The average cost of a UK wedding is now more than £18,000 and with the industry ever-growing, making decisions about venues, dresses, flowers, cakes and which guests make the cut takes months (or years) of planning and organising.
Some couples can find the task daunting. Luckily, help is at hand in the form of a smartphone. There are now hundreds of apps out there which claim to make sorting out the finer points of your big day that bit easier, from ideas gathering for your dream dress to keeping track of which distant relative give you that set of saucepans.
With the help of wedding planing Miryam Farrell from Create food and party design, we round up the best apps out there. From slick and pretty Appy Couple, to WedPics, an app that lets you experience your wedding day as you guests see it.
As it grows, we think new-kid-on-the-block WeddingSite will invaluable for UK-based couples and Pinterest is a must for anyone who needs to start getting their ideas in order.
5 best wedding planning apps
5 best wedding planning apps
There are a growing number of wedding snap-collating apps and this is one of the slickest out there. "Forget disposable cameras on the table, this is a great way of seeing your wedding from your guests' perspective,” says Miryam. The app lets you collect all your guests’ photos and videos in one private location. You sign up and get given a wedding ID which you share, so that guests can login and all the photos and videos taken on the big day will go into it. The happy couple can then view the photos in real time and you can all comment on them, as well as sharing the best on social media (after checking with the bride, of course). There are filters to apply if anyone's not looking their best. Even non tech-savvy relatives can use it, as long as they have access to a smartphone on the day.
Appy Couple calls itself a “digital sharing suite”. We say it's a clever way of giving your guests the need-to-know info on your big day. You follow the simple steps to sign up and create an app with your event details; location, timings, travel info, dress code etc. You get a code you share with your guests so they can login and find out. Other useful functions include a section for pictures and bios of your wedding party, you can allow guests to RSVP, make menu choices and message them with any changes. They can share pictures too. This app looks slick - there are lots of pretty themes to chose from so you can really make it your own. Our only gripe was it’s designed in the US, so UK users may find some of the terminology geared to that market.
This newly-launched app by the wedding website that focuses on planning tools is, crucially, UK-based. They consulted the 54,000 brides active on the website to find out the tools they most wanted to use on the go. The result? A streamlined app with four hardworking areas: "to-do", "budgets", "guests" and "suppliers". The budget planner is a cut above others out there; it uses UK average wedding spends to guide how much you should splurge on each thing (for a budget of £12,000, you could allow around £5,500 on the reception, for example). As the app grows in number of users (it only launched in the second week in Jan) we think the supplier database will become its most useful asset. There are currently around 20,000 suppliers listed and you can search by category, read reviews from other couples and get directions. As it's recently launched, reviews are a bit scant, but this will only get better.
We know it’s not strictly a wedding-planning app, but brides (and grooms)-to-be would be foolish not to use the content sharing site's app to gather ideas for their big day on the go. Users collect or "pin" things that catch their eye on the web; for weddings it might be anything from the colour scheme of your flowers to what the back of your dress could look like. It’s basically the 2014 version of ripping pages from mags of pretty things you like. "You can meet suppliers and give them instant of ideas of what you love for them to work with," says Miryam. Follow other users to get inspiration and “re-pin” their ideas as well as your own. You can get started the day you get engaged (or even before) and it means no more trawling the web for that dress you saw online 6 months ago - you can just pin things as you see them.
5/5 iWedding Deluxe
"Wedding-planning requires keeping track of ten different things at once, and this app is a handy way of keeping to-do lists, seating plans, budget planning and booking and payment deadlines all in one place," says Miryam. From the planning stage such as keeping notes and photos of potential venues and dresses to the finer points as you get further down the line like seating plans and meal choices, most details are covered. It will help you in the aftermath of the wedding too - the useful gift tracker helps keep abreast of who gave what and whether you've sent them the all-important thank you card. Not as attractive-looking as some of the other apps in the list but it does its job well.
3. WeddingSite, free on itunes.apple.com
5. iWedding Deluxe, £3.99 on itunes.apple.com