Getting engaged is such a happy and magical time, and your wedding day will be one of the most special and memorable days of your life. However, the bit that comes in between those two events can be pretty stressful! Trying to find the right venue on the right date, searching for the perfect dress, managing suppliers and caterers, and trying to fit everything into a tight budget is enough to drive any bride to distraction!
If you’re drowning in a sea of receipts, invoices, spreadsheets, and notebooks, just stop and breathe for a moment! Wedding planning doesn’t need to be chaotic and stressful; in the age of the smartphone you can pretty much guarantee that whatever you need help with, there’s an app for that!
We’ve put together a definitive list of free or cheap apps that will streamline your wedding planning process, leaving you with more free time to embrace and enjoy the experience of getting married!
The app, itself, is free to download on iOS and Android; however, to get the most out of the service you will need to subscribe to either the Boutique Collection for £39 or the Luxury Collection for £89. For this price you can create a customised website from over 500 unique designs.
A wedding website is a great way to keep everything centralised and streamlined; skip the traditional paper wedding invites, and ask your guests to visit your website and download the app (for free) to view the details and RSVP.
Store all your guests’ contact details in one place, and send out emails and notifications with important information etc. After the big day, you and your guests can also use the app to share wedding photos too!
Many brides and grooms underestimate the amount of admin involved in planning a wedding; and one of the most tedious of all the admin tasks is collecting and collating postal addresses to send the invitations out. Save yourself hours of endless emails, text messages, and phone calls by using Postable to gather all your guests’ addresses.
Simply create a free account, add your guests’ email addresses, and send them a standard request to fill out a simple form; then sit back and watch your address list start to fill up while you concentrate on some of the more pressing aspects of wedding planning.
Get it right, and a seating plan can make your wedding day run smoothly and enjoyably for you and your guests. Get it wrong, on the other hand, and you could be in for a day to remember for all the wrong reasons!
If you’re having sleepless nights wondering where to sit your divorced aunt and uncle, or how to arrange your different groups of friends, it’s time to let an app do all the hard work!
Top Table Planner is a paid subscription service ranging from £10 to £40, which allows you to visualise and manipulate your seating plan easily, ensuring you sit the right guests in the right places and avoid any hassle on your big day.
There are so many wedding planning apps available now, it can be difficult to decide which is right for you. Wedding Happy is really simple to get up and running – you don’t even need to enter your email address!
Simply pop in your wedding date (or your anticipated one if you haven’t set the date yet) and the app will build a customised to-do list for you to work through.
The dashboard provides an overview of your planning process, it integrates with your Facebook and Twitter, and the ‘export and email’ feature lets you send your schedule and supplier info to those who need to know. Plus, many of the features of the app can also be used offline too.
Time flies when you’re planning your wedding. Your big day may feel like a long way off in the beginning, but those months will soon turn into weeks and then days!
Having a wedding countdown app on your phone can help you to stay on track and ensure that you’re getting all of your tasks done in plenty of time.
The Wedding Countdown app can also be personalised with your favourite photos and songs, and you can keep the app after the big day to remind you of your anniversaries too!
The cost of a wedding can soon begin to mount, so it’s important to set a budget and keep track of what you’re spending to ensure that you don’t over-spend on certain things and leave yourselves short in other areas.
The Wedding Budget app is free on iOS and can help you to keep your wedding spending under control. If you’ve saved money on something, for example your dress was cheaper than planned, you can easily increase the budget for, say, your catering accordingly on the app.
The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner
The Knot has been the go-to website for many brides-to-be for a while now, and their wedding planning app makes life even simpler!
The free app provides checklists of tasks to guide you through each month leading up to your wedding, as well as a budget and a wedding countdown feature.
The app is also a great place to find wedding inspiration for things like cakes and dresses too.
Not only is Trello useful for helping to organise your wedding planning, it can also help to organise all aspects of your life too!
Described as a ‘whiteboard with superpowers’, Trello is a free organisational app available on Android and iOS.
It incorporates a calendar, to-do list, and project manager all in one, allowing you to see everything at a glance and share it with others.
Available for free on iOS and Android, WeddingWire is about as close as you can get to having your own professional wedding planner in your pocket!
It offers the capabilities of multiple apps all rolled into one, including a to-do list, wedding date countdown, and a database of over 200,000 reviewed vendors and venues.
As well as all of that, the app also lets you search through real wedding galleries for inspiration, and connect with other couples for advice and tips.
