Weddings are a beautiful occasion to celebrate your union with your loved one in front of friends and family, but they can be quite daunting to plan for. As someone who’s getting married in about two months, I’ve had the chance to try out just about every wedding-related technology over the past year. Below are some of my favorite websites and tech tools that have kept me on track (and sane) during the wedding planning process.
Gone are the old-school registries that not only force you to stick to one store, but also don’t offer any tools to track a package or to see who a gift was actually from. ZOLA is a beautifully-designed website that offers tens of thousands of items from a variety of brands that brides and grooms love, including Kate Spade New York, Le Creuset, Cuisinart, and KitchenAid. Not only that, but ZOLA also lets you register for specific experiences like a monthly wine club, a couple’s massage, or a honeymoon fund! ZOLA recently released a new feature that lets you create a free website, so it makes it even easier to keep everything under one domain.
My fiancé and I knew early on in the wedding planning process that most of our friends and family would rather RSVP online than to drop off a postcard in the mailbox. We sought to create a wedding website that fit all of our requirements -- beautifully-designed templates (not the tacky kind!), mobile-friendly and easy to manage -- and we are excited to have found Joy! It’s a relatively new wedding website service that lets you create wedding websites for FREE. Not only does it come with aesthetically-pleasing templates and color schemes, but it also lets you collect RSVP’s directly on the website. There is also an option to keep your website private, which is a huge plus.
Pinterest is truly every bride’s (or party planner’s) best friend! In addition to finding awesome, cost-saving DIY projects for my wedding, I’ve created a separate wedding board to pin decorating ideas to implement at my wedding reception. By keeping all of the creative ideas in one place, I’m able to show them to my bridesmaids or my florist with ease to make sure they are on-board with the overall vision.
WeddingWire is a wedding planning website that has everything from vendor and venue recommendations to a free website designer, an online forum, and a nifty checklist to follow. Specifically, the checklist keeps me on track even when I feel overwhelmed with the wedding planning process! I also love using the budgeting tool, which lets you sort items by category (beauty, venue, food, etc.) and keep track of payment deadlines.
Once all of the RSVP’s have rolled in, next thing you need to worry about is the seating chart. Since weddings are usually a family event, your parents, siblings, and even grandparents will want to have a say in who sits where! AllSeated is a free tool that lets you generate a 3D floorplan and seating chart and share it with whoever is interested. It makes it extremely easy to manage your guest list and to ensure that everyone has a seat!
Thanks for the pic, Pexels!