Very soon, I’ll heading back home to Edinburgh and I’ll have the great honour of becoming Fiona May Rush. Yes, that will be my married name. I thought spelling Halkerston for 28 years was a pain, but my new name will bring a whole load more amusement by being a full grammatical sentence. Good.
Aside from this realisation, planning our wedding has actually been a lot of fun. However, conversations with family and friends have made me realise how different and how much easier this process has become with the help of apps. There are now endless articles in bridal magazines, but also in tech publications, recommending the top ten wedding planning apps, helping you count down, organise, budget and brainstorm for the big day.
While everyone who knows me will tell you that I’m pretty glued to my iPhone and iPad, I was a little hesitant at first. I started out fairly slowly, downloading a countdown app as soon as the date was set and using Pinterest to create what traditionally would have been a scrap book. By sharing this page with my bridesmaids, we were able to quickly get an idea for what all the girls liked or would hands down refuse to wear. The result? Bridesmaid dresses bought on first shopping trip within about two hours.
All my friends who are already married said that table planning was the biggest nightmare, with many designing a big cardboard plan with post its for each guest that could be moved and reorganised as they went along. Our solution was Easypinz – you can drag and drop guests onto tables and move them around effortlessly. The whole process took around an hour, which was a lot better than some of the horror stories we’d heard of entire weekends wasted.
While most elements of our wedding are set to be rather traditional, I’m really pleased that our planning was made so easy with the help apps. Never has the expression “There’s an app for that” felt more relevant or proved more useful and given that my husband to be and I are often in different countries, it’s meant that we don’t have to waste all of our time when he’s home going over wedmin (much to his relief!).