TWO | My Wed | planning tool
Even if you have a wedding planner there’s always going to be an element of your wedding plans you’ll need to keep control of, such as dress fittings datest/times, honeymoon and stag party arrangements, bridal party gifts and travel arrangements. So it’s handy to have a tool that can help, after testing quite a few we really like ‘MyWed’, it’s pretty easy and quick to set up, has a nice easy to navigate interface, and like with all apps, if you spend 10 minutes playing around you’ll find your way around most features quite easily.
I especially like the ‘add task’ feature, weddings abroad follow a different timeline to a ‘at home’ wedding so it’s good you can add your own tasks or amend the default task to suit your own timeline.
You can manage your budget – handy!
I did find some features a bit fiddly, like finding where to change the menu choices/names – but it could be this is a paid feature.
THREE | Prezola | Online gift registry
Ok not officially an APP but I love it so much and you manage it from a PC so I couldn’t NOT include it.
Prezola is a UK based company, it’s an Online Gift registry which allows guests buy from your wedding gift list or contribute to your honeymoon fund.
I love that you can also choose a charity to donate too instead of a gift list, which I know a lot of couples have done in the past.
The pet charity in Santorin is a particular favourite of our couples.
The gift list choices are extensive, from the White Company to Virgin experience days and so with many unique brands, (some exclusive to Prezola) you’ll be spoilt for choice when collating your list.
What I especially love is that guests can purchase ‘breakfast in bed’ or an event like ‘picnic in the park’ so rather than give ‘cash’ guests feel like they’re buying you an experience.
And with prices from £15 it covers a whole range of budgets.
FOUR | Hitched | Table Planner and Guest List Management
I tend to find the bigger more established apps more complicated to navigate as there are soooooo many features.
A wedding is a complex event I know, but it can be made even more complicated by these large apps, leaving you more confused and frustrated than before you started using it.
However I tested a few and found the Hitched Table Planner one of the easier ones to use, you can input guest details and group guests into families sets and assign menus and table numbers. Yes it’s fiddly but what’s the alternative, endless complex excel sheets?
Once you’ve uploaded guests details you’ll have all your information in one place and the analytics tool is fab, as it lets you see at a glance where you are with RSVP’s and menu choices etc.
Remember: whatever tool you use to plan your table layout should be the same you use to upload your guest list to, to save you doing it twice, after all this is one of the more tedious aspects of wedding planning so the idea is to make it as easy and as painless as possible.
FIVE | Greetings Island | invitation maker
Loved this app, the idea is that you choose a design, edit your details, save your design then print or share.
AND it’s all completely free!
I know a lot of my couples send ‘e-vites’ so this could be incredibly useful, and will go along way towards helping the budget.
What I love most is you’re not compromising on style. The choice of designs, font and colours are really beautiful and there’s so much choice. They also have ‘save the dates’ and ‘Wedding announcement’ sections so it will see you through the whole wedding.
These invites will looks as smart whether sent on email or printed onto quality paper and mailed. And it’s great fun browsing the designs too, so many to choose from, modern to traditional and floral to geometrical.
SIX | The Big Day | Wedding countdown tool.
A great looking countdown timer, that is easy to set up, FREE to use and good looking – no one wants an ugly app do they?
It took me around one minute to input my details and now I can look at any time to see how long it is until my ‘fake’ wedding takes place.
I downloaded this to mainly test the countdown timer but found myself playing around with the other tools such as budget, checklist and guest lists and whilst you do have to pay for some features, you could easily just make use of the free ones, such as the guest list and creating your own task list and wedding day schedule, all great tools and incredibly handy.
Love the interface, very easy to navigate, lovely colour palette and nice text.
There’ it is, our 7 top wedding abroad apps.
If you’ve found an app that you like and has made planning your wedding a whole lot easier then please share with us so we can add it to our list.