How to Develop a Wedding Planning App?

Post World World Two America started the trend of big weddings being held in public spaces. However, what made a huge change to how people wanted their weddings was the 1981 marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. This monumental event marked the beginning of a change in attitudes. These days, there is huge pressure for a wedding celebration to be as big as a couple can afford.

Professional wedding planners are a 20th-century phenomenon. Few people had even heard about these people until the romantic 2001 movie “The Wedding Planner”, Famous actress Jennifer Lopez played a professional bridal consultant and kicked off the wave of people wishing to become professional wedding planners. Read more about the history of professional wedding planning in “The history of the wedding planner”.

Despite the popularity of wedding planners, in recent years the wedding planning industry has actually contracted! Total revenue declined by 2.6% to $1 billion in 2018, as the market research company IBISWorld reports.

The reason is simple. A professional wedding planner can cost anywhere in the region of $1,500 to hire. A full-service wedding planner can cost between $5,000 and $10,000. Read about these trends in “How much does a wedding planner cost?”. Because of this, people are increasingly turning to apps to plan their own weddings.

The great news for developers is that there is still lots of room in this still undeveloped marketplace. In this article, I will outline the basic steps to help you create your own wedding planning app.

Contents

Examples of wedding planner apps
Wedding planning app features
Create a wedding planning app without coding: Appy Pie app builder
A custom development approach for wedding planning app development
Managing a wedding planning app development project
The cost of making a wedding planning app using the custom-development approach

Examples of wedding planner apps

Before you set out to build a wedding planning app, let‘s first review a few examples. This could help you get quite a few valuable design ideas.

Bridebook

Bridebook is a highly popular wedding planning app. It‘s free, moreover, it has several useful features. You can search for a wedding venue, however, remember that the app focuses on the UK. They have both Android and iOS apps.

The app provides planning tools, and an ability to create a guest list. The ability to create a wedding gift list is a good feature. One can create a checklist and get a list of suppliers. Users can manage their budget using this app.

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WeddingHappy

WeddingHappy is an elegant yet free wedding planner app. They have both Android and iOS versions. Planning is easy with it, using checklists. Users can create customized wedding plans. The app offers social integration features, moreover, the premium account enables messaging.

Payment tracking, creating a summary of spending are some of the features. Users can coordinate with the wedding supply vendors, which is another advantage.

Tie the Knot

Tie the Knot offers quite a few features, however, a special feature is their exciting countdown-tracker. Users can plan their wedding using this app. They can invite their family and friends using it. There is a messaging feature that allows sharing important details with others. Android, as well as iOS apps, are available, moreover, it’s a free app.

iWedPlanner

iWedPlanner offers many useful features. The app has a to-do list. Users can easily organize their various wedding supply providers. Making important notes about the wedding is an important feature. There are other features, for e.g., the app helps in keeping track of invitations, seating arrangements, budget, etc. This free app is available on Android and iOS.

The Knot

The Knot enables users to search for venues. Users can access a comprehensive list of wedding supply providers. Managing guests and gifts becomes easy with this app. One can create a customized wedding plan. Users can also take advantage of the checklist feature. The app is available both on iOS and Android.

Wedding planning app features

A great wedding planner app must offer the following features:

  • It should have an elegant design that appeals its‘ users, who in this case is about to enter a very positive phase in their lives.
  • The ’User Interface‘ (UI) should be easy. Planning a wedding is no easy task, and a complex app can only make it harder.
  • A good wedding planning app should help in building a customized wedding plan.
  • The app should enable users to create their checklists.
  • Users should be able to search for wedding venues.
  • A great wedding planning app should provide a comprehensive list of wedding supply providers.
  • Managing the budget, including tracking of payments and expenses should be possible.
  • Managing the guest list, sending invites, tracking responses are key features that the app should provide.
  • Calendar synchronization is important.
  • The app should have push notification features, which can prove valuable for important reminders.
  • Social integration and messaging features are required.

Read “10 great wedding apps to help you plan your big day” to know more about these desired features.

Create a wedding planning app without coding: Appy Pie app builder

 

For entrepreneurs trying to launch their app quickly, Appy Pie offers an app builder for wedding planning app. With the Appy Pie app builder, you can incorporate the following features:

  • The app can showcase wedding venues.
  • A user will get a location-based venue directory.
  • Users can create a custom wedding planner.
  • The app can have an online shopping option for wedding supplies.
  • Guests can get the direction to the venue from the app.
  • Social integration with Instagram, YouTube, etc.

The app builder is intuitive, and you can access it here. You need to sign-up for Appy Pie here. Subsequently, you use the drag-and-drop app builder to select a layout, add features, and get the app ready. You need to use the ’Google Play‘ and ’Apple App Store‘ publishing guidelines to publish your app there. Find the respective guidelines here, and here.

Visit the Appy Pie pricing page to get their pricing details. Note that only their Platinum plan lets you use your own branding information. You don‘t need developers, moreover, the company provides the cloud hosting. The product cost is your only cost to make a wedding planning app in this approach.

A custom development approach for wedding planning app development

App builders can help you to launch the app quickly without a development team, however, at times you may need customized features. This requires a custom development approach.

