Easier Wedding Planning With These Game-Changing Apps

When the sheer excitement of your wedding has fully set in, the truth is that now you are tasked with planning a memorable party for your guests. Gathering wedding pros and guests in one place is an ideal that can feel incredibly daunting, but now you don’t have to leave your own home to pull off your celebration from the comfort of your house. These game-changing wedding planning apps and services will make quick and easy work of all your planning duties.

Zola

There are a lot of brides and grooms that have been buzzing about this all-in-one wedding brand since its inception in 2013. Zola makes the wedding planning process almost enjoyable thanks to features including free wedding websites, a registry service, and picturesque wedding paper. Use this app to browse thousands of products and experiences as well as create a limitless lift of coveted registry items. You can choose to discreetly ship or return any products or services that are given at a later date to accommodate your schedule.

Available: free for both iOS and Android devices

AllSeated

AllSeated is a virtual reality template which takes the guesswork out of seating your guests to visualize the layout of your venue. The app’s immersive technology helps you to bring your venue to real life thanks to a 3D designed floor plan offering to-be-weds a glimpse of the party layout before the big day comes. Import your guest list into the tool for seamless creation of seating charts in order to create a floor plan in minutes.

Available: free for both iOS and Android devices

Trello

If you are stumped on the exact pre-wedding task that you should tackle first, use Trello. This app offers to-be-weds with their to-do list by supplying list, cards, and boards in order to help you prioritize your pressing wedding planning tasks.

Available: free for both iOS and Android devices

Tips for Wedding Planning Organization

It is no doubt that wedding planning can be overwhelming. You might have ever wondered why some professionals can make it their full-time job when there are a lot of details that go into making an event like this. These following tips will help you keep track of your to-do list, spendings, and communications to prevent everything from slipping through the cracks.

1. Create a wedding binder

Besides apps and online features, sometimes it’s also great to just go old school. Having a physical copy of your inspiration, vendor research, contracts, to-do lists, etc. helps you keep nothing get lost in the interweb. It also helps you have a nice memento to look back. Just imagine flipping through the pages with your daughter when she plans her special day.

Moreover, combining everything into one binder helps you know exactly where everything is. For example, if you forget what color napkins you have chosen when you are looking at chair sashes, you won’t have to dig around to find it because all your information is kept in one handy-dandy wedding binder.

2. Use spreadsheets

Spreadsheets are a wonderful gift to everyone. Keep track of your guest list and who has RSVPd. Enter formulas to automatically calculate your budget. With Google Sheets, you can also share bridal shower ideas and more. Additional, if you want to delegate any tasks to your family and friends, you can keep track of what is getting done with online checklists.

3. Make a wedding email

Having an email dedicated solely to your wedding communications has a lot of benefits. First, when you tie the knot, you don’t have to unsubscribe from all the newsletters, vendor lists, and advice columns that you have been getting. You can easily deactivate or sign out of that address. Second, you don’t have to dig through a variety of Skimm updates or Bath & Body Works coupons to find the DJ you were emailing. Third, you can easily sort through your emails by creating folders within your inbox, including one folder for budget, one for contracts, one for appointments, one for invoices, one for helpful blogs, etc.

The Simple Wedding Planning Checklist (part 1)

 

Wedding planning checklists can be very useful, but they also have a lot of extra details that may stress you out more than help you out. This simple planning checklist that’s part cheat sheet and part secret weapon for planning your wedding will be an ideal progress report for you.

Step 1. Make Your Biggest Decisions

It is usually said that you need to choose a venue first. But it’s not easy to do that without having a date in mind as well as a budget. In fact, these decisions are codependent, that it will serve you best to tackle these choices first. As soon as you’re going to start planning, you should choose your date, set your budget, and pick a venue at once.

Step 2. Get Personal With Your Wedding Style

Once you’ve made the big decisions, you can start with more granular things like guest list, invitations, flowers, attire, etc. But it is unnecessary to waste your time with an all to-do list. Discuss with your partner, outline your priorities, then use The Knot Wedding Planning Checklist tool to create your own personalized wedding plan. You will get a clear vision of next steps, wasting no time on irrelevant details.

