Wedding planning isn't all dress shopping and cake tastings. The truth is, organizing all the details of your big day can feel like you're crossing items off a never-ending to-do list, what with the constant budget balancing act, contracts, paperwork, and logistical decisions that require your input. All that minutiae that adds up, and managing the details can feel a bit overwhelming. Even brides and grooms who are pros with a spreadsheet might realize that keeping track of all of these pieces is tough work. Thankfully, there are plenty of digital offerings to help couples stay organized. Here, experts share the ones they recommend.
"The best thing that ever happened to wedding planning is technology," says Terrica of Cocktails & Details, a company that specializes in planning destination weddings in southeast Georgia. "Digital apps and programs like Planning Pod, Aisle Planner, and Guestboard help to keep your planning at your fingertips. What's even better is that these systems allow you to collaborate with your bridal party, parents, and planners for a seamless process—guests, too."
Terrica also recommends Fancy Hands, a digital assistant service. "I use Fancy Hands weekly, if not daily," she says. "For select packages with our company, we gift a Fancy Hands subscription to clients to help them, too. Our clients love it. It's perfect for quick, tedious tasks, like obtaining pricing from vendors or helping you find places to get your dress altered or steamed."
"We are head over heels for the online planning program we use with our clients, powered by Aisle Planner," says Sarah Chancey, founder of Chancey Charm Weddings. Chancey and her team of wedding planners across the country can customize their virtual, real-time planning platform for the individual needs of every wedding. Offerings include to-do lists based on the timeframe a couple has for wedding planning as well as a custom budget allocator to help couples set a realistic spending guide. There's even a design center where brides can create a custom color palette and digital mood boards.
"The best part of planning with an online program is that everyone can see in real time what's happening. Our program keeps everyone on the same page, minimizes stress, and sets the stage for exceptional communication from start to finish," Chancey notes. "We've even been able to upload detailed sketches into our design boards for a truly personalized design!"