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Top 5 Must-Have Free Wedding Apps!

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1) The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner

With a clean and simple interface, this app allows you organize every aspect of your soon-to-be wedding! Features include a countdown, checklist, easy-to-use budget tool, and so much more! Take control of every detail in your wedding with this app. This is a must have for every bride to be!

2    2) Pinterest
If you haven’t already discovered this delightfully addicting app, then you are in for a surprise! Pinterest is one of the best ways to create endless inspiration boards! What’s the best part about it? Pinterest showcases an endless feed of pictures for you to snag by pinning to your very own unique boards. Once you discovered the “Wedding” realm of Pinterest, I guarantee you will become a devoted pinner in no time!

 

3)   3) Wedding Dress Look Book by The Knot
For brides-to-be looking to essentially customize what kind of wedding dresses they’re looking for, then look no further. This app allows you to enter details such as your body type, height, personality, and best features to generate hundreds of dresses to choose from.  It’s like having your own personal wedding shopper!
4)    4) Wedding Budget
Allowing you to organize and keep track of small and large expenses, Wedding Budget is perfect for maintaining a budget! Sometimes it can be difficult keeping track of what you’re spending, but this app just makes it so much easier. This is a wonderful tool for wedding planning by allowing you to be a budget guru!

 

5)    5) Wedding Countdown
This app is adorable in so many ways, specifically because it allows you customize the way your timer ticks until the big day! You can choose from a variety of colors and details of your countdown, including adding your own photos! Very cute, very useful!
 

 

Appy Couple- Your Stylish Wedding App and Wedding Website for Guests

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Have you dreamed of having an all-in-one way to plan, organize, and share the details of your upcoming wedding with your wedding guests?  Well look no further! Appy Couple is a new wedding app specifically designed to make it easy for your guests to keep up to date on your wedding through a wedding app, wedding website, and photo sharing!

Appy Couple Features

  • For IPhone, IPad, and AndroidAppy Couple
  • Collect Guest Photos and RSVPs
  • Maps, Cabs, Hotels, Messages
  • Push Notifications
  • Private or Public Access
  • Plus, you get a FREE wedding website
DESIGNS
Over 300 ways to coordinate with your wedding theme
PRIVACY
As public or private as you want for every event
EVENT TIMELINE
Automated widgets to share everything from the date and directions to a wine list
GUEST LIST MANAGEMENT
Connect popular accounts and Facebook to build your guests list
RSVPs
Menu selections to RSVP reminders
GUEST PHOTOS
Guests add photos directly from your app or on your website
HI-RES PHOTOS
Unlimited storage and downloads
GUEST MESSAGING
Connect to guests via push messages in groups and individually
SEND EMAILS
Send Save-the-Date, Invite and Reminder emails
KEY PEOPLE
Showcase your entourage with pictures and stories
TRAVEL
Automated widgets to be the ultimate concierge service for your guests
VIDEO
Add YouTube and/or Vimeo links to Stories, Events or Travel
GUEST TOASTS
Virtual champagne toasts from your guests
GIFTS
Link registries and gifts from anywhere
TABLE CARDS
Customized table cards to share your app

 Photo Sharing

Appy Couple makes capturing your wedding memories easy with these features:

  • Collect Guest Photos
  • On your App and Website
  • Photo Filters and Effects
  • Delete on the go- you won’t have to worry about unwanted photos!
  • Download Hi-Res Images
  • + Unlimited Storage

This most cost a fortune, you might say.  But App Couple again makes it easy with a $28 one time set up fee!  No monthly fee, no annual fees, just $28!  Get started today!

Want to demo the app and website before you buy, check it out here!

DIY Wedding Invitations

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DIY-Rustic-Wedding-Invitations-Design-IdeasCreate beautiful wedding invitations yourself!  Do-it-yourself wedding invitations will save you a ton of money and you can customize them any way you want!

