There are lots of apps and online tools that can make wedding planning your big day a whole lot easier.
For many, it is a stressful, intense, time-consuming, emotional roller-coaster of an experience.
If you’re entering into, or in the midst of unchartered wedding planning territory then fear not, help is at hand in the form of some rather invaluable wedding planning tools and resources.
The tools and resources that we're sharing with you today are those that our couples rely on and would recommend in a heartbeat to anyone looking to make their wedding planning journey more efficient, structured, inspirational and enjoyable, and less time consuming and stressful.
Planning a wedding is not easy, but these resources will make it better.
GOOGLE DOCS & EVERNOTE
Even if you're terrified of the concept of forward-thought, you can’t really plan a wedding without some form of schedule or spreadsheet. If you’re old school in your approach then how about investing in a simple yet stylish wedding planning notebook?
Or if you’d prefer to go digital (which would be our personal recommendation) then you should definitely check out Google Docs, which will allow you to keep track of and share your budget, timings, contracts, guest lists etc. Also, Evernote, an app which allows you to collect and share inspirational ideas, photos, links and articles.
THE WEDDING BIBLE
The Wedding Bible is a critically acclaimed go-to reference book for anyone planning a wedding. Written by Sarah Haywood, one of the world’s leading wedding and party planners, this ultimate guide is packed full of advice, top tips, checklists, planning solutions and inspirational imagery from real weddings.
Designed for weddings with style, sophistication and panache, it’s not necessarily an “essential” planning resource but it does cover everything you need to know about planning a wedding and it is beautiful, which makes it a pretty epic gift for anyone planning a wedding.
Other guides you may want to consider include Rock My Wedding: Your Day Your Way by Charlotte O’Shea, Style Me Vintage: Weddings: An Inspirational Guide to Styling the Perfect Vintage Wedding by Annabel Beeforth, Style Me Pretty Weddings: Inspiration and Ideas for an Unforgettable Celebration by Abby Larson and the Debrett’s Wedding Guide.
Social Media including… Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and more recently Periscope and TikTok, are all fantastic tools that will allow you to follow bloggers, bridal publications and wedding suppliers in order to gain visual inspiration, be kept up-to-date with trends, features and competitions, to network and to find, research and make contact with potential suppliers.
FREE DOWNLOADABLE CHECKLISTS, GUIDES & PLANNING SPREADSHEETS
What’s not to love about planning checklists, guides and spreadsheets, especially if they help kick off your big-day preparations, point you in the right direction, keep you on track, can be tailored / personalised and they’re free!
WEDDING WEBSITES & APPS
Wedding websites will make planning your wedding a million times easier!
We would highly recommend having a wedding website, in conjunction with your wedding invitations, as they provide a central and easy to use hub for guests to find out more about your wedding i.e. dress code, gift list, parking, accommodation etc., share photos and ask questions.
RSVP and address trackers will also make your wedmin a great deal easier too… trust me on this one!
Check out our favourite wedding websites here.
WEDDING FAIRS, EXHIBITIONS, SHOWCASES & OPEN DAYS
With the opportunity to meet and talk face-to-face with suppliers, tour a venue, attend wedding masterclasses and practical demos, watch catwalk showcases and drink a glass of bubbles or 3. Wedding fairs, exhibitions, showcases and venue open days can be a one-stop-planning-shop to quickly cover off several items on your wedding planning to-do-list, all under one roof.
With so many wedding fairs and open days now taking place in the UK it’s important to make sure you’re attending the wedding fair(s) that are right for you, that you enjoy yourself and that you get the most from the experience.
WeddingFairs.com has a comprehensive list of wedding exhibitions up and down the country, meaning you'll never miss your local event.
FRIENDS & FAMILY
Your friends and family are one of the greatest and most under-estimated planning resources you have at your disposal… so use them!
Whether it’s a recommendation from a recently married friend, a family member who loves DIY and is happy to take on those rather time-consuming crafting, sewing, writing, sticking and folding tasks. Or simply someone you can rely on to be there to take on little admin jobs as and when required. These are just some of the reasons why your friends and family are one, if not the most valuable wedding planning resource.