having an accurate countdown on hand will hold you accountable for your planning, along with anticipating construction along the way.
The Wedding Countdown app has been designed for exactly this purpose. This free app allows you to customize your own countdown with photos and text by keeping track of the exact months, days, and even seconds until your wedding.
Another great feature of the Wedding Countdown app is the ability to add multiple countdowns at once. This is useful for any pre-wedding events you have planned, such as bridal showers, bridal showers, chicken dinners, or rehearsal dinners.
The months leading up to your wedding will go by much faster than you think! Having a simple countdown to refer to can do wonders for your planning and organization.
Creating your wedding budget is one thing, but sticking to your wedding budget is a different story altogether!
Tracking your wedding expenses is very important to keeping your budget in check. That’s why we love the Pocketbook app to help you manage your expenses for the big day.
Pocketbook is an accounting application that syncs with your online banking, allowing you to easily view your expenses as they occur. The platform is customizable, so you can create your own categories just to keep track of your wedding-related purchases and payments.
The Pocketbook app can also help you save and budget on the go. If you and your partner have planned to save a certain amount of money each week for your wedding or honeymoon, Pocketbook has several budgeting features to keep you on track.
Managing finances can be one of the most stressful elements of wedding planning, and this app really helps simplify the process.
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With all the happy traps taken by guests back in the day, a photo sharing app is a great way to collect these images to look back on forever!
WedBox is an easy-to-use application that allows your friends and family to upload their photos and videos for group access. You can then download the images directly from the app to your computer, making it a more efficient alternative to browsing through tagged photos on social media.
The application is an invitation only to protect your privacy and generates a unique code for guests to access it. This also means that you can invite those who cannot be there for the day, allowing them a first-hand insight into your wedding celebrations.
With helpful categories for each element of your wedding, WedBox allows you and your guests to relive your special day in one convenient location.
Creating your floor plan and seating chart can be a daunting task for any couple! It’s important to make sure your chosen plan works logistically at your location, so an app like AllSeated can be a boon.
AllSeated is a practical webapp that allows you to create a scale plan, according to the dimensions of your premises. With a simple drag-and-drop function, you can play with different table layouts to see which layout works best.
The AllSeated app is a collaborative platform, which means you can invite vendors like your wedding planner or venue manager to participate in the process. You can also use the handy seating assignment tool to assign guests to seats, checking off another task from your list in the process.
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From the ceremony to the cocktail hour and the first dance, music will play an important role in the setting and atmosphere of your day.
If you are not yet familiar with Spotify, it is a digital music application that provides access to millions of songs, playlists, and albums from your favorite artists.
What you may not know is that Spotify also has a selection of specific playlists for each element of your special day. From beautiful acoustic processional songs to the best dance floors to get guests moving, you can use their preset playlists or create your own with your favorite selections.
If you’re going the DIY route for your wedding music, an app like Spotify will take a lot of weight off your shoulders. We love their Wedding Bells playlist for sweet and romantic themes, along with their Wedding Party playlist for an epic dance floor!
It can be easy to research high-value items for your wedding, but what about the smallest details? When it comes to things like table numbers, place cards, signage, and accessories, Etsy is one of our favorite apps for up-to-the-minute décor and details.
Etsy is an online marketplace with a whole category dedicated to weddings. You can find everything from beautiful calligraphic signs to candy boxes, accessories for photographers and gifts for bridal parties. If you need something custom, like a quirky cartoon or even all of your stationery, there are some talented artists on Etsy who also offer custom projects.
Instead of spending hours at craft stores or shopping malls, Etsy sellers can deliver the items you want right to your doorstep. Anything that saves time during the wedding planning process will always be a winner in our eyes!
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With over 100 hours involved in average wedding planning, it can be easy to feel disorganized without a clear system!
As you communicate with different vendors, you will need to keep track of proposals, quotes, invoices, and contracts. With so many vendors involved in your wedding, your email inbox can get a bit chaotic. This is where Google Drive comes in!
A cloud-based app like Google Drive is a great way to stay organized when it comes to file storage. Using Google Drive, you can easily create folders for each wedding provider and keep all their relevant files in one place.
The mobile app lets you scan and upload files and photos on the go, and it syncs across all your devices too. Having all your information consolidated in one place can save you hours of time searching through old emails or following up with vendors.
Google Drive also lets you create documents and spreadsheets online, which can come in handy when it comes to tasks like creating your wedding guest list or budgeting.
What would a wedding planning app list be without Pinterest?
Pinterest is our go-to app when it comes to looking for inspiration and ideas for your big day. This visual search engine is packed with gorgeous images, allowing you to create your own mood boards and fill them with relevant pins to help define your wedding style and vision.
The mobile app is perfect for seeking inspiration on the go, as well as allowing you to upload your own photos or screenshots right from your device. You can search specifically for the inspiration you want, or connect with your favorite wedding blogs and vendors to follow their pins as well.
You can read more details about how to use Pinterest to plan your wedding on the blog, with our best tips for getting the most out of the app.
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For a complete planning platform that covers everything from task management to communicating with guests, we can’t go past our own online portal here at WEDSITES!
Our digital platform has been designed to streamline the planning process, allowing you to send invitations and track RSVPs, manage upcoming tasks, and stay organized before your wedding celebration.
Today, a wedding website is essential when it comes to communicating with guests. We have a range of beautiful templates available for you to customize, with practical and personal details to prepare your loved ones for the big day.
You can read more about our guest list manager and task management system on the blog, or create an account to get started!
Embracing technology for a seamless wedding
With so many useful applications now available to take advantage of, the wedding planning process has never been easier!
We are big fans of digitization and technology to save time and reduce stress throughout your trip. From creating the perfect floor plan to file storage to source-finding inspiration, there really is an app for every step of the planning process.
So if you’re on the hunt for some digital tools to help you through your big day, check out the 9 helpful apps above to get started. With over 100 hours involved in planning the average wedding, it’s safe to say it will be put to good use!