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The Digital Bride: The Online Guide To Planning Your Wedding

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Inspired creative (and self-confessed tech nerd) NATHALIE MARQUEZ COURTNEY shares her list of the best online tools to hone your pre-wedding prep.

ILLUSTRATIONS by CHELSEA BONUS

‘I DO’ TO-DOS

Whether your wedding is big or small, certain things will need to happen, and it’s a great idea to keep all of these to-dos in one place, where both you and your fiancé can see them. Trello is a simple, powerful online tool for managing projects and tasks – think of it as a giant, virtual cork board. You can choose to organise things by time (“one month to go”, “the week of” etc) or by category (“DIY”, “guests”). It’s completely customisable and, best of all, free. trello.com

 

TAKE A CHILL PILL

Move over bridezillas, it’s all about the bridechilla now. Aussie comedian and author Aleisha McCormack is the brains behind the Bridechilla wedding podcast, a fun, humourous planning and advice show that aims to help couples ditch the stress of wedding planning. Twice a week, Aleisha acts as your virtual bridesmaid, entertaining and informing you with her witty, BS-free wisdom, as well as interviews with wedding vendors, bloggers, authors and psychologists. thebridechilla.com

 

YOU’VE GOT MAIL

Featuring designs from the likes of Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang, Paperless Post is reimagining invitations, mixing the best of paper and digital. Start digitally with trackable save the dates, and follow up with beautiful paper invites in a range of finishes that can be teamed with an RSVP link for online tracking. For hens and stags, stick to online invites and use their handy iOS app to manage the guest list. paperlesspost.com

 

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

A wedding website is a brilliant way to bring your guests together in one digital spot. Squarespace makes this easy peasy. From creating a custom domain to designing a gorgeous digital space, thanks to easy-to-use templates, you can use it as a central hub from which to share key info about the day – from lists of local B&Bs to links to registries or venue directions. From €11 per month. squarespace.com

 

SHOOT IT, SHAPE IT

To hashtag, or not to hashtag? That’s the question of our times. If the idea of a public wedding hashtag doesn’t float your boat, but you still want to collect those fun, spontaneous phone shots that friends and family take, then check out the WedPics app for iOS and Android. Once downloaded, guests enter a unique wedding ID and can upload their selfies and share their favourite pics, all of which are stored in one spot for you to peruse and download afterwards. Free, with certain enhancements available to purchase. wedpics.com

 

COMPUTER SAYS YES

Looking for something special (but not cheesy) for your bridesmaid
or beau? We love the creations of cool Irish jewellery company Love & Robots. Blending tech and design in gorgeous ways, their 3D-printed products are totally customisable, allowing you to create everything from personalised name necklaces or earrings to wooden map cufflinks that you can engrave with the GPS co-ordinates of where you met or got engaged. loveandrobots.com

ILLUSTRATION by Chelsea Bonus

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