Planning anything as massive as the most important day of your life requires a lot of time, effort, discussions, negotiations and compromise. It also provides insight into the kind of life you will be sharing with your partner after the big day itself. To keep frustrations and arguments from clouding the whole planning process, be smart about it.
Find some help in the form of tools and apps that are readily available that can help you manage some of the more sticky, headache-inducing problems like wedding invitations and seating plan.
That way, you can use the remaining time to go through the more personal things that matter, like choosing your wedding band, your wedding gown/tux, your honeymoon spot and writing your vows.
Plan a modern wedding the smart way by using these 10+ tools and apps catered to help you make your wedding day a day to remember.
Create your own wedding website
Want to create your own dedicated wedding website but can’t design to save your marriage? Choose one of hundreds of designs available on Appy Couple, add in your details, and the site builds itself.
You’ll get an online website to call yours and an accompanying smartphone app version as well.
You can also create and manage your guest list, announce your venue, dress code and other relevant info, upload your wedding pictures, chat with your guests, all on your built site.
You can have your own wedding website with a one-time fee of $49 or $149 depending on which of the two collections you choose.
Or opt for classic printed wedding cards
If you want to send invitations to your guests but can’t seem to find the time to write, design, print and find their respective addresses to mail the cards to them, let Postable do all that and more on your behalf.
Just insert the email addresses of your guests, and Postable will send them a standard emails asking to fill in their mailing addresses. You can then send cards for the many occasions: Save the Date and Invitations, Bridal Party and Shower Invites, Congrats and Thank yous and Anniversaries.
Plan your guest list and seatings
WeddingWire is an overall toolkit anyone needs to plan for their wedding. It has a range of planning tools to help you create your guest list, seating chart, find a photographer or DJ or catering service, find a wedding dress, be inspired with real wedding photos, find songs for the event or the reception and more.
You can also create your registry or go through the forums for ideas, suggestions and feedback from their registered users. Lastly, you can also get your own wedding website and a wedding checklist tool to help you make sure you got everything covered. Just get an account to start planning. Download WeddingWire for iOS, or Android.
Get your guests seated easily
One of the simplest or the most complicated task for a wedding is managing the seating order – simplest if you let them sit where they like; complicated, if you want everyone to have a good time at their table. All Seated allows you to plan your big day with hosts, venue managers, vendors and event planners all in a single place.
Group the guests that you think will enjoy each other’s companies and use their color-coding system to seat your guests at your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or wedding dinner. You can also invite family members to help you and join in with the planning.
An app to design the best seat plan
Top Table Planner can help you to design your table plan. Use their easy admin panel to drag and drop tables and seats to suit your table placements at your wedding venue. Then add your guest list and place each guest in the seating of your choice. Once you are satisfied, print out your table seating plan and guest name cards.
Reduce stress and save your time planning your seating quick and simple in a visual manner. Although it is a paid app (starting from just $20), it does have a 7 day trial you can take advantage of and is accessible on desktop, tablet or smartphone.
Or go for an online seating tool
Tablerrr is another online seating arrangement tool that allows you to create seating plans. With Tablerrr you can work online from any computer. Create your event, add your guest list, design your seating plan, then in the Editor mark who can sit next to each other, and who shouldn’t.
Drag and drop guests to their seats, and make changes even when your guest list has changes such as cancellations or late registrations. You can also print out table cards with this tool.
Get the best wedding planning resources
TheKnot has a huge amount of information you may need for your wedding planning needs. Here you’ll find ideas for dresses, invitations, the reception, rings and jewelry and more. You can also ask for ideas from the community or get ideas from real actual weddings of other couples.
The Knot is also a place where you can find vendors and caterers to service your wedding day, as well as photographers, videographers and photo booths setups. You can also create your wedding website and a registry in the same place.
One-stop shop to plan a complete wedding
On Wedding Planner you can find everything you need from a dress for a bride to shoes for a groom. The site is designed with focus on the bride but you can find tools to help you plan a wedding from the beginning to the end.
Manage your budget and various lists, find vendors from your area, shop for accessories, get wedding ideas, inspiration and more. Wedding Planner even has wedding planning courses for those who take wedding planning super seriously.
Take help from all-in-one wedding planner
iWedPlanner is home to vendors from a ton of categories from wedding caterers to DJs, from reception venues to accommodation for guests, from wedding favors and gown cleaning to name change services. It is also home to a forum where you can plenty of answers to wedding-related questions.
Also available is a free calculator to crunch numbers for your wedding budget, a checklist to help you make sure that everything is covered, a seating tool, and a fun virtual makeover tool to help you perfect that wedding look. [Download: iOS | Android]
Your ultimate wedding planning checklist
WeddingHappy is a free iPhone app that does not require Internet connection to use, unlike the other wedding apps in this list. You can search for vendors, set up your checklists and calendar notifications, sync your wedding plans to other Apple devices and more.
The task lists contain categories that help you keep you on your toes when it comes to doing the research required such as looking for a DJ, ordering your wedding dress, asking around for a florist and more.
Manage your gift list
These days we are more open about giving and expecting wedding gifts. Rather than keep your guests guessing about what you might need, use Zola to display your gift list to your guests, indicating what you actually need for this next phase of your life.
In this wishlist, guests can pick up a gift within their budget and not buy you the same item twice. One fun feature is that you can scan a barcode with the app scanner to add a gift to your registry. No more tea sets and silver cutlery you never use. [Download: iOS]
Get a rough estimate of your dream wedding
Want to find out what your dream wedding would cost for you? Just answer some simple questions and the Dream Wedding Calculator will work it out. In any case, be warned, the final figure may make you cry!