Want to End the Madness? Wedding Apps that WILL Change the Scenery

5 Helpful Wedding Planning Apps That WILL Help You Save Yourself!!

Weddings are magical, but sometimes the planning may seem like it requires a magician. Having to take the budget and fit the bookings, vendors, guest lists, invitations, all within it can make you voluntarily want to pull your hair out, but have no fear! With all the latest development in smartphone technology, there are dozens of wedding planning apps out there that are super helpful.

Whether you’re afraid of going over your budget, your playlist screwing up in the middle of the first dance, or worrying about losing track of who does RSVP and who hasn’t, there’s an app for that – trust us on this one. We’re big tech people.

While there are a ton of different apps out there, some of them are “full of it.” So, we’ve narrowed it down to our top five favorite FREE wedding planning apps that have the best reviews from those who successfully tied the knot.

5 Great Wedding Planning Smartphone Apps

1. Wedding Happy. With all the wedding apps out there, Wedding Happy has to be the easiest and most efficient to use. Instead of having to enter your email address and all that unnecessary information, all you need to do is enter your wedding date and it will begin to build you a customized to-do list. The only reason you’d need to enter your email address would be to set up the “Export and Email” feature which allows you to directly contact your vendors through the app. It basically puts your entire wedding into one little portal for you to use, and it does all the organizing for you.

2. The Knot. The Wedding Dress Look Book by The Knot is a great free application for those brides who have no idea what they want their dress to look like. With several helpful filters such as size, theme/style, and what you’re specifically not looking for (strapless, short, pink etc.), this app will generate hundreds of dress options that fit your credentials.

3. Wedding Budget. One of the most stressful things with planning a wedding is staying within the budget and doing your best not to go too over. Well, with Wedding Budget, some of that stress will be managed by neatly organizing what expenses have been paid and which you still have to pay, or even book for that matter. Oh, and it’s really easy to use, too.

4. Pinterest. From common things to add to your wedding checklist, to finding dresses, and quirky bridesmaid ideas, Pinterest has everything. Pinterest is full of unique ideas if you’re stuck with planning any part of your wedding. Whether you’re looking budget friendly party favors or a pre-wedding fitness plan, Pinterest has it all, and it’s free and insanely simple to use.

5. Gift Registry 360. Instead of registering at just one store and limiting what you need to what they supply, Gift Registry allows you to scan any bar-code and it compiles your registry into one organized list. Once an item is purchased, it is automatically updated so you don’t end up with five different sets of pots and pans. This app is free in the iTunes App Store.

Fun Apps To Use As A Wedding Guest

When you’re at a wedding, it’s inevitable that some portions of it can be boring, and as the bride or groom, there are definitely going to be some moments that you miss. Well, whether you need to be entertained during a lull or you want to see every moment possible, there’s an app for that. People are creating new apps every day and there are hundreds of them that were specifically created for wedding planning, or wedding participation and we’ve found some good ones.

What’s it Gonna Take To Survive In Style?

Reserving a Shutterfly Photo-booth for your wedding can be expensive, but everyone loves to have their photo taken at a wedding. So, to capture all the moments, have the wedding party as well as any guests download the Wedding Party app which is free for Smartphone users. Apps like this allow guests of your wedding to upload any photos into one platform and share them with the other attendees.

Now, it can be awkward telling your guests over the microphone to download an app for the wedding, but one creative way to do it is to print out someone of a guide to put at their tables – that way, once the reception starts, the photos will pour in accordingly.

Pre-Wedding Planning

Before you even get to the reception, there’s the whole planning process and making sure that your bridal party has their act together. Well, there are helpful apps for that too.

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Party – it’s one central hub where the bride, groom, bridesmaids, and groomsmen to communicate and be kept up to date with any changes from clothing to the weather for the wedding weekend. There are so many helpful apps out there to keep your big day organized and stress-free, the best you can do to make sure you have an efficient one is to read the ratings.

