With 857 different wedding blogs, magazines, websites, television shows, and people telling you what your wedding should be like, it’s hard to know where to turn for advise and resources. With the internet at our fingertips and a never-ending list of potential vendors, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all of the information and possibilities out there. Over the course of wedding planning, I found a few go-to wedding resources that I would turn to first when tackling a wedding task.

      • Weddingbee The discussion boards on Weddingbee were without a doubt my #1 wedding resource. Looking for a non-traditional recessional song? So have many of brides before you. Search on the boards and you’ll find tons of great suggestions. I found that a lot of times if I Googled something (like non-traditional recessional songs), a post on the Weddingbee boards would be among the top search results. You can also set up an account and post your own questions. Need advice on how to handle a particularly tricky RSVP situation or opinions on which necklace looks best with your dress? Write a post and see what tons of other brides have to say. Many other wedding-oriented websites have similar boards, but I found Weddingbee to have the most helpful and friendliest posters.
      • Etsy If you haven’t browsed on Etsy, you need to immediately. Independent vendors sell handmade and vintage items on the site and you can find lots of beautiful creations. All of the vendors I purchased from provided great customer service (check the feedback on their profile). Many of my purchases came in gorgeous packaging and with a hand-written note. Etsy was the source for my sash, garter, custom dress hanger, address stamp, and wedding party gifts, and I loved all of these custom touches.
      • Michaels – I spent a ton of time cruising the aisles of Michaels. Don’t just stick to the wedding aisle – take a look around the whole store. Even if you’re not crafty, there is bound to be something that you could use. My purchases included candles, vases, frames, baskets, ribbon, paper, bells, etc. And minimal crafting ability was required for most of these projects. Check for regular sales and don’t go without coupons. You can usually find one for 40% off one item. And your receipt will usually come with a coupon for 40% off one item that you can use the following week. Thus the many trips I made stocking up on items one coupon at a time. You can also get an app for your iPhone or Android for coupons. Seriously – do not get in line without a coupon! Hobby Lobby has most of the same craft supplies and even more d├ęcor items. They also have similar coupons. Luckily, I didn’t stumble in there until a few weeks before our wedding or I would have been there all of the time too.
      • Paper and More – I designed our invitations and other paper products and ordered most of the paper from this site. They have a great variety, and you can order samples so that you can decide what you really want (and do a test print to make sure it will work with your design and printer). The shipping was inexpensive and fast, and I never imagined that my paper order would come bubbled wrapped! I was very impressed with this company.
      • Friends – If you have friends who were recently married, use the legwork that they did for their wedding to your advantage. You don’t want your wedding to be exactly like theirs, but they probably toured multiple venues that they can tell you about or tell you if they would recommend a particular vendor.
      • Pinterest I already sang Pinterest’s praises in a previous post, but it’s worth mentioning again! If you have no idea what you want for you bouquet – search “wedding bouquet” and you’ll soon have many great ideas. Pin them to a board, decide on your favorites, then show them to your florist to see how these ideas can work for you. Then repeat this process 700 times for any wedding detail you can imagine, often at 1 a.m. And again, there’s an app for that!

      Megan McDaniel is a recent Pink Diamond bride. Each month in her guest posts, she shares a few tips that she picked up while planning her wedding.