Being engaged is one of the most exciting times in your life, but it's also one of the busiest. As you start planning your wedding, it helps to have a set of tools that can guide and assist you. Luckily, there's probably an app out there for anything you need assistance with—from staying on top of your budget and providing you with inspiration to creating your seating chart and monitoring the weather, you'll be surprised how many tools there are for brides- and grooms-to-be. Here, six great apps every newly-engaged couple should download right now.
Here's an insider secret: If you want the best, most-reliable weather information in the months, weeks, days, and minutes leading up to your wedding, download the app the professionals rely on. Dark Sky provides down-to-the-minute weather reports, so you can reliably trust that if it says rain showers will hold off until after your outdoor ceremony, they will. Many wedding planners say this is the only weather tool they'll use!
Staying on budget is important, and the only way to do that is to keep track of what you're spending. Mint allows you to input a budget, then add in all of your expenses. You can also link your financial accounts to the app, so you can stay on top of payments due to big-day vendors and credit card or utility companies alike. When you're busy planning a wedding, you'll want to take advantage of any tools that make managing your everyday life a little easier.
One of the more stressful parts of wedding planning is figuring out where everyone will sit. This is often decided in "crunch time," otherwise known as the days between when the RSVPs come in and the wedding date. Sometimes this leaves only a few weeks' time to decide. AllSeated allows you to easily build your wedding floor plan with a few simple tools. You simply select tables and furniture from their library and arrange the layout. Using your guest list, you can create a seating chart directly in your floor plan and then view it in 3D. Pretty cool, right?
Burner lets you link to several other apps you probably already use, like Google Sheets, Evernote, SoundCloud, and Dropbox. By linking these apps together, you can streamline your wedding-planning process. For example, instead of collecting hundreds of paper postcards via snail mail, you can have your guests text your Burner number with their "happily accepts" and "regretfully declines." Then, Burner's Google Sheets connection will automatically add them to a spreadsheet, keeping you organized in real time. You can also create a text message hotline for your guests so you don't have to worry about answering last-minute questions like the hotel address or when the cocktail hour starts.
One of the most important factors to consider when wedding planning is your health—mental, physical, and emotional. A meditation and sleep app like Calm can help you relax and de-stress in the months, weeks and days leading up to your big day. It provides you with meditation skills, sleep-soothing techniques, mindful movement, and stretching guidance and music that helps you unwind.
If there's one app you should download as soon as you say "yes," it's Pinterest, the inspiration-fueling platform that's loaded with ideas for your big day. It's incredibly user-friendly—you just type in the search bar whatever it is you'd like to see ideas for, be it color palettes and floral decorations or wedding dresses and venue options.