My Wedding Planning Motto: “If you can book it, rent it, or pay for it then do so now and don’t wait!”
Wedding planning doesn’t need to be stressful. I have put together this resource page that lists wedding planning websites & ideas to help you achieve your wedding dreams. I share companies/products that I have worked with personally and that I highly recommend. I’ll add to it as I learn more, and I recommend bookmarking it for your convenience. Enjoy!
A wedding requires a few essentials in order to make it happen: a dress, rings, and wedding invitations! My recommended resources below made my wedding planning process easier and I’m confident they will make your wedding planning process easier too!
Minted – A DIY wedding stationery project can be time consuming. In addition, they may not turn out exactly how you envisioned. If you are looking to buy your wedding stationery, I highly recommend Minted.com. When I created my wedding save-the-dates and wedding invitations, I found their online visual tool easy to use and their customer service was outstanding.
Blue Nile – A trusted, easy to use, and service oriented diamond jewelry website that has been around since 1999. I love playing with the build your own ring and earring tools to see different cuts, color, carats, and clarity of a diamond. My husband used the tool to research my engagement ring and would have purchased from Blue Nile had it not been for my 30 year family jeweler. However, my brother in law did use Blue Nile with great success to buy his wife her engagement ring. A Pacific Northwest based diamond jewelry company that I definitely recommend.
- The Knot’s Wedding Budget – My husband and I used the online wedding budget tool from The Knot. It was great because we could both log in and see our wedding budget allocation for every category.
- Eventective – North American tool that lists over 350,000 wedding and event venues and vendors.
- Find Your Perfect Venue – UK based tool to look for venues in the UK. Wonderful visual pictures, venue details, and maps.
- Roaming Hunger – Food trucks at weddings are all the rage. Check out Roaming Hunger to find your nearest food truck to cater your next event.
- Wedding Cancellation Insurance – All you need to do is ask yourself the question, “What would happen if I fell ill on my wedding day?”
- MyWedding – I used this site to create my wedding website. It is a FREE and easy to use tool. MyWedding has a partnership with Minted.com, which means you can integrate your wedding stationery theme into your wedding website!
- Appy Couple – Appy Couple is a paid wedding website and interactive app that keeps your guests in the know, while you you manage and share all the important and fun details about your big day with them.
- Minted: I used Minted for my own wedding invitations and save-the-dates. I thought the online customizable invitation system was easy to use. I recommend using Minted.com if you need top quality wedding stationery.
- L&L Free Printables: A great way to get creative and save some money is to make your own wedding invitations – check out our free printable section and get started with your stationer DIY project.
- Vistaprint: If you need a quality online printing company for your DIY stationery, check out Vistaprint. I have used them for both business cards and to print L&L stationery.
ENVELOPES, PAPER GOODS & STATIONERY ACCENTS
- Paper Source – Sells quality paper goods and envelopes at a great price. They make it easy to search for the perfect envelope by size and they are also sold in packs of 10. Paper Source is a great option if you are less picky because they have a discount section where they sell envelopes with slight imperfections at a reduced price.
- Paper and More – They offer an easy to use navigation to find your paper goods by paper type, size, or color. A good option for the DIY printable bride who wants to customize her invitations.
- 4inkjets.com – Running low on printer ink? Stock up before your party.
- Stationery Accents – Glitter, Ribbon/Twine, or Other Accents are a must.
- Pinterest – See 300 + photos of bridal bouquets inspiration from L&L.
- The Candy Store – Perfect for all your wedding reception candy buffet needs.
- My M&M’S – Personalize M&M’s by adding sayings, clip art, and even your own photo. I ordered these for my wedding and they turned out amazing. The photo actually did look like my husband and I on the M&M!
WEDDING ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES
- Classic Veils: Okay, I may be a little biased on this one because it is my own online store! The reason I created ClassicVeils.com was to offer beautiful wedding accessories of your dreams AND make them affordable!
- GroomTies: My husband launched a necktie company in 2014 to help grooms look great. If you need one, five, or even ten ties for the groom and groomsmen at your wedding, then check out his neckwear store.
- Zappos: Find those perfect pair of heels for your big day! Zappos has unrivaled customer service and selection. Many of my Shoe Saturday picks can be found on Zappos.
- Zola– Over 300 different brands, experiences, honeymoons and cash funds. Great site for bigger gifts, where guests can split the gift fund.
- Love & Lavender has a sister website called Nomad Newlyweds dedicated to all things HONEYMOON! We feature real honeymoons, honeymoon guides, and talk about a travel lifestyle. We would love if you would spread the word or submit your own honeymoon.
- Hotels.com – Both my husband and I have used Hotels.com on many occasions. We love the fact that, much like a coffee card, collect 10 nights and get the 11th night free!
- VacationsToGo – This website is a valuable travel service for booking a cruise vacation. I always find their customer service warm and helpful, whether by email or phone. VacationsToGo.com is a wonderful way to find an amazing deal on cruise ship travel. It is no secret that I love to cruise. I think it is a great way to travel and a great honeymoon option.
WEDDING ALBUM MEMORIES
- Photobook: A study done in March 2014 by Wakefield Research found (on average) a bride will take up to 342 photos. You may only choose a couple of those photos to display on your wall, but consider making a keepsake photobook for you and your new spouse to treasure years later. I used Photobook to create a photo album of my trip to Italy when I got engaged. Spend as little or as much time as you want using their online interactive tools to create a wedding album for your big day.
- Blurb: My husband has used Blurb in the past to create vacation albums. He loved using the offline book editing tool that allows for professional editing and layouts of your album – even if you are not a designer!
FREE GIVEAWAYS & CONTESTS
Who doesn’t love free stuff? Enter one of our active giveaway or contest.
Need more wedding giveaways? Here is a great collection of contests for you to enter:
- Ultra Contest, Brides, Emmalinebride, Polkadotbride, Wedding Rumour, Bridal Fantasy, Bridal Tweet, Style Me Pretty, Today’s Bride, Bridal Guide
- The Wedding Book: The Big Book for your Big Day – One of the best thrift store finds ever! A wedding book that helped me plan my wedding, and I still turn to it for blogging inspiration.