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Three Wedding Apps Every Couple Must Download

Our resident wedding planner, Tami Smallwood- Brown, gives reviews on wedding apps.
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Welcome to Wedding Wisdom! Every week, wedding planner Tami Smallwood-Brown, CEO of  blush|WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING FIRM gives tips to help you plan your dream nuptials from engagement to “I do.” This week, Tami rates some of the more popular wedding apps.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

These days everything can be done from your phone and some say planning the biggest day of your life shouldn’t be any different. Although you probably shouldn’t plan your wedding entirely via apps, there are a few that can help make the process easier and your event more fun!

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Mint (Free)

Mint is a great app for managing your wedding budget and practicing financial management as a couple before you exchange vows. This app was such a big help when I was getting married and my husband and I still use it today. The web-based program puts all of your budget details at your fingertips … literally.  If you’re out and come across a bargain find for the Big Day, this app will tell you how much you’ve allotted in this category and can help you avoid overspending.

Helpful Hint: Make a separate account in the app for your wedding and, after the nuptials, you can use the program to manage your household budget. This app is available on iPhones, iPads and Android products.

 

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Appy Couple

Appy Couple ($35, one time fee)

One of my favorite wedding apps is Appy Couple. It allows you to design and share your own wedding website. Appy Couple gives your guests access to your wedding details — lodging, directions, dress codes, etc. In 2013, the wedding start-up partnered with Brides magazine and Brides.com to offer over 300 expert website designs – more than enough options to fit the theme of any wedding. The dashboard is online, but uploads in real-time so your guests will have all the latest info at their fingertips.

Helpful Hint: Choose a focus and color palette that is similar to the look and feel of your wedding. Think of this app as an extension of your stationery suite. This app is available on iPhones, iPads and Android products.

 

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Eversnap ($99 and up)

I’m not a huge fan of the hashtag wedding, but if you absolutely MUST have one, I suggest that you consider Eversnap. The app, which was formerly called Wedding Snap, acts as a hub for all of the smartphone and tablet pictures taken at your wedding (and any events surrounding your big day) by your guests. Everyone can see and share each other’s photos.

Helpful Hint: View all of the photos collectively before you allow sharing on social media. Hopefully, your guests will buy into the idea of storing their pics to a private timeline until you decide which photos are okay to post to social media and when that posting should occur. This app is available on iPhones, iPads and Android products.

Overall, wedding apps can be helpful, just keep them in their place and make sure you’re using them strategically and with purpose.

YOUR TURN: What’s your favorite wedding app? Please leave your comments below.