Swipe Right

Apps so helpful you’ll want to save them a plate of chicken.

How much planning can you actually do with your phone? Plenty.

Appy Couple, says Ashley Kuehnel of Midwestern Bride, “allows (couples) some space for their own creativity and individuality to take shape… They also have helpful planning tools that can keep couples up to date on etiquette, new trends and budget.” Kuehnel’s also a fan of the Yelp-ish WeddingWire, with what she thinks are honest reviews about vendors, for “a true snapshot of the truth behind their work.”

For those worried about a day-of battle with Mother Nature, Dark Sky, says Tiara Gamez of Events to a T, “is an awesome weather app that… is extremely accurate and user-friendly. It has helped us make some tough calls easier when it comes to outdoor events.” She also likes HoneyBook because “clients
can view contracts from this site, sign them and even pay online, all through the app.”

Planners like apps, too, as they can clarify a couple’s vision. Now, you can send the app link in an email or text, “as opposed to sending Google docs with links elsewhere, floor diagrams from other sites, and images that skip all over Pinterest,” says Kuehnel.

‘Swipe Right’ appears in Milwaukee Weddings.

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.