Reporting Lisa Petrillo
MIAMI (CBS4) — Planning a wedding can easily have a bride tied up in knots. From finding a dream dress to locking down the reception venue, the details are endless. So if a happy couple needs some help, there’s an app for that!
The wedding date is set. The photographer is booked. Now bride-to-be Rebecca Lysen has to finish planning the party.
“There’s so many little things, and you have one time to get it right,” said Lysen.
To help stay organized, Rebecca doesn’t reach for a chunky wedding binder, she reaches for her smart phone.
Today a range of wedding planning applications are available for mobile devices. They vow to help with everything from picking out wedding rings to decorating the venue.
“They’re there for brides on-the-go, so that they can plan their wedding whenever they want and however they want,” explained Anja Winikka of the wedding planning website TheKnot.com.
For example, both The Brides Wedding Genius and The Wedding Dress Look Book allow brides to browse wedding gowns by price, designer and silhouette.
If finding a ring is your thing, The Tiffany Ring Finder comes packed with a slew of sparkling ideas and it’s great for the guys too.
“All he has to do is get a hold of one of your current rings, put it right down on the iPhone, and he can actually get your wedding ring size,” said Sally Kilbridge of Brides Magazine.
When it comes to decorations, Color-Toy can help and for all of the finishing touches there’s Etsy Addict.
Kilbridge said, “Etsy Addict puts the world’s largest marketplace of handcrafted items into your pocket. So if you’re looking for a peacock feather boutonniere, or a ring pillow made out of moss,” you can find it.
Other apps like My Mobile Checklist promise to help you stay on top of your to-do’s and Wedding 911 is a virtual message board and support system.
These apps range in price from free to $2.99 and they’re all easy to use.
The following wedding applications were featured in this story:
1.) BRIDES Wedding Genius: Search through thousands of current wedding gowns anytime, anywhere. Browse by silhouette, designer, price, size, and more. Then, find a store near you that sells your dream gown. There are also ring, honeymoon, and registry categories. In addition, you can make inspiration boards with your favorites from the galleries, images from your computer, or pictures you take on the street. (Available on the iPhone for free. A $2.99 upgrade gives you access to the “binder” feature.)
2) Tiffany Ring Finder: Browse engagement rings by stone, shape, setting, and metal. Your significant other can also take a ring you own, drop it onto the phone, and determine your ring size. (Available on the iPhone for free.)
3.) Etsy Addict: This application places the largest marketplace of artisans and crafters right in your pocket. Browse through dozens of categories, such as paper goods, jewelry, and decorations. Save your favorites to your account to purchase later on. (Available on the iPhone for .99)
4.) Color Toy: Find your key wedding color and all of the complementary shades that go with it. Save your palettes to show your florist, or to bring when shopping for things like neckties and napkins. You can also search for colors by name, e-mail palettes to wedding planners, and more. (Available on the iPhone for $2.99)
5.) Wedding Dress Look Book: Download Wedding Dress Look Book and look through hundreds of new wedding dress photos, no matter where you are. You’ll also get listings of wedding dress salons that carry dresses you’ve been dying to try on. Search dresses (by style, shape, and price), and bookmark your favorites for later. This app also gives you access to wedding dress shopping tips, glossaries, and so much more. (Available on the iPhone for free. Will soon be available on the Android.)
6.) My Mobile Checklist Always on the go? Get this checklist for your cell or smart phone and stay on top of all your wedding to-dos! It’s the exact same checklist that you use on TheKnot.com – in a mobile phone format. Use your mobile to view your reminders and check off wedding-planning tasks while you’re out and about. (Available for free on any mobile phone with access to the internet)
7.) Wedding911: Get answers to your top wedding questions no matter where you are. Post your wedding questions and instantly get answers from other brides-to-be. You can also scroll through 150+ top wedding Q&As and get expert answers from The Knot editors. (Available on the iPhone for free. Will soon be available on the Android.)