He pops the question, you say yes, and just like that – you’re engaged! Now comes the hard part. From creating and maintaining a guest list, to deciding on every little detail, to finding the best vendors for you and your venue – there’s a reason people get paid for this! But luckily, smartphone apps can take your wedding planning from a hectic nightmare, to something simple, seamless, and fun!
Here are five outstanding apps to help keep you sane from “Yes!” to “I do.”
This free app, developed by the globally renowned bridal firm of the same name, allows you to browse thousands of bridal and cocktails dresses, create a personalized lookbook of your favorite gowns, and sync with your calendar for seamless wedding planning. Then, head down to their stunning NYC flagship store on East 52nd Street to try on your selected gowns in a private space with an expert personal stylist. Read More
“Wedding Tech,” is the intersection of the wedding industry – designers, vendors, venues, and newly engaged couples – and the thought leaders, web architects and social media gurus of the technology world. These two industries have something very important in common: creative passion.
Each lighting-fast technological advance is met with fresh ideas for applying it to wedding planning, event design, service marketing, and social-media sharing. The result? Smartphone apps for wedding registries and RSVPs, 3D-printed wedding-cake toppers, wearable tech for brides, and hashtags to track guest photos and mentions in real time. This is an exciting time for brides-to-be, tech-savvy wedding pros, start-up entrepreneurs and angel investors. Read More
Chic Sketch is imaginative app that lets users upload a photo of their favorite looks, and receive a quick, custom sketch by a real fashion illustrator. Girls fond of posting photos tagged #OOTD (“outfit of the day”) to Instagram can now have one of a kind artwork to elevate their selfie game.
If you’re helping a bride-to-be shop for dresses, this app would be a sweet gift. When she finds “the one,” take a photo and and surprise her with a sketch.
Right now Chic Sketch has teamed up with Viktor & Rolf and Sakes Fifth Avenue to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Viktor & Rolf’s fragrance, BonBon. Stop by Saks in Manhattan today to have your outfit sketched live. Read More
Rent a photo booth for your wedding and watch your guests pose, flirt, and dissolve into giggles. Photo booths bring out everyone’s silly side. For proof, look no further than the photo above! That’s us goofing around in Shake and Share Media’s photo booth at the Sophisticated Weddings magazine release party at Tribeca Rooftop.
If you usually think vintage charm when you think wedding photo booths, you’ll be as delighted as we were to discover that they offer so much more than black & white strips. Shake and Share Media booths feature flattering studio lighting, romantic, playful props for guests (we loved the glitter-heart antennas) and instant prints customized with your wedding date, names or a monogram. All photos are also instantly uploaded to an online gallery. Guests use social media kiosks to tag themselves and share on their own social media accounts. Read More
iPad wedding album by Darkershadesofbrown Photography
As the world waits for Apple’s announcement on September 9th, one thing is certain: whatever mobile, wearable, stylish gadget is introduced, tech-savvy brides will be among the first adopters.
It’s amazing to think about all the ways technology has been integrated into wedding planning and celebrations. Apps and online tools now streamline and enhance the planning process in ways the previous generation never imagined. Photos taken with smart phones and shared over social media channels are now so expected that couples who don’t want guests to share mention that request on their wedding websites. Read More
A new tool could help streamline the details of your most important events. Estimote Stickers allow your cell phone and other devices to track and interact with everyday objects. These colorful, miniature beacons sense movement, distance and temperature by sending radio signals with Bluetooth through Apple iBeacon. A step beyond wearable technology, this is nearable technology or “Nearables.”
As soon as I read that kits of ten stickers are available for pre-order I started to think about how they could be used by brides and wedding planners. Centerpiece vases, cake boxes, and gown bags came to mind immediately. Knowing exactly where everything is and when vital components arrive, without so much as sending a text, could ease minds in the hours leading up to the ceremony. Read More