Best Wedding Planning Apps of 2021
From wedding websites to invitations, registries to honeymoon planning, Zola’s got every step of your wedding journey covered.
What began as an online registry site has transformed into a universal wedding platform, which is why Zola wins for best overall app. With Zola, couples can create a wedding website, budget for the big day, search for venues, register for gifts (more on that below), design save the dates, track guest RSVPs, shop for bridal accessories, plan the honeymoon, and everything in between. Begin by simply downloading the app (free on iOS and Android devices), inputting your wedding date, then start planning.
The app’s interface (and complementary desktop version) is simple and easy to navigate: The “Your Wedding” tab lets you find and communicate with vendors, track RSVPs and gifts, design invitations—you name it. It also houses comprehensive wedding planning checklists that cover the obvious (celebrate your engagement) to the more nuanced (Catholic brides, don’t forget about Pre-Cana). While helpful from a top-line perspective, we wish these checklists were organized in order of succession with recommendations for when to complete each, much as a full-service wedding planner would do.
Elsewhere, you’ll find “Plan,” which houses everything from vendor listings to real wedding inspiration, plus helpful articles on things like bridesmaids’ dress etiquette. “Shop” has all the wedding categories covered (homewares, fashion accessories, gifts, decorations, etc.) as well as pre-designed, drop-in-your-names-and-order paper goods (save the dates, invitations, menus, ceremony programs, etc.).
Zola’s premier function, however, is its universal registry. Couples can choose from more than 1,000 brands in categories such as furniture, tabletop, kitchen, and decor. There’s also the ability to register for cash funds, gift cards, honeymoon experiences, as well as items not sold directly on Zola. Couples can expect free shipping, returns, and exchanges, making it a hassle-free source for all your wedding needs.