BRIDES

Fab Apps for Wedding-Planning

We've scoured the world of apps to find the most helpful ones for your wedding. With these plan-tastic tools, you can plot your every move—from keeping tabs on your budget to creating a playlist—on your favorite e-toy. Let's get digital!


GOOGLE SEARCH
Free, for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android
The Lowdown: This app is a serious time-saver, providing a shortcut to many Google features, including the main search engine, Gmail, the calendar, tasks, and maps.
What We Love: Don't want to type? Speak queries using Google Voice Search.

SHAZAM
Free, for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android
The Lowdown: Hear a song at a bar or club that would be perfect for your wedding playlist? Let it play into your device, and the app will try to ID it.
What We Love: If friends use it, you can check out what tunes they're digging, too.

REMEMBER THE MILK
Free, for iPhone and Android
The Lowdown: Organize your wedding to-do items—set due dates, tag them by topic (flowers, caterers), and share them.
What We Love: The app can send reminders by SMS, e-mail, and IM.

SCANNER PRO
$6.99, for iPhone
The Lowdown: Use your phone's camera to create PDFs of contracts, receipts, even handwritten notes.
What We Love: The docs can be uploaded to file-sharing sites like Dropbox, Google Docs, and Evernote.

MINT
Free, for iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android
The Lowdown: This popular app puts all your financial info in one place so you can see the big picture: your credit-card expenses (the wedding-dress deposit! 100 favors!), your bank transactions, even your spending habits.
What We Love: Mint sends e-mails when you're about to go over your budget.

COLORTOY
$2.99, for iPhone and iPod Touch
The Lowdown: Use this color wheel to create palettes and share them by e-mail.
What We Love: Obsessed with the color of a particular item? Snap a pic—of your bridesmaids' dresses, let's say—and the app offers up complementary hues you can build your wedding around.

ETSY ADDICT
$.99, for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
The Lowdown: The crafters' emporium Etsy has more than 8.5 million items—this app helps you home in on what you need.
What We Love: There are lots of ways to sort—tag, color, price—and you can save listings or sellers for reference.

BRIDES DIGITAL EDITION
Free preview ($5.99 per issue), for iPad
The Lowdown: The newest addition to our app repertoire has everything you love from the magazine and so much more. Cool features of the BRIDES app (brides.com/apps) include the ability to spin the cover girl around, to take real-time polls, and to see extra content that we just couldn't fit in the magazine.
What We Love: The videos! Behind-the-scenes action, runway coverage, and interviews with celebs make this app super-fun and interactive.


app-solutely helpful
The folks behind Mobilewalla.com, a new search engine for apps, want to help you wade through the hundreds of options that are launching each day. Android, Apple, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 7 users can do keyword searches or browse by category: For example, "wedding flowers" brings up more than 400 (!) iPhone results, which can then be honed by rating and price.

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