Wedding Day Gifts That Matter: Cigar Sells Itself

Surprising Your Groom On The Big Day

The big day is coming up faster than you thought it would and while you pretty much have all the big details figured out (i.e. planning the entire wedding), you’re stuck finding a creative gift to get your future husband. Now, when it comes to giving a gift to your future spouse before the wedding, the guys inevitably have it easier because they can get away with a nice piece of jewelry or something new or even blue. However, getting a gift for the guys that isn’t just a nice bottle of Jack Daniels can be a real brain teaser. If you’re struggling with finding that gift that is both practical and something your groom will enjoy, we’ve come up with a few ideas that you’re more than willing to borrow.

5 Creative Gifts for Your Groom on Wedding Day: Better Than You’d Expect!

This is the guy you’re going to be spending the rest of your life with. It’s a one a done deal. So, getting him the last gift he’ll receive before he’s married can amount to a lot of pressure. How do you find something that reflects his personality, as well as yours, all while guaranteeing he’ll use it? Well, all it takes is a little bit of creativity and some time to gather the gift(s).

1. Customized Cuff Links:

It’s not until you up your dating game that you realize how a well-dressed man dresses and what goes into their wardrobe. Every man loves a nice set of cufflinks, whether they’re quirky and super hero themed, or classic and engraved, they’ll be put to good use. Plus, think about it this way. There’s always that 50/50 chance you’ll hit an anniversary that your husband will forget so, if you gift him those new pair of cufflinks with your wedding date engraved into them, he’ll never forget.

2. Custom Engraved Cigars:

Now this is one of our favorites. Not only do custom cigars mean something to your groom because it takes some effort to get the order perfect, but he can also enjoy them with his groomsmen which he’ll love. There are those few moments before you walk down the aisle when you spend your time with the bridesmaids and your future husband spends time with his groomsmen — it’s that final hoorah, and what better way to let him have that final “single guys hangout” than with custom engraved cigars? Whether they have the date of your wedding on them, or both of your initials, cigars are traditional and the customized aspect will reflect greatly in photos.

3. Engraved Flask:

Every guy has tried sneaking a flask into a sporting event, or maybe they’ll get invited to that business party that doesn’t have an open bar. Well, when this happens, he’ll greatly admire a custom flask that is easy to clean, reminds him of you, and hold a substantial amount of his favorite liquor.

4. Engraved Watch:

Every man loves a good designer watch and luckily they can all be engraved. Now, you don’t have to engrave the watch with the standard, “Together Forever,” then the date of your wedding, but you can engrave any little message that he can look at and smile if he’s having a rough day. Gifting him his favorite designer watch that has a personal message from you is one of the most practical gifts you can get him because it’s not so much for the engraver on it, but the overall practicality of it.

5. Groomsmen Packages:

If you want to really make an impact, do a slight combination of the aforementioned gift ideas. This idea takes a little more time and effort, but that’s because it’s for your groom and his best friends. This just consists of putting together a small men’s care package. The best thing to do is go out and buy enough airplane size bottles of your groom’s favorite liquor so each guy gets one, then custom cigars with your initials laser engraved, and new cufflinks that go along with your weddings color theme, or even their ties you want them to wear. This will allow the guys to have a drink together, a smoke, and help each other finish getting ready. You know?

It’s that essential “bro” bonding that your groom will admire and appreciate.

What Brides Should NOT Expect From Bridesmaids

Now, as a bride, we understand that choosing your few favorite best friends can be a difficult task, but it’s important to never ask the one’s that you expect to give you some unnecessary gifts. What the bride needs to understand is that your bridesmaids are taking on enough of a financial and emotional responsibility simply by saying, “Yes.” Therefore, it’s important to work with them and accept what each one can offer you – on a support level, not financial.

So, with all that being said, what are the top 5 things that brides should never EXPECT from their bridesmaids? Let us go ahead and tell you.

Don’t Expect Weight-Loss

One of the worst things you can expect from your bridesmaids is that they will lose an extreme amount of weight before your wedding. Whether you feel they’re a little overweight, or if you’re worried they may stress eat – you asked them to be your bridesmaid as they are, not as you want them to be.