A few things to remember when designing your own wedding invitations:  A good rule of thumb is to order 20% more supplies so, if you make a mistake, you have plenty of supplies left to fix the invitations.  Think about what type of paper you want to use, whether it be recycled, embossed, or if you want to include a colored backing.  Font, font size, alignment, and line spacing are all important factors in the aesthetics of the wedding invitations and will be critical especially if you decide to design and print the invitations yourself.  Inner envelopes can add a pop of color and style to the invitation and even match the theme to your wedding.  Ribbons, sashes, or frosted paper will give your invitations a beautiful finishing touch!

This short video will give you the tools you need to start creating your own wedding invitations.

Make sure to check out our Wedding Links page for resources and help for planning your wedding!

Wedding Dress Trends

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Last month, wedding dress designers flocked to New York to show off their Spring/Summer 2014 bridal collections at New York’s Bridal Week.  Among the designers were Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, and Marchesa.  What they brought were bold, trendy new styles with every bride in mind.  Bold, backless dresses and short skirts were among the most shocking, yet gorgeous designs. Peplum wedding dresses are also making a comeback this season. Capes and wraps are the new compliment to any wedding gown and, this season, are being shown short and long. Now more than ever, brides can show off their own personal style.  2013/2014 has shown that designers are not afraid to take risks with wedding dress design and every bride could be as daring or classic as they wish.  Here are a few of the stunning dresses from New York Bridal Week:

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 On a Wedding Dress Budget?

Want an affordable way to wear the most current and beautiful fashions at your wedding? Try to catch the sample sales!  David’s Bridal holds a sample sale in the fall and keep an eye out for Kleinfield’s sample sale (TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress). Another great way to save money on a wedding dress is to buy consignment.  Wore it Once, Once Wed, Encore Bridal  are all websites that link brides to already worn wedding dresses.  With Once Wed, you can find some of the designers list above for up to 80% off the retail value.  Encore Bridal has an easy to sort feature so that you can quickly and easily sort through the dresses that are in your price range, style you prefer, color, and much more!  Wore it Once is a bit more challenging to find a particular dress that you love, but is still worth checking out!  Now every bride can have bridal couture at their finger tips even if you are on a tight budget!

 

Wedding Inspiration: Sweet Peach

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This season, peach is popping up on everything bridal.  From cakes, to dresses and bouquets, this wedding trend is definitely something to consider when planning your wedding, especially if your wedding is anywhere between Spring and Fall.  Here are some great ways to incorporate peach into your perfect wedding!

Bridesmaids Dresses and Shoes: Give your bridesmaids something they might actually consider wearing again.  This season, fashionable, tea length, peach bridesmaids dresses are showing up in soft fabrics sure to not be pushed to back of the closet.  Peach colored shoes can be paired after the wedding with your bridesmaids favorite skinny jeans and flowy top!

Invitations:  Make your day stand out with peach colored, vintage or rustic styled wedding invitations

Wedding Cake:  Not only can your wedding cake be peach in color, why not have it peaches and cream flavored?  Or even stick a big, ripe peach right on top?!

Peach Bouquets and Hair Accessories:  Carnations, Roses, Orchids, Oh My!  You can arrange your bouquet with your favorites, as peach is a common color for many Spring-Fall flowers.  Use left-over flowers to make a gorgeous hair accessory!

Peach Cocktails:  Possibilities are endless here, but a few favorites are Peach Bellinis, Peach Margaritas, and Peach Mojitos.  Don’t be afraid to use fresh fruit to go with the sweet, juicy ambiance your wedding is sure to create!  Having a country peach themed wedding?  Serve your cocktails in Mason Mugs!  Want to make your Mason Mugs personal and special?  Have your Mason mugs engraved with you and your spouses’ names and wedding date! You can even customize them to have your bridal party or guests names on them!  Get them now! Mason Mugs

Peach Inspired Tablescapes:  Floating Unity Candle with fresh flowers make great table centerpieces.  Get your engraved:  Floating Unity Candles

Peach Makeup:  Look impossible fresh with some peach inspired blushes and lip glosses from Tarte

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5 Wedding Trends and Inspirations for 2013

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So far, 2013 has been the year to step outside the box and venture towards unique and nontraditional wedding themes and trends.  Not only are brides planning their own weddings more now than ever, they are also drawing inspirations from new places.  Because of social media sites like Pinterest and Lover.ly, brides can have the world of wedding planning right at their fingertips and organize it in a way that gives them the ability to make any wedding dream a reality.  We have compiled a list of the 5 most popular wedding trends of 2013.  Take a look:

1. Gourmet Food Trucks

Why spend money on a caterer when you can have a specialty, gourmet food truck?  Food trucks around the country are being booked as the main food feature of weddings everywhere.  With little to no cost to the happy couple, food trucks will park at your reception and make made-to-order gourmet dishes for your hungry guests.  Another great feature about food trucks is little to no clean up, saving you money with a serving and clean up staff.

