While nothing replaces the help of an expert wedding planner, hiring one may be an unnecessary expense for some couples. Planning is still an integral part of making your wedding day exactly what you want it to be, and inexpensive apps and websites can help you organize your wedding, track your budget, and plan your honeymoon with a few clicks or taps of your finger.
Invitation-only Pinterest.com seems like an exclusive club where all the trendy people hang out, but all it takes is an email from a friend with an account and you’re in. The website functions like a digital bulletin board where you can “pin” images from around the web. This website is especially useful to keep track of ideas while perusing dozens of wedding blogs. The board can be shared publicly to give friends and family an idea of your tastes, or you can collaborate on a board with your fiancé to determine the details and theme of your wedding. You can also follow others’ wedding boards to find inspiration. Pinterest.com, free.
This free Android app functions like an all-in-one planner, checklist and bank statement for your wedding. It comes with pre-made checklists or you can create your own. It also allows you to input your budget and bank account details to keep track of each purchase. Android, free.
Checklists and planning guidance for every wedding detail are offered in this app available through the iTunes store. It also has a contact list to help you coordinate with attendees or members of your wedding party. iPhone and iPad, $4.99.
Brides Wedding Genius 2.0
This iPad and iPhone app is made by Brides.com and is an image-heavy resource for brides looking for high fashion dresses and details. It features an extensive gallery of runway wedding dress trends, and a travel destination category provides ideas on where to go and how to plan for your honeymoon. iPhone and iPad, free.
The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner
TheKnot.com is a wedding website that shares articles about engagements, wedding planning, budgeting, and advice on wedding etiquette. The iPhone and iPad app can be synced with an account on the website, so ideas and content found on either can be saved to view on any device. The interface is clean and their image galleries can be used to color coordinate receptions or view photos of potential wedding dresses. iPhone and iPad, free.
This app features an extensive checklist, including specific medications and clothing items, to check off before you head off on your vacation. It also allows couples to collaborate on a list together. Specific categories can be set up for particular items, and pre-made lists are also available. This app is useful for other romantic getaways. Android, $0.99
Feedly is a normal RSS feed aggregator, but its magazine-style template and device compatibility make it an efficient and user-friendly service to keep track of wedding blogs. The website and app can be synced between phones and computers, and you can search by category to find wedding blogs that align with your personal style. Feedly.com, free.