Step 3. Send Out Your Invitations and Make Your Own Wedding Website

When you have decided your date, venue, and wedding vision, send the invitations to your guests. In conjunction with alerting your guests, you should create a wedding website which shows all of the relevant details regarding your wedding so that your guests can have all the details and consider a thoughtful gift, too.

Step 4. Select the Other Essential Vendors

Now it is the time you can make those additional and essential vendor choices. Find the dress, look into party attire, and contact a tailor, as well as find your ideal florist, DJ, and caterer.

How to Plan a Wedding in a Short Period of Time (Part 2)

  1. Find a wedding dress.

Planning a wedding in a short period of time means that perhaps you will not have much time for multiple fittings and custom orders, however, that doesn’t mean you don’t have any good options. You can even take home a designer gown from bridal salons with you the same day as your purchase. Or you can check out any popular ready-to-wear stores that offer wedding-worthy white dresses. 

  1. Decide on a suit.

Like the wedding dress, you won’t have much time to go custom, however, there is the option to rent a tux. If you want to purchase a classic suit, try Brooks Brothers or any number of stores such as Zara or Top Man for trendy styles. Or you can try searching for a tuxedo online for your wedding.

  1. Tell your bridal party what to wear.

We suggest you to choose a wedding style and color and then asking your bridal party to find the closest match. For example, have your best friends wear a knee-length dress in navy, or a flowy chiffon dress in pink. Or just ask them to wear their favorite from their closet. The guys can wear tuxes, or wear their own suits with matching ties to coordinate the look.

  1. Create an outline of all the other vendors you need to hire.

Perhaps this is the toughest task when preparing your wedding, especially in such a short period of time. At least, you are going to want to find a photographer, videographer, band, florist, or cake baker. You can search for professional vendors in your area on The Knot Marketplace. Or if you have a favorite photographer, ask them to recommend all the other vendors. Another option is to check out GigMasters in order to find and compare prices for entertainment, rentals, and other vendors.

Tips to Organize a Casino-Themed Wedding

Among hundreds of wedding themes to choose from, a casino-themed wedding is rather unusual, but it is really fun and impressive. Organizing a casino-themed wedding is not easy, however, on the upside, no wedding theme is easy to organize, so you should not lose hope. Write down a list of all casino traits you want to include to your wedding, and do not forget to read these casino-themed ideas to dazzle.

Opt for a stylish wedding, not a cheap one

Forget about organizing a wedding themed after 1995’s Casino, your wedding party should be organized in a Casino Royale fashion to become far more memorable. However, you should inform your guests about the kind of party you are planning because they might not get the idea right. For example, you can inform them that the party will be a flamboyant black-tie affair. Then, they will understand that the event will be impeccably stylish so that they should be incredibly well-dressed for the occasion.

Of course, you should create an authentic atmosphere by using colors traditionally used in casinos. However, remember that if you rely too much on traditional casino colors, your wedding may end up looking less stylish than you want it to be.

Consider holding the event in a casino resort

If you have attended a wedding, you may have clearly known how sloppy things became when the reception and the ceremony are held in two different places. Well, casino-themed weddings allow you to organize the whole thing in one place.

There are a lot of classy hotels with captivating staircases and exuberant chandeliers – the perfect place for wedding photos. Moreover, casino resorts have a luxurious interior and are usually incredibly flamboyant.

Choose appropriate food

You can proceed to choose a suitable menu when you have ensured that the atmosphere and the surroundings will well correspond with your wedding theme. You can do this easily by choosing some signature dishes which would be found in Las Vegas casinos on the Strip.

30 SUMMER WEDDING IDEAS (PART 3)

 

  1. Jam jar florals

Ask your family and friends to collect jars and pretty them up with sprigs of garden blooms and ribbons. If you want to display taller sprays of flowers such as delphiniums and stocks, try pairing them with enamel jugs or milk churns.

  1. Beach weddings

Don’t wait until your honeymoon to enjoy the beach when the summer has come. Hire a village hall, or an old maritime museum, or even marry right on the sand, nothing is impossible. Just plan for a beach wedding right now!

  1. Summer fete

Give your wedding ceremony all the fun with fete-inspired games like hook a duck or carousel rides.

