In today’s busy society, planning a wedding can seem extremely overwhelming. This is especially true if you don’t have the funds to hire an event planner and will have to do most of the grunt work on your own. If this is the situation you’re in, don’t sweat! We’ve assembled all of the resources and websites you need to plan the majority of your wedding online.
Find The Best Checklist
To start, you’ll want to find the best wedding checklist possible. There are a lot of free versions out there, but we love the one from Magnet Street. It’s simple, has a downloadable PDF version and breaks things into easily digestible pieces.
Find Your Venue
Although you will want to go visit venues in-person to really get a feel for how the event will take place, you can do a lot of the upfront work online. The Knot has a great tool that allows you to search for wedding venues in your desired area and provides all the criteria you’ll need to narrow your search.
- Venue description
- Price range
- Contact info
Inform Your Bridal Party
In the past few years, it has become popular for the bride and groom to send out “will you be in my wedding party” invites or gift baskets. The easiest way to do this without having to assemble everything yourself is to find a service that will do it for you. Places like A Signature Welcome have pre-build boxes or customizable bags that you can send with a note that asks the big question! Etsy is also likely to have options for bridal party invites.
Find Your Vendors
The bulk of your vendors (DJ, Photographer, Videographer, etc.) will just need to communicate with you via email or phone. To help find out who you want to use, take advantage of the sites that compile all the information for you. Wedding Wire is a great resource and will help cut down on the time it would take to do the research yourself.
Save The Dates and Invites
There are two easy ways you can go about doing save the dates and wedding invites that will keep you away from licking 100 envelopes. 1) There are some services that will handle everything from start to finish and even get them in the mail. Since that service can be somewhat expensive (depending on the number of guests you have), you can go for option #2. 2) Use a digital invite service to send both the save the date and the invitation. This can be a huge time saver and it’s the absolute best way to keep track of your RSVPs!
Buy Your Wedding Rings
Don’t want to spend your entire Saturday at the mall? Check out one of the many jewelry digital jewelry companies! Depending on your ring or diamond shape, you might want a wedding band that sits flush against your engagement ring, or you might want one that can easily stack. Most of the digital jewelers have easy chat services or diamond experts waiting to help you with your purchase.
Hair and Makeup
Hair and makeup is one of the last things you’ll schedule and you’ll definitely want to test it out before the big day. However, Instagram makes it super easy to figure out which stylists you think would be a good fit for how you want to look on your wedding day. Then, the only step is to set up a trial run and secure them for your wedding date.
There are a lot of steps to planning a wedding, but there are so many resources online that allow you to plan 90% of your wedding digitally. Take advantage of everything you can to help cut down on costs and save you time!