You just got engaged, congratulations! But let's face it, wedding planning can easily become overwhelming. There's a reason bridezilla is a thing, right? When I got married last year, I didn't even know where to start. I did not have the budget to hire a wedding planner, so I was left on my own to figure out what I needed to do. After months of going through different websites to help me plan, I gathered a list of the most useful websites to help plan your wedding.
Zola is the first place you should start in planning your wedding online. Zola offers everything you need to get started, from creating your wedding website, to a checklist of all the planning that needs to get done, to creating an online registry. While I did not use all the resources available on the site, I absolutely love how organized it got me. You can customize the checklist as much or as little as you'd like, and after putting in your wedding date, it will give you a timeframe and order of how to plan. Zola is a great place to start.
Vistaprint is a great place to get your wedding invitations. They also offer save the dates, reception cards, thank you notes, wedding programs, dinner menus, and more, all of which you can match with the same theme. It is an easy process that allows anyone to design a beautiful wedding invitation. With cheap prices and great deals, Vistaprint is a great under-the-radar website for weddings that I highly suggest.
3.) The Knot
The Knot is another website similar to Zola. It allows for many planning tools, and while I did not personally use it for planning, I know multiple friends who have loved it. What I did use the Knot for was the free articles and inspiration they offer. One of the articles that helped me the most was a general wedding day timeline. They cover every topic you could possibly think of. Whether you need inspiration for wedding colors, tips for how to budget, or help on how to build a guest list, The Knot has you covered.
Not sure if I even have to mention this one, but in case you've missed the memo, Pinterest is THE place to go for wedding inpsiration. Pinterest is a search engine like Google, but it combines the images, shopping, and news all into one! Find decoration ideas, wedding dress inspiration, and more with just a few words search. Specify the season, the colors, whatever you want, and Pinterest will do the rest for you. The options are endless!
Etsy is a great website to find unique items for your wedding. With a myriad of individual sellers, Etsy offers many personalized items that can be perfect for your wedding! Most items are homemade, so you can be guaranteed to get special items catered to your specific requests. But just because they come from individual sellers does not mean they are cheaply made! You can discover beautiful finds. My personal favorite wedding items found on this website are the cake toppers!
6.) The Venue Report
Not sure where to book your wedding venue? The Venue Report has got you covered! Simply type in the location of where you would like to get married, and easily find venues, hotels, restaurants, and more in that area. You can instantly see pictures, capacity, and pricing all in one place. With different filters such as price range, guest count, and venue type, The Venue Report makes finding a venue easier than ever before.
7.) Google Docs
Google Docs is the number one website that will help you get organized. With the ability to share your documents with others, you can share the guest list with your finacé, the dress options with your bridesmaids, and every other detail planning you can think of with your wedding planner (if you chose to have one). It may be a simple website, but it comes in handy when you are planning so many different things at once!
And there you have it! Those were the seven most useful websites I found during my time of wedding planning. After testing out multiple websites and apps and filtering through them, I found that these were the most helpful in all my wedding needs. While some are simple, I found the simplest websites to be the most efficient. Do not get disheartened or overwhelmed by all the planning. Take it step-by-step and you can do it! If I planned a wedding on my own (which mind you, I had never been to a wedding before my own) in only five months, then you definitely can! Happy wedding planning, and again, congratulations!
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