While some are simply distracting (we're looking at you, Facebook), many apps can make life a whole lot easier. Some can even make planning your wedding a breeze. Here are seven such apps you didn't know you needed, but now we bet you won't be able to plan your wedding without.
Who hasn't wanted a personal assistant as they plan a wedding? Available for iOS and Android, Mezi is just that — a virtual assistant ready to help you find the perfect pair of shoes, send flowers to your mother, and even plan your honeymoon. For example, tell Mezi you're searching for red peep-toe pumps, and it will send you a selection of heels, then make the purchase for you and even handle your returns if they don't work out. Or, tell the app where you'd like to go on your honeymoon, and Mezi will do everything from book your flight to make your dinner reservations.
Available for iOS and Android, Burner links temporary phone numbers to other apps — think: Google Sheets, Evernote, SoundCloud and DropBox — and then triggers automatic actions to texts. So, let's say you want to be available to help guests with their last-minute hotel questions — but you don't have time to take their calls yourself. Instead, you can set up a text hotline using the app's Evernote connection, and when guests text "hotel" to your Burner number, they'll get an auto-response with all the hotel details they'll need.
It's not always easy to save for a wedding. But with Digit, you can save up without even thinking about it. The iOS and Android app watches your spending patterns, and removes a few dollars here and there from your checking account when it notices you've got change to spare. Those dollars and cents go directly into a savings account of your choosing — the perfect place to save up for an extra décor item you otherwise couldn't afford or spending money for your honeymoon.
Whether you need an expert bartender to shake signature cocktails at your rehearsal dinner or a house cleaner to scour your house for dust before your in-laws arrive on the big day, this app has you covered. On iOS and Android, Thumbtack connects busy brides-to-be with professionals in more than 1,000 categories — many of them specifically wedding related. (For example, you could even find your DJ or officiant on the app.) You can read reviews and compare custom quotes on the app, too.
Online security might not be your top wedding-planning priority, but when you're sending online payments to wedding vendors, it certainly should make the list. Enter: True Key, a free password manager on iOS and Android that provides users with easy and safe ways to manage their online identity, such as unlocking password-protected websites with a selfie or auto-saving your passwords, so you don't have to.
Calling all destination wedding brides: This app is for you. Available on iOS and Android, WhatsApp is a free messaging app that lets you talk with people around the world — no expensive international phone plan needed. So, when you need to chat over your floral selection with your wedding planner in the Bahamas, you can simply hop on the app and enjoy a text message or video call on the house.
We don't mean to be dramatic, but writing thank-you notes for showers, parties, and even the wedding might be more than a few brides' versions of hell. But with Punkpost, on iOS and Android, brides can send their thank you cards from their phone — on their lunch breaks. Using the app, you can enlist professional artists to create thank you notes, and then purchase those hand-written cards through the app. No hand cramps required.