By Laura Perry Felberg
- TheKnot.com – This website is probably the biggest go-to website for brides to be! It offers great information from budgeting to finding vendors, as well as providing detailed checklists of tasks you will need to accomplish. The Knot also offers you the ability to create a free wedding website where you can post all of the extra information for your guests, including links to your hotel blocks.
- Pinterest.com – Need I say more? Pinterest might be to blame for the wedding industry explosion. Now more than ever people are finding ways to express their personality creatively and uniquely at their wedding. It is inspiring and exciting to peruse through thousands of ideas for your dress and accessories, bridal party looks, décor, DIY projects, and more.
- Tradesy.com – Décor is expensive. Even the most frugal brides realize that their DIY projects sometimes cost more than simply buying something pre-made. You can have the best of both worlds at Tradesy – buying (and soon selling) everything from centerpieces to jewelry, and candles to cake toppers. One bride’s junk is another bride’s treasure.
- CaratsAndCake.com – There is a little twist of Pinterest in this site. This unique website allows you to look up weddings by location, view the wedding photos, and if you see something you like – you can find the vendor. This is a great tool because you’ll often see amazing ideas online, but can’t find the people responsible to make your idea come to life.
- MagnetStreet.com – They did not pay me for this promotion, and they didn’t have to either! I stumbled upon Magnet Street online and after comparing multiple printing site options and prices – I chose them for everything. I had magnet “Save the Dates” printed first, and I was so happy with the quality that I returned for my bridal shower invitations, wedding invitations, program fans, and our thank you cards. We went modern with our invitations and found some that didn’t include multiple envelopes, ribbons, or glitter – however if you want that look, they have it. You can browse hundreds of templates, and then personalize the colors and wording to fit your needs. They print and ship very fast, and the quality is fantastic.
- Etsy.com – If you’re looking for the DIY look but don’t have a crafty bone in your body, check out Etsy. There are thousands of artists who personalize dress hangers, signs, cake toppers, gifts for your bridal party and parents, jewelry, and more.
- HootKit.com – Are you wanting to have a photo booth but are in sticker shock over the rental fee? Just do it yourself with the Hoot Kit. This company will ship you three FujiFilm Instax cameras to rent, along with 100 film strips (you can buy more), to let your guests have fun all night long for about $250.
- MarthaStewartWeddings.com – Martha Stewart can do it all. Her website has some great ideas on wedding favors, signature cocktails (save money on your bar tab), and tons of great ideas for themes and designs for your bridal shower and wedding.