The high-level approach to develop a wedding planning app from scratch

In this approach, the following is the outline of the development project:

  1. Onboard a skilled development team.
  2. Get a ’Mobile Backend as a Service‘ provider to manage the mobile backend. This allows you to focus on development, therefore, you save time.
  3. Design and develop the mobile front-end.
  4. Use ’Application Programming Interfaces‘ (APIs) for common functions in a wedding planning app.

A mobile app is for customer engagement, i.e., it’s a ’System of Engagement’ (SoE). As you know, mobile apps undergo frequent enhancements, which is a key characteristic of a SoE. This requires an iterative development methodology, and the traditional waterfall methodology isn’t effective. You should use the Agile methodology, which I have earlier explained in “How to build an Agile development team”.

The wedding planning app development team

The team for this project should have the following team members:

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  • Business analysts;
  • UI/UX designers;
  • iOS and Android developers;
  • Testers;
  • A project manager (PM).

This should ideally be a co-located team, however, at times you need to work with a remote team. Your PM should ensure optimal productivity from this remote team. You can get help from our guide “10 essential tips to managing remote employees”.

UI/UX design for the wedding planning app

A simple and user-friendly UI is key therefore, you should focus on the following aspects:

  1. The mobile navigation menu, for which our guide “Mobile navigation menu examples” can help.
  2. Use a color scheme that suits a mobile device. It should be aligned with your branding. Check our guide “8 Trends in Mobile App Color Scheme” for more details.
  3. You should use universally recognized icons. This way your users can understand the functions clearly, even if you don‘t provide text labels. Read “how to design the perfect icon for your mobile app” for guidance.

Mobile backend management

You have noticed that I have not recommended any mobile backend developers or infrastructure specialists in the team. The reason is that I recommend you use an MBaaS provider. MBaaS providers address a range of important aspects.

For e.g., they handle the cloud infrastructure, persistent storage, database provisioning, security, user management, user authentication, scaling, and security. This frees you up, therefore, you can focus on the mobile frontend.

I recommend you use AWS Mobile, i.e., Amazons‘ MBaaS. Amazon has great capabilities in the cloud computing space and that reflects in their MBaaS. There are more options, which you can find in our guide “How to choose the best mobile backend as a service (MBaaS)?”.

APIs for key wedding planning app functions

To address the key wedding planning app functions, you need to use several APIs.

How to integrate wedding supplies vendors

One aspect is the integration with the wedding supplies vendors. For the sake of simplicity, I am including wedding venue providers also in this category.

The key question here is where you are launching your wedding planning app. Depending on your geographic area coverage, you will need to partner with providers. Subsequently, you need to manually integrate their APIs in your app. All MBaaS providers have adequate documentation to help with API integration.

Event management APIs

You now need to address the event planning aspect. I recommend the Attendify event management APIs for this. This helps with the schedule management for the wedding event. To use their APIs, you need to sign-up with them. Their tutorials are here. You can find their pricing plans here.

Note that there are other event management APIs available, for e.g., Explara, and Grenadine. I have earlier explained how to build an event planning app, and you can consult that guide for more information.

APIs for creating a customized checklist

A wedding planning app should allow users to build their customized checklists. Users should also be able to share them with others helping them with the wedding planning. I recommend you use the Evernote API for this. While the primary use case of this API is in note-taking, it also allows creating and sharing checklists.

Click here to access the Evernote APIs. You need to first register yourself with Evernote. Here is the Evernote API documentation. Contact them for their pricing information. Our guide “How to develop an app like Evernote” can help you with more API options.

Managing a wedding planning app development project

I recommend the ’Scrum‘ technique for this project. Based on the priority of your desired features, you will first launch a ’Minimum Viable Product‘ (MVP). This helps you to get the valuable feedback directly from the market. Based on the feedback, you decide on other features and enhancement. This is an iterative process. The scrum technique, with its‘ ’Sprints‘, i.e., iterations, is ideal for this.

You need to organize your team into a small and coherent unit, however, it‘s a cross-functional team where developers and testers work together. The PM is the ’Scrum master‘, whereas a ’Product owner‘ (PO) provides the requirements in a document called the ’Product backlog‘.

The scrum team estimates features. The contents of sprints are decided in a meeting called the ’Sprint planning meeting‘, based on the estimate and priority. The team conducts a ’Daily stand-up meeting‘ to discuss status. The project stakeholders approve the Sprint in the ’Sprint review meeting‘ subject to features working demonstrably.

There is also a lessons-learned exercise called the ’Sprint retrospective meeting‘ after the Sprint. Consult our guide “How to build a Scrum development team” to gain an in-depth understanding of the scrum technique.

Important tools for the project

An iterative development project needs a robust set of DevOps tools. This helps in the rapid release of new features. DevOps tools help in automating testing, build management, continuous integration, and deployment. I recommend you use the AWS suite of DevOps tools.

You also need a modern project management tool. Asana is a good option since it‘s very easy to use. I have shown several other examples in “The 10 best Agile project management tools in 2018”.

The cost of making a wedding planning app using the custom-development approach

AWS Mobile and Asana publish their pricing plans on their website, whereas you need to contact API providers for their price. Your development cost depends on the features and the labor market. A complex end-to-end project like this might require you to get professional help. Consult our guide “How to find the best software development company?” before engaging a development partner.

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