By Marian Amini and Hayley Woodward
NEED PLANNING HELP? THESE EXPERT APPS AND BOOKS ARE THE PERFECT WAY TO KEEP THINGS STRAIGHT.
You’ve picked the venue, invited the guests, selected the décor and taste-tested the food. Now you have to make the seating chart. With AllSeated, you can design your chart online and have guests “check in” via the tablet app—no place cards needed. Send AllSeated a photo of your venue to get the chart started. Within 24 hours, it will add a 3-D image of the space to your account that lets you assign people to spots, move tables, add chairs and more. On the big day, ushers can escort guests to their tables using the app.
free on iOS and Android tablets
“It’s everything about your wedding in one place.” That tagline tells it like it is. Add event details, wedding registry, hotel information and engagement photos. With Joy, you can also add details (including photos) about your wedding party, have guests RSVP digitally, import spreadsheets, send guest notifications and messages, feature vendors, create an online guest book and—we saved the best for last—have guests upload wedding photos of your big day directly to the site. Also, you can make anyone connected to the site an admin (so your maid of honor can keep it all organized!). The desktop and mobile version work in conjunction, so you can have Joy with you 24/7.
free on iOS and Android
Think of this as your digital financial adviser. Keeping up with your wedding budget can be hard, but Mint allows you to track your day-to-day spending and get an overview of each week with regular summaries. Set a budget and opt for alerts that will keep you on track.
free on iOS and Android
Does a certain dress or tablecloth color have you seeing wedding bells? With Pantone Studio, no mystery hues are out of reach. Simply snap a photo of a colorful object and the app will tell you its exact color. Extract shades from Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram, and create color palettes from more than 10,000 tones.
$4.99 a month or $30 a year on iOS
With TaskRabbit, you’ll have all the errand help you need. The app connects you to specialized “taskers” who can take care of last-minute shopping, bouquet making, deliveries and DIY projects. Post the job you need help with along with an hourly rate, and TaskRabbit will connect you with a tasker, who’ll get paid directly through the app.
free on iOS and Andriod
Built as an app that can work with any kind of team—from a family to a small startup to friends looking to throw a party— Trello keeps everything organized with a virtual pin board. Once you get your wedding party connected, lay out the wedding checklist, deadlines and other details. The app will email deadline reminders and, once a task is done, you just drag and drop to get rid of it. You also can add inspirational photos or documents (like your invitation) to review.
free on iOS and Android
Overwhelmed with your gift registry? Head to the Wayfair app, where you can browse more than 12 million home products with the help of customer reviews and idea boards. To make things really easy, select “ready-made” registry ideas for inspiration.
free on iOs and Android
Consider this a wedding planner in the palm of your hand. Input your anticipated wedding date and the app will build customized to-do lists with suggested due dates. It even sends you reminders (like “Pay deposit for the band”). WeddingHappy also helps you keep track of your spending, compute your remaining budget and calculate the current cost per guest. And, if that’s not enough, you can share your plan with your fiancé, mother or maid of honor.
free on iOS
A Practical Wedding Planner:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Wedding You Want with the Budget You’ve Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process)
Author Meg Keene helps you sift through what you really want on your wedding day with helpful pep talks on all the essentials: setting and sticking to a budget, choosing a venue, hiring good vendors, saving money, choosing realistic wedding décor and remembering to have fun.
Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette
Navigate every situation with Post’s insightful, modern help. You’ll learn how to handle awkward family situations, address envelopes, word invitations, blend family traditions and figure out whom to include on your guest list.
The Bride-to-be Book: A Journal of Memories From the Proposal to “I do”
This little blue book is designed for the relentless diarist— someone who jots down every memory. Record each magical moment leading up to and including the big day, from the proposal to the ring to the dress to the toasts, with the help of the journal’s perceptive prompts.
The Groom’s Instruction Manual:
How to Survive and Even Possibly Enjoy the Most Bewildering Ceremony Known to Man.
The guys need help, too, and this is just the book to give it. Your bridegroom will learn how to handle feuding relatives, soothe stressed fiancées, plan the rehearsal dinner, choose wedding bands and much more. In other words, he’ll be the man of your dreams.
The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer
The popular wedding website has compiled all of its wedding knowledge and ideas into a planner to help you stay organized and keep you inspired. Inside you’ll find the basics—timelines, budgeting worksheets and information on choosing vendors—along with helpful tools you might not have thought about, like money-saving tips, favor ideas, color swatches and other inspirations for a 21st-century bride.