Wedding apps let you track your budget, keep on top of wedmin or even count down the seconds. Here’s our round-up of the best ones
How it works There’s no substitute for professional photos, but your guests will have phones packed full of priceless snaps of the more relaxed side of your day. By downloading the Wedpics app and creating a wedding ID, you can invite all your guests to do the same and share their photos without clogging up their own social media. Its interface is similar to Instagram, and easy to use, so even your technophobe auntie should be okay after a quick tutorial.
Available on Android and iTunes.
WEDDING BUDGET CONTROLLER
How it works Developed by professional wedding planners, Wedding Budget Controller is a must for keeping control of your finances. It tracks your spending in an easily digestible layout, and analyses the projected spending against the actual (which will either be really interesting or the source of a few arguments!).
Price There is a free version of the app (Wedding Budget Controller Lite) but the paid-for version costs £2.49 and has increased functionality.
Available on iTunes.
TOP TABLE PLANNER
How it works If you’ve already had a go at drawing up a seating plan, you’ll know that it can be ‘political’ as well as tricky and frustratingly messy. Top Table Planner can’t solve your family ructions, but it does allow you to import your guestlist from Word or Excel and drag and drop guests on to their tables. You can even print the finished plan afterwards, making it easier for your venue.
Price £10 for six months’ access or £15 for a year.
Available Online, but you can log in using a PC, Mac, iPad or smartphone.
How it works We’re so excited to announce the launch of the Best Scottish Weddings magazine app! We’re proud that each issue is gigantic, but now all the recent editions will fit neatly inside an iPad (cue Zoolander-style ‘it’s in the iPad?’ gaffes). You’ll have access to all the essential planning info, dreamy bridal shoots and wedding inspiration that the magazine contains at the touch of a button – so now there’s no excuse for missing out!
Price App is free. £2.99 per single issue or £10.99 for four issues (a one-year digital subscription).
Available from iTunes.
How it works If you’re planning a wedding and aren’t already addicted to Pinterest, we’re slightly worried about you! From gawking at sublimely excessive A-list decor to picking up cute thrifty touches that your guests will gush over, it’s got everything (and we mean everything). It’s second to none for masses of hair inspiration and stunning w-day photography ideas. It’s not just for weddings either, so don’t worry about going cold turkey after the big day – it’s so diverse you’ll be able to create a board called ‘Cold Turkey’ and pin some polar poultry (probably).
Available on Android, online and iTunes.
How it works If you’re a party animal or a night owl you’ll know that when the band pack up they tend to take the atmosphere with them. But it’s not just the afterparty that needs music, so thankfully Wedding DJ can plan everything from your pre-ceremony music onwards. A great alternative if your budget only stretches to a band during your reception, and much more relaxing than hoping someone remembers to put on the right song as you prepare to walk down the aisle – Heartbeats is worryingly close to Heartbreak Hotel, after all!
Available on iTunes.
MY FITNESS PAL
How it works This app is a bit of a guilty pleasure in the BSW office. It’s great for tracking your diet and ensuring it’s balanced enough, and gives you calorie goals that are calculated on your desired weight loss – but it’s also great for searching its database (over four million menu items, including fast food) to discover how bad some things really are for you (unfortunately even a fish supper has made it in). It also analyses your exercise to ensure you’re eating enough for your activity levels.
Available from Android, iTunes and online.
How it works Appy Couple allows you to build your own website and app for your wedding. Sound a bit Mariah Carey? Definitely not – you can share all your venue and travel details, local accommodation suggestions and gift list information. It allows photo sharing, and has a countdown timer and a guest list and RSVP manager. It’s like an electronic wedding planner!
Price The app is free to download but there’s a charge of around £20 ($35) to set up your own site and app.
Available on Android, iTunes and online.
How it works Make each moment count with your wedding planning as you count down the years, days, hours, minutes and even seconds to your big day. Your friends, family and colleagues will definitely enjoy frequent updates of the exact time until you walk down the aisle so be sure to remind them regularly. You can also share the excitement by email and Facebook, which is a sweet way to remind your other half about how much you’re looking forward to getting hitched (or to nudge him to keep on top of his duties!).
Available from Android and iTunes.
How it works Input your wedding date to Wedding Happy and it will build you a customised schedule with a to-do checklist and suggested due dates. You can also email specific tasks or the entire schedule to others – handy for delegating tasks to H2B or asking for help if it all gets a bit much. Piechart and statistics fans will be in their element as the percentages of completed tasks increase and you get closer to the happy day!
Price Free (with in-app purchases available).
Available from Android and iTunes.
How it works It’s an American stationery company that offers a free address collation service. Sign up and it will email all your guests a personal link where they enter their information. Once all the addresses are ready to go, you can export them into Excel, a text list or an existing address book. Even better, you can print the address labels straight from the site so they’re ready to be stuck on to envelopes and posted away. Easy peasy!
Available on Postable is online only at the moment but there is an app launch planned soon.
How it works If eBay is McDonald’s, Etsy would be a gourmet sandwich shop. It specialises in handmade and vintage items, and it’s very easy to get lost down the rabbit hole, falling in love with bespoke, unique and original craft items. Despite having over 25 million listings and selling goods from all over the world, Etsy still manages to maintain a personable craft fair vibe. Pinterest fans have their best chance of sourcing the unusual items they pin on Etsy, and it’s fantastic for home and fashion pieces too.
Available from iTunes and Android.