They say your wedding is the happiest day of your life, and given the immense amount of planning, preparation, and yes, stress, that goes into it, you better hope the big day is nothing short of amazing. That's where the new digital Loverly Virtual Wedding Planner comes into play. Loverly, a go-to online resource for all things wedding planning-related and Bustle wedding content contributor (you can check them out here!), just released a new update to its Loverly Weddings mobile app that promises to help ease the pressure of making sure your day is perfect. All a bride needs is her smartphone to instantly tap into the advice of an on-call wedding expert there to provide customized vendor recommendations, budgeting help, and answer questions at any time about everything from how to create a wedding website to crafting the perfect registry. Take a breath, soon-to-be newlyweds. It's all going to be OK.
So how does it work? As far as apps go, this one is pretty straightforward. All you have to do is download the Loverly Weddings app from the iTunes App store (it's free). You'll need to answer a few questions about your wedding — for instance, how many guests you plan on having, what you'd like your budget to be, and what stress level you're at, from "oh-so-chill" to "losing my mind!" You can also pick from a variety of different themes and colors that fit your wedding style, whether that be boho, classic, indie, romantic, or vintage.
Then? It's time to start chatting! Hit up Loverly's mobile wedding concierge to figure out exactly what it is you need help with in your wedding planning journey.
Users can also pick from two different packages, depending on their needs. Choosing the A La Carte package ($49) will get you one vendor recommendation from the concierge tailored to your wedding's theme and budget, as well as budgeting and registry advice. Opt for the Signature package ($399) for unlimited vendor recommendations, as well as help setting up a registry and website, and finding inspirational mood boards. You can also create your own customizable concierge packages, if you're looking for something more in the middle. No matter what you choose, enjoy on-demand access to your digital wedding concierge, who is always available to chat.
The concierge service, which was beta-tested in New York and Los Angeles, is now available to couples no matter what city they live in, so if you're starting to feel the stress of wedding planning, this might be a smart next move. The Loverly Weddings app has plenty of other cool free features too, including a checklist of things to do before the big day, how-tos, and guest guides.
According to Loverly's data, couples spend on average more than 18 hours a week on wedding planning-related activities, many of which consist of tracking down and communicating with different vendors. It's kind of like a part-time job, if you think about it, so having an additional support system — on your phone, no less — is kind of a dream come true.