By Amanda Zack
If there’s one thing to say about Generation Y, it’s that we love our technology. Whether it’s bringing back a favorite childhood game (hello there, Pokemon Go!) or reserving a table at your go-to date nightspot, we can do anything as long as we can do it from our smartphones.
The same goes for wedding planning – gone are the days of thick binders filled with magazine pages and sticky notes. Today’s modern couple is doing all of their planning on the Internet, especially via mobile devices.
“We’re seeing a steady increase in the number of couples looking for ways to streamline their wedding planning through mobile apps and online programs,” shares Li Zhou of LadyMarry, an online and mobile app that guides couples through the wedding planning process. “Millennials, which make up the majority of the market, are on the go and expect their wedding planning to follow suit.”
With that, let’s look at some ways that mobile apps can save you a headache.
- Stay on top of your timeline
Wedding planning involves a lot of moving pieces and it’s so easy to lose track of where you are on the path to your special day. Luckily, a wedding planning app like LadyMarry can help keep you on-task at the right times. Staying organized with your timeline, as well as keeping track of your progress in different categories can be all the difference between an enjoyable engagement and a stressful one.
- Stick to your budget
Ah, the dreaded wedding budget. Whether it’s $10,000 or $100,000, we all have a certain limit to how much we plan to spend on our wedding. Regardless of the number, it’s important to stick to your budget so you don’t feel inclined to dip into your savings or take out a loan. There are many apps that can help you keep track of how much you’ve spent and how much is left in your budget – that way, you won’t get confronted with unexpected surprises!
- Keep important notes close
Whether it’s a vendor referral or a décor shopping list, a comprehensive wedding planning app can keep all of your notes in one place – and you don’t have to lug around a giant file of wedding documents. To-do lists are a bride or groom’s best friend when planning their Big Day, so a great app can be a valuable resource for on-the-go organization.
- Stay inspired
Ripping out magazine pages and screenshotting favorite blogs only goes so far. Use a collaborative app like Evernote to keep all of your favorite designs in one place so you can pull it up at a moment’s notice. You can also keep track of inspiration that you find out and about and easily share it with your partner and planner.
“Today’s engaged couples are using technology to help with all aspects of wedding planning,” explains Zhou. “By simply entering in the details of their Big Day, like the date and location, they can easily create a custom planning timeline, stay on top of their budget and keep vendor notes on the go, all from their mobile device. Taking the stress out of wedding planning can make the process fun and enjoyable – just as it should be!”
There are apps out there for nearly every possible thing you can think of, so why not incorporate it into the biggest event of your life?
Amanda Zack is a proud millennial and wedding PR specialist with OFD Consulting, based in Richmond, VA. Inspired by the power of words, she is an avid storyteller with a love for animals, weddings, and anything else that elicits a smile