Planning a Wedding in Digital Age

wp_1-1With the wedding season in full swing and many of my friends tying the knot this summer, I feel inspired to write a few tips on wedding preparation. There was a time I dreamt about being a wedding planner!

Forgotten are the stressful hours spent planning the wedding, dashing around lost in all the details, bridezilla tantrums and sleepless nights. Today, the wedding planning takes a whole new role, an individual and accessible one, thanks to the technology right at your fingertips. If you are a DIY bride or simply want to forgo the wedding planner, I’d like to introduce you to the platforms and apps that will take the worry out of planning and refocus your attention on what really matters – LOVE.

For all things wedding planning – WEDDING WIRE

wp_1Wedding Wire is the best overall wedding planning platform. It has everything from the checklist of tasks to the budget and seating arrangements. What makes it an especially excellent resource though is the extensive vendor list easily searchable by type and zip code. You pretty much don’t have to leave the website to find everything and everyone you need to make your garden fête or tropical beach elopement a party to remember!

For inspiration – STYLE ME PRETTY

wp_2Style Me Pretty is a breathtaking resource of stunning images only slightly rivaled by Pinterest. I get lost in The Vault looking at flowers, gowns and creative decor. Every image is highly curated and don’t even get me started on Style Me Pretty’s Real Weddings – I tear up every time watching the videos of couples beaming with joy!

To track your guests – RSVPify

wp_3RSVPify makes tracking your guest list a breeze. Embed your RSVP on your existing website or send guests to from your paper invitations and sit back as the platform counts all the replies. You can also ask food preference questions allowing your guests to choose their meal options ahead of time.

To find your venue – THE VENUE REPORT

wp_4A gorgeous website to find location for all your event needs. Wedding reception or intimate dinner? Modern or rustic? You want it, you got it!

For building a floor plan and seating charts – ALL SEATED

wp_5Tired of cutting circles and sticking post-its with guest names on them? There is a solution that will take your idea into a concrete floor plan that can be shared and collaborated on with your vendors.

Find your perfect wedding dress and fast – BHLDN

wp_6Is your wedding coming soon or are you simply tired of months-long wait for a preordered gown? BHLDN is your answer! Order from a well curated list of independent designers and get the dress delivered to your doorstep. Get a few options and try them on for a perfect fit with a simple return policy. Yes, it is that easy!

Bridesmaid dresses – UNION STATION

wp_7And what about your gals? They can rent or buy at Union Station giving them more flexibility and style! Happy bridesmaids – happy bride!

For beautiful photographs to keep forever – SnapKnot

smiling young woman learning to use camera outdoors

There are many resources for finding vendors – Style Me Pretty, The Knot, Wedding Wire – but only SnapKnot is specific to local wedding photographers at affordable prices.

For all your entertainment needs search – GigMasters

wp_9Bartenders, DJs, live music, photo booth? You need it, GigMasters got it. Search by type of entertainment and location and submit a request for a free quote.

For the gentlemen – The Black Tux

wp_11The Black Tux is a revolutionary suit and tuxedo rental service that delivers straight to your home. No more hustle of tracking every groomsmen to make sure he goes to a fitting and picks up the suit in time. Less worry for the bride and groom!

For accommodations – JETAPORT

wp_10Wedding accommodations can be pricy especially in high summer season popular with weddings. Jetport allows you to book room blocks for your guests at a discounted rate saving at least 15%.

For favors – ETSY

wp_12Etsy is one of the greater resources overall for your wedding needs. You can find unique vintage hairpieces, decor accessories and wedding cake toppers. In my opinion, most of your wedding needs can be satisfied with Etsy. Bridesmaid getting-ready robe? Etsy got it in a variety of styles and prints. What Etsy excels in, however, is wedding favors. Gone are the days of cheesy treats and silly knickknacks for Etsy has elevated your favors to artisanal salted caramels, fun sunnies and unique beauty treats. Gifts aplenty!

Now don’t stress your pretty head and go plan the most fabulous wedding!

All images via Wedding Wire, Style Me Pretty, RSVPify, The Venue Report, BHLDN, Union Station, The Black Tux, The Caramel Jar