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.

Groom Ditches His Bride At Gas Station!

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Imagine that you’re on your honeymoon in France – the most romantic place in the entire world – then after that magical week celebrating your new life together, your new husband leaves you at a small gas station in middle-of-nowhere, Germany while on your way home to Berlin. Well, that may seem like a far stretch from your post nuptial bliss, but it was the unfortunate reality for one new bride.

The groom of course, said that he didn’t mean to leave his bride at the gas station, but he didn’t even notice she wasn’t in the car until two and a half hours later. Apparently, the story [with detail - justifying his mistake] was that she was sleeping in the back of the car and when they came to the gas station, she got out the use the restroom, but by the time he got back, she had not yet returned and he had assumed that she stayed sleeping.

The bride called into a radio station to comment on the story,

My first reaction was – is he stupid? I had no money and no telephone with me. However, I’m not angry with my husband, he didn’t mean it.

What a fantastic and understanding brand NEW bride – At least now they have a great story to tell their grand kids one day.

Bride Publicly Shames Cake Maker

Wedding DisasterDon’t ever mess with a bride, whether it be her dress, reception, groom, bridesmaids, or any part of the entire wedding, just do not mess with it. The baker’s at an undisclosed bakery in the U.K. probably should have listened to that advice before they sold a woman the lopsided gray blob that was supposedly her wedding cake. The bride, Celia, provided the bakery with a photo of the design she had wanted, however, when she picked up her three-tier, black tire cake, she immediately took revenge. Now, what better way to take revenge than selling the cake on eBay?

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According to one of the comments placed on the item, they described it as a “cake-shaming,” and on the description of the listing, Celia noted the cake was “used” and continued with “A few defects due to maker being unskilled. Uncut, along with large amount of awful cupcakes for free. No topper or decoration. Unusual design. Very Heavy.” This dear bride ended by letting the bidder know that there were no returns on the item. Talk about a serious wedding dilemma solved with bridal wrath.

There were actually 11 bids on the cake that began at $1.54. However, Celia removed the sale after an experienced cake maker commented on the item saying, “Sorry, but as an experienced cake maker, I just thought I would contact you. I don’t think you will be able to/really should sell this cake on eBay, not least of which for health and safety reasons. If someone actually ate it (God Forbid!!) – I would worry it might come back on you rather than the original cake maker.”

Coming from the perspective of the bride, this cake “baker” should have felt her wrath, because what this cake looked like would send anyone off their rocker. Celia later explained that she did not intend to actually sell the cake to anyone, but to prevent this shop from ever producing or selling another disaster such as her cake.

Governor’s Daughter Returns $15K Wedding Gift

Merlin_18012851_image_982wGovernor Robert McDonnell of Virginia has been under some serious investigation in recent months from his family being offered so many expensive and free gifts from those who have endorsed his campaign. In the state of Virginia, it is required that any gift given to the state’s first family worth over $50 must be made aware to Federal Officials. While his wife has accepted countless gifts to improve her public appearance, new reports are claiming his daughter returned a check for $15,000 given to her as a wedding gift.

The check came from one of Governor McDonnell’s biggest endorsers, Jonnie Williams, who has given the family thousands of dollars in gifts already. Upon the federal investigation, McDonnell has hired a private legal team to return all the funds back to Williams. However, Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli stated otherwise saying that the governor will not be reimbursing Williams as the $18,000 in gifts has included already used vacations, dinners, and private jet travel, all of which are things that cannot be given back.

Upon word that both of the Governor’s daughter’s were engaged, rumors began swirling that a majority of the wedding festivities would be funded by Williams’ company which manufactures nutritional supplements. Cuccinelli gained word that both the Governor’s daughters returned their wedding checks, both for $15,000 and he stated that he was pleased the Governor finally took some initiative.

Always A Bridesmaid – Never A Sequel

The infamous cast of Bridesmaids

The infamous cast of Bridesmaids

For the past two years, rumors have been swirling around the comedic wedding pool determining if there will be another box office smash for the Bridesmaids franchise. The movie that was essentially The Hangover for women has officially been declared one-and-done, but that does not mean it was not a success.

Bridesmaids broke box office records upon its 2011 release with an Academy Award nominated cast. So, why turn down a project that could crush the box office yet again, just from the anticipation? The star, Kristen Wiig, mentioned to Harper’s Bazaar, that her career is not money motivated. “We would have made a lot of money if there was a second one, but that’s not my goal in my creative life,” Wiig explained “We knew during the first one, this was it.”

The poster became an iconic staple in wedding photos for the bride and her bridesmaids, in which the bride and her maids stand lackluster for the camera in the gown and dresses rather than the standard smile from ear to ear. While fans would love another movie, there is no point in destroying something we already love. Even though Wiig turned down the Bridesmaids 2 idea without batting an eye, she is still looking forward to all her upcoming projects coming out within the next year.

