The easiest way to remain organized during the wedding planning process is to utilize websites, databases and apps. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites for all stages of planning.
The Hardest part about wedding planning is actually getting started. Since we know you already have a Pinterest board with wedding ideas, the next step is to start looking at potential venues and vendors. Starting here will help you be more informed so you can start creating a budget which will drive the rest of your plans.
2. Wedding Planning Checklist: The Knot
The Knot literally has everything you need to plan a wedding. There are planning tools, inspiration and wedding ideas, as well as a planning checklist which you can personalize to best fit your day. You can also use your Knot planning checklist from your phone while you’re on-the-go.
3. Budget: Brideside
Brideside is a wedding planning website whose main focus is customer service and helping brides. They have many helpful planning tools but what we really love is their budget page. Here you will find the average cost of weddings, a list of unexpected costs and a free budget spreadsheet you can download directly from the site. It doesn’t get any better than this!
4. Loop in the Crew: Google Drive
Google Drive is the best program to loop in your planning pals. You can create lists with Google Spreadsheets and assign tasks, brainstorm ideas and keep a list of vendors. You can also post your wedding day timeline so that all members know exactly where they’re supposed to be and when.
5. Venue Layout: AllSeated
Every bride will agree that planning the venue layout and assigning seats is perhaps the most frustrating part. Keeping in mind everyone’s little quirks can be very taxing on your patience. We highly recommend using AllSeated, a website which offers exact floor plans to scale, guest lists, and seating arrangements. All you have to do is send in your venue’s floor plan and they will digitize and scale it for you. You can manage your whole guest list using AllSeated and even see it in 3D!
6. Bachelorette Planning: Travefy
Travefy is a bachelorette planning website which allows you to hold discussions and take polls, organize trip information and documents, create itineraries, send invites and collect money for expenses. The option to collect money means that there will be no hold-ups at dinner or at the party store when you try to divide funds to cover the bill. If you use this site, all you have to do at the bachelorette is show up and have fun!
7. Reception Music: Spotify
Many people have heard of Spotify, but have you thought of using it for your wedding music planning? Try searching new playlists while you’re at work and then you can build a list of potential music without wasting lots of time. You can also create a bachelorette and bridal party playlist to set a fun tone. Are you planning a buck n’ doe? Make a playlist with your wedding party and have a friend be the DJ. All you’ll have to do is rent or borrow speakers and a microphone. Just be sure to upgrade to a premium account so you can run your playlist without wifi. You wouldn’t want to run into a wifi debacle mid-song.
8. Photo Sharing: WedPics
WedPics is a free app which lets you create a private place for all of your wedding photos and videos. All you have to do is invite your wedding guests to download the app. They can then add photos from your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and wedding so that all images are in one place and no moment is missed. Not only can you list your wedding details, but you can also invite unlimited guests and utilize stickers filters and more. Try sharing this on your hashtag sign!