Category Archives: Apps for Your Smart Phone

Honeymoon Travel Made Easy with the Kayak App

As much as we all love the details of the wedding day itself most couples I know look forward to the honeymoon just as much as the wedding.  There is no other vacation quite like a honeymoon.  It is a special time for a couple to be able to relax and let all of the wonderful memories of vows, family, friends, and fun from their wedding sink in.

One of the best apps I’ve found to simplify honeymoon and travel arrangements is Kayak.  This app can help ensure a restful and stress-free honeymoon experience by keeping itineraries and lists organized as well as providing real time answers to travel questions while you are away from home.

Kayak is an aggregate service that allows you to search several airlines, hotels, and car rental services to compare prices.  You can book hotel, airline, and car rental reservations with a few simple taps of your thumb.  The latest version of Kayak (18.0.0) may be downloaded for free at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kayak-flight-hotel-search/id305204535?mt=8.

Kayak’s homepage has 15 main categories including hotels, flights, cars, my trips, flight tracker, price alerts, airline directory, airline fees, airport information, buzz, beacon, packing list, currency converter, my bookings, and feedback.

The list of services you can access using Kayak are numerous.  Here are some of my favorites:

Planning Your Vacation:

  • Compare hotel, airline, and car rental prices from numerous companies
  • Fare alert notification so you can get the best airfare rates
  • Up to date information about additional costs like additional bags, pets, and meals
  • Forward booking confirmation emails to trips@kayak.com and they will be saved and organized all in one place—no more digging through your carryon bag to find your confirmation number!
  • Keep all of your packing lists in one place

 

 

 

 

While You Are Traveling:

  • Simple to use currency converter for wherever you travel
  • Have flight delay and status updates automatically sent to you
  • Flight tracker allows you to see if your flight is on time
  • Phone directory to all major airlines so you can contact them directly
  • Airport information allows you to easily locate ATMs, restaurants, restrooms and more wherever you are waiting

There are always a few unexpected surprises while traveling but I’ve found this app will help keep the challenges to a minimum and fun and relaxation to a maximum.  Let Kayak do the work while you relax.  Congratulations to all of the brides and grooms and bon voyage as you embark on your first journey as husband and wife!

 


Reviewing a Royal App

I hope Joyce’s recent post about the Royal Wedding will be helpful for engaged couples everywhere.  But I’m already married, and I just love weddings too!!  So with the royal nuptials just around the corner, I figured I’d better learn a little bit more about Prince William and his bride.  To my surprise, I found several smart phone apps dedicated entirely to the Royal Wedding.  Some promised photos and others guaranteed alarms for a countdown to the Big Day.  The app I decided to purchase is by Neon Play, aptly named Royal Wedding Prince William & Kate Middleton.

For $1.00 on iTunes, here is what you get with this app:  a background about the couple based on six categories and a gallery.  The categories are Prince William, Kate Middleton, The Engagement, The Wedding, The Dress, and Family Tree.  The gallery includes photos of Kate Middleton, Lady Diana, and Prince William.

Here are some highlights from the gallery:

Although this app is somewhat informative, my recommendation is: save your money.  If you want to keep up with what’s happening, just Google the couple and their wedding plans.  By conducting an internet search, you are likely to find more information and save time downloading the app, not to mention the buck that goes to iTunes.

I am sure all eyes (mine included) will be on Prince William and Kate Middleton this April 29th and we will all be dazzled by the romance and pageantry of this generation’s Royal Wedding—with or without an App.

App Review: “BRIDES: Wedding Genius”

With an abundance of wedding planning applications springing up we thought it would be the perfect time to check out a few and share our thoughts.  For our first review we are looking at BRIDES Wedding Genius.  This is a free app (yay!) and may be found at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brides-wedding-genius/id331690056?mt=8.

BRIDES Wedding Genius is a fun app for the soon-to-be and recently engaged couples.  It can be great tool to inspire brides and grooms and to help narrow down design styles and choices—sort of like tearing out your favorite photos and ideas from a bridal magazine.  There are three primary categories covered by the free version of this app: Dresses, Jewelry Gallery, and Travel Destinations.   Let’s look at what the app gives us for each category:

Dresses

There are images of 1194 wedding gowns and 446 bridesmaids dresses.  The dresses are conveniently listed in alphabetical order by designer and displayed either as thumbnails for a quick overview or full-screen view for more detailed information.  Users may search gowns based on a favorite designer, silhouette, length, sleeve style, neckline, and price range.  With a single click users may add gowns they love to a “favorites” gallery to be saved for easy reference.

Jewelry Gallery

Users may peruse engagement rings (151 styles), wedding bands for him (31 styles) and her (46 styles), and watches for him (7 styles) and her (7 styles).  Users may search Jewelry by brand, cut, style, bands, metals, gems, and price.  There are great close-up photos for each ring highlighting different shapes, stones, and settings.  The designs range from traditional to contemporary and some are quite intricate.  The watches are by Bulova and Tissot in a range of sizes and formality.


Travel Destinations

This section provides a quick and easy place to start searching honeymoon destinations.  Whether users are looking to get away to Asia, Canada, Caribbean, United States, Europe, Mexico, or South Pacific they will be able to find properties all over the world.  It is also easy to search by brand, destination, property type, all-inclusive, price per night, amenities, and activities.  With one easy click viewers can connect to the website for destinations that pique their interest making honeymoon planning a breeze.

Overall this app is educational as well as inspirational.  It is a great way to quickly look through a variety of gown styles, jewelry designs, and honeymoon options and to narrow down the ones that speak to each person.   At best this app could lead a bride directly to the dress, ring, and vacation of her dreams.  At the least it could help brides decide what they do not want.   Either way it won’t cost a penny and is a fun way to pass the time while waiting for the “congratulation” wishes to come rolling in.