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2. The Roaring 20’s

Flapper inspired hair pieces, vintage wedding dresses, and the air of revival are all coming to mind when planning a Roaring 20’s wedding.  Designers are coming out with 20’s inspired pieces are are not only affordable, but breathtaking.

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3. Online Wedding Registries

Gone are the days of big department store wedding registries and scanning endless amounts of wedding gifts.  At Wedding Republic, you can register for things you really want people to get you, not just another toaster.  You can choose from categories and lists of gifts, or customize your own list of gifts that reflect who you and your partner truly want to be together.  Best of all?  It’s easy!

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4. Custom Wedding Favors

Want to give something to your bridal party and wedding guests that they will cherish even after the festivities are over?  Custom wedding glassware is the way to go!  Not only can you personalize the glassware with the names of the bride and groom, the wedding date, and a custom graphic; but you can also add the names of your guests specific to each glass.  A personalized gift will show your bridal party or guests just how special you think they are and how much you appreciate them celebrating your big day with you.  Get your personalized wedding glasses now from GlassMage!

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5. Wedding Dresses with Pockets

Look out traditional, pockets are in!  Pockets on wedding dresses are all the rage and wedding dresses designers are flaunting their pocketed creations in bridal magazines and they are showing up in wedding blogs all over the net.  Stylish and convenient, we agree that pockets on wedding dresses can add a little something extra to your big day!

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Wedding Cakes You’ll Love

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Chocolate, Vanilla, Red Velvet….these are some of the hardest decisions every bride has to make when picking out her wedding cake.  But what about how it should look?  More and more, designer wedding cakes are becoming a staple at weddings and are more of a centerpiece then something you actually want to eat.

Want a wedding cake that your wedding guests will be buzzing about for weeks? Take your idea to your baker and have them turn it into a reality!  Not the creative type?  Your baker is!  Have them create a wedding cake that will push their creative skills to the max.  Take a look at some of the incredible wedding cakes handcrafted for each bride.

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#1 Hot Wedding Trend for 2013: The Color Mint

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This Spring, colors are in and drab is out!  Brides all across America are trading in their traditional bridesmaid’s dresses, white wedding gowns, and in some cases, their entire wedding themes for mint colored veils, bouquets, and cakes.  Grooms are following suit with mint colored ties and boutonnieres.   Here is how to plan the perfect mint colored wedding!

The Mint Dresses

Give your bridesmaids something they will actually wear again!  This season’s mint colored bridesmaid’s dresses are light, flowy, and simply gorgeous.  There are styles to flatter every shape and size, so don’t be afraid to mix and match the styles of your bridesmaid’s dresses.

Have you thought about stepped out of the box on your wedding gown, but didn’t quite know how to do it tastefully?  Well mint is the way to go.  It is gorgeous on almost any skin tone and is a light, but stunning color.  If you will be wearing a mint wedding gown, pair it with white or cream colored bridesmaid dresses.  Since this color is already going to wow your guests, try wearing a tiara or a headband of flowers instead of a traditional veil.

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The Reception

The possibilities are endless with a mint colored weddings.  Your guests will be minty-fresh mood with these great mint reception ideas:

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes Mint Lemonade Mint Signature Cocktails
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Mint Green Mini Cakes Mint Colored Tablescapes Mint Macaroons
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Invitations

Invitations are a great way to set the (pan)tone of the wedding.  Not only will the invitation stand out in the mail, but it could also stand out in smell.  Package tiny mints inside of your invitation to give your guests a minty surprise when they RSVP! Make yours stand out with some of these great ideas:

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The Bouquet

Mint colored flowers are in this season, so finding the perfect bouquets for you and your bridesmaids may not be as hard as you may think.  Mint green parrot novelty tulips, mint green carnations, pale creamy green cymbidium orchids, and the giant hydrangea light antique flower are just a few of the beautiful flowers to add to your arrangements.

