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5 Wedding Planning Apps You Can't Live Without

  |   By Mackenzie Patterson

While getting engaged is one of the most exciting and wonderful milestones of a woman's life, let's face it: wedding planning can be stressful. There are vendors to book, guests to invite, and budgets to stick to -- not to mention finding the right dress. Luckily, there are dozens of amazing apps out there that make it easy to keep everything to do with your big day organized, and some that are just plain fun! Here are five wedding planning apps every bride could use to make the whole process a little smoother:

Bride.Canada Dress Finder: With a handy filtered search tool and a database of thousands of wedding gowns available in Canada, this app makes dress shopping ridiculously easy. All you have to do is plug in your location, price range, silhouette and style, and a selection of gowns perfect for you will come up. If you have no idea what you want yet, just take a peek at the app's featured designers and browse through some photos for inspiration. Once you've narrowed your selection, simply add your picks to the "favourites" tab and try them on in person! (Just be sure not to let your groom browse through your phone once you've chosen!).

My Wedding App: While thinking about a budget for your big day isn't exactly the most thrilling wedding task, you won't want to waste money you could otherwise spend on your honeymoon. With a spending tracker, vendor profiles, checklists and discount offers, My Wedding App is your one-stop-shop for all things budget-related. Not only will this app help you stay within the parameters of your budget, but it will also help you find vendors in your area and score sweet deals on everything from the band to the cake. Your wallet will most definitely thank you for downloading this one.

Paperless Post: Your stationery sets the tone for your entire celebration, so you want to make sure your wedding invitations are true to your style. Whether you're into e-vites or fancy letterpress cards, Paperless Post is the app to download. Offering thousands of designs from big names like Kate Spade, Oscar de la Renta and Rifle Paper Co., the app has no shortage of gorgeous stationery that will fit any wedding style. Once you've chosen your look, you can either send your invitations out online or order them in paper. The app will even help you track RSVPs, update your guest list and message your guests, making the whole process fairly painless.

Wedding Happy: With separate tabs for tasks, vendors, payments and more, this app is the ultimate wedding planning tool. Use it to track all your bookings, budgets, notes and to-do lists in one place, instead of drowning in sticky notes covered in illegible scribbles. You can even add members of your wedding planning team to your account like vendors, friends and family members (oh, and the groom!), so they can stay up to date every step of the way. This app goes a step beyond the rest by creating a personalized planning calendar once you input your wedding date, making your job that much simpler.

Wedding Countdown: An app that shows you a countdown to your wedding day sounds pretty straightforward, but this one comes complete with all the bells and whistles you didn't know you needed. Personalize your countdown with your favourite song, background photos and snazzy fonts, and share your countdown with your guests on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and via email (because your guests need to know exactly how many days, hours, minutes and seconds they have left to buy your gift!) While you're unlikely to forget your own wedding date, this app is just plain fun, and it will help you keep your eye on the prize while you're knee-deep in arduous planning tasks.

This article was originally published on Jul 26, 2016

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