another solid choice to make if you only want one wedding
Realistically speaking, you’ve most likely already travelled
the wedding route on Pinterest (free). I recommend using
Pinterest for inspiration, but don’t go overboard with it. It’s
very easy to get sucked in and to pick out a lot of different
stuff and then wind up doing very little of it because you were
busy with so much pinning and not enough doing. Be careful
kids! Learn from my mistakes. Plus, whoever is in charge
of the colors has probably got the rest of the wedding style
planned (repeat after me: “Country chic is not my enemy”).
If, however, you haven’t gone down that particular rabbit
hole, I recommend starting out with some very specific
search terms. First, assuming you’ve picked a date already
(and if you haven’t, you really should get on that!), try the
search term “wedding ideas” and then tack on the season of
your wedding. The inspo extravaganza might get overwhelming. That’s OK. Just remember to take a break and begin
refining your ideas.
You can also try additional search terms like “[your state]
wedding venue” or even get specific and include your city’s
name in there. These will normally bring up some great results to help you get even more ideas and a better gist of
what’s out there and what you can expect.
Wedding venues can be
hard to find, and sometimes they’re not available
on those all-in-one wedding planning apps. This is
where Wedding Spot (free)
comes in and is amazing.
It’s one of those niche
apps that’s very, very, very
specific, but is full-featured
and well-built for its niche.
It features over 10,000
venues, with all the major
legwork figured out for you
so you don’t even have to
pick up the phone for venue
information. It has pictures,
pricing, and a whole host
of other features. You can
search based on your budget, theme, head count, and
location, and it gives you
access to exclusive deals.
I know this sounds like a
shill advertisement, but it’s
not. It’s a genuinely great
app that I highly recommend for figuring out your potential
Speaking of venues, people need to know where and when
to be for your marriage, so don’t forget you need to send out
wedding invitations! The physical ones can be really expensive
though and essentially wind up in the trash after the wedding
(or even before). People have started moving on to other ways
of inviting people, whether it’s through Facebook, which helps
you keep track of the guest list and communicate quick updates with other people, or through other services.
My personal favorite way
to send invites is through
Hobnob (free). In the app,
you can design wedding,
birthday, and various other
digital invitations, and then
send them out to your contacts. I’ve recently started
using this one, and I really
wish I had known about it
before we sent out the invites through Facebook. You
can send out really creative
invitations through email
and text, and track your
RSVPs. You can even have
people upload pictures you
didn’t take so everyone has
a record of the pics of the
event, and you can select
the ones you want to keep
forever and upload those to
Instagram and Facebook.
It’s a brilliant little app with
many uses outside of just
Weddings can be very difficult, but you’ve also got the tools
in your hand to make planning one so much easier. Thanks to
apps, you can plan a wedding from the palm of your hand, and
you can do it easily. Follow this guide and take to heart the
strategies I’ve shared, and you’ll be wondering what people
are talking about when they discuss wedding planning stress.
Or, if you really want to, just hire a wedding planner and let
them handle everything. That can be a bit expensive though.
Good luck, and remember that you shouldn’t sweat the small
stuff on the day of your wedding. Enjoy the memories you
make with your spouse that day. �
Kenneth Boshell is a freelance writer who lives in Florida. His finely honed skills include
finding great taco eateries, petting random cats, and hunting for the most delicious
chocolate bar in the world. He has a ridiculously large pile of books to read, which he’d
get to if he could just put down The Black Company and Harry Potter for a moment.
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