Linking your WeddingWire account to the browser version also allows you to access further features including an online seating chart and a hashtag generator.
It’s not a wedding planning app per se, but Evernote sure is useful for organising a variety of aspects of your life!
This free app is available on iOS and Android, and allows you to take notes, store photos, drawings, locations, itineraries, and web pages, and sync all of this with your other devices.
You can also share your notes with your partner, enabling you to delegate tasks to your husband-to-be and see when they’ve been ticked off the to-do list!
Slack is a group-messaging program which is currently taking the corporate world by storm. However, it is also a really useful tool when it comes to planning a wedding.
The app can be used to message other users, share photos, and choose who sees what, meaning private photos can stay private.
Slack also allows you to synchronise Google calendars with other users, and create reminders for items on your task list. The app is great for planning your big day, as well as organising stag and he parties too!
For the hen/stag nights...
WhatsApp is a free messaging app, available on Android, iOS, and Microsoft operating systems. It uses your phone’s internet connection to allow you to send messages and make calls to other users as long as you have their phone number.
Unlike standard SMS messaging, WhatsApp allows you to create groups so that you can message several people at once, and you can send photos and videos using mobile data or wifi, thus avoiding MMS charges.
The app is a great way to organise your stag or hen night by communicating the details with your whole bridal or groomsman party in one go... and share any embarrassing photos the next day!
Messenger for Facebook is a free app that allows you to send private messages to individuals or groups. Send photos, videos, and thousands of different emoji stickers via your phone’s data or wifi connection.
You can also make calls and record voice messages with the Messenger app too. Unlike WhatsApp, Messenger allows you to keep in touch with your Facebook contacts even if you don’t have their mobile number.
This free app lets you explore and book restaurants in a wide variety of UK locations.
From gastro pubs and high street favourites, to Michelin star restaurants and independent establishments, Bookatable will clue you in on restaurant offers and let you find eateries nearby with the enhanced map view.
You can also check table availability in real time, and make reservations from your smartphone!
Uber is the quick and easy way to book a taxi, and the service is currently available in 16 UK cities, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Edinburgh, and Belfast, among others.
If you’re having your stag or hen weekend in a different city, the Uber app will help you and your friends get around easily.
There’s no need to worry about having the correct fare in cash, simply set up an account and your credit/debit card or PayPal account will be charged after the journey.
This wouldn’t be an article about wedding planning apps if we didn’t mention Pinterest! This free app is an absolutely brilliant tool for brides-to-be.
If you’re not already familiar with Pinterest, it’s like a giant virtual pin board on which to gather ideas and inspiration, and save links to resourceful websites that you come across during your wedding research.
Whether you need inspiration for wedding dresses, hairs and makeup, centrepieces, or honeymoon destinations, you’ll find a plethora of great ideas on the Pinterest app and web version!
Instagram is an image-based social media platform whereby people share pictures with their followers, and use hashtags to allow them to be discovered by other users too.
There are over 3 million photos tagged with #weddinginspiration and over 62 million under the tag #wedding so you’re bound to find something to inspire you!
Try hastags such as #weddingdress #weddingday #weddinginspo #instawedding etc to discover an insane amount of wedding photographs to get your creative juices flowing!
The Knot LookBook
So we’ve already mentioned the wedding planner app from The Knot, but the wedding aficionados have several other apps that will help a bride-to-be out in the lead up to the big day.
The LookBook app is an insanely useful tool for any bride still searching for the prefect dress. Simply enter your vital stats, style of wedding, and your best and worst features, and the app will generate hundreds of dresses from different designers to suit different budgets.
You can also search manually by style, fabric, dress length, waist style, train length, designer, or price too. With the LookBook app you can have a good idea of what you’re looking for before you get anywhere near a bridalwear shop!
Weddinggawker literally allows you to gawk at other peoples’ weddings through the eyes of wedding bloggers all over the world. Contributors submit photos which are linked to the original blog posts if you want to find out more information about the wedding.
The app is free but there are restrictions and in-app purchases if you want to get more out of the tool.
For the playlist...
There’s no hard and fast rule that says you have to have a DJ or a band at your wedding. If you’re working to a tight budget, the cost-effective option is to skip the professional musical entertainment and put together your own personalised playlist using an app such as Spotify.
You can create an account for free, but the free one features adverts, so it’s best to opt for the paid version for £9.99 a month.
Both allow you to create customised playlists, but the paid version doesn’t have ads after every few tracks, and it also allows you to share the URL of your playlist so that it can be played via the sound system of the venue easily.
