Your wedding day is a few months away and you’ve been dutifully moving through your list of to-dos with equal parts grace and frustration. Planning a wedding is stressful, after all. But you’ve finally found and secured THE perfect wedding dress. Oh, how you’ll turn heads! You’ve given deposits to secure your reception venue, caterer and DJ. Your guests will be treated to quite the memorable celebration; however, there are still a few things to tick off your list. When trying to do things on a budget, your house will have to act as both a storage space for your wedding registry gifts and a meeting place for friends and family who are helping you with last-minute details. Instead of worrying about prepping your house, there’s a gaggle of fairly inexpensive gadgets that will do the work for you.
Secure Your Home, Even When You’re Not at Home
With so many folks (and packages) coming and going on either side of your wedding day, it might be time to invest in a security camera, especially if you’re out and about tending to your wedding day to-do list. Not sure which home camera device is right for you? A few key features to look for are Wi-Fi capabilities (check in on your live video feed remotely), motion detection, field of view (how wide an angle your camera can record) and hi-resolution images. Safewise offers a handy comparison of several home security cameras and takes into consideration pricing and additional capabilities.
Big Meals with a Slow Cooker
Crock-Pot. Slow Cooker. Like to-may-to, ta-mah-to – whatever you call it – they’re a handy tool to pull from your kitchen cupboard. There’s an abundance of slow-cooker recipes on the internet. Try out a no-fail hearty Mexican Quinoa Casserole or a classic pot roast. Choose a simple recipe with a few key ingredients you can pop in the pot before you start your pre-wedding weekend, and let your slow cooker do all the work for you. Fill the pot, turn it on, and walk away until you’re ready. If you don’t already have one, there are plenty under $50. Add one to your wedding registry and put it to work post-wedding when it’s time to work on those thank you notes.
Whistle While You Work
Housework can actually burn a few calories, and vacuuming is especially good for your abs, but why waste precious pre-wedding time pulling out your traditional canister or upright vacuum when a small handheld vacuum lets you hone in on a mess? Many handheld vacs are cordless, letting you grab and go (indoors and out), but all are compact and relatively lightweight and will let you quickly address any mess that pops up during your prepping. Whether you need one especially suited to target your fur baby’s furballs or one that helps pull up spilled milk, there’s essentially something for everyone. Not sure which is right for you? Check out this comparison list of some of the best on the market. Another goody to add to your registry!
A Handy Home Assistant
Voice-controlled home speakers are more than in-home sound playing devices. They’re not only able to play your favorite soothing tunes, or help you test out the perfect wedding playlist, but can help you control your smart-home gear and answer your most pressing wedding-day questions, like “Will it rain?”, or help with ordering a last-minute corsage and even calling a cab. Cool, right? There’s no dearth of smart speakers on the market, and they’re not entirely created equal either. Check out this list comparison list for smart devices from Amazon (built on the Alexa name: Echo and Dot) and Google (Home or Mini).
Your wedding day is quickly approaching, but thanks to technology, you can stress a little bit less. Add some handy gadgets to your arsenal and you’ll be able to focus on the more important tasks at hand.