Wedding App! What’s that?

As the world gets more tech savvy, why shouldn’t your wedding as well? In the last few years, wedding websites have become all the rage, with introductions about the bride & groom, programmes, etc. But wouldn’t it be great to have something more interactive and current, all in the palm of your hand?  Enter the wedding app!

Wedding apps can be customized for Android,iOS and Windows Phone, integrated with your wedding website, and have possibilities of multiple useful features.  They especially make sense with everyone traveling and a multitude of coordination to be done with the guests involving transportation and timelines. Here we list some of the exciting features you can incorporate in your wedding app.

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Meet the Guests!

Send out invites asking your guests to download the wedding app and sign into the guest book. Your app can build a fun directory with quirky information about each guest, enabling everyone to get to know each other in advance, plan the pre-wedding bachelor / bachelorette, tell funny tales and instances about the bride and groom and let the wedding fun begin months in advance!

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Keep things organized via the Instant Messenger and RSVP page

The guests can use the app to RSVP and inform you about their travel plans. They can also message you through the app, to be constantly in touch about any changes. Apps can offer customizations to form groups in the messenger module, enabling guests to interact with each other and plan things out via the app.

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Gift Registry via the Wedding App

Why get burdened with a zillion gifts you’ll end up never using or giving away? Create your gift registry online, using e-commerce sites and link them back to your app, allowing your guests to spend their money intelligently and getting you a gift you’ll actually use and appreciate! It’s a win-win for everyone.

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Countdown to the D-Day

Your wedding app can integrate with your phone’s calendar and store the event into people’s schedule. What’s more, the app can display a countdown to the big day, building excitement with animation and trivia. You can also have reminders springing up before the different functions planned, ensuring people are up-to-date and on time. 

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Turn your wedding into a vacation!

Let’s face it, while your wedding is definitely the most important day in your life, it can sometimes turn into a bit of a drag for your guests. So why not turn it into a fun sightseeing trip for everyone? Let your app report the expected weather for the day, the history of your venue, amazing places to visit nearby. Add information about travel, local transport, interesting trivia and maybe even form a group for guests with similar interests to plan a small excursion between events? Feeding in your detailed programme with timings into the app will enable guests to plan their day, and manage some fun on the side! No more lost wandering aunties who missed the bus because they thought you said 6pm instead of 4pm… It’s all there on the app, with built in reminders!

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You know the excitement of watching a cricket match live, and then realizing you’re on the screen for everyone as well? Recreate the hype at your wedding by having your videographer upload a live stream onto the app, available for all your guests to see! Moreover, it enables all your invitees to view every aspect of the wedding, even if they were unable to attend. 

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It takes months of asking and begging all friends and family to send you all the pics they took at your wedding, and even then you almost never manage to get all! Have no fear, your wedding app is here! Create a live photo sharing environment, with everyone on the app being able to share any pics they take directly from their phone to all other guests, and most importantly, you! You can build in fun photo props into the app for guests to modify their pictures and create virtual photo booths and photo strips. And why not link it to your social media page for direct uploads?

The possibilities of development on your wedding app are endless. While there are customizable designs and templates available which are relatively easy and quick to build, one can always build completely new models and customized modules as per their requirements. Contact your wedding planner to help you build an app that your guests will be talking about and trying to copy for years to come!

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Wedding Gifts – What ‘NOT’ to gift

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While the concept of gift registry is catching up fast even in India, it can still be difficult to decide on a good wedding gift for the lucky couple. If a registry does exist, it’s always safe to stick to the list to ensure you get the couple something they actually need, rather than something you thought would be good for them. However, if you still do feel you know the best, we’ve compiled a short list of things to stay away from while deciding their wedding gift.Fresh flowers / fruit baskets

Fresh flowers / fruit baskets

While it’s extremely common to gift bouquets at engagement or wedding ceremonies, do take a moment to step back and think about it. The couple themselves are too busy during the days of celebrations to sit back and appreciate the gift you got them, and by the time they actually do get some time to breathe, all they’ll be left with are rotting flowers from you. Or worse, fruits or food items that have gone bad. It’s a lot of money and prettiness that goes to waste without being appreciated, and more often than not ends up being left behind at the venue or given away quickly.

 Re-gifting your own gifts

Yes, I know it’s tempting. You ended up with a pretty ugly vase or dinner set, or a china-doll that feels a little too creepy to display, or maybe you just don’t have any space in your cramped house in Mumbai. But before you re-wrap that gift and decide to pass it on, just think about how you felt opening it to begin with. Gifts are a blessing from you to the happy couple, an indication of your wishes to them, do you really want that to be a hand-me-down? Nobody likes to receive unwanted gifts, or gifts showing traces of re-packing or use. Be original, and put in a bit of thought into your wedding gift!

