Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Online Resources for Your Big Day: Part 2 of 2

The second half of this article about great online wedding resources includes some of my favorite tools and blogs!

Pinterest, my new favorite website, is similar to the Wedding Wire inspiration board tool; you can create and share your ideas in the form of bulletin boards. You create different boards, for example black and white wedding, or dress and accessories, then you can pin pictures from all over the internet as you browse for ideas. Pinterest will give credit to the original poster of the pictures you add; you can then share your inspiration boards on Facebook and Twitter to get responses from friends and family. The one downside to Pinterest, is that you have to request membership. I was on the list for about two weeks before I was accepted, BUT it is totally worth the wait!
Style Me Pretty has got to be my FAVORITE wedding blog! If you love beautiful, jaw-dropping, original wedding ideas, then you will love SMP. They feature detail-driven, real weddings - everything from over-the-top affairs to completely DIY events. They also offer some helpful tools such as DIY projects and a full list of amazing vendors, The Allan House included! ;)

SMP also offers a "Wedding Look Book", which displays current wedding trends, not only for the Bride, but also for the bridesmaids and the mother of the bride. If you are feeling super "tech-savy" you could pin some of your favorites onto your Pinterest bulletin board!

Some other great wedding blogs to follow are Ruffled Blog and Wedding Chicks.

If all of this is super overwhelming to you, I recommend first getting onto the websites of each of these amazing resources, and clicking around to explore. I also recommend getting a twitter account and following these sites (theknotweddingwirepinterest, and stylemepretty), so that you stay up-to-date on current trends and events. While you are on Twitter, search around for your other vendors like photographers and deesigners to see if they are attending open houses or offering any special giveaways, and of course you should follow theallanhouse, if you aren't already! You can also find pages for most of these resources on Facebook (The KnotWedding Wire, and Style Me Pretty). Additionally, many of these sites also have applications for your phone and for your iPad, so be sure to check out all they have to offer.

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