Congratulations! Getting engaged is such an exciting and wonderful moment. After you’ve had the chance to settle down from the excitement, though, being engaged can get pretty stressful. With the pressure to set a date, plan the wedding, attend events, secure a venue and caterer, get photos taken, design and print and ship invitations... life gets hectic and crazy really fast. On top of all of the wedding planning, there’s the stress of finding the perfect dress and losing any weight leftover from the holidays to look your best on the big day.
There’s a lot of wonderful things that come with getting engaged, but some of the stress is enough to drive anyone crazy. Wedding planners are a huge help in relieving some of that stress and taking on the details brides and grooms don’t need to be concerned with. If you’re on a tight budget or really do want to plan the wedding yourself, though, you’re not doomed to be stressed to the max until the honeymoon. There are a lot of online tools available to make wedding planning easier and relieve some of the stress that comes with it.
1. WeddingHappy. WeddingHappy is a free app designed specifically to work as a personal assistant and guide you through the wedding prep process. With preloaded tasks, you can make sure you get everything covered without missing a beat, and with alerts, you can make sure you don’t forget to mail out the invitations or get to a dress or tux fitting appointment on time. The app lets you share the event with anyone who needs to be involved, so everyone in the bridal party can have access to the same information in one convenient location.
2. myPantone. myPantone is a great app for helping you decide on your colors. You can use it to identify the exact color of a certain lipstick, for example, and build a palette around it. Choosing colors can be harder than it looks, and getting everything in just the right shade can be even harder. This app takes away the guesswork and makes color coordination simple.
3. Azazie. After you’ve decided on colors, you can use Azazie to find the perfect custom bridesmaid dress for all the women in your wedding party. The style and color coordination will bring everything together when it’s time to walk down the aisle, and it will look phenomenal in all your photos. You can also get accessories to compliment the dresses and help the groomsmen match, too. If you’re not sure about a certain color or fabric, you can get a free swatch to make sure it’s exactly what you’re looking for, and they even have an in-home fitting feature!
4. Ucraft. Ucraft is a drag and drop website builder that makes it fast and easy to set up a beautiful wedding site. Using a website to collect names, addresses, and RSVPs is an easy and simple way to keep information organized until you need to use it. Your website can also be used as a way to notify guests to save the date and start planning any necessary travel to make it to the wedding.
5. SnapKnot. Finding an engagement and wedding photographer in your area, price range, and photographic style can be hard to do. SnapKnot makes it easy, though, saving you tons of time and frustration. You can use SnapKnot to search thousands of professional photographers in your budget, then browse through portfolios and read bios to find the photographer who will be perfect for you.
6. Minted. Minted is the perfect place to find unique and beautiful invitations that won’t cause you to go broke. Minted works with independent artists and designers to provide couples with ready-made and attractive invites, programs, and so much more. If you want a custom design that isn’t ready-made, you can get access to designers through the site and get what you’re looking for at an affordable rate. Best of all, you can choose to print your signage directly or have the designs sent to a local copy shop for printing.
7. The Knot – Local Vendors. Whether you’re looking for a reception venue, florist, DJ, caterer, dance lessons, or any other kind of vendor to help with your wedding, The Knot’s Local Vendors tool is an easy way to find what you’re looking for quickly. You can check out reviews left by other couples who used a particular vendor’s services to help you make informed decisions about which venue or hotel is right for your wedding.
8. Amazon Wedding Registry. It’s hard to find one place that has everything you want to register for. Driving around to multiple stores and taking the time to register at each one is time consuming and exhausting, and the people shopping for you aren’t going to like it much, either. Amazon’s Wedding Registry eliminates the hassle of the registry process and lets you register for anything you could possibly need all on one site, from the comfort of your own home. Instead of running from store to store, you and your fiancé can spend quality time together, registering for your wedding in your PJs with Netflix playing in the background.
9. Google Drive. The Google Drive wasn’t designed specifically to help with wedding planning, of course, but because it lets you share documents with anyone and updates in real-time, using the Google Drive to keep everyone in the wedding party up-to-date and organized can be a big time and energy saver. Plus, you’ll never be caught at a vendor appointment without that list of questions or supplies on hand again.
10. Mint. Like Google Drive, Mint wasn’t specifically designed for weddings, but it’s definitely useful. Mint is a free budgeting software you can use to keep track of your expenses and stick to your budget. Weddings are expensive; there’s no denying that, but keeping track of what you spend can help you get a better idea of where the money’s going and what you can do to save in another area to stay on track.
What tools have you found most helpful for planning your wedding with as little stress as possible?