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‘Glamping’ Themed Weddings

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A new wedding trend has emerged- ‘Glamping’!  Glamping is a version of camping, grown-up camping to be exact, and is hitting the wedding circuit with force thanks to such social organization sites as Pinterest and Lover.ly.  Glamping is becoming a trend because of its flexibility as a wedding theme.  Brides are using this idea to create amazing honeymoons and camping themed, outdoor weddings and receptions.

Glamping Themed Weddings

Outdoor weddings are becoming quite popular, especially after celebrities, like Matthew McConaughey, had breathtaking glamping style weddings recently.  Glamping themed weddings are a great way to have an unforgettable wedding on a budget.  Because almost everything can be DIY, many brides are utilizing family and friends’ creative skills to craft the wedding of their dreams. Glamping themes are also great for brides that would prefer a green, Eco-friendly wedding.  Here are a few ways to create a glamping themed wedding:

  • Outdoor Style Invitations and “Camp Site” Maps
  • Trail Mix Favors for Your Guests
  • S’mores Bar
  • Picnic Bench Reception Tables
  • Rustic Camping Style Tablescapes
  • Upscale Camping Style Food (Gourmet Hamburgers, Fruit and Gourmet Cheeses, Picnic Baskets, Brown Bag Meals, etc..)
  • Handmade “Directional” Signs
  • Barn Ceremonies
  • ATV Rides from the Ceremony to the Reception
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Glamping Themed Honeymoons

Camping with your new husband?  This could be either incredibly romantic or an incredible disaster.  Not to worry, there are a plethora of ways to make this type of honeymoon a complete success, not to mention the closeness you will feel to your new spouse!  Pick an area where you feel you could get the most out of the time.  A camping ground next to a lake, for example, could provide a wide range of couples activities.  Don’t want to be completely secluded?  Find a camping ground that has a clubhouse, and group activities like hiking on nature trails. Also, don’t forget your tent and sleeping bag!

The possibilities for glamping style weddings are truly up to your wildest imagination.  If you love camping and want a wedding that is sure to be remembered and envied by your guests, then glamping themed weddings are the way to go!

Spring Wedding Guide 2013

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Having a Spring wedding?  This Spring there are so many out-of-the-box, unique ideas to make your wedding really stand out.  Here is a guide to this Spring’s freshest ways to find essentials that will make your wedding uniquely you!

Cloud Parade

cloud paradeShop and Design your own wedding on Cloud Parade!  Shop by Color, Category, and Style!  If you see things that you are dying to have for your own wedding, put them in a cloud.  Clouds are places for you to store what you love and view it anytime you want!  Need more inspiration for your wedding?  You can also view other bride’s clouds and even customize and buy that cloud to fit your own wedding buy hit the “I want it all” tab!

Etsy Weddings

Etsy has everything you could possibly want for your wedding from veils, dresses and accessories to invitations, wedding favors, and decor!  Have it all delivered right to your inbox by signing up for the Etsy Wedding Email!  Plus, you can have a wedding registry in Etsy for vintage and homemade wedding gifts!

Dresses

Lace is making a come back this Spring, with iconic wedding dress styles to fit every beautiful bride.  It is showing up in appliqués, trims, and overlays.  Here is a collection of gorgeous lace gowns: Brides.com
Sheer Overlays and Peplum skirts are also on their way back in.  View the Top 10 Spring Wedding dress trends for 2013: The Knot

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Get rid of those old throw away cameras you set on the table and step into the future of social wedding photography!  Wedding Snap is an IPhone app that can be downloaded by your guests for real-time photo snapping (well, almost real-time! 5 minute delay for unwanted photos!)  Once you sign up your wedding on the site, your guests will be able to upload an unlimited amount of photos and albums, be able to download the photos, and buy prints and even retouching.