If you have an impressive catalogue of music on your iPod or iPhone you may decide to use this to provide your wedding music rather than hiring a DJ or a band.
If you’re going down the DIY music route, an app like WeddingDJ for iPhone will help make sure things go smoothly. The app will prevent the wrong song from playing, make sure the order of play doesn’t get muddled, and prevent the music from cutting out.
Create playlists using the existing songs in your iTunes account, and seamlessly switch between playlists for different parts of the day.
Smartphone technology has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years, and many phones have better cameras than actual digital cameras these days!
The vast majority of your guests will have a smartphone with them, and they’ll be clicking away at every opportunity during your big day. These photos offer the bride and groom an insight into their big day, capturing candid moments that may have slipped by unnoticed.
The app allows the couple to create an account and share it with friends and family, inviting them to install the free app and upload their snaps so that guests can view them all in one place. You can even order prints directly from the app too!
How many times have you been to a wedding and taken loads of photos and never got round to doing anything with them after the big day?
Ensure that any photos taken on your wedding day aren’t destined to anguish in your guests’ phone memory for all of eternity, never seeing the light of day with the Wedding Snap app!
Set up an account and share the unique ID with your guests; if they also install the app they can upload their photos of your day directly to it, and they can even be shared straight to Facebook and Twitter.
As wedding costs start to mount and your budget is stretched very thinly, one of the things that can get pushed to the back-burner is the wedding album.
You’ve spent a fortune on a photographer, not to mention the cost of dressing the venue and getting yourselves dolled up, yet you can’t seem to justify the cost of having an expensive wedding album created.
Blurb is a free online tool that allows you to create customised wedding albums, as well as guestbooks for the big day, for entirely affordable prices that won’t break the bank.
For everything else...
Etsy is an online marketplace for crafters and artisans to sell unique, handmade, and vintage products.
If you’re looking for something a little out-of-the-ordinary the chances are you’ll find it on Etsy, or you’ll at least find someone with the talent and ability to create it for you!
From wedding invitations, cake toppers, and favours, to bridesmaid and groomsman gifts and one-of-a-kind wedding jewellery, you’ll find just what you need to add those personal touches to your wedding day.
If you want to avoid receiving eight gravy jugs and six toasters from well-meaning guests on your wedding day, it’s a good idea to set up a wedding gift list.
Amazon’s wedding list tool is one of the best around, it may not be the most glamorous but it’s certainly practical and easy to use! You’re not restricted to products that are listed on Amazon, you can add any product from any website to your list!
The tool will update your list as items are purchased, removing them to avoid duplicate gifting, and your guests will also benefit from free shipping on orders over £20 (subject to T&Cs). The list also keeps track of who bought what so you can easily send out thank you notes afterwards!
Singe-store wedding registries are a thing of the past! Prezola allows couples to create a wedding gift list, choosing from over 300 top brands, as well as discreetly asking for cash or charity donations, all in one place.
The tool also allows you to create a free wedding website too! Simply register with Prezola, create your list, share the link with guests, and concentrate on the more pressing aspects of organising your wedding, safe in the knowledge that you won’t be receiving ten new kettles!
TripIt is an indespensible tool when it comes to planning your honeymoon. Available on desktop, Android, iOS, and Microsoft phones, this free app allows you to keep all your honeymoon travel plans in one place.
It creates an itinerary that syncs with your calendar, and allows you to share details of your travel plans with friends via Facebook.
Keep track of your flight details, hotel bookings, and miscellaneous things like car hire etc all in one place.
Met Office Weather
Having a UK wedding is like playing Russian roulette with the weather. Booking your wedding for a weekend in August doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a sunny day, unfortunately.
Likewise, getting married in March doesn’t always mean it will be a ‘winter’ wedding. The Met Office Weather app is a must-have for brides and grooms who want to keep an eye on what the weather will be like on their big day.
You can also set different locations, meaning you can track the weather at your honeymoon destination too!
All brides (and grooms) want to look their best on their wedding day, and for some that may mean eating healthily to lose weight and get fit.
MyFitnessPal is the best calorie counting app on the market, and it’s completely free to use! There’s a paid version with more features and no ads, but the free one works just fine.
Simply create a profile and input your vital stats and your weight and fitness goals, then track your food and exercise daily, and record your weight and measurements weekly. You can also add friends too, so it can be a good way to keep yourself motivated!