1. Psst! Want to keep your mum sweet but have your day your way? “PDFs are great, because people can’t change them,” advises planner to the stars Mark Niemierko. “So if, say, you send your mother the guest list as a PDF, she can’t add in a few extras and send it back – she’s got to give you feedback, so it becomes a debate.”
2. For a fun twist on e-invitations, make a save the date video. Just cue up your smartphone or tablet, gather some cute props, choose your music, grab your man and get ready for your close-up.
3. Bring all your ideas together with an online mood board. “I love doing different boards for the ceremony, reception, dinner, bouquet – everything!” says Mark. “This means you can envisage how the day will flow.” If you’re using Pinterest, keep certain boards private, so your h2b doesn’t get an accidental preview of your dress ideas.
4. Remember those disposable cameras people used to leave on each table? Wedding Party is the 21st century version, an app that lets guests upload all their pics into one digital album so you don’t miss a single shot. Or create a special album on a photo-sharing site like Flickr and ask everyone to use it by putting a little note on the place cards.
5. Let your guests be your DJ: create an online playlist on a digital music service like Spotify that your friends and family can add to in the run-up to party time.
6. Need some support? We’ve got a whole online community of likeminded brides who’ve been there and done that. Check it out here youandyourwedding.co.uk/forum.
7. If you only use one tech tip, create a special email address for all things wed-related. Trust us, this is a lifesaver when you’re dealing with multiple suppliers, not to mention all those RSVPs.
8. Love the DIY look but just don’t have the time? Etsy.com is packed with cute craft picks, from cake toppers to headpieces.
9. Get digital with your details. You can find apps for everything from cocktail recipes like Mixology to How to Tie a Tie – perfect for learning new W-day tricks in your lunch hour.
10. Good old Excel is a godsend when it comes to keeping an eye on your bugdet. But if spreadsheets don’t float your bridal boat, visit our handy planning tools section to keep all your big-day details organised.
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