Must Use Tools to Save Money on Your Wedding
by David Sung
Now that you’ve recovered from the excitement of being engaged, it’s time to start putting the pieces together for your big day. If you want to stick to a sound budget, hiring a wedding planner might be out of reach. No worries, there are plenty of free tools to help you create a dream wedding without a hefty price tag.
If you haven’t already joined the crowd and created an account on this relatively new social network, then let it be your first stop in wedding planning. Pinterest is a community of people sharing ideas through images and videos. There is no limit to the wealth of creativity on the site. Find everything from themes, dresses, reception menus and even honeymoon destinations. Pinterest isn’t just for women – men can jump on board and start pinning their own ideas too. Did we mention that it’s free?
If you use Mint to manage your finances, you’ll be comfortable with using Wedding Budget. It works on a similar platform where you can set your budget, input your expenses, and track exactly where your money is going. This iPhone-only app is complete with graphs that chart your progress on payments and let you drill down in categories to add more specific expenses, like tux rental or the cake. Bottom line, Wedding Budget keeps you organized. By the end, you’ll be happy you didn’t have to carry around an overstuffed planner.
The male opinion in wedding planning is becoming more of a factor. But that doesn't mean the idea of deciding who sits next to whom, or what flowers to purchase, won’t be mind-numbing. Instead of fretting over the details or worse, not participating at all, visit iamstaggered.com for the man’s how-to guide for managing a wedding. This UK based site covers everything from getting the “yes” to ridding yourself of cold feet. If there’s something you can’t find on the site, join their forum for advice from their expert panel.
They also have a portal that allows you to create registries that your guests can easily access. It saves you from making trips to stores to select items for your wish list. Like most couples in the planning phase, you’re on the go, so take The Knot with you with their Wedding 911 iPhone app or by accessing their mobile friendly site.If you have questions, The Knot has answers. The site is a one stop shop for brides and grooms. Join with a free account and take advantage of their various tools that include a budget, guest list manager, and a personal wedding website that you can customize.
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