“I’m Engaged, now what?!”– Resources for Brides and Grooms

You’re engaged!!, now where to start?! Check out this irreverent article from A Practical Wedding: http://apracticalwedding.com/2011/01/ask-team-practical-yay-were-engaged-now-what

And here is a list of my favorite blogs for wedding inspiration–

Style Me Pretty (mostly vintage, with good photography)
http://www.stylemepretty.com

Offbeat Bride (lots of great alternative ideas and common sense solutions + you can also follow the home and mom blogs later on)
http://offbeatbride.com

Rock ‘n Roll Bride (alternative)
http://www.rocknrollbride.com

Recycled Bride (eco-alternative)
http://www.recycledbride.com

Bicycle for Two (for same-sex couples)
http://www.onabicyclebuiltfortwo.com

DIY Bride (lots of great do-it-yourself ideas)
http://www.diybride.com

Grooms Advice (for grooms!)
http://groomsadvice.com

That not enough inspiration for you? Lots more blogs listed here: http://www.weddingblogs100.com

If you are wondering how you are ever going to organize all those little details, and especially if you are not a fan of the oversized binder, check out these articles on great ways to organize all your wedding ideas and inspirations–

Using Evernote (my favorite program ever– it literally changed my life, I use it for EVERYTHING):
http://blog.evernote.com/2011/03/18/8-ways-to-plan-a-wedding-with-evernote
http://theloveprojectweddings.com/2009/12/organizing-your-wedding-ideas-with-evernote
http://gettinghitched.chigarden.com/2010/01/evernote

Pinterest (I’m not on Pinterest yet, but it is very popular):
http://mashable.com/2012/02/03/pinterest-wedding
http://www.geekwire.com/2012/pinterest-plan-wedding
http://viralmom.com/7-ways-to-use-pinterest-for-wedding-planning-ideas
http://venuesafari.com/10-tips-for-using-pinterest-to-plan-your-wedding
(And an interesting article comparing Evernote and Pinterest: http://www.planningelegance.com/2011/09/online-wedding-planning-tools)

Juxtapost (like Pinterest, but they claim to be an improved version):
http://www.webpronews.com/pinterest-competitors-porn-2012-02

Russell and Hazel (wedding templates):
http://www.russellandhazel.com/content/wedding-templates

Free planners:
http://www.free-online-wedding-planner.com
http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-planning.html?pcode=skcntc&gclid=CIjUq8Lp_q4CFWcZQgodfVcz0g
http://weddingcontrol.com/features/feature_info

Have a vision and looking for places to pick up lanterns, candles, vases, etc.? You can always scour these trusty sources (and sometimes get even better ideas)–

Etsy (I love Etsy– handmade and vintage Everything, but watch out, it can be addictive):
http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade/weddings?includes%5B0%5D=tags&q=etsy+weddings

Craigslist (for local listings– who knows, you might find your perfect dress):
http://seattle.craigslist.org/search/?areaID=2&subAreaID=&query=wedding&catAbb=sss

Ebay (you do have to wade through a lot of junk, but sometimes can find the perfect thing)

Amazon (because they have (almost) everything and get it to you fast)

In this article, a bride outlines all of her unconventional wedding shopping methods:
http://www.wisebread.com/great-sites-for-online-wedding-shopping

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by so much information, so it’s helpful to decide on a theme before starting to search (or, in the beginning of your search), so that you can more easily narrow down the ideas into something manageable. Think about what’s most important to you and your fiance and go from there. Happy planning!

– Priscilla

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