Ten Tools to Help You Plan Your Wedding From Your Phone

Finally, he put a ring on it. You’re getting married! But where’s Beyoncé when you need to plan what happens next. Having a ring on it doesn’t instantly make you a wedding planning expert. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of online resources to find a free wedding planning checklist or wedding guide.

In the olden days, a couple might bring their printable wedding planning checklist, bulky wedding planning guides, and some bridal magazines with their favorite images to wedding planning meetings. Nowadays, it’s rare to see a couple haul around their various wedding planning checklists. Today’s bride and groom have traded in their heavy book of wedding planning lists for their trusty iPhone, and a printed wedding plan checklist has been replaced with convenient mobile apps. No more lugging around all those weddings guides or driving to meetings only to realize you forgot your detailed wedding planning checklist at home. Those days are gone thanks to some of the helpful wedding apps mobile friendly sites listed below.

Tool 1: The Photographer – PhotographerCentral.com (Free)

Find the perfect photographer in seconds! Photographer Central[www.photographercentral.com] is the answer to a search process that can be exhausting and overwhelming. It presents photographers’ work and contact info in a clean, interactive interface that allows customers to conduct quick, precise searches according to their location, budget, specialties and style. Available on desktop and mobile devices.

Tool 2: The Reception – myGuestList ($1.99, iOS)

Get a handle on your parties and gatherings by keeping track of your invitees using myGuestList, a complete guestlist planning tool for any kind of event. With email, SMS marketing, guest lists, ticketing, social media, reservations and more, this little app covers a lot of event management right from your phone.

Tool 3: The Dress – Brides Wedding Genius (Free, iOS)

Great for brides on the go who are looking for the perfect wedding dress, this app lets you take all your favorite styles and dresses with you wherever you go. You can lose the wedding dress guide, because not only does this app stay current with today’s fashion, it can even locate your dream dress at nearby retailers.

Tool 4: The Countdown – Wedding Countdown (Free, iOS, Android)

Count down to your wedding using more than just minutes and days—you can count down using kisses, heartbeats, and more. You can also use the slideshow and image features to flip through images as you count down and even share snapshots to social media along the way.

Tool 5: The Planner – 2life Ultimate Wedding Planner (Free, iOS)

This ultimate wedding planning guide is a great way for you and your partner to get inspired and organized for your big day. Plan vendor appointments, set up schedules, collect and comment on photos, bookmark vendors and websites, make your own wedding checklist, and browse inspiration galleries and planning tips, all on the go. 

Tool 6: The Other Planner – The Knot Wedding Planner (Free, iOS, Android)

This is another useful wedding planning app. It lets you see real wedding photos, find vendors, update the budget, track payments, create checklists, and update your guest list.

Tool 7: The Social Hour – Appy Couple ($35, iOS, Android)

AppyCouple combines a wedding website and app, all in one publisher. This becomes your central hub for you and your guests with easy setup and 400+ customizable designs. It’s not only an RSVP and event coordination app, it’s also a customized app and website for guests to share photos, get notifications, send notes, and tell stories of the couple. Hefty price, but totally worth it.

Tool 8: The Honeymoon – Tripit (Free, iOS, Android)

TripIt is invaluable for planning your honeymoon. It isn’t specifically for honeymooning, but it sure does the trick better than any other app. You can take all your trip details and funnel them into one handy-dandy master itinerary that can be accessed from your laptop, phone or tablet and syncs to your calendar.

Tool 9: The DJ – WeddingDJ ($4.99, iOS)

This is perfect for DIY weddings where Uncle Jim is also the DJ and emcee. It uses the music and playlists straight from your iTunes so that your emcee can simply slide “next” for each part of your wedding. There’s even some nice fade in/out features for your DJ on the dance floor.

Tool 10: The Gift Registry – Zola Wedding Registry (Free, iOS)

This app is the best way to check “gift registry” off your wedding plan list. Zola lets you add items from multiple stores to one simplified registry. Just go to a store, pull out your smartphone and start scanning bar codes. For the modern bride and groom, you can also simply add a link to the product page if that product is only offered online. Not only that, but you can add more than just products—like cooking classes, hot air balloon rides, theater tickets, honeymoon funds, and any other excellent memory-making gift.

Get started at PhotographerCentral.com and work your way through the list. Just as Photographer Central is the ideal way to search for the perfect wedding photographer in your area, myGuestList is an easy way to organize your guests, and Wedding Countdown is a fun way to keep you on track with planning and deadlines, and the list goes on, as they say. All of these apps/sites are sure to make the wedding planning process quick, painless and as mobile as you are.

Tips are provided by Photographer Central Pro Evan Chung


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