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69 Amazing Resources to Help You Plan Your Dream Wedding

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Weddings require an immense amount of planning, from choosing the color scheme of the bridesmaids’ dresses to decorating the venue and organizing the honeymoon. We know it’s a big job, and to help you minimize the stress that comes with all that planning we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of online wedding resources and planning tools.

We’ve covered just about everything you’ll need for your wedding, from the flowers to the wedding cake, as well as tips on organizing your budget and planning the big event. These 69 top online wedding resources are designed to make every bride’s life a little easier, and we hope they do the same for you.

Planning Your Wedding

  1. The Knot — You’ve probably heard about this one, but The Knot should be every bride’s first stop. It’s packed with information about nearly every conceivable aspect of wedding planning.
  2. The Official Offbeat Wedding Checklist — The Offbeat Bride offers up her step-by-step approach to preparing for your wedding—beginning 7 months before the event so you’ll have lots of time to prepare.
  3. How to Plan a Wedding: Google-Style — Tips on using Google Reader, Docs, Notebook, and Calendar to organize your wedding planning. Believe it or not, going high-tech can actually help make the wedding planning process much easier.
  4. Backpack — While it’s not limited just to weddings, 37signals’ BackPack is a great way to keep all your wedding planning in one place, accessible from anywhere there’s an Internet connection.
  5. 12 things you can do RIGHT NOW to make wedding planning easier — More great advice from the Offbeat Bride on how you can get started right now smoothing the journey to your wedding day.
  6. 7 Lessons on Wedding Planning for Brides to Be — Heidi Kurpiela’s guide to the lessons she learned between to-do and “I Do”. Lesson 3: You will be bullied into registering for stupid things.
  7. WeddingWindow Personal Wedding Sites — Manage your wedding online with this site’s tools. You get a Guest List Manager, eCards, an email mailing list manager, invitation tracker and more! It’s not free, but they do offer a trial.
  8. Your Wedding Timeline —This site has tons of tips on organizing your wedding and planning ahead, with a 12 month wedding timeline to help you get organized.
  9. Wedding Weather — Turns out is actually is possible to predict the weather after all. Truly a resource no bride can should do without, this tools provides weather predictions based on the location, date and time of your wedding.

Wedding Invitations

  1. Wedding Paper Divas — This is the site for wedding invitations and bridal shower invitations. If you prefer to buy rather than make your own invitations, Wedding Paper Divas won’t let you down.
  2. Keep Your Letterpress Wedding Invitation Costs Down (Without Sacrificing Style) — Weddingbee with some useful tips on how to have great looking invitations without spending a fortune.
  3. Wedding Invitation Wording for Blended Families — Solid advice on how to solve complications with invitation etiquette, especially for those relatives who’re divorced or remarried.
  4. Wedding Invitation Wording That Won’t Make You Barf — Want great wedding invitations that don’t make you sound like a dork? Follow the Offbeat Bride’s advice on creating wedding invites you can be proud of.
  5. How To Organize Your Wedding Guest List With Complete Ease — Before you make up your invitations, you’ve got to decide who to invite. This guide will show you who makes the cut.

Wedding Venues and Themes

  1. The Modern Bride’s Guide to Greener Weddings — Green weddings enable you to create a memorable event while preserving the environment. Learn how to plan every aspect of your green wedding, from gowns and decor to gifts and food, with this useful guide.
  2. Ethical Weddings — Another great resource for planning your green wedding, including case studies and a supplier directory.
  3. Planning an Outdoor Wedding — Susan Dunn, emotional intelligence coach and consultant, has great tips on how to make an outdoor wedding a success.
  4. Beach Wedding Planning — Beach weddings can be very romantic and memorable, but also a bit difficult to organize. This site offers valuable tips on attire, favors, beach wedding destinations and the latest trends in weddings on the beach.
  5. Beach Wedding Ideas for fhe Bride and Groom — Christa Terry has some great advice on making the most of your beach wedding. One tip: Go with a shorter wedding dress; you don’t want lots of heavy layers when you’re on the beach.
  6. 7 Tips on Destination Weddings — If you plan to get out of town for your wedding, SmartMoney.com has tons of tips on how to do it right.

