Wedding Apps for your iPhone or iPad

Wedding Plan by rocksee (Flickr)

We all know that planning a wedding is probably one of the most stressful things you’ll do in your lifetime.  Fortunately, you can minimize the stress by keeping yourself organized!  Kelly and I managed to keep fairly organized via an Excel spreadsheet, but this was cumbersome at times since we had to download it and open it on various computers all over the place.  I was hunting around the iTunes app store, and it seems there have been quite a few wedding planning apps made the past 2 years.  I figured I’d throw a few links to them up here on the site to hopefully help you future brides plan your destination wedding by iPhone or iPad!

Wedding Planning Apps:
Get organized on your iPhone or iPad with these fabulous apps.  I’ve noticed that much of the wedding-related apps in the iTunes Store are “use specific”.  In other words, there are apps for budgeting, apps for planning, apps for guest lists, etc.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there’s an app that is “all-in-one,” except if you use more of a generic organizer (my favorite is Awesome Note HD (+To-do/Diary for iPad)) that lets you do drawings, tables, pictures (from the device camera), etc.

Wedding Frustration Relief Apps:
Let’s be honest, sometimes you just need to vent!  While there are tons of games and whatnot in the app store, I figured it didn’t make sense to post a bunch of those here since your taste in games may vary.  However, here’s a few of my favorite ways to entertain myself when I’m getting stressed!

  • iShatter Stress Relief (iPhone) – There is nothing more satisfying than the sound of broken glass!! Go ahead and break stuff virtually with this 99 cent app! Money well spent!
  • Cleveland Clinic Stress Meditations (iPhone) – Breathe… Relax… This app from the Cleveland Clinic (a well known hospital in Cleveland, Ohio) will help you calm your nerves through breathing and meditation!
  • THE GAME OF LIFE™ for iPad – Go to college, get married, have kids, and retire, all within 30 minutes!! A nice diversion from the real game of life!

What about you?
As I mentioned above, Kelly and I missed out on the advantages of using an iPad to plan our wedding.  That is something that I’ve since rectified in our other planning activities (i.e. buying a house).  Are you using an app to plan any or all aspects of your wedding?   Are you using an app we didn’t mention?  Feel free to tell us about it below!!

Beach Destination Wedding Card Box Ideas

Lobster Trab Card Box
The “Lobster Trap” Card Box at
our destination wedding!!

One of the problems Kelly and I struggled with when planning our own wedding was the Card Box.  To be honest, I had totally forgotten that we needed to plan one of these for our southwest Florida destination wedding!  I set to research what others had done, and didn’t come up with too many hits for “beach wedding” card box ideas.  I was shocked – with all the destination wedding-related stuff out there, I thought for sure this would be a slam dunk!  Nope!

In a more traditional wedding, it seemed like most folks created their own card box using hat boxes and/or boxes of various sizes covered with paint or paper to match their colors.  But let’s face it, beach weddings are more fun than that!  It seemed there *had* to be something less stuffy and square.  Many folks I asked suggested using a bird cage, but even this seemed too formal.  I set my mind to the task and here’s what I came up with…

Handcrafted Destination Wedding Card Boxes:

As I searched on the Internet, I managed to find the following handcrafted card boxes for sale and ready-to-go.  While we still did some customizing to our own purchased card box, it really wasn’t necessary (to each their own, right?).  However, don’t be afraid to turn a pre-made box into something uniquely yours.
  • Shell-Covered “Lobster Trap” – I was surfing the Internet and stumbled onto these lobster traps (undecorated and decorated).  Basically, you can add as much decorative flourish as you need, and choose shells/etc that coordinate with your wedding theme colors in order to have a cute, highly original, and “beachy” card box.  This is actually the type of box we chose to go with (shown above)!
  • Treasure Chest – I found a birch treasure chest on Etsy that seemed rather weathered and beachy.  A few shells or starfish and you’d have a card box that adds a little bit of quirky, pirate flair to your reception.  This could also be toned down to be more basic, with a simple seahorse or starfish attached to the top or side.  The possibilities are endless here, and kudos if you can find a box made of authentic driftwood!
  • Sand Castle – Turn that plain-old, boring square box into a card box sand castle.  This may require some creativity, but you can definitely come up with a winner in no time.  Just hunt Google for some ideas on sand castles until you find one you like!
  • Weathered Lantern – If you can find a weathered, old lantern at an antiques shop, you can turn this into your card box.  Just make sure one panel of the light opens and/or there is room to cut a card slot in the metal at the top of the lantern.  You can also make this one coordinate with your colors by affixing some shells, starfish, or seahorse shapes tastefully on the outside.  If you’re having trouble, you can find weathered lantern card boxes pre-made (although they’re generally pricey)!

