Wedding Planning Apps
Wedding Planning Websites and Apps to the Rescue
Congratulations, you're getting married! Now hand over the credit card. Seriously. USA Today reports that last year the average couple spent $26,989 on their wedding, and that's down from the $28,082 mark in 2008. But there's no reason to take on massive amounts of debt as you begin your life together. Wedding budgets can be kept to a minimum with some help from wedding websites and wedding apps.
For starters, there are three easy ways to cut costs and stay within your wedding budget. Catey Hill, author of Shoo, Jimmy Choo! The Modern Girl's Guide to Spending Less and Saving More, suggests these:
- Limit the guest list. The biggest cost factor is the number of guests. If you haven't already mailed out invitations, Hill says, "think long and hard about who you really want to invite and who you can cut." Make an A list with definite people to invite and a B list with people to invite only if the wedding budget allows.
- Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate. According to Hill, rates charged by vendors, (e.g., the caterer, the photographer, and the band) are probably negotiable, so negotiate. Get multiple quotes and use those prices to bargain with your first-choice service provider. And don't be afraid to walk away if the vendor can't deliver within your wedding budget.
- Prioritize spending. Hill also recommends that you rank order your priorities, from highest to lowest and put the bulk of your wedding budget toward those at the top of the list.
Next, take advantage of the many technological tools that can help keep a wedding budget under control. "I think all brides should use an online wedding tool to help them budget," Hill says. "It's simply so much easier to have a computer program do the math than to try to write it all out yourself."
Wedding Planning Websites.
The wedding planning website garners high praise from users who post at SiteJabber, where most call it the best wedding planning website out there. Users report getting help with wedding favors and finding a wedding dress, and many rave about the message boards.
This is Hill's favorite wedding planning tool. She is particularly partial to the wedding budget tool and the feature that lets brides communicate with their wedding party through an invitation-only space. The budgeting feature is crucial for any bride and Hill commends its user-friendly functionality. "You put in the amount you can spend on your wedding and it auto-fills in estimates of what you ‘should' spend on each item," Hills explains. It also lets you change the numbers if you want to spend more in one area and add categories you may want in your wedding budget. It also tracks what you're actually spending and shows the impact on the overall wedding budget.
The only part of the wedding planning process David's Bridal's My Event wedding planning tool is missing is a guest list manager, a function that may be considered in the future.
Wedding Planning Apps.
At the iTunes store users give the wedding planning app very high marks and say it's the perfect way to keep up with wedding planning on the go. One user considers it an awesome budgeting tool that prevents her getting carried away.
Feedback on this wedding planning app in the Google Play store is positive. Users report that the app is well organized, detailed, and very easy to use. One asserts it's especially helpful for budget-minded couples.
A Final Note.
Wedding planning websites and apps can be very useful and help eliminate some stress. But, cautions Hill, regardless which budget template you use, "the most important thing to remember is that you have to make a (wedding) budget and stick to it."