Newly Engaged? Resources To Keep Your Wedding On Track And On Budget
Congratulations on your engagement! Taking the next step in your relationship is a big commitment that typically comes with a celebration full of family and friends. If he just put a ring on it and people are already asking you when’s the big day, tell them to chill out, and take all the time you need to sort things out.
Planning a wedding regardless of size can be quite frustrating and overwhelming. There are thousands upon thousands of books, planners and companies to consider when trying to figure out your special day. Can you say too much dot com?
Should you be on the journey to your “I do,” here are some resources to help keep you on track with planning and your budget.
Wedding planner with pockets
One of the first things you are going to need on your wedding journey is a tangible planner. A wedding binder or planner has pockets for you to store copies of signed contracts, quotes and any notes you will take regarding potential venues and vendors. Even if you plan to organize your wedding online, it’s always good to have a physical planner you can look back on when needed.
Note: Most wedding planners come with tips to keep you on track regarding timelines, etc.
If you don’t have an account on The Knot, you need to get one. It’s free! Aside from being a mecca for wedding inspirations and design ideas, it also has a great amount of resources that will come in handy when planning your special day and even after. Examples include a budget monitor, guest list manager, seating chart arranger, received gifts organizer and much more.
Save on Crafts
Are you a Martha Stewart DIY’er at heart? Do you plan to make your own wedding decorations for that personal touch, or to save some money? If so, you definitely need to check out Save on Crafts that offers countless supplies and materials to make your special day extremely memorable. Stock up on super affordable ceremony decor and reception needs that are much cheaper than your average retail prices, or even craft stores.
As you progress in your wedding planning, you will start to notice how expensive things cost, or add up. One expense that you kinda need that is also a pain in the pocket is flowers. Think about it — you need your bouquet, your bridesmaids need a little something, the guys will need boutonnieres, and let’s not forget about table decor (even if you go the candle route, some still love a fresh bloom or two).
One option that will keep costs down is to purchase your flowers wholesale. Vendors like Fifty Flowers offer bulk pricing on a numerous amount of blooms that are sent directly from flower farmers. This not only means a fresher product (most florals in shops have already spent a considerable time traveling), but great quality in product. You would be amazing how much you can save purchasing your flowers wholesale.
100 Layer Cake
If there is one wedding blog you need to check out, it’s definitely 100 Layer Cake. A praised resource by the people at Martha Stewart, In Style and The New York Times, 100 Layer Cake is FULL of wedding ideas and the perfect DIY tutorials for brides who want to showcase a handmade touch at their wedding. Use this as a stepping stone for wedding inspirations.
Wedding Wire is another online website that is a great resource for soon-to-be brides. One of their biggest features is their local vendor directory where you can search for all of your wedding service needs, and compare reviews from real-life brides.
The Groom’s List
Guys can sometimes be a deer caught in headlights when it comes to planning a wedding. One resource to help your future husband out is The Groom’s List that helps demystify the planning process with tips and tricks from the male perspective. This is something fun and free they can try on their own that will hopefully make them feel empowered to contribute.
Pinterest is a fabulous resource for visuals and inspirations. Many brides-to-be take to the popular social media website to plan their wedding with boards full of design ideas and craft projects. Be sure to check out the Pinterest Wedding category as it’s constantly updated with new ideas.
If you are a phone head and love your apps, check out Noeeva. Noeeva is smartphone-friendly wedding planning app that allows you to stay on top of your budget, to-dos, guestlists and more. Aside from being a free resource, this is a fun way to stay on top of your notes, inspirations and everything that has to do with your wedding.