How Smartphones Can Help Brides Plan a Wedding

Today’s brides came of age assuming “there’s an app for that.” And, when it comes to planning their weddings, they’re right – there are a lot of apps for that. Here are some of the best.

The Knot

Heavy gives the top spot to The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner. The Knot covers everything. You can look through dozens of dresses, choose the one you love, and find a local store that carries it. You can get ideas for bridesmaids’ dresses, hairstyles, receptions, and more. You can even read reviews of local vendors. For the practical-minded, you can manage your guest list, stay on top of your tasks, and manage your budget. And it all syncs seamlessly with the company’s website, the knot.

WeddingScan

When it comes to managing your gift registries, MediaBistro recommends WeddingScan. This app tears down physical store boundaries and lets you scan any item from any store. If an item doesn’t have a barcode, you can snap a quick photo and add your own description. All scans are synced to the website, WEDDINGSCAN, where guests can look up your registry and even see the specific store where you scanned an item. Guests can purchase an item from the store where you scanned it, from a store of their choosing, or directly through the website. You’ll even be notified when a gift is purchased.

No matter how thorough a registry app is, you’ll always have guests with their own ideas. Some of those gifts will be so perfect you’ll wonder why you didn’t register for them. But some may never see the light of day again once you’ve written your thank-you note. Don’t just stick them under the bed. Visit this website to find out how you can put those gifts to good use.

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Resort Finder

Whether you’re planning a destination wedding or looking for a great honeymoon resort, Citibank likes an app called Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Resort Finder. With just a few questions, this app picks the best options for the kind of wedding or honeymoon you’re dreaming of. You can get advice on international travel, view live feeds from destinations you’re considering, and even get a quote for a particular locale.

The Knot Gift Tracker

The Knot has already received top billing, but the Examiner thought the gift-tracking feature was handy enough to merit its own mention. You can track gifts right from your guest list just by clicking a guest’s name and adding a description of the gift and the date you received it. There’s even an icon to indicate whether you’ve written your thank-you note yet.

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Wedding 911

Wedding 911, offered by The Knot, is an on-the-spot etiquette guide. You can find answers to questions like the proper order for the wedding party, when to cut the cake, and other last-minute issues. You can even ask your own questions and get answers from other brides.

WedPics

WedPics is an app that makes it easy to collect the pictures taken by your guests. Instead of giving everyone a disposable camera, ask your guests to download the free WedPics app. The photos they take are uploaded to your private website, where guests can view them and you can print or share your favorites.

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From the moment you say “yes” to the day you write your thank you notes, technology can guide you every step of the way. No matter what stage you’re in, there is, indeed, an app for that.

Mason Williamson researches productivity software. He frequently blogs about specific needs and challenges that can be met by apps and other technology.

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