When Dave and I first got engaged, I had no idea where to start with the planning. I think I was the rare girl who, even being in a serious relationship and knowing we would get married, hadn’t starting thinking of wedding plans! I had just graduated college, so pretty much all of my time had been spent reading, studying, sleeping, repeat. Being the master Googler that I am, it didn’t take me long to find some websites that had great wedding planning resources. Over the next two years, I would go on to find loads more.
In today’s technological world, so much of wedding planning is done online. Physical wedding binders are being replaced by online planning checklists, spreadsheets, etc. Being the beacon of wedding planning knowledge that I am, today I’m going to share with you some websites that make great resources when planning your wedding.
1. Wedding Wire
I spent a lot of time on Wedding Wire throughout the course of my engagement. They have tons of wedding planning tools (checklists, guest list manager, etc). They also have great forums where you can talk to other brides and get super useful feedback. It’s a great community feel. I “met” some awesome other brides on there, some of whom I’m not friends with in real life!
2. The Knot
This website is very similar to Wedding Wire. They have more of the same features as far as planning tools, articles, forums etc. If you aren’t sure which of these two sites to use, I did blog post comparing Wedding Wire and The Knot!
This site is amazing if you’re a DIY bride (which I totally was!). In addition to the DIY tips, they also have free printables and a shop.
If your wedding is going to be somewhat less than traditional, Offbeat Bride is a great resource! They’re a great source of inspiration, and a way to find vendors in your area.
5. Google Drive
This was an absolute lifesaver for me throughout our entire wedding planning process. This is where I stored basically all of our wedding planning info. I had spreadsheets for each vendor I was looking for. I had checklists, shopping lists, the guest list, etc. Pretty much any list you could imagine one would have while wedding planning, I had it on Google Drive.
I really didn’t discover this site until later in my planning process, but it has some amazing resources! Blog posts, DIYs, planning tools, etc.
This site is perfect if you’re wanting designer name dresses and accessories, but can’t afford to pay that price tag. They have tons and tons of used items for sale at a discounted price.
This is a site meant to help connect you with vendors. I found it really helpful when looking for vendors in a lower budget range when I was having trouble finding any elsewhere.
This is an amazing site for printing invitations, and there are a lot of options. You can choose to purchase one of their designs, or upload a design of your own. The second option is great for anyone who designed their own invitations or purchased a digital file on Etsy. Which leads me to the last site…
10 . Etsy
Any one who has planned a wedding knows how amazing Etsy can be! Literally every step of planning can be made easier with Etsy. Mostly you’ll be able to purchase decor, invitations, wedding party gifts, etc. But they also have tons of wedding planning books and checklists that might be more in-depth!
What websites did you use most during wedding planning?
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