11 dg FAV tools to tap into when planning your wedding

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Ask a Planner is a series of wedding related blog posts that we love to share with brides and grooms who may be looking for advice on particular topics, have questions they want to ask (email us at [email protected]), or information that we feel every couple should know and consider before they say “I do”!

As planners we most often take on the majority of the planning tasks off a couple’s plate or at least guide clients as they move through the process, but for those couples that want to take advantage of some of the cooler apps and services that are available we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites!

 

1. WeddingWire Canada

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This venue and vendor database is a one stop shop with thousands of listings and millions of reviews by real newlyweds. If you’re recently engaged and have no idea where to start this is a terrific resource! You can narrow results by type, location, price, and rating. There are also other awesome tips and tools the site offers to help make the planning journey a little less stressful.  It’s a fantastic resource! And it’s FREE!! YAY!

 


 

2. The Venue Report

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The Venue Report has their finger on the pulse of some of the coolest wedding venues around the world!  From popular and unique options in our own backyard to castles in Scotland or wineries in California the list is vast!  You can filter by city, price, and capacity, review house policies and offerings, and contact venues directly for more information.

 


 

3. Pantone Studio

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Do you have your heart set on a specific colour for your wedding?  Did you come across the perfect napkin while out shopping and stopped and said “that’s the colour!”.  Sign up and choose from over 15,000 Pantone colors and communicate your vision to everyone in your wedding team!

 


 

4. Riley & Grey – wedding website templates for the design forward couple

Riley & Grey offers stylish user friendly wedding websites for the modern design forward couple. Showcase your story, communicate information with your guests, and keep track of relevant information all in one place. New templates are added every few months and the the monthly fee of $35.00 (40% when you commit to one year) makes this a super fabulous option to include in your wedding plan!

 


 

5. MyRegistry.com

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Have you always wanted a gorgeous set of professional pots and pans that are fun to cook with and somehow just make the food taste better?  Or perhaps you love the idea of receiving “month club” wine or beer subscriptions or are looking for a tasteful way to ask for cash? Myregistry.com is a terrific Canadian online service you will be excited to register with.

 


 

6. Minted Weddings

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Minted Weddings works with indie artists and graphic designers to offer ready-made invitations, save-the-dates, change of date cards, ceremony programs, and place cards. Templates can be customized right down to the paper and fonts. They also offer custom orders in the event you have a particular design or image (like a hand drawn map or sketch of you as a couple) that you want to include with your stationery.

 


 

7. Mint – manage your money

 

Mint.com is not specifically geared at weddings, but it’s a fantastic tool for anyone who wants to manage and track their spending.  It’s a popular, free (YAY), easy to use money management site.  It can be synced with your bank account, offers tracking and notification options.  You can even create a wedding budget and set up payment due date reminders!

 


 

8. Google Drive App – Connect all relevant information

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Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, PDFs, & photos— upload, store and share them in Google Drive for viewing and editing by anyone with a Gmail account. Establish one seamless place to store and share your guest list, vendor contacts & wedding budget!  The handy app can also connect to your Google Calendar for easy date referencing when setting up vendor meetings and venue site visits with your fiance, decorator, and/or wedding planner.  Oh yeah… and it’s free.

 


 

9. Amazon.ca Gift Registry 

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Many of us have a late night addiction to Amazon.ca and we can’t help but LOVE how easy it has made our lives and how convenient it is. It’s been one of the great game changers!  And now it will change how you share your wedding gift expectations too!  Add everything and anything you’ve had your eye on or dreaming of to your Amazon Wish List from small kitchen appliances to that Le Cresuet Cookware to extra luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, big fluffy towels or even a fabulous piece of Art for your new living room wall! Most people are familiar with it and so guests will likely be quite relieved and happy to know about this great little gift hack.

 


 

10. allseated – manage guest seating, floorplans, RSVPs, entree selections all in one place!

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Trying to wrap your head around how to start planning your floor plan and guest seating arrangements?  Simply upload a photo of your venue to allseated and it will create a 3D rendering of the space so you can digitally arrange tables, chairs, bars, and lounge areas and assign place settings as your guests start to RSVP. Share the floor plan with your vendor team (planner, caterer, florist) to make sure everyone is on the same page and has the opportunity to provide insight and suggestions ahead of time to help make the end result that much better!

 


 

11. Paperless Post 

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Paperless Post has made it super easy to collect mailing addresses, track RSVPS, send virtual save the dates, date change cards, invitations, & thank you cards with just a few clicks!  They even offer the option to print hard copies to with return and recipient addresses printed on the envelopes if desired. It doesn’t get much easier than this! And it’s fun too!

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