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Utlilizing Wedding Planning Websites

Planning a wedding can be an overwhelming task, so you want to use all of the tools you have at your disposal to help you get organized. The internet can be an excellent source of information and tools, just a few of which are outlined below:

1) Guest List

Many websites will allow you to input name and address information for the guests you intend to invite to your wedding. This can be extremely helpful, because if you are using an online service, you typically can enter in all of your guest information from any computer with an internet connection. This process saves you from having to keep track of all of the information in a spreadsheet that can only be accessed from your home computer or another portable storage device, such as a jump drive.

When looking at websites, be sure that they allow you to track all of the information that you wish to keep up with (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses). You also want to make sure that the site allows you to enter the names of children that might be invited to the wedding. It is also helpful if the site keeps track of the number you people you have invited and lets you track RSVPs.

2) Do It Yourself Projects

You may wish to save money on some aspects of your wedding be doing things yourself. There are many resources on the internet that can help you get ideas and step by step instructions. Some examples of things that can be easily done yourself are flower arrangements, wedding favors, and printing your own invitations and programs.

3) Budget

When you make a list of all of the things you will need to pay for when planning a wedding, trying to decide how much to pay for one thing, such as the band, can be very daunting. Every wedding is different and therefore, the costs to throw it are different. However, many websites have excellent tools that will allow you to put in the amount you plan to spend on your whole wedding. They will then give you a ballpark idea of how much you should spend on each aspect, such as the photographer, or your dress, or music.

Keep in mind that it is OK to deviate from the suggested numbers. However, if you aim to stay on track with your budget, if you overspend in one area, you will have to cut costs in another area.

4) To Do Lists

Sample To-Do lists can be an excellent resource for a bride-to-be. Mostly, they give you an idea of things that you need to be thinking about, and they also help you prioritize what to tackle first. Some sample to-do lists contain hundreds of small details to take care of, while others only provide you with the “big picture” and expect you to fill in the details on your own. You should choose the style that works best for you.

5) Tips and Tricks on Vendor Interviews

When you first start talking to photographers and DJs and bakeries, it is hard to know what to ask and what to expect. Many online resources can provide you with a list of things to ask during your vendor interviews. These lists often cover small details that you might not think about on your own, but which can save you time and money. In addition, they give you tips on items that you want spelled out in your vendor contract. They also often provide tips on how to save money on certain items.

6) Proper Etiquette

Throughout the wedding planning process, many brides ask themselves “is it OK to……?” While there have been many books written on this subject, the internet is also full of FREE resources to help you answer these questions. Just be sure to keep the source of the advice in mind when you decide whether or not to take it. As an example, an article by Emily Post is a much more reliable resource than an anonymous post in an online chat-room on a wedding planning website.

7) Unique Ideas

Many brides want to have one aspect of their wedding be unique and something that you don’t see at every event you attend. Wedding planning websites provide an abundance of information and ideas. They can help you find ways to customize your ceremony or to find a special way to entertain your guests at the reception.

All in all, you can easily find dozens of online resources to help you plan your wedding. Many sites can help you in all aspects of your wedding planning and can be your “core resource.” Other sites may only prove helpful for one small detail, but you may find that it is the detail that makes your whole wedding. Don’t be afraid to explore what the web has to offer and don’t limit yourself to just one resource.

Wedding Planning: It’s All in the Details

Now that you have made the basic decisions about your wedding and you are both in agreement about the big picture it’s time to make your big announcement. When you receive all those “helpful” suggestions from friends and family be ready to reply, “Thank you very much for the ideas. Actually, we have already decided that we want to….”. You can fill in the blanks with as much or as little information about your plans as you want to share at that time. Having your big picture plan in mind will keep you from becoming confused and overwhelmed by the number and variety of well-meaning suggestions your will receive.

Planning a wedding can seem like a daunting task, but anyone can do it if you take it one step at a time and stay organized. Most of all, have fun with this planning process. Let your imagination flow and you’ll be amazed by the creative ideas that will seem to come from nowhere.

The first question many brides and grooms have is, “There is so much to do; where do we start?!’ Yes, there is a lot to think about and a lot to do. The larger and more elegant the wedding, the more details there are to take care of. Regardless how large or small, how simple or how elegant, wedding planning should always start with the basics: who, what, when, where and how much.

