If you read my last wedding planning post, then you know I am not hiring a wedding planner. There are a couple reasons I opted to not hire a wedding planner:
- I booked a semi-all-inclusive venue that provides a wedding coordinator to help guide me along the way. Along with the coordinator the venue provides, I am having a family member help with day of coordinating.
- There are a TON of great (and free) tools to help with the wedding planning process.
The tools I have found most useful during this process are TheKnot.com, Brides.com, and The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer Binder.
TheKnot.com was the first place I went to for wedding planning help. I find it most useful for ideas, finding vendors, creating (and sticking to) a budget, and it provides a timeline. I also love that you can create a custom wedding website through them. This is a free tool but one of the most impressive and useful wedding planning tools. I love that I can stay on top of things with their timeline.
Brides.com is also a free tool and has been my go-to place for questions. They have a fantastic forum. Every question I’ve had I have been able to find an answer for on their website. I’m pretty big on etiquette so it is important to me to go about this process properly, especially since it is a formal wedding. I would have felt lost without the forum.
Lastly, the Knot’s binder has been perfect for organizing all contracts, invoices, and any other documents. I could have saved most of this to my computer but it is easier for me to organize and find things when I have a physical copy. I also love that I can easily take it to wedding related meetings.