Weddings and technology go hand-in-hand more than ever before. Thanks to the smartphones we all carry around in our purses and pockets, we have access to apps and websites that can help us save money conveniently. In fact, last year, 90% of couples planned some aspect of their big day using their smartphone. Each month, we like to highlight different tech devices, apps, and websites that can help you plan your wedding more efficiently, as well as save you some money. This month, we've compiled the top apps for saving money on a destination wedding for all of you who are planning a wedding somewhere other than where you live!
Top apps for saving money on a destination wedding:
The first cost that comes to mind: the flights. Hopper doesn't just let you book flights – it tells you when to buy. Just select the dates and Hopper uses data algorithms and predict the best time to buy with 95% accuracy.
Experience the destination fully, living like a local. You can book gorgeous villas, luxurious homes, or cozy cabins at a fraction of the price. Airbnb is also a great way for family and friends to save costs. The experiences open up additional reasons to enjoy the time away, taking finding things to do off the ‘to do' list.
While planning a destination wedding, one of the biggest shocks couples will have is the hidden costs of money move abroad! Banks and other international money platforms hide profits in the exchange rate and charge crazy fees. TransferWise uses the true exchange rate and charges only the low cost, upfront fee you see before sending.
TaskRabbit allows you to hire background checked locals to help out with various tasks. Need someone to pick up some last minute ribbon? Need someone to finish the place settings? Simply post the task you need to be completed on the app and locals will bid on the job by their hourly rate.
For the couple that's not tied down to location, Paperless Post is perfect. With beautiful designs and a much better price tag, these digital invites leave little to be desired og the traditional paper invitations.
A quick example of how apps can save you money on your destination wedding
Danielle and Jared recently got married in Italy, and used TransferWise to help deal with international vendors and payments, making their planning experience more convenient and easy!
Danielle & Jared
Wedding Budget Range: 8k; 15K – including week-long accommodations for guests
Number of Wedding Guests: 15
From the couple:
“TransferWise was incredibly helpful for paying international vendors related to my destination wedding. Planning a wedding abroad, in a country where you don't speak the language, can be incredibly stressful! TransferWise took away some of that stress and saved me from going to the bank multiple times and paying their high fees! It's probably the first thing I would suggest (after a wedding planner) for anyone planning a wedding abroad.”