Mother of Five Loses $23k Wedding Ring at Garage Sale

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A California resident by the name of Racquel Cloutier gave birth to her fifth child this week, and prior to going into labor she placed her wedding ring into a wooden jewelry box for safe keeping. Her husband, in an attempt to get rid of excess materials from the home prior to his wife’s return, accidentally sold the wooden box in a garage sale for ten dollars. The ring was valued at $23,000 and Cloutier is offering a reward to whoever can return the ring to her. The couple suspects that whoever bought the jewelry box has no idea that the wedding ring is inside of it. The happy mother of five is hoping that whoever has the ring will come forward once they realize it’s in their possession. Wedding rings are an invaluable keepsake and should always be kept in a safe place. The stress of going through labor is enough to make someone lose just about anything, and accidents like can be avoided with a little planning. When it comes to finding the perfect wedding ring, one of the number one things to keep in mind is that insurance is a must especially should something like this happen. If you are unsure how to go about getting insurance for your wedding ring, there are local agents everywhere who can help you out.

Finding a great wedding ring is more than just a trip to the jeweler. For men, it’s important to communicate with their significant other as far as design and material are concerned. This may seem like a quick way to ruin a big surprise, but by being communicative you can avoid disappointment and a potential argument. This is particularly important if you are planning on getting a wedding ring or a custom wedding dress that is costly. It’s better to talk openly about your partner’s preferences rather than spend a lot of money on something that they may not like. Another good practice is to look at more than one jewelry shop and study up about the different diamond grades so that you have a good understanding and knowledge about what you’re actually purchasing. This way, you won’t have to worry about getting ripped off or purchasing a low quality diamond with a high quality price tag. Diamonds aren’t something that people buy everyday so it’s to be expected that you’ll have to do a little research before making this kind of purchase. Beyond buying a wedding ring, always remember the reason for the gesture in the first place. Couples can get caught up in the details and stress of planning a wedding to the point of forgetting the real reason for all of the planning. Your wedding day, and the wedding planning process is something that you will remember for the rest of your life so always keep sight of your intentions and don’t get overwhelmed by material obligations.

Keeping Calm on Your Wedding Day

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Planning a wedding can be stressful, but getting overwhelmed by it is no means a requirement. When you’re getting ready for your big day, don’t let planning the event get in the way of enjoying yourself. Planning a wedding should be an exhilarating experience that you take with you for a long time. There is so much to be done in order to plan a wedding that it’s easy to forget the purpose of what you’re doing. Here are some simple tips that can help you stay on track remember the reason you are planning the event in the first place.

Dress Alterations

Remember to have your dress altered a week before your wedding. The purpose of having your dress altered a week before the big day is to ensure that it will fit like a glove. If you wait more than a week you will spread yourself too thin, and if you wait more than a week than you may risk your dress not fitting due to weight gain or loss.

Involve Others

Never feel like you are “putting someone out” during your wedding planning. People love weddings, and they love being a part of the planning process. If anything, you’ll be doing them a favor by inviting them to help you plan your wedding. Take full advantage of this and enlist as much help as you need. This is the one time in your life where people will be more than willing to do whatever you want! While this is “your” day, it is also your groom’s day, your parent’s day, and everyone who loves and cares about you will be delighted to help share in the experience.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

When you obsess over the miniscule details you are setting yourself up to be stressed out. If you hired a wedding planner, let them take care of the small stuff. If a wedding planner wasn’t a part of your budget, allow your friends and family members to take care of the little details that you just don’t have time to attend to. This will allow you to stay focused on the big picture and remember why you are tying the knot in the first place.

Reduce the amount of stress you incur by choosing the right wedding dress. Picking the right dress designer can significantly reduce the amount of things that you have to worry about on your wedding day. Make sure you find a reputable designer that you can trust to handle your custom wedding dress.

Imperfections are Okay

Sometimes the imperfections of your wedding are what will make is the most memorable. Don’t freak out if something goes wrong or if everything doesn’t go 100% according to plan. Little snafu’s will only make the experience more real, and people like real. Instead of taking mistakes to heart, smile and move on while keeping in mind the reason you are celebrating.

Most importantly, remember to take a step back from time to time and take in the experience. It’s easy to get caught up in the planning process and forget to make valuable memories out of it. Whenever you can, take a moment to sit back and enjoy your wedding.

Thank You to Our Friends at The Wedding Chapel!

Last month was my second visit to our good friends, The Wedding Chapel, in Crystal MN, where we recently had a Liz Fields trunk show!

I always have such an amazing time when I am there, as everyone is just so warm and welcoming!

Well, last week I received such a sweet card from them in the mail I simply had to share it with all of you!

 

Thank you so much everyone, I love it!

If you would like to see pictures from this trip, drop by the Liz Fields Facebook page!