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The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide: Tips and Tricks for Success

By Sarah Foster | Inspiration

As you walk down the aisle on your wedding day, you want to remember all the smiles on the faces of your loved ones guiding you towards your happily ever after, not the stress of the wedding planning process! From finding the perfect venue to rounding up your squad of bridesmaids, the rest of your bridal party, and, of course, saying yes to that dream dress, there's a lot on your plate when it comes to prepping for your big day. It's a rollercoaster ride of excitement and stress, but fret not, we've got your back with some fantastic wedding planning tips and tools to keep you from going wedding-crazy. Your wedding day is on the horizon, and we're here to ensure it's a day to cherish forever.

Before diving headfirst into the chaos of the wedding planning process, here's the golden rule: have a plan! Think of it as your wedding HQ, where all your ideas and inspirations gather for a big brainstorming party. Plus, it's your trusty guide to what's done, what's in progress, and what's still on your to-do list. With these tips and tricks, you won’t need to hire a wedding planner – you can be your own! 

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Wedding Planning Tips for the Perfect Wedding Day

We get it; wedding planning can feel like you're juggling a hundred different things at once. Themes, guest lists, budgets—these things don't organize themselves. But don't sweat it because we've got some incredible free tools and wedding planning tips that will make your life a whole lot easier. You heard that right: FREE tools to help you plan your dream wedding!

Get Inspired on Social Media

Social media has revolutionized the wedding planning process! From being able to create a public folder or secret one to organize your inspiration, to being able to find inspiration through various hashtags on Instagram. You’ll be able to find a wedding style that is ideal for your big day! Searching keywords under the Tags section on Instagram will open up a large selection of inspiration to choose from. Organize your favorite images on Pinterest to take with you on the go to all the various shopping events leading up to the wedding! Add a folder for wedding dress inspiration or one for wedding hairstyles that you love!  It will make the wedding planning process feel like a breeze when you have gathered all your inspiration in one spot. 

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Manage Your Wedding Budget

Onto the not-so-fun part of wedding planning: the budget. If the mere thought of keeping tabs on your wedding expenses gives you heart palpitations, we have a lifesaver for you. The Easy Weddings' Budget Calculator app lets you list every wedding expense, from quotes to actual costs to payments. And to make it even more convenient – you can also punch in your estimated budget and guest count. Then, like magic, the app creates a personalized spending plan, telling you where to splurge and where to save. There is even the option to add your own categories and budget items, so it's all about what you want. Say goodbye to budget nightmares and hello to stress-free wedding planning, all without a wedding planner.

Stay on Top of Your Wedding Plans

Remember when we mentioned how many things there are to remember when you're planning your wedding day? It can feel like thousands of tiny details to remember and weddings aren't a last-minute shindig. They are like a well-rehearsed symphony that's been in the making for months, sometimes more than a year. It's easy to get overwhelmed and have several panic moments of, 'Did I remember to order those boutonnieres?' or 'Is the playlist sorted?'

Luckily, The Knot's Ultimate Wedding Checklist is a game-changer. You can access it on your mobile device, or simply hop onto TheKnot.com. It's like having a wedding-planning wizard in your pocket, making sure you never miss a beat (or a boutonniere order) on your journey to the big day!

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Plan Your Wedding Website and Guest List

When it comes to wrangling your guest list and whipping up your very own wedding website, With Joy is your trusty sidekick. Say goodbye to those days of battling gigantic spreadsheets and drowning in email chains just to figure out who's a 'yes' or a 'no' for your wedding day. With Joy's super user-friendly features make it easy to get your guest list in shape, shoot out digital invites like a pro, and keep an eye on RSVPs. No more guessing games! But here's the best part: With Joy goes the extra mile by letting you create a wedding website that's as unique as your love story. Edit your photos in BeFunky’s Photo Editor, then you get to play designer, jazzing up the look, dishing out all the important event details, collecting well-wishes from your guests, and highlighting those special people in your wedding party. It's your all-in-one, no-cost wonder tool that'll make guest management a breeze and help you build a digital love shrine on the path to 'I do.'

DIY Free Wedding Day Printables

BeFunky's Graphic Designer offers a treasure trove of stunning pre-designed templates that make crafting your own save-the-dates, invitations, wedding menus, and thank-you cards a breeze, without breaking the bank!

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Our guide to DIY Wedding Invitations is here to rescue your budget from invitation woes. Discover how to sprinkle your magic on BeFunky's design templates, and we even spill the beans on the best printing tricks. Want to make sure your guests mark their calendars for the big day? Whip up some DIY Save The Dates that'll do the trick! Ready to pop the question to your wedding party? Our easy-peasy Will You Be My Bridesmaid Cards have got your back. Hungry for some customization? Feast your eyes on these Customizable Wedding Menus that you can tweak to match your wedding's style and colors. And hey, we know post-wedding life can be a whirlwind, but we've got you covered with a tutorial on creating Wedding Thank You Cards when you're back from your honeymoon bliss. You've got a whole year to send them out, but why wait? 

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Why splurge on hiring a fancy graphic designer or shelling out big bucks for these items when you can channel your inner graphic design genius with BeFunky's Graphic Designer! It's your secret weapon to slash costs and unleash your creativity for the essentials for your wedding day. 

Say 'I Do' to These Tips and Tricks

When it comes to wedding planning, there are certainly highs but also moments of challenge. With these free tips and tricks, you can navigate the intricate world of wedding planning and create a celebration that's both stunning and cost-effective. From picking that dreamy venue to tackling guest lists, budgets, and timelines, you've got this! As you approach your wedding day, remember that it's all about the love you share and the memories you're creating. With BeFunky and these tips and tricks, you can get started being your own wedding planner! 

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