Don’t Plan On Receiving Some BIG Gift

Think about it this way – your bridesmaids are already spending money on the potential destination wedding, bridal shower, bachelorette party, as well as their dresses and hair/make-up. Do you really think it’s fair to expect some massive, expensive gift? Honestly, the best thing for you to do is just be happy they showed up and have been supporting you throughout all your wedding stress. They’re emotional support, not financial.

Don’t Make The Bachelorette A Destination

Trips can be expensive – that’s the bottom line. As we’ve mentioned before, it’s important to keep their budget in mind, just as you keep your wedding budget in mind. The bachelorette doesn’t have to be in Vegas or somewhere international, it just has to be somewhere fun where all you girls can take out her single life with a bang!

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Don’t Think They Can Read Your Mind

Yes, they may be your best friends, but if they haven’t been able to read your mind over the past few years, they still probably can’t now. Therefore, you need to be vocal about what you want and don’t just let the bridesmaids battle it out to make the decision for you.

Don’t Anticipate Them Being Perfect

This is one of the worst things you could do – and this is the cardinal rule. It wraps in the above four tipsr while also bringing in other points. Your bridesmaids are going through a lot of emotions as their best friend gets married off into the real world, and weddings are no cheap affair. So, accept them for who they are, you asked your bridesmaids individually for a reason and it’s best to just trust they’ll be there for you as often and as best as they can.

Don’t Expect Them To Find The Perfect DJ, that Plays Non Stop Music You Love!

In NYC and the sounding areas, quality disc jockeys are a rarity.  From the downtown club hopper slinging the next Miley Cyrus jam, to the up and coming performers of Albany New York, getting the highest level service is one of toughest tasks.  Below is a perfect example of Class, Passion, and Professionalism:

NonStop Music Promo Video from DJ Vinny Vin on Vimeo.

My Journey to Capitol Hill: Fight against Counterfeiters

If you don’t know already, Intellectual Property theft affects every industry and as a small business owner, it is something I deal with and fight against every day because it makes it very hard to survive.   When you have an idea or design and you work hours upon hours, pour blood, sweat and money into starting your business and putting your ideas out there and then you find your images, your name, your dress designs on thousands of rogue websites selling counterfeit versions of you….well, you can imagine the frustration!

What makes it worse is when you hear countless stories from brides who ordered from these sites, being scammed into receiving a dress that is nothing like the one in the photo and then have nobody to turn to because it’s not actually the designer’s dress.  On our website, LizFields.com, we have created a “Buyer Beware” section to try and educate women shopping for wedding dresses or bridesmaids dresses on how to spot these fakes and we even created a tool where you can type in the web address where you saw a Liz Fields dress and we will tell you right away if this is a counterfeit site or an authorized retailer.  Unfortunately, not many take the time or even think to check with us before making a purchase.

For a little while now, I have been in contact with the US Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center, which does so much to support small businesses like mine from IP theft and educate us on what we can do to protect ourselves.  Recently, they gave me the opportunity to be part of a panel of speakers at a Small Business event at Capitol Hill.  Yesterday this briefing took place and I was able to tell my story to Congress staffers with the hope that it would resonate and some reforms could begin to take place.

That's me on Capitol Hill!! :)

That’s me on Capitol Hill!! :)

I loved Washington, DC since going to college there, but now, I have a renewed respect for all those who work to try and make reforms on behalf of us.  It’s no easy task…and as I saw yesterday, a lot goes into getting these conversations started and then keeping them going to the finish line.  Regardless, it reminded me that we are so lucky to live in a country where these conversations are even possible.

I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people and I look forward to continuing my effort, no matter how small, in getting heard and reform started.

For now, please educate yourselves and others around you.  If the price is too good to be true, then it is probably not authentic.  If you aren’t sure about the Liz Fields dress listing you are seeing on a site, check with us on our Buyer Beware section.  You can also check out Bridal Beware more more information on counterfeit gowns and shopping tips.  If it’s something else you’re shopping for, check with the company’s website to make sure you are purchasing from an authorized retailer.   I will be posting some resources and links to this blog shortly so please stay tuned and I’ll keep you updated on my journey.

