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How to Plan a Wedding without a Wedding Planner

Planning a wedding without a planner is not for the faint of heart.

The decision to hire a wedding planner is a personal one, and for me, I knew my mother’s impeccable organization skills combined with my tendency to “google it” would get us to the big day with an event we’d be proud of, sans planner. We’re also both control freaks over these things, and honestly we just didn’t want to relinquish control to a third party 🙂 That said, there were definitely moments when we wished we had advice from someone who had planned hundreds of weddings. That’s where the internet came in! Today I want to share some of the tools and resources we leaned on to help plan what would turn out to be the best day of my life.

  1. Google Sheets All in One Wedding Planner : One of my best friends introduced me to this template and it was life changing. I used this to organize everything from our guest list, to our day-of schedule, to seating charts, to music playlists, to budgets. For me, it was essential that all of these things lived together in one place, with share-able access for all 
  2. LoveStoriesTV: An incredibly smart former co-worker of mine launched LovestoriesTV, which is a wedding media company. It’s basically the first and only library of real wedding videos, and there are THOUSANDS of them to binge watch. You can search and sort the videos by venue, location, and vendors for inspiration in planning. Whenever I heard about a potential vendor for my wedding, the first thing I did was search for them on LoveStoriesTV to watch wedding videos of real weddings they had done in the past, and see if I liked their aesthetic. I found my videographer on the platform and spent far too many hours of my life crying over the wedding videos of complete strangers. 
  3. Over The Moon: Of all the wedding inspiration sites out there, this one is by far my favorite. I checked this almost daily for ideas for flowers, food, and decor. While wedding planners once held the secrets to the best vendors in the game, today all you need to do is stalk weddings on OTM to see where dreamy weddings were held and the vendors each couple used. They also have a shop section with chic bridal fashion and accessories. They recently published a feature on our wedding, which was a total dream come true! You can check out here.
  4. The Knot Checklist: This was one of my favorites to stay organized. Planning a wedding is massively overwhelming and it’s tough to know where to begin and what to prioritize. With this checklist, you input your wedding date and a few key details about the event. Voila! The Knot populates a precise checklist of every step you need to take to plan your wedding, with due dates along the way (so you don’t forget to get a marriage license or order place cards). 
  5. Zola: If you’ve gone to a wedding recently, chances are the couple had a registry on Zola. This one was a no-brainer for me. I loved the idea that there could be one website where we added products from across our favorite retailers. We also didn’t have the patience to register in a store, and loved the idea that we could manage the entire process from our couch. These days I’m spending time on their gift tracker, which conveniently tracks the gifts you receive and allows you to check them off once a thank you note is sent. 

 

By Dana Aidekman

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