Wedding Style

  1. Wedding Fashion Tips from Vera Wang — Fashion legend Vera Wang shows you how to maintain your poise and glamour amidst all the chaos of your big event. Wang provides tips on the best gown for each body shape, the most important accessories, the ultimate gown color and choosing wedding themes.
  2. Bridal Makeup Looks and Tips — Your makeup plays an important role in how you look and feel on your wedding day. Estee’ Lauder offers amazing advice for bridal makeup, with complete guides to numerous different makeup styles.
  3. Wedding Hairstyles — No bride can afford to have a bad hair day at her wedding! This website gives you plenty of tips on how to get your tresses looking their best.
  4. HairBoutique.com’s Hairstyle Gallery — This is an excellent tool for brides, as it gives them custom advice on what hairstyle will best suit them. Brides enter their hair color, hair texture, face type, and face length, gender and occasion to get a result customized to the perfect look for their dream wedding.
  5. Wedding Gown Damage Control — A tear in your train while walking or a pearl falling off are emergencies that can occur at the last minute. Fortunately these emergencies are often fixable if you know what to do.
  6. Preserving a Wedding Gown — Once you’ve found that perfect wedding dress, you’ll probably want to keep it as an heirloom. Who knows, maybe your daughter will be wearing it at her wedding one day? This article shows you how.
  7. All About Bridal Jewelry — Jewelry is essential for every bride. If you’re wondering what baubles will perfectly complement your wedding dress, this is the place to go.

Wedding Flowers

  1. Wedding Flower Finder — Brides.com shows you how to pick the perfect flowers for your wedding bouquet and floral arrangements
  2. Wedding Flowers in Season — No matter what time of year your wedding is, you’ll find the perfect flowers here for the occasion.
  3. A Guide to Fall Wedding Flowers — If your wedding happens to, um, “fall” in Fall, then you’re in luck, as this blog post will tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about choosing the right Fall flowers.

Wedding Food

  1. 17 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Caterer — You’ll spend more money on food than any other aspect of your wedding, so you’ll want to work with a top-notch professional. Here’s the 17 questions every bride should ask.
  2. Self Catering Help for the Do-it-Yourself Wedding Reception — A comprehensive guide to creating a low cost catering budget that will free up funds for other wedding expenses.
  3. Wedding Cake Ideas — This site has all the information that you could possibly need on wedding cakes, including ideas and tips on selecting your wedding cake, saving on wedding cake prices and new wedding cake trends. They also feature a wedding cake checkbook, helping you to stay organized when dealing with the cake orders.
  4. Wedding Wines — Wine is an important part of the wedding (especially the reception) and should be well-paired with the food and theme of the event. Here’s tips on choosing the right wine for your wedding.

Wedding Favors

  1. Wedding Favors — Better Homes and Gardens has ten tips on what to look for when choosing wedding favors that match the look and theme of your wedding.

Wedding Vows

  1. How to Write Your Wedding Vows — If you’re in search of unique wedding vows, ForeverWed.com has tons to choose from. You can find traditional wedding vows, bible verses and sample wedding vows that you can use for ideas even if you plan on writing your own.

Wedding Photography

  1. 21 Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers — You don’t need to be a pro to get great wedding shots. Darren Rowse shows you how it’s done.
  2. The Top 10 Wedding Photographers 2007 — Sure, it’s now 2009, but you can still pick up some great tips from these top wedding photographers from 2007.
  3. 50 ‘Must Have’ Wedding Photography Shots — Darren Rowse again with the 50 shots any self-respecting wedding photographer considers essential.
  4. How To Photograph a Wedding for Beginners — Christopher Maxwell with an extremely detailed wedding photography guide for newbies.
  5. Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer — Every bride wants to look beautiful in her wedding photographs. This guide shows you how to get the most out of your photographer by asking the right questions.
  6. Wedding Photography 101 — A comprehensive guide detailing just about everything you’ll need to know about how to photograph a wedding.

Other Wedding Ideas

  1. Creative Ways To Label Wedding Tables — Why go for boring old numbered labels when you can have something unique and memorable? Inject some fun into your wedding with these creative wedding table label ideas.
  2. Wedding Etiquette — The do’s and don’ts of wedding etiquette, with tips on how to deal with guests, when to send out invitations and guidelines for making the toast, plus advice on tuxedo etiquette, jewelry etiquette, photography etiquette, reception etiquette and even honeymoon etiquette!
  3. The Top 50 First Dance Songs — Wedding music is an important part of planning a wedding. This site will help you find the perfect love song for your first dance as husband and wife.

Bridal Showers

  1. Bridal Shower Themes and Ideas — If your goal is to set up and execute the ultimate shower, this site has tons of great themes to choose from.
  2. Three more Bridal Shower Games — Three fun games to keep your bridal shower attendees entertained, including 20 questions, Rings and Rocks, and creating your own bridal bouquet with photos of common flowers.

The Reception

  1. Find Your Reception Color Combination — The right color palette can really set the tone for your reception. This interaction tool guides you through a range of hues.

