From CBS News
Planning a walk down the aisle can be daunting, but tech-savvy couples can now get a little help from apps on their phones or tablets.
There may no longer be a need for hard copies of budgets, or drawn out table place settings. These mobile apps can help happy couples take care of planning, organizing or even capturing the wedding on video with a tap of a finger. They also help cut down on wedding costs that come with hiring an expensive wedding planner.
During the planning stages of a wedding, there are many items that often go forgotten or cause last-minute panic attacks. It is easy to forget to budget for vendor tips or bathroom flower arrangements to spruce up the venue. Many apps provide checklists, and planning options that help keep it all together to prevent forgetting details.
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A major stress for couples is figuring out where to sit everyone during the reception to prevent any world wars breaking out. GoBee Lab’s Seatingplanner + allows couples to import contacts from their phones and can easily place people at round, rectangular or honoree tables. The drag and drop option allows people to be moved around easily from table to table until the right mix is found.
A major cost of a wedding is hiring a videographer and a photographer. According to TheKnot.com, brides should expect to spend 10-12 percent of their budgets on these vendors. While having these memories forever is important, one way to cut down on these costs and make it easier to organize is to use an app to create a wedding video.
The Animoto app is a good option for those looking for a do-it-yourself take on the wedding video, and it also helps organize photos from friends and family. The software puts your personal videos, and photos to music and turns them into a short clip you can easily share on social media. While it’s not a professionally edited wedding video, budget-conscious users can slash costs by thousands of dollars. The app could also help lovebirds put together a montage of engagement photos or family pictures that can be played at the nuptials.