Post # 1
I’ve just started my planning, and was wondering if anyone would share favorite wedding websites/books/resources. Obviously, I’ve been looking around here and at project wedding, but am overwhelmed by the amount of other sites/books available! Any help/suggestions would be appreciated …
Post # 3
Do not buy wedding related books, but pick up an Emily Post etiquette book (make sure it is NOT written by her daughter Peggy Post as that is full of incorrect information). Honestly online (WB and Projectwedding) is your best bet for info as it is free. Projectwedding has a huge list of local vendors with reviews, that unfortunately WB does not. If you must get magazines, check them out at the local library and do not spend your money on them as they are 5% recycled articles and 95% dress ads for $$$ each month. Even then, the so-called articles are nearly always photospreads of expensive items.
Do not be pressured by the Wedding Industry who wants you to believe that your wedding will be a disaster and your marriage doomed for failure if you do not follow their “rules”, most of which should be avoided. Aside from etiquette which is not to be changed, you decide what traditions to keep and which to toss out. You and your fiance decide what is most important for you to include in your wedding and what to skip, based on your preferences and budget. Make it reflect YOU, not the billion other brides in the world.
Post # 4
I bought a couple of wedding books right after I got engaged. The Modern Bride’s Survival Guide or something like that was the most helpful, but it definitely wasn’t life-changing. I wanted a wedding book because I love books, but I could have gotten the info elsewhere.
If you haven’t bought your dress yet, The Knot is a great magazine since it’s mostly dresses. Once you have, though, it’s kinda worthless, so don’t buy a subscription! 🙂
My favorite websites are Weddingbee (obviously! ) and Martha Stewart Weddings. She has a checklist of things that ‘need’ to be done, different slideshows and ideas, and a BUNCH of pictures for inspiration.
One thing I would recommend buying is a wedding binder. It’s really helpful to keep all of your vendor info and inspiration photos in. You can always make one yourself, though, if you’re trying to be frugal :). I bought the Martha Stewart Wedding Keepsake Planner and I love it. It’s great because it has a section on flowers where they’re organized by color.
Oh, and Martha Stewart Weddings also has a great magazine. They typically focus more on unique ideas instead of just dresses, like The Knot does.