How to Organise a Dream Day Wedding Online
It used to be that planning a wedding involved visiting wedding fairs in boutique hotels, buying very expensive bridal magazines by the dozen, and gazing longingly through the window of every high street bridal gown store.
Engagement party ideas? Today’s bride is more likely to be glued to her laptop or mobile phone, scrolling through Instagram boards for ideas, googling “hair styles for wedding hair” and looking at venue reviews on TripAdviser. The internet is now the modern bride’s best friend when it comes to planning a wedding.
Every aspect of the big day planning happens online now, normally starting with an engagement announcement selfie across the social media platforms, and the setting up of an exclusive wedding social media group and wedding planners websites so that all of those involved can communicate and share ideas instantly. Katie Jones from orlajames.com has offered some handy tips to consider:
Wedding organisational tools
There are literally hundreds of apps online geared up to helping you to organise your wedding online. There are apps for choosing the perfect wedding ceremony dress for you, as well as functional apps like free wedding websites countdown calendars and virtual wedding organisers.
Skype is an invaluable online tool for wedding seating chart planning, allowing all parties to join a conference call where the bride can literally show the bachelorette party games, engagement party games, wedding hidden object game party, colour and style ideas for any elements of the big day including flowers, material, favours, not to mention hairstyles and make-up choices.
Sites like Instagram offer literally thousands of ideas for wedding themes which a bride can use for inspiration, and then why not create your own seating chart wedding pinboard on a site like Pinterest to keep all of your inspirational ideas, styles, colour details and interesting venue choices, which you can then share.
Once you have gathered all of your ideas and shared them with the wedding party and started to narrow down preferences, the internet is perfect for carrying out that initial research you need to know before venturing out into the real world.
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If you have narrowed down your choice of wedding venues to three or four options, you can go to their wedding website to check out availability, practicalities, prices and any other issues that might impact on whether you would choose to get married there, before actually paying the venue a visit. This is a huge time saver rather than traipsing round venues which turn out to be out of budget.
Wedding dress shopping can be made easier by an initial online scan as well. Print out styles and ideas you like but also search for which salons are nearest to you, which might be having a sale if that’s an issue, and perhaps book an appointment online to go and see them for an initial view of the stock, so you know you will get to talk to someone rather than just trying your luck and turning up.
You can search online for wedding play lists to help you with your music ideas and see what other people have used, either for inspiration or to save you having to create your own if you find one that matches your requirements.
Most jewellers have websites showing all of their ring options so you and your partner can spend time at home flicking through the styles of ring you might like and then actually go to a jeweller with an idea in mind, rather than wasting time and avoiding potential arguments in the store if you haven’t agreed in advance.
There are also many sites out there which allow you to design and then print your own personalised wedding stationery from invitations to orders of service, so you can really make it your own and also save a fortune by not paying a professional printer to do it for you.
Ideas for the flowers and decoration for tables, wedding themes and favour options are literally flooding the internet right now with hundreds of websites dedicated to this particular subject. Just type in “top 10 ideas for….. ” and you will be confronted with thousands of results.
With all of these options it is entirely possible for you and your partner to completely organise your wedding, in theory, all from the comfort of your own home, sharing your ideas with wedding guest book, wedding guest book ideas and friends on social media for feedback.
But while the internet can help with the planning, you still need to get out there and visit the venue, and of course, try on the rings and the dress to make sure they all fit properly, so use it to plan, then go out in person to avoid any horrible disappointments.