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Apps and Your Wedding


Diving into the world of wedding apps can be a time-consuming and confusing journey. Here’s how to know which one is right for you.

CAN’T GET STARTED?

Wedding Wire links engaged couples with thousands and thousands of vendors and venues, with millions of reviews written by real-life newlyweds. This will help you narrow things down if you’re not sure about location or pricing. There are also checklists, and templates to make and keep a budget, so you can stay on track.


PLANNING WITHOUT A PLANNER

The free Wedding Happy app works like an online personal assistant, with preloaded tasks to guide engaged couples every step of the way. You can set up reminder alerts that a wedding planner would normally handle for signpost moments in the run up to the wedding, like invitation mail outs or putting down various deposits. Your event details can also be shared with anyone in your wedding party.


BUDGET CONSCIOUS

Mint wasn’t designed with weddings exclusively in mind, but the popular money-management site provides an easy-to-use budgeting system to help you track costs. You can sync this free app with your credit cards and bank account to monitor spending.


INSPIRATION NOTES

Who hasn’t seen a cool Instagram centerpiece and wondered who made it? Carats and Cake provides expansive details on everyone who works their weddings, from florists to caterers to photographers. Eliminate the summer wedding guesswork by digging into their reviews and portfolios. You can also book these vendors through the same site.


DESTINATION DETAILS

Destination weddings are all the rage, but where? The Venue Report offers a directory of trendy hotels, can’t-miss event spaces and party spots. From the south of France to the wilds of Montana, the site helps you filter results by price, capacity and place. Information about fees is also included, as well as direct contact information.


COOLER GIFTS

Household appliances are fine and all, but what about something even cooler? You can find all of the basic essentials on Zola, as with any standard department-store registry. But the app also links you up with higher-end and specialty items like Waterford Crystal stemware, the Sonos sound system, or comfy Matouk bedding. There are also group-gifting options that offer your guests the chance to go in on pricier items together.

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