Unless you have a spare $30,000-plus lying around the house, every penny counts when it comes to planning your wedding. It’s not always easy to save money when you’re planning your big day, especially if you have a very specific vision, but there are a number of resources out there on the World Wide Web to give you a hand.
Planning a wedding in 2018 means that you’re never more than a few clicks away from immediate aid. Here are some of the best online resources to help you down the aisle.
Before you even place a call to a wedding planner, pay Get Wed a visit. It’s a free course offered by the New School of Finance and it teaches you exactly how to budget and save on your big day and every day leading up to it. At the end of the course, you’ll have a comprehensive financial plan for your wedding – not just a fill-in-the-blank budget template. Plus, the course is Canadian so there’s no risk of any American-centric weirdness throwing off your numbers.
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Instagram may be great for wedding inspo, but they’re not always great at telling you exactly what’s in the photo and how to order it yourself. Brides aren’t usually overly dedicated to tagging each of their vendors in photos and advertisements rarely share sources for the products they’re not selling. Not so on Carats & Cake. Here you can get your wedding inspo and source it too. You can search real wedding photos by location (especially convenient for destination weddings), venue and any other category of vendor from shoes to stationery. Then the site will tell you everything you need to know about the items featured in every image. Like that flower arrangement? Click and it’s yours. Want to know where she got those shoes? Done. It’s just like Instagram but for people who need results.
Part of having a modern wedding is tying technology into it somehow. Some couples suggest a hashtag, others will splurge on a Snapchat filter. If you really want to show off your tech skills, you can do all that and then promote it on your very own wedding website or app. Joy helps you create a custom website and/or app for your event that you can use to manage your guest list, send paperless invitations, accept RSVPs and provide updates without having to mail/email/call everyone. Plus, you can only fit so many engagement photos on your save the date magnets, here you can post all of them.
With all this talk about how expensive weddings are, you might be wishing that you could skip the gift registry and just ask for cash from everyone. You could, but that’s always a little uncomfortable. Avoid a little bit of the awkwardness by setting yourselves up to receive donations and gifts through GiftSpaces. You create your post-wedding vision – be it a vacation, kitchen renos or just paying off the big day – and the website allows your guests to contribute to it financially. It’s especially helpful if there are items you would like that are too expensive to be a single gift. Now you don’t have to worry about getting six toasters when you really wanted a trip to Hawaii.
If you’re looking for the ultimate wedding planning source, this is it. Wedding Wire puts absolutely everything all in one place – spending, vendor payments, planning ideas that haven’t yet come to fruition. You can even block out hotel rooms, mock up the seating chart and manage your wedding website all through Wedding Wire. Who needs to drop cash on a wedding planner when you’ve got a resource like that?