Hello, engaged friends!
If you'd like to start at the very beginning (yes, that is a Sound of Music reference), head to Part One. Otherwise, keep reading!
Whenever you're finished staring at your ring and ready to start planning, head to Pinterest!
Now, here's why Pinterest made wedding planning SO much easier: I was able to visually scroll through and actually SEE all of my ideas in one place. It made comparing multiple items and looks a cinch. Just make sure that all your boards are "secret" boards so that your guests won't see your wedding before it actually takes place.
Here are the boards that I would recommend creating:
Now, web surf to your heart's content. Daydream. Imagine.
Whenever you find an image online, add it to the correct board immediately. Word to the wise: it is REALLY hard to find that perfect-shade-of-mint-green bridesmaid dress again once you navigate away from the website you saw it on, so Pin images as you go.
Now, add one "final answer" board. Whenever you pick a dress, or a venue, or a centerpiece, add it to this board. It's often hard to picture how everything will coordinate, and this board will allow you to see the entire look of the wedding with one glance!
One more tip: it's awesome to get feedback from your mom, sisters, and girlfriends, but save yourself from too-many-cooks syndrome. Create a "suggestions" board for your inner circle, and add the pins that you love to your various secret boards. It'll help streamline everything and will alleviate your guilt for deleting that hideous bridesmaid dress that your college roommate pinned. :)
Here are some of my very favorite wedding websites to search for ideas:
Green Wedding Shoes: a little vintage, a little boho, a little classic; generated great ideas for colors and flowers and details
Grey Likes Weddings: lovely rustic/elegant vibe
Wedding Wire: great for creating wedding websites; also emailed me timely articles with planning ideas
Martha Stewart Weddings: traditional wedding help with pretty pictures
A Practical Wedding: unique perspective on "real life" predicaments, like feeling sad to leave your single-girl apartment behind
Offbeat Bride: lots of outside-the-box ideas
Wedding Chicks: great free printables & DIY resources
Style Me Pretty: the name says it all
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Next up: How to search for venues and create a guest list without murdering yourself...or the groom.