Even with your big, fat, wedding planning notebook filled with swatches, wedding professional’s business cards, appointments scheduled to the hilt, and your side of the Bridal Party on speed-dial —why is it you don’t feel organized? Whether you’re planning a Kansas City wedding ceremony and reception or have your sights set on a wedding in another part of the country, it’s time to put the paper trail on hold and move your wedding to-do lists online.
Check out some of these (FREE!) websites for wedding planning that are just a mouse click from moving you toward a balanced budget, orderly vendor list and pristine seating chart.
Martha Stewart Weddings: Martha Stewart makes wedding planning perfect. Use Martha’s system to calculate your budget, check off completed tasks on a virtual checklist, keep track of guests’ RSVPs and save vendor info in this orderly set of on-line tools. Have some fun playing around with where friends and family will sit at your wedding reception by using a handy drag-and-drop feature.
WeddingWire: Wedding Wire’s all-in-one planner functions as a virtual inspiration board and binder for links and images, and lets you not only organize the essentials, but ideas, too. Start with your wedding colors and then upload your own photos (or search their gallery) to put together a personalized, wedding vision. You can also post it to your profile page so other Brides can comment on your achievements.
OneWed: One Wed lets you customize your checklist and timeline for your wedding, honeymoon or other events. Like an über-organized, virtual wedding planner, you can add and eliminate tasks (book a wedding professional, order favors), and arrange them by category (and create your own), write notes to yourself whether it’s wedding inspiration or a to-do reminder, and even delegate tasks to all your helpers.
WedAlert: Wed Alert provides a table that reviews the marriage laws in all 50 states and explains how to change your name. You’ll can also locate and organize wedding songs, keep track of your planning progress on a calendar and update wedding related checklists.
Wedding Mapper: Wedding Mapper’s interactive guide lets you create a map and customized directions for the ceremony, reception, hotels, recommended restaurants and other attractions. You can also stay on track with the vendor manager that lets you sample different budgets and even schedule payments.
Even though the websites above provide awesome tools for making it more fun and a bit easier to plan a wedding ceremony and wedding reception on your own, the process can also become a hassle. There’s so much to consider…like checking out vendor referrals and expertise, making sure all the details are in place and worrying about whether you’re getting the best deal – and whether everything will turn out just the way you envisioned. A bridal professional has the training and experience to make it all work, while you relax.
As a member of the Kansas City chapter of the Association of Bridal Consultants, I’d be happy to direct you to a wedding planner that can help you realize your idea of the ideal wedding.
So which of any of these sites have you found most helpful and/or useful?