  1. Seaside seating

Set up a comfortable area for your guests to relax in after the wedding breakfast. Fill it with color co-ordinated striped deck chairs that are perfectly placed to watch all the action.

  1. Wedding signs

It turns out that you will make the most of your chance to enjoy al fresco elements, so why not set up some rustic signs to direct your guests to reach the best place for drinking, dining, or dancing?

  1. Tipi venues

When it comes to indoor and outdoor wedding venues, tipi venue seems to offer the best choice because its sides can be opened up to reveal the outside, making them perfect for the summer wedding.

  1. Space for shade

You will want to stream as much sunshine as possible on your wedding day. Make sure your wedding venue has parasols ready to provide shade.

  1. Naked cakes

Filled with light, juicy berries, and fluffy buttercream, it is ideal for the summer season to use the naked wedding cake. Just make sure it is positioned out of the sun to prevent the buttercream from melting.

  1. Sweet peas

Sweet peas are small but beautifully scented, coming in a range of hues, from pastels to brights. Use them to decorate your wedding for a whimsical style that smells divine.

  1. Shepherd’s hooks

These are the must-have item of any summer country wedding! Peg them into the ground to mark out pathways and hang dainty jars containing mismatched flowers or candles from them to create a pretty effect.

  1. Easy breezy

Embrace the al fresco atmosphere in your summer wedding by introducing tulle drapes to create an airy feel for your venue.

30 SUMMER WEDDING IDEAS (PART 2)

 

  1. Ice cream

Use a vintage ice cream bicycle cart in order to make ice creams not only delicious but also decorative at your summer wedding.

  1. Tea time

Whichever side of the jam and cream debate you sit, there’s nothing to deny that indulgent clotted cream, freshly made scones, and sweet strawberry conserve epitomizes the taste of summer.

  1. Live music

Choose a live band instead of a DJ for the evening entertainment to create a festival vibe. To create a laid-back ambiance for the wedding ceremony, you can also switch a string quartet with an acoustic guitarist.

  1. Festoon lighting

Hang up festoon lighting to create an illuminated trail between different parts of your wedding venue.

  1. Barbecues

Hailed as a crowd-pleasing option which offers full of flavor, serve a hog roast or barbecue instead of the traditional wedding meal. Complete the culinary line-up with chutneys, salads, and cheeses, and you’re guaranteed very happy guests with full stomachs.

  1. Summer saviors

Prepare a basket of sunglasses, sun cream, and flip flops and put them in the washrooms for your guests to grab. You don’t want to have the risk of lobster skin in your group photos and your guests will love you for it!

  1. Picture perfect

Your guests’ snaps will be very beautiful if you frame them with a photobooth backdrop. Whether it is a vintage frame decorated in cascades of flowers or a suspended picture frame, the choice is yours!

  1. English garden

When it comes to favorite wedding themes, summer is perfect for an English garden style wedding. Choose a venue with its own pretty gardens and you’ll have built-in decoration to match!

  1. Marquee magic

Inspired by the impressive glass variety of Pippa Middleton, hire in acrylic seating to channel the same style with transparent sided marquees.

  1. Outdoor ceremonies

Make the most of the good weather of summer and say your vows in a romantically decorated lakeside gazebo, or in a woodland glade, beneath a floral arch,…

10 Tasteful Wedding Ideas for Sports Fanatics (part 2)

 

  1. The Accessories

Consider the colorful team socks as well as the monogrammed cufflinks for the guys. When it comes to the bride, the fact is that not many people will actually see your garter, therefore, if you want to have something that’s in your or your husband’s favorite team’s colors, just go for it, urges Kelli Corn, wedding planner of Kelli Corn Weddings & Events.

  1. The Photo Booth

Take one photo for the team, and turn your wedding photo booth into a game. You also can try stocking your photo booth with fun sports-themed props or having your guests create their own sports magazine cover.

  1. The Wedding Monogram

If you two both love the same team, why not try using its logo for your wedding monogram? “While it’s true that team logos are predominantly made up of thick block letters and wedding monograms are typically swirly and romantic, a combination of both design elements can successfully be achieved by a talented graphic designer,” says Aviva Samuels, wedding planner of Kiss The Planner. “It can be utilized as a light projection on the dance floor or walls, on stationery items such as menus and seating cards, as well as beverage napkins and signage.”

