favorite resources for brides

Everyone has Pinterest, The Knot and Style Me Pretty bookmarked and “Facebook-liked”, but what are some other practical resources for brides? These are my favorite (and practical) resources:

1. Postable

An online address book, perfect for your wedding guest list, Postable makes it easy to request and file your addresses. Instead of emailing or Facebook messaging everyone on your guest list, Postable will compile it all for you in a neat little spreadsheet. It also allows for thank you notes to be sent, which is where I suppose they make their profit. My two cents: a printed thank you note never replaces a handwritten one. You’ll be able to tell, trust me. For a wedding thank you note, make it personal.

2. Rent the Runway

You’re going to need some cute dresses for your showers and rehearsal dinner, even your engagement shoot. Rent the Runway allows for you to rent dresses, from sundresses to full-length formal gowns, for 4 or 8 days and return. What I love is that they send you a second size at no cost, just in case. I’ve needed that second size in 2 different occasions. Plus, they have all the accessories you’ll need like clutches and jewelry. You’ll be feeling fine in an expensive dress without the price tag.

3. Adorn

Want to be draped by fabulous diamonds on your wedding day? Adorn is your answer. Much like Rent the Runway, you can rent diamond jewelry for your big day or special occasion without the cost. They also have hair accessories to complement your veil or to replace your veil as you dance the night away.

4. I Do Foundation

I’ve had a few brides ask how they can forego a traditional registry and ask for donations to charity (it’s a tax write-off, people!). Or, use a donation in lieu of favors and make a donation in guest’s honor. Part of the I Do Foundation’s mission is to “Change the culture of the bridal industry so that charity becomes an accepted and expected part of weddings.” So cool. They also have a page with resources to help you celebrate consciously. My two cents: Make a wedding website and include this information there. Do not print it on your invitations, so it doesn’t come across as insincere.

5. Simple Seating

Forgoing a wedding planner? Although I always suggest one, planning a seating chart if you are having a sit down dinner is always a challenge. Simple Seating helps you organize and print your seating chart for up to 350 guests. Seriously, this is so cool. Import your guest list, choose your room size and table type and start placing guests at each table.

6. Etsy

You can find all kinds of one-of-a-kind wedding details here. From handmade veils to decor and wedding stationery (check ours out!), Etsy can give you that handmade, personal wedding look you may be going for. Plus, you are supporting small businesses. Hooray! My two cents: do your research. READ. Each listing probably answers any questions you have.

7. Budget Envelopes App

There are a lot of wedding budget apps out there, but honestly (much like wedding planners – the books, not the people), one size does not fit all. I have been using the Budget Envelopes App for about 6 months and love it. What I love about it: you can create your own categories, so if you know you can only spend $2500 on your wedding day attire, then you’ll see how much you have left after buying your dress to add the accessories. Another awesome: it syncs with other users, so your fiancé, mom or dad can see what is left in each category. Plus, it shows what is remaining vs. what was spent. It’s with you, on-the-go, whenever you purchase anything wedding related – all you do it plug-in what you spent when you check out at the register.

8. Nordstrom Weddings 

Nordstrom has done a great job of combining fashion, inspiration, behind-the-scenes footage and real weddings. It’s simple and not over designed which makes the content shine. I love their approachable style. Did you know they also offer a personal wedding stylist to help with your wedding wardrobe?

9. Snippet & Ink

Full of pretties and planning resources, Snippet & Ink has been a long-time favorite of mine. With real weddings, styled shoots, inspiration boards and guest posts, it will leave you inspired and informed.

10. Every Last Detail

Last but not least, from wedding planning resources to inspiration boards and real weddings, I love Lauren from Every Last Detail. Homegirl gives real, authentic and true advice. (A woman after my own heart.) She doesn’t skimp over the hard-to-discuss topics. I love that about ELD. If you want give-it-to-me straight advice, you need to check out this blog.

 

Follow all these blogs on Facebook, twitter and Pinterest to stay completely submersed on all their wedding planning inspiration. It goes without saying, wedding planning is stressful. Having a few resources and tools in your back pocket as guidance will help. I hope this has been helpful! Have a favorite wedding resource? Let us know! Comment below.