Plants Instead of Flowers?

bridal-hairstyle-plantsThe hottest new trend for a Spring wedding is swapping your wedding flowers for plants!  Putting flowers in your undo?  Swap it for a gorgeously green Succulent plant!  More ideas on how to swap your flowers for unique plants.

5 Most Popular Wedding Blogs: Why You Should Be Reading Them

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In today’s world, there is so much information that can be found on the internet to help you plan your wedding from top to bottom.  But where do you start?  All of this information can be mind boggling and time consuming if you do not know where to look.  Here is a list of five top wedding blogs and why they can be helpful to you when you are planning your wedding!

100 Layer Cake Wedding BlogLooking for great ideas to help plan the wedding of your dreams? 100 Layer Cake has almost 30 different categories of wedding ideas, sure to help you with ideas for almost anything!  Plus, they have categories on almost 10 different colors and real weddings!Polka Dot Bride Wedding Blog

Have an idea for a niche wedding and need ideas on how to pull it off?  Look no further, Polka Dot Bride has a category for you!  This blog has ideas for every aspect of your wedding from the groom’s unique tie choices, all the way down to that Hot Pink wedding dress you have been dying to wear!

Green Weddings BlogPlan an Eco-Friendly Wedding with Green Weddings.  This blog features green locations, green dress ideas, and even ways to have green food choices and green flower arrangements!

In need of more visual stimulation to get the creative wedding planner juices flowing?  Style Unveiled is  a great place to not only see great wedding ideas, but also see them at REALStyle Unveiled Wedding Blog weddings!  See real weddings through tons of gorgeous photos! See something you love and want to incorporate into your own wedding?  There is list of the wedding’s vendors at the bottom of the page!

Oh Lovely Day Wedding BlogAre you a Do-It-Yourself type of bride? Then Oh Lovely Day is the wedding blog for you! From wedding favors to menus and decorating ideas, you can find how to do just about anything yourself to make your wedding day just as creative and fun as you are!  Do-IT-Yourself weddings are also a create way to stay on budget!

Ok, so you have read and kept up with all of the great ideas on these blogs, now what?  There is a new wedding ‘social media’ platform that lets you organize and store all of your wedding Lover.lyideas in one place!  According to Lover.ly: “We’re on a mission to make wedding planning simple and more fun. Discover ideas, things to buy, and people to hire for your wedding.”  So not only can you store and find tons of wedding ideas, you can also shop for your wedding needs right on the Lover.ly site!  So easy!

Unity Candle Wedding Ceremony

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Unity Candles

Unity Candles and Floating Unity Candles are extremely popular additions to the traditional wedding ceremonies in the United States.  The unity candles are usually engraved with the names of the bride and groom, the wedding date, and a symbol or inscription that symbolizes the love the couple has for each other.

Generally, it is performed with two lit taper candles, with the bride holding one candle, and the groom holding the other.  The bride and groom use their candles to light the middle, white or ivory unity candle to symbolize the joining of two beings, two families into one unit.  It symbolizes the union of two individual lives becoming one.  Mostly, once the unity candle is lit, the two taper candles remain lit and are placed beside the middle unity candle, to symbolize that each person has not lost their individuality.  In some cases, the taper candles are blown out, signifying that the newlyweds lives have been permanently merged.

It is customary to keep the unity candles as keepsakes after the wedding and relight them on anniversaries as a reminder that your lives have forever been merged Unity Candle Western 2into one.  This tradition is similar to sand ceremonies, in that, they both are used to symbolize two individuals lives coming together through marriage.

Floating Unity Candles are a unique twist on the traditional unity candle.  With the floating unity candle, the vase is filled with water and the candle floats at the top of the vase, allowing for the engraving on the vase to be displayed beautifully.

At GlassMage, each unity candle is hand engraved and comes with your choice of a white or ivory floating candle.  Each vase is beautiful engraved with the bride and grooms name and graphic and inscription of your choice.  GlassMage makes it easy to choose from one of their 37 graphics and 18 fonts.  You can even contact us directly and we will use a custom graphic of your choice!  GlassMage also offers a wide variety of custom personalized wedding favors and accessories to make your perfect day shine!

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