Planning a wedding can be stressful, but luckily in this day and age there are plenty of online resources to aid you in your quest. Not only do websites give you ideas for dresses and themes, they also have helpful planning tips and tricks. Essentially, with the wealth of information that is readily available, one could plan a wedding entirely on their own and in a fairly stress-free manner.
The Knot is perhaps the most well known resource for brides. However, beyond fashion posts and reviews, they also have an entire section of their website dedicated to planning a wedding. This includes time frames for ordering and deposits (we recommend ordering your wedding gown 6-8 months before your wedding in order to avoid high rush fees and stress!), a checklist to help guide you, budgeting tips, and more! It's one of the best and most important websites for a bride. In fact, you might as well make it your homepage up until the wedding date! Message boards cover any topic that could possibly cross a bride's mind, and the rest of the website is a comprehensive compendium of all things bridal.
Another helpful resource is WeddingWire, which helps you find wedding vendors and read reviews.
Once you find your vendors, it's actually quite insightful to visit their websites! You may find that they have informative resources of their own, like a blog (like this one), and various social media outlets to keep you updated and connected.
We've also mentioned Pinterest on this blog several and times, and we believe it is a great resource for brides to collect ideas and plans for their weddings. While your wedding may not turn out exactly like the Pinterest board of your dreams, you're likely to gain some inspiration that you wouldn't have found otherwise. What we at Bella Bridal stress the most about wedding planning is making sure your timing is organized and well thought out.
Delaying the purchase of your wedding gown can make the entire process much more stressful than it needs to be, and end up being more costly due to rush fees. Start looking for your gown about a year in advance, and don't wait to place your order just because your wedding day seems far away. It's closer than you think, and shipping dates can be delayed for a number of reasons. In order to avoid stress and spending, place your order as soon as possible. Bridesmaids dresses should be ordered 5 months in advance, and be sure to take your girls shopping for dresses well before that.
Because bridesmaids dresses are a decision that involve many more people than a wedding gown, it is important to set a deadline for your girls to order by. Otherwise, one bridesmaid could delay the order for your entire party.
The Knot lists recommendations such as these under their planning section, and we couldn't agree more.
Bella Bridal Gallery in West Bloomfield offers a variety of ways to stay connected with customers and potential clients.