Software, Smartphone Apps Help Simplify Wedding Planning

Software, smartphone apps help simplify wedding planningGetting married may be one of the biggest moments in a person's life, but with endless preparations from choosing the wedding gown and venue to fine-tuning the guest list, many couples often end up quarreling.

To help couples keep track of their schedules and make preparations easier, many wedding service companies in Japan are now offering computer software and smartphone applications to easily organize the big day. The programs are also important tools to attract customers in a stagnant market amid Japan's shrinking population.

Koki Fukumoto, a 26-year-old office worker planning his wedding in November, said he uses the free "Wedding Chic" smartphone application provided by major wedding services company Novarese Inc.