Hi! I'm Lauren here at Team Asurion. I love puzzles, sports and exploring how tech can make my life easier. Oh, and I'm currently planning a wedding… mostly from my phone.
I got engaged this year. I'll spare you the play-by-play, but know my fiancé did an amazing job. I had no idea he was plotting and planning when I wasn't paying attention. So, when he proposed I was so surprised... that I put the ring on the wrong hand.
Alright, so you're caught up. Now, we're dipping our toes into wedding planning. So many venues to tour, questions to answer, dresses to try on – oh, and don't forget about the cake, the entertainment, the photographer. There's a lot to do, and a whole lot more to enjoy.
How to plan a wedding from the palm of your hand
First things first – I'm telling you to take a deep breath. It's going to be okay. Thanks to your smartphone, it's easier than ever to stay organized and on task when it comes to planning the wedding of your dreams (and, if you're like me, that wedding of my dreams is on a tight budget).
The days of carrying around your three-ring binder stuffed with fabric swatches, magazine cutouts, and alphabetized dividers with color-coded sections are gone. Now, you can let your phone do most of the work.
Check out these apps that will help you plan your wedding so you can have more time to focus on the fun stuff, like cake tasting and finding the perfect wedding dress.
The best wedding planning apps
1. Pinterest: For wedding inspiration
Searching for your theme? Need color ideas? Pinterest can help! Scroll through other people's wedding ideas, save photos, and store them all in one place. Whether it's bouquets, bridesmaids' dresses, or centerpieces, Pinterest can get your creative juices flowing and help you visualize your big day.
2. The Knot: For getting started with wedding planning
If you're not quite sure where to start, you can't go wrong with The Knot. It's sort of like a catchall for wedding planning. Take a style quiz to help visualize your day, check out a list of local vendors (complete with reviews), set up your free wedding website, and so much more. It formulates your own person checklist based on your wedding date — it truly is a wedding planner in your pocket.
3. Trello: To help with wedding organization
Hello, Trello. My team at work uses this tool to manage our projects and stay organized. So now, as I'm essentially the project manager for my own wedding, I immediately turned to this free collaboration tool. Invite who you want to have access to the board, attach documents, create to-do lists, and assign tasks to specific people. Best part is it's very easy to navigate, so people on my wedding planning team (ie my Mom) figured it out quickly.
4. Mint: To help with staying on budget
Weddings are expensive — all of the little things add up quickly. The venue, food and entertainment were our three biggest expenses, and also the first three things we checked off the list in the planning process. Keep the dollar signs in check by keeping a close eye on your budget (talking to myself here, too) with the Mint app. Mint helps you create a budget, track your expenses and pay bills.
5. Zola: For setting up a wedding registry
Wedding registries have changed a lot in the last few years. Zola is a great example of that. Register for gifts, experiences, and funds (like a honeymoon fund) all from Zola. It's great for you, and it's easy for your guests. Did you register at several places for gifts? No problem. With Zola, they can see everything you registered for from every store. You're in control of when the gifts get sent to you. Want to wait until after you're back from your honeymoon to receive your gifts? Done!
6. Headspace: For taking a break from wedding planning
For the moments when you just need a break, try Headspace. It's a great way to de-stress and re-focus. It's a free app that teaches you how to meditate for just a few minutes a day. Take a moment, clear your head and get back to planning an amazing day to celebrate love.
If you're reading this thinking, "Wow, I have no idea what I'm doing," it's really okay. I felt the same way. These apps were a great help to ease any stress that popped up along the way. It's always good to take a minute and remember why you're doing this - you found the love of your life and you get to marry them. You've got the tools, now go plan that wedding! And, most importantly, say "I do."
Tap into our expertise
While we can't walk you down the aisle, our tech experts can help you get the most out of your devices to get you there more easily. Because tech savvy belongs to everyone. And when you've got a lot on your plate, having your phone work properly is one less thing you have to worry about.