I could chat for days about wedding planning! My head is so full of ideas and suggestions for making planning your wedding easy and straightforward, that I could bore you to sleep!
So I have compiled my most useful tips and resources to help you plan your wedding and keep yourself organised and efficient.
1. Visit local wedding fayres. They really are the best resource for finding local companies who can help bring your wedding vision to life, and are an amazing resource for inspiration when you are right at the beginning of wedding planning. I’ve already blogged about how to navigate and make the most of wedding fayres. Click here to view it.
2. Buy some wedding magazines. My favourites are the local magazines, as they’ll give you a better idea of what is available locally, and are chock full of articles, inspiration and real life weddings too! Most also have a planning calendar section which you can pull out and use as the basis for your planning strategy and will help you organise your spending too.
3. Speak with other brides to be and past brides. Share ideas and recommendations and help each other out. Facebook and Twitter can be really good to help you start the conversation!
4. Check out wedding related programmes on T.V. Most of the wedding programmes around are a bit too scandal oriented and outrageous so don’t have much value for gathering ideas, but I really rate programmes like David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding on Wedding TV. Granted he has a pretty limitless budget for the weddings he creates but they are utterly spectacular!
5. Have a nosey online! Now I really could talk for hours about everything you can spot and use for your wedding on the internet! It’s full of all kinds of amazing things and the best bit about it is that it’s free! It’s easy to be overwhelmed so I’ve done the sifting and searching and here are my top recommendations.
Check out wedding planning websites with communities of brides-to-be such as Confetti, Hitched, You and Your Wedding, Weddings Online Ireland. These are the perfect place to search for suggestions and ask questions from other brides to be!
Another fabulous type of resource are wedding blogs! My all time favourites are the gorgeous Style Me Pretty and Love My Dress but I also love Rock My Wedding.
Some of the best wedding planning sites with creative ideas for DIY brides are The Knot and Martha Stewart Weddings.
My own ultimate favourite is PINterest. I’ve been gawping at wedding inspiration boards on there for a long time now! I am a very visual person so I find it to be the most amazing resource for everything from dress ideas to make-up and hair looks.
6. My most useful tip is to buy yourself a gorgeous planning file to keep all your notes together. It doesn’t have to be specifically a wedding planning binder, but try to find something that is pretty and compact enough to pop in your handbag. Use it to categorize your planning strategy and file all your ideas in the beginning, to keep swatches, receipts and vendor contracts safe throughout planning, and as a lovely memento to keep when your wedding is over.
My favourite wedding planning files are the cute and kitschy ones stocked in Paperchase. Create a special folder on your smartphone! Take pictures of pretty things you spot and file your on the go notes in your little planning folder.
You really can find inspiration in all kinds of places, the key is to make a note of your ideas and thoughts before they drop out of your head! I’d love to hear your top tips for wedding planning and if you have any suggestions for useful resources!