Christmas Eve is a top time for engagements and, once you have stopped staring at your new sparkle (temporarily of course), it's time to jump into wedding planning. But, um, what exactly does that include? When I was newly engaged, I knew very little about planning a wedding. (I did however master the art of admiring my ring and the way it cast dancing sparkles everywhere - careful when driving, it can be distracting!) Now that I have been immersed in the world of weddings for a couple of years, I have a much better understanding of what steps and details are involved. The good news is there are some GREAT sites to help you plan everything. We have listed our favorites below.
1. Zola - www.zola.com Zola has a great set up that allows you to really customize your checklist to your wedding - including religious traditions and customs. This site includes access to a detailed checklist with due dates, website creation, guest list management, registry and more. The checklist offers great tips on items to help you know where to start. One of my favorite Pro Tips - create a wedding email. This lets you keep all of your wedding related emails in one account instead of wading through work, personal and junk email in your other account.
2. Wedding Wire - www.weddingwire.com/wedding-checklists.html Wedding Wire is another great customized checklist. They also give you access to their other tools in the checklist. For example, click on the Budget planning task and you get access to the Budget tool which is pre-populated with recommended spend by category based on your budget goal. You can easily search vendors and see reviews to narrow your search. Wedding Wire also offers a website builder and hashtag generator - it may not offer the most creative options, but it will give you some basics. Manage your guest list and many more items all in one place.
3. The Knot - www.theknot.com A well known name in all things wedding, The Knot is a great resource for planning and inspiration. They have a great resource of information to help you make informed decisions about your wedding. Plus they have a great Style Quiz as you start planning and you can share your style with future vendors.
Hopefully one of these will be a great fit for you as you start planning your wedding day! Let us know what other great sites you use. We would love to share these with other new brides!