There are very few things in life as exciting and labor intensive as planning a wedding!
Thankfully, there are numerous websites, apps, publications and other resources to ensure that your wedding is the most beautiful day of your life.
We have advised couples on many wedding planning mistakes over the years, but one of the biggest mistakes is not allocating enough time for the planning process.
“Most couples are simply unaware of the lead time most in-demand venues in Columbus have when booking out weddings. Every venue is different, but at Vue we see prime Saturdays in our peak months at Vue (April to December) booking out 14 to 18 months on average,” said Michaela Neu Barteldt, Vue wedding and event sales and marketing coordinator. “Another common mistake is going over budget and having to cut corners last minute as the wedding approaches. If you take the time to map out early on what resources you can devote to the wedding, you will save yourself from having to problem solve later.”
To help you avoid those mistakes and to help you get started planning, we have compiled a list of our team’s favorite wedding planning resources. Wedding planners are often best equipped to educate and guide couples throughout the process, but if you’re aiming to tackle all of the planning yourself or are not ready to hire a planner, read on for some amazing recommendations!
“We like the resources on this list because they all have reputable name recognition. Resources like The Knot have been used for years and years, and have continually improved their platform to become more user friendly as couples’ needs have shifted and trends have changed. We also love these resources for their creative flair and inspiration for so many fun and innovative wedding ideas,” Michaela said.
Check out our favorites!
- Etsy and Pinterest: Both of these sites are great for getting ideas. You can also order decor, party favors, and even custom wedding rings from Etsy.
- Zola: This is a super convenient site for creating a wedding registry and wedding website. It also has resources for wedding planning.
- The Knot:The Knot has a local resource directory, a budget planner, wedding discussion boards and more. You can also create a free web page for your wedding through the site.
- Wedding Wire: This is one of the best free wedding websites around. It has inspirational photos, planning tools and a venue and vendor database with more than 200,000 local listings and 2.5 million reviews.
- Brides.com: This site has an online wedding planner and discussion boards. They also send out a “Brilliant Idea of the Day” email that includes ideas for weddings and honeymoons.
- Vue Rentals & Resale Facebook Group: Couples who celebrate at Vue gain exclusive access to this Facebook page for rentals and resale of wedding decor and other goods. This page connects current and former Vue brides and grooms who can sell or rent wedding items!
- Wedding Happy: This free app is loaded with tasks to guide you through your planning process. You can create alerts with due dates for the items on your to-do list.
- All Seated: AllSeated helps you organize tables and seating for your reception. You can submit a photo of your reception space and AllSeated will send you a 3D rendering of the space so you can arrange tables, chairs, bars, the DJ, and more.
- Postable: This site helps you with all of those thank you notes you need to send after the wedding. You type the message, choose a design and add the recipient’s mailing address and Postable will print and mail your thank you cards.
- Brides Magazine: This magazine has been around for 85 years and has an award-winning team of editors, writers and industry experts. It has a library of more than 10,000 wedding related articles with expert advice and beautiful inspiration to help you plan your big day.
- The Knot Magazine: This quarterly magazine is released according to seasons (fall, winter, spring and summer). Each issue includes planning tools, must-know tips from experts, fashion trends, and more. The Knot also produces a regional addition called The Knot Ohio, so you can refer to inspiration from our state! This comes out in two editions a year – spring/summer and fall/winter.
- Martha Stewart Weddings: This quarterly magazine guides couples through the entire wedding process, with a focus on helping them make their special day truly their own. Filled with fresh ideas, inspiring photographs, and how-to information, Martha Stewart Weddings takes readers from the engagement to the honeymoon and beyond, into their new married lives.
You will find a great number of outstanding wedding-related stores and businesses right here in Columbus. Here is a list of our favorites:
With so many choices to make it can be hard to select the best fit for your wedding. To help make it a little easier, we share some of our favorite local vendors on our blog, including videographers, florists, and DJs – and are happy to help advise you on others.
Are you ready to start planning the wedding of your dreams? Vue’s event team can help! Contact us today to get started.