The Bride Guide: The Search
How to Make Wedding Planning More Efficient
Wedding planning starts with research. From finding the best vendors to pinning theme and colors on Pinterest, a bride will spend hours prepping, pinning, and praying everything goes off without a hitch. According to Forbes, the average bride is employed full time AND spends almost 10 hours a week planning the big day during the engagement. So ya’ll are busy!
Planning Starts with Organization
Not many brides know that you can save time by planning out how you plan your search, instead of just jumping from wedding task to wedding task randomly. The order of The Bride Guide topics is actually a great roadmap for which vendors to look for first. For example, you want to make sure that you choose Accommodations before you send out Invitations, so your guests know where to book a hotel when you send out the invites. You should work on your timeline after you meet with a photographer because they will be know the time of day you will have the best light for photos. Rentals must come after the caterer because your reception layout may change based on whether you do a plated meal or a buffet. I don’t want to ramble, so I hope you just believe me that the order was laid out strategically to save you time from running between vendors to change little details.
Now that we have an order of tasks established, dust of your sixth grade science project skills because it is time to do some research! Nowadays, a whopping 72% of wedding vendors are found by brides online. My best advice is to make a spreadsheet to keep everything in one place so if you love it you can find it again. This makes it easier to look everything over a little easier than if you just bookmark the webpages. Copy an paste links in your spread sheet with the vendor name and why you love it.
Where to Look for Quality Wedding Vendors
Look for local directories on quality wedding inspiration blogs that list vendors in one place so you can save time in your search. A great example we have here in Knoxville is The Bride Link, which also has a nation-wide blog. There are also national versions of these directories on websites like The Knot and Wedding Wire.
When searching online, think of the 3 R’s: referrals, reviews and rate. Ask yourself, is this vendor referred by or endorsed by other wedding professionals? Does this vendor have good reviews from past clients? Does this vendor have a price rate that is the quality I want?
As a wedding designer, I think one of the best parts of planning the event is gathering inspiration photos on themes, colors, and styling. I love using Pinterest to keep my ideas in organized and in one place. Find out how to create a secret Pinterest board here, so you can invite your bridesmaids to pin & plan with you. I always recommend to invite your mother and the mother of the groom. Its common for grooms to be a little less interested in wedding planning, but your MOG may be dying to get girly. I love to scout inspiration blogs like The Perfect Palette for color inspiration, and any of the Top 100 Wedding blogs are fantastic starting points!
My best tips are get inspired, stay organized and keep it fun… at the end of the day you will be married and that’s all that matters!