Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wedding Planning

Planning your own wedding can save you money — but also can take a huge amount of time and organization.

Tip #1 - Instead of spending a lot of money (which you are going to need to pay the caterer, florist, photographer, etc.) on those gorgeous (but expensive!) wedding planning books, check some out from your local library.

Tip #2 - Fire up your tablet or computer and look into the following websites (many with mobile apps for you smartphone) to help ease the stress of planning for the big day:

theKnot - One of the oldest wedding planning sites out there (I used it back in 1997 to plan my own wedding), you'll find lots of tools for budgeting, creating checklists, managing guests, etc.
Evernote - This popular note-taking program (available on the Web and for most mobile devices) has a series of blog posts on effective wedding planning with its software. 
Google Weddings - Use Google Sites to create a website for your event, share photos with Picassa and use Google Drive (Google Docs) to create checklists, seating charts and more.
Real Simple Weddings - Check out their comprehensive wedding checklist, with a timeline based on the 16-month length of the average U.S. engagement.
Martha Stewart Weddings - The domestic goddess provides numerous tips (including "working with vendors") to help you plan/carry off the perfect wedding.

Weddings on Pinterest - Set up a free account and settle down into hours of browsing incredible decorations, dresses, flower arrangements, food and more. 
Microsoft Office - Microsoft has a free wedding budget planner template for recent versions of its Excel spreadsheet program available to download and tips for using its OneNote program to organize the event. 

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~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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