Who – One of your first wedding-planning tasks is to come up with a preliminary guest list. Many decisions you will make about your wedding will depend on the number of guests you expect to attend. This is your special day and you likely want to share it with the world, or at least with all your family members and everyone you know or ever knew. However, the number of guests you decide to invite may well depend largely on your wedding budget. Inviting fewer guests is one of your best cost-savings strategies. Maybe it really isn’t necessary to invite the neighbor who babysat for you when you were 3 years old or your cousin 3 times removed that you haven’t seen since 4th grade. Be prepared that your preliminary guest list will need lots of pruning before you get to the final list.

What – The style you selected for your wedding and reception will have a lot of influence on the specifics of your planning process. The more elegant and formal the wedding, the more details there are to be thought of, arranged for and planned. A simple, informal wedding will not only save many dollars, but will also be much simpler and easier to plan. Your wedding budget will also influence your choices. Do not be discouraged though if your budget is small. With some creativity you will be able to create the style you want even on a small budget.

When – You most likely think you already know the date you will be married. However, you may find it necessary to choose a different date in order to meet other requirements. The most popular wedding sites and reception centers are booked as far as one to two years in advance. The most popular photographers, officiants and other wedding vendors are often booked solid for months. Be sure to do some preliminary research and interviewing before making a final decision on your wedding date.

If you want a particular wedding date for some reason, and the facilities you prefer for the wedding or reception are already booked, consider having an afternoon or even a morning wedding. Popular sites are far more likely to be available during the day than at night when you’re trying to book on short notice.

Where – The number of guests, the style you want for your dream wedding will affect your choices for both wedding ceremony and reception location. The locations need to be reserved as soon as possible as they affect everything else about your planning process. Your next most important task after creating your preliminary guest list is to choose and reserve your wedding and reception locations.

How Much – Most couples have a wedding budget. Some are larger, some are smaller but only a few couples are lucky enough to have unlimited resources. Your wedding budget is something you will have to keep in mind throughout your entire wedding planning process; it will affect all of your planning decisions. Planning your wedding while sticking to your budget does not mean that you will have to give up anything. It simply means that you make wise and thoughtful decisions, not impulsive ones that can lead to budget disaster. One of the first steps for working within your budget is to set general guidelines for how much you will spend for each item.

$5000 Wedding Budget – Wedding Planning

$5000 wedding budget.
By setting a $5000 wedding budget, you have already achieved the first important step in the planning process. The challenge now is to make sure you stick to your budget, so that you don’t get into strife down the track. You will then have to decide how to divide up your budget to cover each area of your wedding (ceremony, venue, invitations, dress, flowers etc). For example, the wedding ceremony and the reception make up approximately 40% of a typical wedding budget. How you plan to achieve the wedding of your dreams and stay within budget, is one of the biggest challenges that face many couples who don’t have any experience with planning a wedding. But there are many ways that this can be achieved, it all takes careful planning and knowing where to shop.

Try to choose a few special elements for your wedding that have some special meaning to you and your partner. Then go out and get quotes on those items to see if they will fit within your budget’s guidelines. At this stage, you may need to adjust you budget if you find that the costs are more than you can afford. If this is the case, you could look at alternative choices to cut down on the costs without compromising on quality. As an example, you could look in your community’s newsletter or the phonebook for people who work from home and cater in areas such as cake making and decorating, dressmaking, floristry etc. These specialized home services can usually charge a lot less than their retail counterparts who have high overheads to cover. Also look at discount bridal stores in preference to bridal boutiques that offer the full service. You can always have alterations made by a dressmaker if required.

Getting Everything At A Discount
The budget you set will be your guide whenever you shop for the things you need for the wedding. However, just because you have a small budget doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to have a small wedding. If you do your research, you will find places where you can get a discount on all the items you need for your wedding, including the venue, dress, flowers, cake, photographer, entertainment etc. The trick is finding out where to look.

Wedding Planner
Planning a wedding can be seen as an overwhelming task as there are so many decisions to make and details to organize and coordinate. Breaking the planning schedule into small categories and working on them one at a time will help you manage the task much more easily.