DIY Card Box Ideas:

If you’re the crafty type (neither Kelly or I are too handy in the craft department), you may want to ponder on the following ideas for a DIY, unique card box:
  • Sea Turtle – Who doesn’t love sea turtles?  Use the main shell as the storage area.
  • Light House – Kudos if you can make the light work!
  • Sand Dollar – A round box topped with a “Sand Dollar”… get it?
  • Palm Trees – Talented with metal working?   What about making a “palm tree” where you could attach cards to the palm fronds?  Thinking something along the lines of those picture holders with the spirals on the end.  A “beach themed giving tree” if you will.
Thoughts?
Can you think of beach-themed card box ideas that I’ve missed?  Did you have a unique card box at your destination wedding that you’d like to share with future destination brides?  Leave some comments below!


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Wedding Photography Ideas

Before we met with our photographer, we outlined all the different types of photographs we were hoping to get during the day.  This allowed us to discuss the flow of the day with our photographer, and decide when and if there were enough time to capture all the shots.  Fortunately, our photographer was quite commanding and managed to shuffle us around and get almost EVERYTHING we wanted!


It took us quite a while to figure out all the different types of photos we wanted taken.  However, and fortunately for you, we saved the list and put it here on the site to help you streamline your own photo planning process!  Enjoy!


Starfish and Raffia Chair Decorations
Chair Decorations at our
ceremony!
Decorations (Before Ceremony)

  1. Beach Setup
  2. Ceremony Chair Decorations
  3. Reception Room Setup
  4. Sweetheart Table Setup (if applicable)
  5. Cake
  6. Centerpieces
  7. Favors
  8. Name Cards
  9. Rings (include the flowers and/or any “beach” accessories like seashells)
  10. Flowers
  11. Programs
  12. Fans (if provided)
  13. Signs/Shoe Basket (if wedding is “barefoot”)
Getting Ready (Before Ceremony)

  1. Girls – Group Shots Getting Ready
  2. All Wedding Dresses
  3. Bride’s Hair
  4. Boys – Group Shot Getting Ready
  5. Groom tying tie
Bride (Before Ceremony)

  1. Bride Only
  2. Mom, Bride
  3. Mom, Sister(s), Bride
  4. Mom, Sister(s), Bride, Flower Girl(s)
  5. Mom, Sister(s), Bride, Aunt(s), Cousin(s), Flower Girl(s)
  6. Mom, Dad, Bride
  7. Mom, Dad, Sister(s), Bride
  8. Mom, Dad, Brother(s), Bride
  9. Mom, Dad, Sister(s), Flower Girl(s), Bride
  10. Bride, Flower Girl(s)
  11. Dad, Bride
  12. Dad, Brother(s), Bride
  13. Bride, Maid/Matron of Honor
  14. Bride, Sister(s)
  15. Bride, Individual Bridesmaids
  16. Bride, Group Bridesmaids
  17. Bride, Group Bridesmaids and Mom
  18. Grandparent(s), Bride
  19. Grandparent(s), Parent(s), Bride
  20. Grandparent(s), Bride’s Immediate Family, Bride
  21. Bride’s maternal family, Bride
  22. Bride’s paternal family, Bride
Groom (Before Ceremony)

  1. Mom, Groom
  2. Dad, Groom
  3. Mom, Dad, Groom
  4. Grandparents, Groom
  5. Groom’s Paternal family,  Groom
  6. Groom’s maternal family, Groom
  7. Groom, Groomsmen
  8. Groom, Groomsmen, Dad
  9. Best Man, Groom
  10. Individual Groomsmen, Groom
Group Pics (After Ceremony)

  1. Bride, Groom, Grandparents
  2. Bride, Groom, Bride Parents
  3. Bride, Groom, Groom Parents
  4. Bride, Groom, All Parents
  5. Bride, Groom, Bride Immediate Family
  6. Bride, Groom, Groom Immediate Family
  7. Bride, Groom, Bridal Party
  8. Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids, Flower Girl
  9. Bride, Groom, Groomsmen
  10. Bride, Groomsmen
  11. Groom, Bridesmaids, Flower Girl
  12. Bride, Groom, Flowergirl
  13. Bride, Groom

Be sure to get your TRASH THE DRESS PHOTOS if doing a wardrobe change before your reception!

Thoughts?
Can you think of any shots that I’ve missed?  Is there anything particularly fun that you want your photographer to take that you’d like tell other destination wedding brides about?  Leave some comments below!


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