With 79% of brides using the internet to plan their nuptials, it’s not shocking that there is a new slew internet startups marrying weddings and technology. But, deciding which one to use is almost as difficult as deciding on a dress. So, to save you some valuable time, we’ve highlighted the top trending sites, blogger’s darlings, and our personal favs.
Lover.ly, a visual search engine for weddings, is the clear favorite among bloggers. Kellee Khalil, Founder & CEO, has received praise from thought leaders in tech scene, including The Next Web’s Courtney Boyd Myers, and TechCrunch’s Leena Rao & Jordan Crook. Some attribute Kellee’s “it girl” status to her press maven sibling, Leila Khalil, who runs Be Inspired PR, a boutique agency based in Los Angeles specializing in public relations for the wedding industry. But, we believe it’s Loverly’s flawless execution that has put them at the top of the pack.
Coined as the “professionally curated Pinterest,” Loverly pulls together top bridal content producers to help users discover, search and share wedding related content online. But, Loverly is not just about the pretty pictures. Brides can like, bundle, share and shop based on images that inspire them.
Wedding Lovely is your online wedding consultant. Founded by designer extraordinaire, Tracy Osborn, this beautifully crafted site gives you advice, inspiration and access to a slew of adorable and indie vendors, all on your unique timeline. Guidance is delivered through your inbox, so you decide where and when you want to plan.
Touted by Swiss Miss founder, Tina Roth Eisenberg, this is definitely the artsy kid on the block. In addition to their online services, they also offer the WeddingLovely lookbook, highlighting the beautiful work of their hand selected vendors. It’s impeccable graphic design make it a page turner. Be sure to check out their sister sites, which include WeddingInviteLove, WeddingPlannerLove, WeddingPhotoLove, WeddingVenueLove, and WeddingVideoLove.
We couldn’t end this post without mentioning our good friend and partner-in-crime on the Wed Tech scene, Brittany Haas. As Founder & CEO of Happily Ever BorroWED, Brittany offers brides rentable designer bridal accessories in her curated e-boutique. She understand that “brides no longer value the one-time wear item,” and is planning on branching out into bridal gowns, flower girl dresses, and other special occasion attire.
We’re not the only wedding enthusiasts who love this idea, Brittany made it to The Next Web’s “Artully Disrupting I Do” list by Lian Amaris. If you’re a budget (or socially) conscious bride, this is one of the first places you should visit.
In the end, the bride is the winner, with a slew of amazing companies ready and waiting to help her plan her wedding. We couldn’t include everyone here, so if you’ve stumbled upon an amazing little gem, leave us a note in the comments.