If you are engaged, chances are you have entered one of the most stressful and exhausting periods of your life. It doesn’t matter if you have a one-month or a one-year engagement. When it comes down to it, there will just never be enough time to get stuff done.
Whoa, maybe that was a little too direct, or maybe even too cynical. What I am trying to say is that most people want their special day to be, well, perfect. Cliché as it might sound, perfection comes with one price – organization!
Whether you are a type-A personality who has always had their ducks in a row, or the person who usually flies by the seat of their pants, there are so many tools out there these days to help you successfully plan your wedding day.
One resource, in particular, is catching our eye these days. WeddingWire is a great place to begin your wedding planning journey. And, guess what? It’s free. How’s that for amazing!?
The site has literally everything you need to plan your wedding. You’ll receive great articles in your e-mail inbox and all of your wedding planning is in one place. You can also download the WeddingWire app for easier access.
Let’s get down to business…
7 Reasons Why WeddingWire is the BOMB!
The Messages feature keeps track of all of your conversations with vendors in one place without getting lost in your personal e-mail. You’ll also receive notifications instantly when vendors send you a message. What’s more, you can reply to vendors using your personal e-mail account or by logging into your WeddingWire account. This is nice if you aren’t used to checking your e-mail regularly.
Another great feature is your own Wedding Website. Sounds scary? No need. You’ll be prompted to click on each category and in minutes you will have created your own customized website with a unique URL where you can feature important information for your guests. This frees up a lot of paper that you would otherwise have to include with your invitations. You can even add a password to keep your wedding details in the hands of only those you invite.
Here’s the obvious feature of a wedding planning website. The Checklist, to-do list, honey-do list, whatever you call it, comes with everything you need to achieve your perfect day, on time. The pre-populated Checklist is organized by priority according to your wedding date. It makes keeping track of dates manageable. You can also add customized items to the list, making it a sure-fire way to get stuff done before and after the wedding (Yes! There’s even stuff do to after the wedding. Think photos, videos, thank you notes, name change. Whew!)
Friend, the WeddingWire Guest List is more than a spreadsheet. You can import guest information from any current spreadsheet you might have on hand. But, the Guest List not only keeps names and addresses straight, but it also tracks sent invitations, the number attending the ceremony, reception and gifts at not only the wedding, but all of the other wedding events, like showers and the rehearsal. It even gives you the option to print reports. How awesome is that?!
Ok, this by far has to be the best feature! Back when I got married over a decade ago, such technology did not exist and I had to create my own seating chart using a spreadsheet. It was a tedious task that I spent a lot of time on. This automated seating chart is, by far, a way better option.
The Budget has everything you need and then some. The running list is organized by category with pre-populated items. But, like the Checklist, you are able to add customized items to make it your own. The Budget adds due dates, tracks payments and creates reports. You can go ahead and throw your calculator away because all of the numbers you input are automatically calculated.
All in one spot, you can shop for a broad range of vendors, manage the vendors you agree to use, and contact them from your WeddingWire account. What’s even more helpful is that members submit vendor reviews that make decision making a bit easier.
Here’s how you get started:
Simply visit www.WeddingWire.com and click the Join button to register. You’ll be asked to give the critical information, like your name and e-mail address. And then you will be prompted to answer questions that will help give you the tools to help plan an awesome wedding.
WeddingWire will also immediately send an e-mail asking you to confirm your e-mail. After you confirm your e-mail, you can get started.
It’s as simple as that.
You’ll find Gorge-ous Weddings at Wind Mountain Ranch in the Venues tab. We’re proud to be part of the WeddingWire community and even more proud to have received this year’s Couples’ Choice Award, as well as a few years back. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have such awesome customer support!
So, what are you waiting for? Go to www.weddingwire.com and create a count today. Time’s a wasting!