When I was a groom, I hopped online eager to find all the World Wide Web had to offer a do-it-yourself wedding planner. But when I ran my first Google search for “wedding planning,” I was disappointed to find a huge number of junk websites. It was difficult to find real help, and hard to know which sources to trust.
In the 18 months that followed I worked hard to find some reliable resources that would help me plan my dream wedding on a strict budget. After the wedding, I heard my cousin had guessed our wedding cost $40,000. The actual cost was less than $20,000! I was so glad I’d put in the time to find the right help.
Since then, I’ve come across a few more jewels. Here are my 10 best (in no particular order):
- Best Wedding Supply
- The Knot
- The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer
- Online and Local Travel Agents
- Etsy and Pinterest
- eBay and Craigslist
- Wedding Wire
- Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Planning A Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget
- Davids Bridal (Dresses)
If someone in your area publishes a book of wedding and reception locations, get it! These invaluable books list a plethora of possible wedding and reception sites, along with key info like cost, maximum capacity, catering restrictions, corkage fees, etc. This lets you easily narrow down your “to see” list without having to make a single phone call.
2013 Bravo! Wedding Resource Guide —Oregon and SW Washington
If you’re getting married somewhere else, try searching for your state and “event resource guide” on Amazon.com or in Google. Also, local wedding magazines will often have a list of reception locations in the back; however it may not be as comprehensive because vendors usually have to pay to be listed.
We at News and Promotions wish you a wonderful Wedding and Honeymoon. This article is short and sweet and we hope we were able to help you out in planning that perfect special day of yours.