So, you're engaged? When the excitement begins to wear off a little, most brides find themselves suddenly feeling overwhelmed and wondering, "What in the world do I do now?"
As with most things about which we know next to nothing, the best place to start is the internet. There you will find a universe of information on every aspect of weddings, and it will be your best resource for getting ideas for your own special day.
Every bride (and groom, if he is involved in the planning) should have an account on two specific websites: Wedding Wire and The Knot. Both of these websites offer a myriad of advice, as well as invaluable reviews about the many vendors that are likely available to you. Being a member of both ensures that you will have access to the best that each of these sites has to offer without having to compromise in areas where there are some weaknesses.
For example, The Knot offers a superb checklist that includes just about every detail you could imagine. The checklist allows you to assign tasks to people, set reminders and due dates, add or delete items from the list, and more. It can be accessed via an iPhone application for brides on the go. Wedding Wire also offers a checklist, which has similar capabilities but no iPhone app. Each bride can decide which of these checklists is best for her needs.
The Knot has an enormous member base, and brides can find forums on every topic imaginable, including local forums that deal with issues and vendors in specific areas. In addition, The Knot is continually adding new articles and blog posts about the latest trends in wedding planning, as well as all of the things that every bride should know. These articles also often include fun or humorous aspects of wedding planning, such as trends from past decades that we can only hope will never come back. These can really help to take the stress out of the planning situation.
On the other hand, Wedding Wire offers what is probably the best selection of wedding vendor reviews on the web. This is especially important because most people do not regularly use the kind of services they will need on their wedding day - catering, limousine transportation, extravagant cake, high-priced photographers, and so on. Wedding Wire offers review of local wedding vendors, which can really help brides and grooms weigh their choices. It is a lot easier to decide the extra $1,000 for a particular caterer is worth it when the four others you were considering have horrible reviews, or vice versa.
Another great feature offered by both of these sites is the ability to set up a free wedding website. You don't have to be as famous as William and Kate to get a lot of hits. Guests will appreciate having a link that contains information such as date, time, and location, as well as your registry information. You can even set up an RSVP form so guests can RSVP online.
Whatever the size, style, and location of your wedding, be sure to start with these two websites so you can get a handle on the planning early. This is a wonderful and joyous time. Don't let the stress of wedding planning take away from that.