15 Aug 3 Sites To Help You Get Your Dream Wedding
Wedding planning – it’s not for the faint of heart. If you’re in the middle of it, first off, congratulations! Secondly, I feel your stress. I got married recently and feel it’s my duty to share a few resources that made my planning a whole lot easier.
This probably isn’t the first site you’ve seen listed on similar posts, but it’s my tried and true. I probably saved around $500+ by taking advantage of this resource. So what is it? It’s an online shop with a seemingly endless amount of digital products. Fonts, PowerPoint templates, mockups, logos, clipart, it’s all there. For my wedding, I used Creative Market to find invitation, RSVP cards, detail cards, and program designs for a grand total of $24 for everything! They were super simple to use. I just downloaded the products, opened them up in Adobe Reader (a free program), filled in the editable fields, and they were ready to be printed! If you’re looking for a nice design, but don’t want to pay a ton of money for a professional designer, definitely check out what’s available on Creative Market.
Etsy prides itself on offering unique items, and it doesn’t disappoint. You can find just about anything you want on Etsy and have it customized just for you, which is perfect for weddings. I used this site for several things for my wedding: bridesmaid cards, my cake topper, a custom dress hanger, a custom wooden box that my husband and I used as a “memory box” during the ceremony, custom prints to display on the memory table, gifts for moms, vendor thank you cards, and even my husband’s wedding band! There’s something for everyone here. Sure, you could make some of the items yourself, but who has the time when you have a wedding to plan??
I know, I know. Obviously. But I can’t leave them off the list just because they’re already well known. Even if you just use a few of their helpful products, it can save you a lot of time. Since they offer so many services for wedding planning, I’ll just highlight what I used the site for. First, for researching vendors. I would have wasted so many hours searching around the Internet for vendors if it weren’t for their lists and ratings all in one place. You can search by location, vendor, cost, and more! It makes it super easy to narrow down the millions of choices. The only other feature I decided to really use was the checklist. It’s basically a thorough list of everything to accomplish in order to pull off the perfect wedding. It includes everything from announcing your engagement to packing for the honeymoon to changing your name after it’s all over. I didn’t follow it exactly, but it was a huge help to have that list to reference throughout my planning and make sure I didn’t let any details slip through the cracks. I feel like I’m throwing a lot out there and I haven’t even mentioned their FREE website builder. Seriously, if you haven’t given this site a chance, get over there now!
While the 3 sites I pointed out were the ones I used the most, I did want to add a couple of honorable mentions!
1. Zazzle – I ended up using Zazzle to make some custom bridesmaid gifts. I wanted a design that I couldn’t find on Etsy, so I was able to upload my own design to Zazzle and get the perfect gifts through their product customizer! You can add your own design to pretty much anything on this site: shirts, mugs, phone cases, bags, etc.
2. Pinterest – I’m sure you saw this one coming, and of course I used Pinterest for some inspiration, but I offer this resource with a hint of caution! You can get lost in the pins if you don’t take some time to figure out what you want first. There are literally hundreds of millions of wedding pins. Take some time to think about what you want before delving in!
Hopefully this list will make your life easier! If I missed one of your go-tos, let me know in the comments!