Even with a practiced planner by your side, organizing your wedding day can still present its fair share of challenges. Luckily, there are plenty of wedding apps out there that will help you with every detail—from playing DJ to finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses. We’ve rounded up six of our favorites that’ll help make your dream wedding day a reality.
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Carats & Cake
Are you a Pinterest addict? Perfect. Carats & Cake is a free, Pinterest-like platform that allows brides- and grooms-to-be to peruse hundreds of images of real weddings from around the country and to connect directly with the vendors who produced them. Couples can even rate their vendors and provide personal feedback. One more reason to check out this website? It lists the charitable ways couples can give back once they’ve tied the knot.
Just got engaged? Congratulations! Now’s the perfect time to customize a comprehensive website that will keep all of your wedding details in one place. Appy Couple helps brides and grooms design a personalized app and website. Once you’re done, you’ll have an app and website that your family, friends, and guests can download at no charge.
One of Appy’s best perks? Live, day-of streaming so friends or family members who weren’t able to attend your special celebration can still view everything in real-time.
Long gone are the days when kitchenware and home goods dominated traditional wedding registries. Today, modern couples are opting for registries that tap into their active lifestyles (Sharper Image or REI), home life (UGallery or Club W), and paying it forward (I Do Foundation).
No matter how many registries a couple has, RegistryFinder organizes them all in one convenient place, helping guests easily pick the items they want to purchase. Another reason to consider RegistryFinder: Ten percent of the business’s profits are donated to children’s charities, including Toys for Tots, Room to Read, and Taylor’s Closet.
Vow to Be Chic
Picking out bridesmaid dresses may be one of a bride’s toughest challenges, but Vow To Be Chic turns dress selection into an easy, pain-free process. Starting at $50, this e-fashion rental resource features dozens of colors, cuts, and designs from the industry’s leading designers, like Jill Stuart, Nicole Miller, Donna Morgan, and more.
Here’s the gist: Keeping your color palette in mind, your bridesmaids (with or without the assistance of an online style consultant) will pick the gown they like. One month before the wedding, the dress will be mailed to them in two sizes. Once they’ve tried them on, they will send them back to be dry-cleaned. A week before the wedding, they will receive the frock in their preferred size. After the reception, they simply ship it back using the prepaid packaging.
Hiring a DJ or band might be the perfect option for a larger venue, but what if your reception is intimate? Enter Mixteka, an all-inclusive virtual DJ solution that costs a fraction of what many professional wedding DJs would charge—plus, it’s packed with a plethora of creative and customizable options.
How it works: First, create a free online account. Then, invite your friends and family to recommend their favorite tunes. For $149, couples will receive a mobile device and player stocked with all of their songs (the site has thousands to choose from), uploaded tracks and pre-recorded emcee announcements. Mixteka will provide suggestions for when to play which song, how to set up their devices, the speakers they will need, and more.
We love Snapshots, a wedding photography platform that lets guests and your photographer upload their images to one site. Even better: Instead of waiting weeks after the wedding to preview the professional wedding pics, everyone can see, comment on, and purchase “sneak peeks” of the images the photographer uploaded in real time.
During the reception, friends and family can go online and browse through all the images, pick the ones they like, and have them printed and shipped to their homes. —Kerry Shorr