These sites give you the best locations, vendors, apps, ideas and even other websites to prepare you for one of the most important days of your life.
1. Of course, Pinterest.
You can pin practically your entire wedding on Pinterest. If you’re not familiar with it, Pinterest is a site (free to sign up) where you can scroll through and see things that people have “repinned” pertaining to just about anything in life. There is a specific section under “Everything” called “Wedding & Events” that will provide you with ideas and links to just about anything you can imagine for your wedding, from dresses to websites to music to how to get your last name changed over after the wedding.
2. The Knot
A website with the scoop on any location or vendor for your wedding. It’s the perfect go to website to go past “pinning” ideas and actually solidify what you’re searching for. It’s very simplistic––you sign up for free and after that you can search by your location for wedding venues, vendors for cakes, flowers, music, E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. What’s even better is that all of these places have been rated and aren’t just any venue or vendor you can Google search and not know what you’re getting. If it isn’t legit, chances are you’re not going to find it on the website, and you’re not just searching for the expensive stuff either. The website allows you to narrow your search by budget or a range of $-$$$$. This site also provides you with how to’s, other couple’s weddings, what to ask when finding venues (because hidden costs are almost inescapable), and seriously anything you can think of. I could go on and on about this website, but it’d be much easier and beneficial for you to just check it out. If I was only allowed to suggest one website that would be most helpful to someone planning their wedding, this would be it.
This website is pretty much the same thing as Pinterest, except it’s solely dedicated to weddings. I think it provides you with more helpful information and websites than Pinterest while also including helpful ideas. Once again, it is free to sign up, and after that, you have free range of the site, favoriting the things you like instead of pinning.
4. My Wedding
My favorite part of this website is that it allows you to make your own website for your wedding . . . yes, fo’ free! You can customize what your website will look like, add your engagement stories, include your wedding party and registries, and this site also has tips and locations for you to look at as well. This is a great website for the wedding party and guests especially. You can simply put your website on your invitations instead of adding a ton of registries and addresses, etc. It’s a great way to gather all the scattered pieces of your wedding and put it into one place for you or whoever you want to view it.
5. Appy Couple
This website allows you to make an app for your wedding. Some people might think an app and a website are too much, however, if you think about it, most well-known websites actually have an app for your phone as well. I thought it was best to do both for my wedding simply because in my personal experience once I graduated from college, I didn’t use my mactop as much and instead, used my phone and apps for everything. The good thing about this app is that it’s virtually the exact same thing as the “My Wedding” website, except in app form. This way your wedding information is accessible to everyone, regardless of their technology preference, and it’s not confusing because whichever one your guests view is going to be pretty much the same. Very helpful to have both a website and an app––doesn’t give anyone any excuses to not know what’s going on. It’s very simple; you go to the website, apply for a code (which could take a few days), and you can customize your design, pictures, dates, etc.
This website allows you to send out your personally designed invitations and thank you cards via email, Facebook, text, etc. Although you should always send out a paper save-the-date/invitation and thank yous, sending something via internet is a great accompaniment and reminder. I know when I get something in the mail I read it, set it somewhere, and forget about it. This way people receive something in their email (or media site of your choice) a few days later and it jogs their memory, gives them another way to respond faster (which helps with your planning), and chances are they won’t delete it right away making it a constant reminder for them. Another nice thing about this site is it saves a list of people you’ve sent each invite or card to, so you can see who you forgot or who you need to add, etc.
7. Bride To Do
If you’re good with organization or have your own ways (programs, notebooks, etc.) of creating lists, you may not need this site as much, but although I’m pretty handy with organization, lists, addresses, etc., this site just made it so much easier. You can create templates, guest lists, registry lists, itinerary, seating chart, contact sheet, etc. with the website, and it’s so much easier and organized to have the templates already created in the same formats and you can print it out and/or save it on your computer. It’s just a fast, pre-organized way to organize all your lists, charts, and info into pre-made templates, which saves you a lot of time and frustration.
8. General Blogs
Here are a couple helpful and random blogs that will help you get through your wedding day. They cover the little things for your wedding day and after that you wouldn’t normally think about until the big day:
- 10 Biggest Things Brides Forget
- Change Your Name After Marriage Checklist
- How to Change Your Name after Marriage, Easily
These are the best and most helpful websites I found while plan a wedding, and they saved so much stress, money and forgetfulness. Although there’s almost always some sort of chaos the day before or of the wedding setting things up, I had everything I needed, I was prepared and didn’t find myself looking back thinking if only I’d done this or that. It’s well worth it to use any tools you can find to help plan your wedding because (most of the time) it’s one of the few things you have to get right the first time since it won’t be happening again.