  1. The Favors, Escort Cards, and Table Numbers

Mini footballs, basketballs,… branded with your team’s name is a really fun idea for favors. In addition, escort cards can be designed to look like the tickets to a big game. Be creative with your tables by using the jersey numbers or names of your favorite players to label them.

  1. The Signature Drinks

In the south where college football is very popular, wedding planner Tracie Domino of Tracie Domino Events tells us that there is rarely a wedding going by without a mater incorporated into it. One idea is naming your signature drinks after your favorite teams or serving them in your favorite team’s colors.

30 SUMMER WEDDING IDEAS (PART 1)

 

Are you planning for a summer wedding? If yes, the great thing is that you can almost bank on the weather and make a lot of the outdoor venues. So, these are some excellent summer wedding ideas to make yours a sizzling show-stopper.

  1. Flower Crowns

Designs featuring pastel petals, whimsical gypsophila, and eucalyptus will add romance to your summer wedding.

  1. Gin bars

One of the trendiest tipples of this year is gathering various types of gin to serve in several cocktails. The quirkier, the better! Gin goes extremely well with fruit.

  1. Color coordinated

Try asking your guests to wear something coordinated. For example, you’d like all your guests to include a splash of green, for the ladies to wear a sweet floral accessory, for the gentlemen to go jacketless.

  1. Garden games

There are some quirky garden game ideas for you to choose to warm up your summer wedding, from space hoppers and sack races to croquet and giant Jenga.

  1. Hay bale heyday

Creating a simple seating area for your guests, perfect for a rustic wedding venue which has the grounds or gardens – some hay bales with blankets are sure to greatly attract guests.

  1. Couple’s cocktails

It’s time to make couple’s cocktails become the star of the show. Add some edible flower petal ice cubes, colorfully striped straws, and fresh fruit garnishes to turn these drinks into a centerpiece.

  1. Ceiling style

Try the country fair’s style by stringing up paper honeycombs, pompoms, and handmade bunting to give your décor height.

  1. Pick and mix

This feasting style isn’t only for sweets! Avoiding a heavy sit-down meal, instead of traditional caterers, hire food and drink stalls so that your guests can walk around while munching.

  1. Beer by the bucket

Pair beer with a vintage ice bathtub so that your guests will have a self-service bar to enjoy! Make sure that your photographer can quickly snap some photos before they disappear!

 

10 Tasteful Wedding Ideas for Sports Fanatics

 

Teamwork makes the dream work! Score points with the hubs and knocks your plans for the wedding out of the park by including a little team spirit in your big day in the nicest way. There are ten sports-inspired wedding ideas which are guaranteed to give you and your guests something to cheer about.

  1. The Food

Instead of the stuffy rehearsal dinner, set up your pre-wedding party after a high-end tailgate, complete with sports team friendly décor, your favorite food trucks, and booze. In addition, you can incorporate your game-time snacks by serving them with stadium style so that your guests can enjoy as a late night treat.

  1. The Program

The wedding of Morgan Haile of Morgan Taylor Lacquer with former pro-baseball player Tony Gonzalez was in the whole sports theme. Instead of traditional wedding styles, their wedding was designed like a game with pictures of the duo and party members in them. So cute!

  1. The Cake

The cake is a given, but if a full sports-themed cake won’t make the cut, Jessica Janik of The Invisible Bridesmaid has another understated idea: have your wedding cake’s inside dyed to match your team so that when being cut, it bleeds the team’s colors.

  1. The Color Scheme

Rather than plaster the reception with team gear, couples can incorporate the layers of subtly which show off their team loyalty. For example, Packers fans can choose a lot of greenery such as eucalyptus or tropical palm branches. If your team’s colors aren’t wedding-friendly, try using the colors like white, which always looks elegant.

  1. The Guestbook

If you’re a fan of a baseball team, for example, let your guests sign baseballs instead of a traditional guestbook. And if you’re a hockey fan, have them sign a hockey stick. Lynn Jawitz, the owner of Florisan Wedding and Event Design in NYC, had his guests sign his baseball jersey with sharpies.