Paying for Your Wedding

  1. How to Plan a Wedding and Not Go Broke! — It’s easy for weddings to become extravagant affairs that exceed your budget. This website will show you how make sure your wedding comes in under budget, with tons of great tips on how to have a beautiful wedding without draining your bank account.
  2. How to Have a MoneySaving Wedding — Packed full of great money-saving tips on how to have the wedding of your dreams with the least possible expenditure, including cutting costs on the venue, attire, photography and more.
  3. The $28,000 question: Why are we all hypocrites about weddings? — Ramit Sethi asks the question that’s on many brides’ minds: Why are weddings so darn expensive?
  4. Wedding Budget Etiquette — If you’ve ever wondered who pays for what, this site breaks down costs for each side of the family in detail.
  5. Easy Budget Wedding Worksheet — About.com’s printable wedding budget planner makes it easy to get a handle on just how much you’ll be spending.
  6. Simple and Elegant Wedding Budgeting: Part I of III — Mint.com offers great personal finance tools, and this series of posts shows you how to use them to plan and manage your wedding budget. Here’s part II and part III.

The Honeymoon

  1. Wedding Night Ideas — A great place to find romantic ideas for wedding nights, this site has everything you need—from honeymoon poetry to sexy bedroom games.
  2. Bridal Lingerie — If you’re looking for sexy and stylish lingerie to complement your wedding dress and your figure, read these tips from bridal lingerie expert Amanda Cotteril before you go shopping.
  3. The Wedding Night Twist: Six Best Sex Positions — Mostly aimed at the groom here, although there’s lots of creative and sexy ideas here for the bride too.

Our Favorite Wedding Blogs

  1. Style Me Pretty — Married couple and Internet entrepreneurs Abby and Tait have put together the ultimate wedding blog, with tons of beautiful photos, a community forum, and an unrelenting focus on bringing chic, stylish weddings to the masses.
  2. Offbeat Bride — Ariel Meadow Stallings’ ongoing celebration of couples who dare to walk off the beaten aisle, Offbeat Bride is a must-read if you’re planning a hip, non-traditional wedding. She has a book out too.
  3. Weddingbee— Featuring classifieds, discussion boards, a wiki and more (not to mention the cool blog), Weddingbee is a one-stop source for all your wedding info needs.
  4. The Broke-Ass Bride — Your guide to wedding planning on a budget, the Broke-Ass Bride offers recession era-friendly advice on how to wed without getting in over your head financially.
  5. A Practical Wedding — Meg’s blog helps you plan weddings that are practical, creative, thrifty and sane, with lots of great DIY tips for a fantastic wedding on a limited budget.
  6. Brooklyn Bride — Interior designer and bridal blogger Vané Broussard showcases a variety of bridal vendors, reviews bridal shops and shows, plus lots more in her fun and engaging blog.
  7. 100 Layer Cake — With beautiful photos of real weddings, lots of DIY wedding tips, great guides to wedding style, and featuring plentiful pics of pretty paper, 100 Layer Cake has generated tons of buzz in the relatively short time they’ve been on the scene.
  8. Vintage Glam Weddings — Featuring handmade and flea market treasures designed to inspire ideas for a vintage wedding, VintageGlam Weddings is full of creative tips to help make your wedding unique.
  9. The Bride’s Guide — Published by Martha Stewart Weddings, The Bride’s Guide has tips on just about every conceivable aspect of planning your wedding, with useful advice for both the bride and groom.
  10. {ritzy bee blog} — Wedding planner Maria Cooke of Ritzy Bee Events covers the little details that make weddings so fun, plus great advice and tips for making your wedding an event to cherish.
  11. Polka Dot Bride — Located in Australia, Polka Dot Bride provides an international perspective on the latest wedding trends from around the world, with plenty of tips on wedding style, suppliers, venues and more.
  12. Austin Wedding Blog — It may be the official wedding blog of Austin, but you don’t need to live in Texas to be inspired by all the great wedding advice this site has to offer. Take a look at their post on the Top 25 Questions To Ask Before You Book Your Wedding DJ

We’ve covered a lot of ground here, but it’s hard to over-prepare for a wedding. With the valuable resources listed here at their disposal, brides can be confident about their wedding planning and emerge glowing and stress-free on their wedding day. And, before we forget, congratulations on your engagement!

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Amy Ruocco July 14, 2009, 11:01 am

    Thank you for the mention! Fabulous list of resources. Just posted the link on Twitter.

  • Kyle O'Connor July 14, 2009, 1:44 pm

    Hi Amy,

    Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Your Wedding Websites service is a great resource for anyone planning a wedding.


  • Amy Ruocco July 14, 2009, 4:59 pm

    Thanks Kyle! I certainly appreciate it. You have put a lot of effort into assembling a great list for brides and grooms. Thanks again.


  • John July 18, 2009, 5:11 pm

    Well, I’m a long way off from getting married (still in college), but I’ll be sure to come back here when I’m good and ready to.

    Nice comprehensive list.

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