Tech-Savvy Ways to Upgrade Your Wedding

Simplify the wedding planning process and make your big day even more memorable with these apps, gadgets and clever ideas.

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Carley shows how technology can make your wedding day even more memorable.
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Everyone knows that the key to a memorable wedding is all in the details, but the sheer number of them can be difficult to navigate and execute – spend an hour on Pinterest and you’ll be beyond overwhelmed.

Thankfully, technology has created lots of new ways to make a wedding without major spending or major work. In this episode of Smart, Simple, Solved, I’ll show you a few ideas that are equally impressive and doable.

Our Favorite Wedding Planning Apps

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Paperless Post

Striking digital cards, which emerge from animated envelopes and can include patterned liners, custom stamps and even wax seals, can all be created through an app. Track RSVPs, send guests messages, and even share a photo gallery.

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If collecting the mailing addresses of hundreds of guests seems daunting, enlist their help in an email. Postable sends an email to your guests and asks them to quickly populate an online address book with their current information. In no time you’ll have your address list ready to go.

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Duet and Couple

You can create a memory-filled time capsule of your pre-wedding days with Couple or Duet, two apps that open a private convo between you and your loved one. From photos and videos to chats, everything you’ve exchanged stays in one spot — like a Facebook that only you two can see.

Wedding Wire

It’s tempting to spend over your head on your big day, but the debts that follow aren't so sweet. A tracker like this one can help you make a budget and stick to it by logging your purchases and estimates in real time.

Appy Couple

Building a wedding website takes only a few clicks with this app, which lets you pick your theme (from classic to kooky) and include photos, a registry, RSVPs and well wishes from guests — so when it’s all over, you have a digital keepsake.


Whether you want to create a single registry that includes any store you choose (no need to commit to one!), or would prefer a cash gift fund, you can make it happen with MyRegistry, a guest-friendly app that even offers barcode scanning.

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I Do Foundation

If registering for presents doesn't feel quite right to you, consider this charitable registry. Choose your favorite charity — or even specific goods, like a cow for a farming family in need — and guests can donate directly.

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Wedding LookBook by The Knot

The dress. The shoes. The veil. Where will you find the perfect ones? This app can help — it’s a luscious look book of every style a bride could want, with prices, store locators and even a “buy” button on some items.


Seating charts are complicated. Make them much easier with this drag-and-drop software, which lets you move guests and tables at a click. You can even include guests’ meal preferences and RSVPs.

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Remember flip books? I’ll show you a company that takes them to the next level by letting your guests take photos of the event and produce their own souvenirs on the spot. And how about an app that creates photo booth-style strips and animates them? There’s also a way to turn a registry into something that does good for others (and remedies that weird feeling you might get by sending guests a list of stuff you want). Finally, there’s a personalized cake topper to, well, top all cake toppers. And you’ll never guess how it’s made.

11 Clever Ways to Get Your Guests Involved

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TweetWall Pro

Tweet your wedding, Times Square-style: Create a TweetWall that gets projected at your event, so guests can see their Tweets appear live with a custom hashtag.

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QR Code Wedding Favors

Hook up your guests with a digital party favor — the wedding playlist, a movie or a collection of photos, for instance — via a QR code imprinted on letterpress cards. Just scan and get your swag to remember the happy couple by.

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Wedding Party App

This app makes it easy for your wedding guests (AKA smartphone-ographer army) to send their photos to one collective nuptial album. Now you’ll be able to look back on all the unexpected candids as seen through your guests’ eyes. The app also lets guests create a digital guest book with their profiles and stories, and keeps everyone in the loop on wedding details.


You’ve heard of wedding programs, but how about wedding credits? Guesterly creates beautiful booklets that introduce your entire guest list to the major players of the wedding, including fun facts and pictures.

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Give Out Special Assigned Roles

The wedding party isn't the only place for special roles — your loved ones can add personal flair to all the aspects of your ceremony. How about having a Confetti Captain, Dance Motivator or Directions Coordinator? Everyone can contribute and feel important.


This company is a photo booth with a twist: Guests can record an eight-second video and see it turned into a printed, bound flip book to take home. It can even have your custom design on the cover.

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Conversation Starters

You’re blending two families, and many of your guests will be meeting for the first time. Placing slips of paper with conversation starters on each table (“My favorite ‘80s sitcom was ...” is always a hit) can help them break the ice.

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Time-Lapse Camera

Remember handing out disposable cameras? Here’s the 2.0 version: A time lapse camera like this one captures a sunset, or the cake slowly being hacked to bits. The images can be strung together to make a beautiful short film later.

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What do you do with all the short videos your guests capture during your wedding? You can combine them into one with this service. Invitees upload their vids to the app, then WeddingMix pros edit them and any photos you select into a single wedding video, music and all.

Fun Nametags

Attaching cute homemade buttons to each person’s place card is a fun way to encourage guests to wear them and meet new people. A fun fact could be added to each button to help guests break the ice. (“I didn’t know you were a contestant on Wheel of Fortune...”)

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Crowdsourced Music

When you take your guests’ meal preferences, add a question: “Song request?” Give all the requests to your DJ, and you’ll have a playlist that’s guaranteed to get everyone moving and grooving.

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So, who wants a dazzling wedding that makes the bride and groom cry for the right reasons? Say, “I do!”

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