Wedding Planning. These two words alone used to mean hiring a really expensive (but well-worth) event planner or sitting down with your bridal party, surrounded by sheets of to-do lists, invitations, and business cards of caterers.
Well, fret not because we’ve figured out the best way to DIY in 2017 is with none other than your trusted smartphone. There are dozens of apps out there to allow you much less hassle with planning your big day.
1. Appy Couple
Sophisticated, easy to navigate, and useful. Three of the most important things in 1 app, Appy Couple. It creates a sort of a miniature website for your wedding taking in context all your needs and wants for your event.
There are hundreds of designs to create an elegant look for your website so that it can appear as great and in sync as the actual day’s theme. Personalising your experience and managing tasks like vendors, guestlists, invites and RSVPs, collecting photos taken by your guests… It’s all in one.
This app is another that can help you plan your wedding. Creating tasks that may be assigned to people who are also on the app, discussing any problems with them and receiving updates as they complete tasks are a great way to keep track for everything that’s going on.
You can edit and add them in real time. This flexible tool is a godsend if someone in your party is unwell and needs help finishing up. It’s simple enough to sign up and get started.
3. Paperless Post
You’ve always dreamed of your ideal wedding, down to the very last detail. Up comes the quotes from printing companies and wedding planners, and you realise that your gold-leaf, embossed, and wax-stamped invitations are way out of your budget.
Should you pay up or go for a plainer design?
With Paperless Post, you won’t need to detract from your designs at all. The app allows you to digitise everything, from your getting them to your guests (the postal service might just leave your expensive physical invites in the rain), to actually getting an RSVP because who doesn’t have their phone with them everyday?
Avoid receiving last minute RSVPs with its features and put in a little effort into reducing your carbon footprint. The pity of throwing a beautifully printed wedding invitations is miniscule to the actual damage it can do to the environment on a global basis. It’s the 21 st century; time to be modern and eco-conscious.
A photographer and videographer is a must have on your special day, but sometimes you’d want your friends and family to share how they’ve celebrated your wedding too. Both photographs and videos can be uploaded through the app, and you’re able to download it all for your keepsakes after it all ends.
Seeing your beautiful gowns and happiest moments captured through the eyes of your loved ones are something that professional photographers may not be able to capture. It’s extremely user-friendly and you can look back to catch moments that yourself may have missed in the hustle and bustle of celebrations.
5. Artifact Uprising
If you’re an avid user of Instagram, you might be familiar with the popular editing app VSCO. VSCO has released an app called Artifact Uprising that allows you to create photo books, cards, and gifts with your beautiful photos straightaway.
Co-founder Jenna Walker decided to establish this platform after her foray into photography left her with innumerable captured memories sitting in her phone and computers with no real place to be displayed like they should be.
Artifact Uprising uses recycled paper in their photobooks, and partner with local sawmills to use fallen pine trees that would have been disposed of in their uniquely coloured gray-blue papers. They are also partnered with the non-profit SKCAC to provide jobs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It’s a win-win situation here.