From lemon elderflower cake baked by pastry chef Claire Ptak; to garden roses, foxgloves and peonies from floral designer Philippa Craddock, plans for the Royal wedding are coming together nicely. And when the fifth in line to the throne marries his American actress and humanitarian fiancée, Meghan Markle, the nation will be linking arms, throwing […]

From lemon elderflower cake baked by pastry chef Claire Ptak; to garden roses, foxgloves and peonies from floral designer Philippa Craddock, plans for the Royal wedding are coming together nicely. And when the fifth in line to the throne marries his American actress and humanitarian fiancée, Meghan Markle, the nation will be linking arms, throwing confetti and sharing Kleenex. So, make sure you don’t miss out.

The Royal wedding date draws near

So when is the Royal wedding? Well, the date that should be etched in your diary is Saturday 19th May. Whether you’re planning a garden party or a street celebration, make sure you mark the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in style. If you’re not planning to hotfoot it down to Windsor to experience the incredible atmosphere, maybe you’ll watch it all unfold on TV – the BBC, Sky News and ITV are all expected to cover the event. But don’t stay stuck at home, you can stream live coverage online via TVPlayer on your mobile or tablet while you’re socialising daaarling. And with Go Binge you won’t use up any of your data. Don’t forget that the FA Cup Final falls on the same day, so here’s hoping they won’t clash. But in a worst-case scenario, you could stream the wedding on your iPad with the footy playing on your smartphone. Win-win. (Don’t worry, we’ve got loads more info about getting stuck into the FA Cup action here).

Planning your own wedding?

Back in the real world, there’s nothing quite like planning a wedding to get your adrenaline pumping. And if you’re gearing up for your own, we might just be able to take some of the pressure off. Who knew that when it comes to planning the biggest day of your life, your smartphone can be your BFF (although don’t sack the chief bridesmaid just yet)? That’s right, when you’ve got to-do lists to tick off, caterers to contact, and the perfect wedding dress to find, some nifty wedding apps on your trusty phone are all you need.

Wedding planner apps UK

Whether you’re relaxed and chilled about the whole affair, or you’ve turned into Bridezilla, everyone needs a helping hand when it comes to planning their special day. From the venue and décor, to outfits and flowers, there’s so much to do. And so the demand for wedding planner apps that can help take the strain is massive. In the interest of your sanity, here are some of the best wedding planning apps around:

WeddingHappy (free on Android and iOS)

Once you enter your anticipated wedding date this app builds a customised schedule, along with a to-do checklist which tells you what needs to be done and by when. WeddingHappy really will help you breathe a sigh of relief, because it has payment tracking, a spending summary, options for co-ordinating vendor contact details and the ability to sync your info with other users.

Tie the Knot (free on Android and iOS)

This wedding countdown app helps you count the number of sleeps until the biggest day of your life. In fact, it counts down to the very hour, minute and second. And once the wedding is over, why not use it to keep a track of your anniversary? It’s a pretty simple concept, but a really fun little app.

Table Planner (free on Android and iOS)

Who sits next to Aunt Mabel? And can you really put Steve next to his ex? Table planning is a nightmare if you’re trying to keep all your guests happy, but this app simplifies it for you. Add as many guests as you like and then move them around on screen, rather than scribbling things out on paper. If you’re feeling brave, you can set different restrictions and let Table Planner do it automatically.

Wedding style apps

Everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day. You may not have the same dress designer or make-up artist as Meghan, but you can get all the tips and tricks you need with these little beauties:

Wedding LookBook (free on Android and iOS)

This app makes it so much easier to choose your signature style for the big day. Before you traipse around bridal boutiques you can: search for the perfect dress, check out engagement rings and wedding bands, and find the perfect outfits for your bridesmaids or flower girls. All in Wedding LookBook, and all from the comfort of your sofa.

Wedding Reality (free on Android and iOS)

This nifty app allows you to design your perfect dress and then see how it looks on. Choose the silhouette, neckline, fabric and colour and add your own decorations and details. Then try it on virtually using a full-length photo of yourself. There are over 300 combinations of dress to play with.

Build a virtual scrapbook with Pinterest

When you’re planning the biggest day of your life, never underestimate the power of Pinterest. Fill your very own virtual scrapbook with beautiful images and useful tips. From hairstyles and floral arrangements to quirky ideas for favours, Pinterest gives you all the inspiration you need.

And if you’re feeling crafty, you could get stuck into making some of your own props while saving yourself a whole heap of cash at the same time. And you’ll never need to buy another bridal magazine again. Because once you’ve put your ‘pins’ into relevant folders you can whittle them down until you have all the stuff you’ll ever need.

Share your photos

Sometimes the best wedding pictures aren’t taken by the official photographer. If, unlike Harry and Meghan, you can’t quite afford New York-based fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski, it could be time to turn to your trusty guests and the fabulous wedding photo app Wedpics.

This app allows you to load and share your own photos with all your wedding guests, and they can do the same. Be careful though, if you don’t want that shot of you shoving your face in the chocolate fountain seeing the light of day, you might want to think about who you invite into the app. You can order prints directly from the site, and you can use it prior to the big day to keep guests informed about wedding details as they unfold.

So, there we have it. Everything you need to help turn your own nuptials into a day fit for royalty. And if you want to really app-reciate (see what we did there?) great apps, it might be worth stretching your wedding budget to incorporate a shiny new smartphone with a large screen. The iPhone X is perfect for viewing checklists and pins when you’re out and about because the 5.8-inch Super Retina display with vivid colours and high brightness is extra easy on the eye.

We’re also offering 12 months’ Netflix on us, on a variety of Samsung phones, including the S9 and S9+, so you can always watch The Wedding Planner for a little more inspiration.

Now, all you need to do is kick back and enjoy the Royal wedding 2018, without stressing about your own.