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New phone apps help couples plan wedding

May 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Planning a wedding can easily turn a bride into "bridezilla," from finding a dream dress to locking down the reception venue-- the details are endless. Need some help? There's an app for that.

The wedding date is set. The photographer is booked. Now bride Rebecca Lysen has to finish planning the party.

"There's so many little things, and you have one time to get it right," said Lysen.

To help stay organized, Lysen doesn't reach for a chunky wedding binder. She reaches for her smartphone.

Today, a range of wedding planning apps vow to help with everything from picking out wedding rings to decorating the venue.

"They're there for brides on-the-go, so that they can plan their wedding whenever they want and however they want," said Anja Winikka of TheKnot.com.

It all starts with a picture perfect dress. One app called "BRIDES Wedding Genius" and another called "Wedding Dress Look Book" showcase thousands of dresses by categories such as price, designer and silhouette.

"Even better, once you've found the dress that you're looking for, it geo-targets to where you live and finds all the bridal salons in your area that carry that dress," said Winikka.

Still looking for a ring? Check out the "Tiffany Ring Finder." It gives you ideas, and it's even a helpful ring sizer.

"All he has to do is get a hold of one of your current rings, put it right down on the iPhone, and he can actually get your wedding ring size," said Sally Kilbridge of BRIDES Magazine.

Brides can download "My Mobile Checklist," an app to help stay on task. There's also the "Wedding911," which experts say is a great place to turn for answers.

"This is a way for a bride, if she has a last minute question, to find out the answer to ASAP," said Winikka. "So if she's standing at her rehearsal, and she needs to know where the groomsmen stand, this is where to go."

Lysen says it's where she goes to de-stress.

"It really lets me vent my frustrations and just maybe get a laugh from other brides," said Lysen.

For decor, there's "Color Toy," which can help you develop the perfect palette.

With apps in hand, Lysen hopes her big day goes off without a hitch.

"What I'm looking forward to most on my wedding day is just being able to celebrate me and my fianc? and our love," said Lysen.

Find out more details about all the apps mentioned above.


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