6 (Free!) Apps You Need To Plan Your Pittsburgh Wedding
With the amount of planning that goes into creating a dream wedding, brides might need a little help keeping the details straight.
With technology invading everyday life and millennials reaching marriage age, it’s no surprise the wedding industry is going digital. To keep you in the loop, we’ve chosen some of the best apps that bring the world of weddings up to date and ease stress for busy brides. Here are six you can use to plan your own Pittsburgh wedding.
The best part? They’re all free
WeddingWire’s planning app is one of four apps associated with weddingwire.com. This all-in-one app condenses the website’s features designed to keep brides organized and inspired while offering planning tools at the touch of a finger.
WeddingWire creates a monthly checklist to keep brides on track for the big day based on their wedding date. It also calculates approximate costs for each wedding item when an overall budget is entered. It allows brides to import wedding registries and input guest list and RSVP details in order to keep track of addresses and attendees. The app also offers a forum for brides to connect with other brides and vendors in the wedding community for help in making important decisions.
In the early stages of planning, you can check out the “Inspiration” section of WeddingWire to access pictures of jewelry, dresses, cakes and more.
Brides can obsess over bridal styles without an appointment at a bridal shop with the help of The Knot. The Knot’s Wedding LookBook lets you browse more than 6,000 bridal, bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride and flower-girl dresses on the go.
Brides can save their favorite looks, including jewelry and accessories, and then find shops to try on the bridal attire. The app also features a “Buy” button for accessories, enabling brides to purchase the veils, shoes and headpieces they’ve discovered on the app rather than search for them elsewhere.
Zola allows brides and grooms to use their iPhones to create wedding registries that include a story or explanation with each product. The app features products from the Zola store, and couples can import goods from other websites or scan barcodes in stores with an iPhone camera. The app allows guests to give gifts in the form of products, experiences and money.
Couples can use the Blender function, the Tinder of wedding registries, to swipe left or right to skip or add the app’s suggestion for potential gifts to their registry. Zola also estimates how many gifts a couple should register for in each price range based on the number of guests invited to their wedding.
Group gifting allows multiple friends and family members to pitch in for more expensive presents. When a gift is purchased, the couple is notified and given the option to ship it immediately or set a later delivery date to avoid returning from their honeymoon with a front porch full of packages. The bride and groom also can exchange unwanted gifts before they’re shipped to avoid the hassle of returns.
Appy Couple helps you to create a beautiful, custom website that allows for instant back-and-forth communication between you and your guests via a chat feature that is similar to WhatsApp.
This multiplatform service alleviates the need for RSVP cards and accommodation sheets that traditionally accompany wedding invitations, therefore reducing the cost of stationery. Guests can read about accommodations and send responses through the couple’s AppyCouple website or app instead.
Couples can connect with their guests through the technology they’re used to, and the website becomes a digital keepsake where the couple can post pictures for their guests to access after the big day.
When you’re in the trenches of planning and in need of a photographer, florist, venue, officiant and other vendors, WeddingWire app WedTeam can help to put you at ease. The app allows brides to sift through and even book vendors based on location and preference.
Users can save information about their favorite vendors and compare details about vendors they are considering. The app also keeps track of vendors that the bride has booked.
WeddingParty allows users to create a custom app and corresponding website that becomes a digital guest book and more.
The app’s most popular feature is its photo-sharing capability. Guests can upload pictures and messages to the couple’s photostream, taking on the role of a traditional guest book. Then, the bride and groom can download guests’ pictures after the wedding.
Brides can also use WeddingParty to communicate event, accommodation and registry details with attendees who download the app or view the website.
Recently, WeddingParty added a feature that serves as a mobile photobooth and allows brides to skip the hassle and cost of renting a physical photobooth. The app uses guests’ iPhone front-facing cameras, adds a timer and takes four pictures in a row that guests can edit by adding filters and format as digital photobooth strips. These pictures can be shared to the couple’s photostream as well.