I’ve had the time of my life…
…planning our wedding! If you know me, you know I am organized beyond belief in almost every aspect of my life. Well, wedding planning has been no exception. According to my wedding planning book (aka wedding bible), I am just starting my 4-5 months out checklist. We are almost 8 months out from the actual day.
I am only able to be this ahead, though, with the help of some amazing tools.
01/Wedding Buy and Sell Facebook Pages
These pages have been the best thing to help me ease my planning worries and stress and help me stay ahead! Jake’s cousin who got married in 2017 introduced me to these pages and now I am hooked. Seriously, I am a member of at least 5 pages.
These Facebook pages are created for brides by brides. There are all different ones depending on the location that you are in! Because Jake and I travel quite a bit to see family and such, I am able to be on lots of different locations including South Western Ontario, Belleville and Area, GTA, Peterborough and the Ontario-wide group. You pick the pages you want to join based on where you would be able to travel to pick up items.
On these pages, past brides can post items they are selling from their wedding, you can message them to arrange pick up, drop off and payment. Newly engaged ladies can post in search of (ISO) certain items for members to comment their products on too. Ladies can ask questions about the planning process and request photo inspiration from the other members as well. Vendors are also a part of these pages as they can advertise their services to the members in need.
So far from these pages I’ve gotten lots of our wedding needs including flowers, seating chart items and chair covers! It is much more cost effective to buy as many items as you can rather than renting, because you can get a portion of your money back in the end by reselling!
02/Wedding Planning Book
Soon after I got engaged, I went to Chapters and picked up The Knot’s wedding planning book. This book has been a huge help in the planning process. It is equipped with checklists that separate tasks by how many months from the wedding you are and tabs for all different vendors including your dress, invitations, flowers, etc. The back of the book has clear pockets and business card holders for all the paper materials you collect, as well as a master list of all vendor contact information for you to fill out at the front of the book.
The book is a 3-ring binder style, so whenever Jake and I get receipts or contracts from vendors we hole punch them and put them in the book immediately so we don’t lose track!
While I love WordPress (the site I am hosting this wonderful blog on), Wix is a great platform to host quick and easy sites on (like my portfolio, tiffnobes.com), which is why I chose it to create our wedding website.
Wix offers some great, ready to go templates and also an events manager feature which is super helpful for taking online RSVPs.
While I would love for you to see the website, I cannot limit who can RSVP and it has all of our wedding location info so I am only including it on my hard copy invites. No wedding crashers, please! Just trust me when I say it is beautiful and super user friendly.
OF COURSE Pinterest is one of the tools helping me plan our wedding! I would say Pinterest’s biggest following is for use of wedding pins.
The inspiration is endless with Pinterest! My wedding board on my account is definitely the one with the most pins because everything seems like such a good idea!
It can be overwhelming, though, if you just search “wedding ideas” or another generic phrase. My recommendation to keep yourself sane when looking at so many ideas is to keep your search fields very specific. Think of a specific wedding item that you are stuck on ideas for, and search for it. For example, if you are looking to start preparing your invitations, use a search field like “spring wedding invitations” or, even better, if you know your colours or theme include that in the search! Something like “blue and grey vintage wedding invitations” will give you much more specific results and not overwhelm you as much.
As soon as I got responses from my bridal party requests, I added my bridesmaids to a group chat I created on Facebook called “I Do Crew” and gave a quick bio on each lady so that everyone knew a bit about each other and how I know them and why they are in the party. I am so glad I did. Anytime I want their opinion on a certain wedding aspect, I just send a quick message in the chat and get everyone’s opinions!
I apologized in advance for how many messages they might receive seeing as I have 5 bridesmaids and myself in the chat, and they all understood!
It’s also really helpful for keeping track of important dates and scheduling for appointments. For example, we have an upcoming bridesmaids dress appointment and the group chat was how we all coordinated our schedules and how I can remind the ladies of the appointment as it gets closer.
I especially love that it keeps my girls and I in touch and connected before the wedding day, seeing as my party is in so many different places from on cruise ships, in Thunder Bay, in Peterborough and in Belleville.
Sometimes I even just post pictures of things I’ve bought or received for the wedding to share little milestones and small “wins” so we can all celebrate them together!
All of these tools have helped me to plan about 80% of the wedding so far while we are still 8 months away from the “I do” date. It might seem crazy and some might say I’ll end up “bored” the few months before the wedding, but really it just allows me more time to prep, anticipate any problems and then have quality time with Jake before the big day.
If you’re planning a wedding and feel like your sinking, contact me and I’d be more than willing to help out!
If you have any suggestions of tools that helped you, please comment below! I am always willing to have MORE organization in my life!
Until next time,