How To Avoid Fighting With Your Bridesmaids

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While planning your wedding is a huge deal and your bridesmaids are supposed to help you make the process a whole lot easier, it’s still important to treat them with respect. No one likes dealing with a bridezilla, especially the bridesmaids because they’ll be around her the most throughout the planning process. So, as the bride – what are some guaranteed ways to not push your bridesmaid’s buttons? Continue reading

How To Be A Bridesmaid In A Crunch Time Wedding

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It was just one week ago that you were asked to be a bridesmaid for your oldest and best friend’s wedding. While you want to be happy for her and hear all the details of how he proposed and what not, you suddenly realize she said they want to get married in two months. What is your first thought? Let the madness begin! Continue reading

Getting The Grooms Back In The Game

Liz FieldsThroughout the years, it seems as though the grooms have not been as excited or involved in the wedding planning. It’s almost as if they ride in neutral until they have to walk down the aisle. There is almost no surprise anymore in terms of wedding planning, even from the engagement. Continue reading

Dress For Your Body Type: Bridesmaids Dresses for the Pear Shape

As we continue our “Dress For Your Body Type” blog series, we will be covering the Pear Body Type.  When shopping for bridesmaids dresses, it is often difficult to find a style that can suit several different sizes and shapes within your bridal party.  This series of blogs will assist you in the process and make the whole shopping experience a piece of cake.

In the last post, we covered the Apple Body Type and we still have Hour Glass, Triangle and Rectangle body types to go, so stay tuned.

Bridesmaids Style Suggestions for the Pear Body Type

Bridesmaids Style Suggestions for the Pear Body Type

Body Type: Pear

Description:

  • Narrow Shoulders
  • Smaller breasts
  • Hips wider than Shoulders
  • Long Waist
  • Shorter, thick legs

Our Recommended Styles: 651, 653, 668, 655, 668

Why?

Pear-shaped women should try to bring more attention to the top half of their body to distract from their lower half. This simple trick makes your appearance more balanced and slimmer overall. These bridesmaids dress styles will drape a pear shape elegantly with a more relaxed fit and a floor-length gown will give the illusion of longer legs!

All styles are available in sizes 0-28. Visit LizFields.com to view all of our color and fabric options and find an authorized retailer near you!

 

Winter Wedding Ideas

Winter weddings tend to scare people away and they definitely are not as popular as Spring/Summer weddings.  However, a white wedding can be equally or even more romantic and fun as its warmer counterpart. Here are some of our favorite ideas for your winter wedding:

Idea #1:  Fur Stoles for the Bride and Bridesmaids

Photo from http://www.pinterest.com/pin/208713763954892720

Photo from http://www.pinterest.com/pin/208713763954892720

Fur stoles are an awesome accessory to keep you and your bridal party warm and look great in photos! If you’re looking for a gift to give your bridal party and you’re having a winter wedding, this could be the solution you’re looking for.  Don’t be afraid to give your wedding that Old Hollywood flare with some fur stoles!

Idea #2: Hot Cocoa Bar

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Photo from http://www.pinterest.com/pin/91620173643411578/

Keep your guests warm and fuzzy by passing around hot cocoa or having a hot cocoa bar.  Not only will this be a hit at the wedding, but guests will be talking about this for a long time after! Hot Apple Cider could be another option for those who don’t love hot cocoa (but I can’t imagine anyone doesn’t) or if you want to have a lactose-free options for your family or guests.

Idea #3: White Flowers and Blue Lighting

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Photo from Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/pin/146085581632852929/

White flowers tend to capture the softness of snow, and blue lighting really gives that cool winter feel to your wedding…and everything looks so elegant in that light, including your beautiful white or ivory dress! If you’re going to have a winter wedding, why not make it a winter wonderland!

Oh, and of course, don’t forget to accessorize your bridal party with gorgeous, custom dresses by visiting us at LizFields.com

 

 

Couple Video Chats Future Selves At Wedding

Liz 2In a more strange and hilarious turn of events, a couple video chatted their future selves at their wedding reception, mere hours after they said “I Do.” The newlyweds, Ben and Katie Nissen, filmed an interactive video short of themselves 50 years in the future, and it went way better than expected. Continue reading