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Religious gifts

Religion is a very personal belief, and just because religious idols or Pooja thalis seem pretty and acceptable to give, they might not be the best gifts unless you are very sure of the couple’s beliefs. Moreover, religious gifts become difficult to refuse or pack away keeping in mind people’s sentimentalities. Best to steer clear of this area to ensure no awkwardness when the gifts are opened.

Art work

Art again is a personal choice, one that can vary significantly from person-to-person. What is beautiful to you, may not be as meaningful to another, and may end up as an item to store away somewhere. Unless you know about the couple’s choice in art, or know of their favourite artist and manage to get your hands on an original / replica, it might be safe to stay away from gifting any paintings on their wedding.

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This is something we can’t stress enough. Be aware of the couple’s expected lifestyle post marriage. Are they moving to another city? Will they be staying in a big house, or a small apartment? Is it already furnished? A big gift at the end of the day requires space and is difficult to transport, so make sure the couple has the requirement and the ability to use that gift. If the house is already fully furnished, appliances may end up duplicated. Huge show pieces for a small apartment will end up as a huge headache for the couple. And nobody manages to take big gifts with them while moving out of the country.

So the next time you’re invited to a wedding, be a little considerate and put yourself in the couple-to-be’s shoes before you decide what to gift them. After all, your gift is supposed to be something they cherish, not something they have nightmares about!

Wedding App Trends This 2015

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We live in the age of mobile applications. These apps cater to practically every industry and have made our fast-paced, hectic lives that much easier. All one has to do is log on to acquire 24-hour access to online grocery stores, clothes boutiques, home decor stores, or a friend’s backyard. Naturally, the wedding industry has also capitalized on this phenomenon. It’s hard to throw a wedding bouquet these days without hitting a website or app devoted to weddings. The wedding couple in this day and age require to be more tech savvy than ever before. Apps and digital tools can greatly cut down stress and help keep one organized.

Here are some wedding apps trending this 2015:

Wedding Happy

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Wedding Happy is an efficient, all-rounder app that’s super simple to get up and running. An iPhone application, it can be accessed through the iPad as well. After you’ve entered the date of your D-Day, all you have to do is sit back and wait as it creates a customized list of things you need to do and people you need to contact. Not only this, the app is integrated with Facebook and Twitter. And the best bit? You don’t even need a network connection to access this to-do list.

Appy Couple

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Weddings are a happy, yet equally stressful time for all involved with planning it. This is where Appy Couple comes handy. Essentially, it lets the wedding pair compile all the data regarding their wedding, including photos, their love and proposal stories, wedding events, guest and hotel information and other important requirements into one app. Once you’re done, you’ll have an app your family and friends can download for free. The best part? You can customize which guests see what event details (after all, not everyone will be invited to the mehendi and sangeet). The icing on the cake is that your guests will be able to interact with one another before the big day and create the buzz required to truly inspire your wedding season.

Wedding Party

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The usual experience at weddings is that the official photographer isn’t the only one looking to snap the bride and groom. In fact, that cousin who’s a budding photographer may have clicked some superb shots you’re not aware of. To avoid missing out on the varying perspectives of your wedding day, opt for Wedding Party. This mobile app will allow your wedding guests, friends and family to contribute to a shared, digital album of photos and notes, which can later be posted directly to your Facebook timeline. The Wedding Party app is easy to set up and simple to share. Guests can install the application, enter the wedding name, and share their shots of your happy time. It’s the best way to create your own expansive, diverse photo album of memories.

Pinterest

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Pinterest is not your average wedding application, but this photo-sharing app can come extremely handing when you’re looking for creative ideas for the wedding decor or unique styles for a customized wedding gown. All you have to do is register, and you can begin uploading, saving, sorting, and managing images (known as pins) and other media content such as videos through collections known as ‘pinboards’. Brides these days are even using Pinterest to share ideas with their wedding party and family. Instead of having to email photos of dresses or flowers to get the bridesmaids’ opinions, create a board of ideas to share instantly. Even apart from the wedding, this app is bound to be a hit for any form of creative inspiration!

Evernote

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Again, not conventionally for wedding planning, this app is the eternal organizer. It syncs brilliantly between your computer, phone, and tablet, storing everything you could possibly imagine losing track of. Instead of lugging a book bursting with to-do post-it notes, business cards, and swatch samples, you can sync up on a notebook and share links, photos, itineraries, and anything else to make your wedding planning efficient and systematic. You can use task lists, sync them with your calendar, and set reminders to keep track of your appointments with vendors. This is especially useful if you’re planning your own wedding; it’s like your very own virtual wedding planner!

It’s difficult to imagine life without technology in the twenty-first century. You utilize technology, the Internet, and social media for practically everything, so why not the most important day of your life. There are several wedding apps and websites available on the market these days (besides the ones highlighted here), and each is equally competent. So pick the apps that you feel will benefit you the most and trust that your choices will deliver. These will ensure that your wedding affair is an absolutely unforgettable one!