Wedding planning is…a lot.
I’m really not that deep into it yet (we have our venue & photographer booked and are just about to order Save the Date cards), but I can just feel it – there’s a lot to do. Its so easy to see how the entire thing can be completely overwhelming, which is why arming yourself with good resources and getting organized early is key. If anyone out there is also planning a wedding (or maybe planning one in the future), I thought I’d share the wedding planning resources I’m using and how I’m using them.
A Practical Wedding
I came across this blog last year and man, oh, man am I glad that I did. It’s exactly what it sounds like: practical wedding planning advice. Yes, please, thank you. The blog is of course chock full of invaluable content and I read it daily, but their books are really what I want to tell you about.
Within days of getting engaged, I ordered both of their books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. There’s some crossover between the two books, in terms of the writing, but there are some differences. The first reads like a typical non-fiction book, each chapter leading you through the various stages of wedding planning, with tons of practical advice, ideas and stories. The planner has the useful meat: spreadsheets, the number of people that can sit at each size table, calculations for ordering alcohol and more. Sure, you can find this information online, but the personal stories and ease of it being on paper in my home make it worth the cash. When you buy the book, you get a link to the APW excel spreadsheets, which leads me to…
I created a folder called ‘Wedding’ on Google Drive, and it has saved my life. I can access it from literally everywhere, which makes it a breeze. I saved the APW spreadsheets in Google Sheets and customized them (fonts, etc.). Having the formatting for these spreadsheets already set up is great – these cover everything from budget and guest list to the day-of timeline.
I also have multiple Google Docs with to do lists and my favorite: All My Random Ideas. Everytime I think of something that sounds cool (a DIY, creative table names, biodegradable confetti!) it goes on the list. Writing things down helps me to not dwell on them when I should be doing other things, like working, and I know I won’t forget that great idea (most of them are not-so-great).
Lastly, I scan and save PDF copies of all our contracts in this folder too. Contracts are too important to lose!
I set up a separate email address with Gmail for all things wedding related. This keeps any wedding stuff out of my normal inbox, so I’m not constantly in wedding planning mode. It also helps us find and organize those emails so much easier. So far, there’s not a ton in there, but I know as we continue to hire vendors and purchasing items, we’ll want to be able to find that stuff easily. I’ve created color-coded labels for each separate vendor, to keep them organized.
I decided to use Squarespace for our wedding website. Yes, there are cheaper options out there (we could even get one for free from the stationery company we’re using), but I love Squarespace. Creating a website was something I was really looking forward to (hello, I’ve been blogging for half my life, and designing the blogs is my favorite part). I love the customization options, but also how simple it is to figure out. I’ll probably share our website after the wedding, for privacy reasons. Currently it has the information for the wedding day, welcome party, things to do in the area, our story, and lodging options. We’ll also host our registry here and post our engagement photos when they’re taken this fall.
From the beginning, I knew I’d choose Minted for our stationery. There are so many beautiful options and it’s very affordable. Frankly, as much as I la-la-love paper goods, I know that they’re something that will eventually be tossed in the recycling, and it just didn’t make sense to spend a ton of money on them. I’d rather spend that money on our kickass photographers! We’ll be ordering our Save the Date cards next week, and I’ll be sure to share them with you once we receive them!
Okay, so that’s it for now. Of course, there might be more down the road, and I’ll be sure to update this post with anything else I come across. If you’ve been through the wedding planning process recently, I’d love to hear what resources you found most helpful too!
PS. I do want to say – Bryce has been a huge help since the beginning and is very involved in the planning. Let me know if you’d like to see a post about involving your guy in the planning process!