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How to make a wedding website that works for you AND your guests

If you’re wondering whether you need a website for your wedding, the answer is YES! If you’re worried about privacy, you’re in luck as most website platforms offer password protection. If you’re worried about cost, we’ve got good news for you there too! There are a ton of beautiful FREE options and reasonably priced options, available.

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A website will give your guests the ability to find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the wedding, so they don’t have to constantly be contacting you. Also, it’s where your registry will live. The registry can feel like an etiquette landmine because technically you’re not supposed to list it on your save the date or your invitations. However, your website should absolutely be included on both of those, as it will include all the pertinent information that your guests will need for the wedding weekend. Want to find out what else your website should...

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3 ways to put your wedding planning on AUTOPILOT

Today we’re talking about one of our favorite things in the world: AUTOMATION! Yup, you read that right :). “Automation” isn’t a super sexy word, but stick with us for a sec. One of the best ways to enjoy wedding planning (and keep from the dreaded overwhelm) is to do less of it.

(Photo by Leo Patrone)

 

These days, the best way to do less work planning is to make your computer do more! We’ve got 3 simple automation tips that will let you set it and forget it, so you can get back to binging your favorite Netflix show next weekend, in no time. We’ve also created a FREE RESOURCES SHEET to get a list of our go-to tools around the web. By the way, all of our go-to tools are also free...because that’s the way we roll ;)

Pick a list-making system and use it religiously  

You’ll be amazed by how much faster you can check things off your list, once you actually HAVE a list! Plus, trying to remember everything in your head,...

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How to send gorgeous wedding invitations without breaking the bank

Today we’re excited to dive into one of our favorite aspects of designing a wedding...the invitations! This is the first time your guests get a taste of what your wedding will be like and it’s where things start to feel “official”. Paper and stationery is one of those categories where you can easily spend thousands of dollars, but could just as easily spend a fraction of that and still get something that’s unique, beautiful and high quality.

 

Photo by Tessie Reveliotis 

 

Recently, we’ve seen the category of semi-custom designs really take off and we love this option! By going this route, you can greatly cut down on the cost of having invitations custom designed solely for your wedding, but still tweak the details so they fit into your overall vision. Right about now, you may be wondering what exactly your wedding invitations should actually say. If you’re like us, you don’t sit around thinking about the proper...

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How to find the perfect venue and avoid the most common budget pitfall

The most exciting step in planning your wedding is often selecting the VENUE! Once you’ve locked this down, you’ll also have the added bonus of picking a date. Hunting for a venue can feel equal parts exhilarating and daunting because there’s no denying that this one piece will inform almost every other decision you make going forward. Oh, and it’s the one vendor you can’t skip...even if you’re eloping!

 

(Photo by Heather Waraksa)

 

Below, we’re going to dig into the nitty-gritty of what makes a great venue, but first, you may want to download this cut and paste email template + checklist we’ve created! The checklist includes all the information you’ll want to check off for each venue, so you can have everything you need on one page. PLUS, with our email template, we’ve included detailed questions that will help you avoid the most common budget pitfall: missing hidden costs!

 

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Creating and curating your guest list

 

(Photo by Jose Villa)

How many people should you invite to your wedding? That sounds like an innocent enough question, right? While it can be for some couples, for most, this question can lead to many late night conversations, which often include connecting the dots of every social connection you have (“if we invite Sarah, then we have to invite Joe, John and Emily”). How do you narrow down the final list? You and your partner might also have different ideas about the ideal size of a guest list, and your parents might have yet another. How do you find a common ground?

And once your guest list is solidified, how do you actually collect all of those addresses!? Sending wedding invitations may be the first time you’ve sent paper mail in years, so we’ve got a great free bonus that will walk you through our favorite (super simple) process for collecting addresses! But more on that later.

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3 Easy steps you can take this weekend to START planning your wedding like a pro

 

Let us guess- you’re over the moon at the thought of marrying the love of your life, but you kind of have no idea where to start when it comes to actually planning your wedding? You’re not alone! Let’s get started with 3 simple steps that you and your partner can take *this weekend* to kickstart the planning process and get you ready to book your first and most important vendor- your venue! Plus, we’ve got a few bonus tips for you at the bottom of this post, so don’t forget to check those out!

 

 

CREATE A PRELIMINARY GUEST LIST

  • Chat with your partner first and put together an “all in” list. This would be if the sky was the limit. It’s good to get all these names down on paper so you can look at the full picture.
  • Talk to your families and share your list with them. See if they have anyone else they would like to add to the “all in” list. Let them know that you’ll likely need to pare down the...
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The 2 steps you need to create a budget that’s right for you, today!

 

So, how much does a wedding actually cost? If you’re engaged, this is probably one of the first questions that popped into your mind (after a little celebrating!). The cost of a wedding can feel so elusive because it’s difficult to pull a standardized number up and say THIS is how much a wedding costs. There are so many variables that contribute to the bottom line, like location, guest count, style, time of year, etc. We covered some of these points in last week’s post, which you can check out here. The good news is that there are a ton of quality options out there to choose from, at almost every price point!

 How do you crunch those numbers? After creating hundreds of budgets, we’ve come up with a two-step process that we’ll walk you through below. We’ve also created a two-part worksheet for you to go along with these instructions, where we’ve laid out a checklist that you can fill in online (no printing necessary!) and an...

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