1. Easy Seating Arrangements
Make a DIY sticky-tab poster to easily create your seating arrangements during your wedding planning. You’ll need a poster board, sticky-note tabs in various colors and a marker. To start, draw out your table arrangements on the poster board – a glossy one is better. The sticky notes make it easy to rearrange as necessary, which is super helpful, especially if you’re a visual person. Assign a color of sticky note to his friends, her friends, his family, her family, etc. Get more detailed instructions on how to create this easy seating chart from Something Turquoise.

Make a DIY sticky-tab poster to easily create your seating arrangements

Make a DIY sticky-tab poster to easily create your seating arrangements

 

2. How Much Alcohol?
Use a wine, beer and liquor calculator. You want to keep the party going, but you (probably) also don’t want to blow your budget on alcohol. Real Simple has a simple wine, beer and liquor calculator to help you figure out how much of each to order during your wedding planning. If you’re working with a caterer, they can make recommendations, but why not double check? Plus, some caterers will let you provide the alcohol yourself, which will save you a bundle, since caterers often add a mark-up on the bottles they provide.

use a wine beer and liquor calculator for easy wedding planning

use a wine, beer and liquor calculator for easy wedding planning

 

3.  Detailed Planning Checklist
Stay on schedule with The Knot’s wedding planning checklist. Put in your wedding date and customize by religion (if desired), and the checklist with auto-populate with what tasks should be done when. It also includes links to helpful pages for each step, like guides to vendor contracts, tips on who should pay for what, and more.

4.  Gather Your Inspirations Online
Use Pinterest to keep all your inspirations and ideas organized and in one place. Create boards like “flowers,” “wedding gowns,” “centerpiece ideas,” and even “possible reception locations.” It’ll help you narrow down color schemes (try several boards, each with a different color scheme you’re considering), clarify what you like, and share it with your wedding party and vendors so they can give you feedback and better understand your thinking. Early on, pin anything that catches your eye. As your planning progresses, sharpen your focus to things you definitely want. Get more detailed instructions on using Pinterest for your wedding planning from this article at Huffington Post.

use Pinterest to keep all your wedding planning inspirations and ideas organized

Use Pinterest to keep all your wedding planning inspirations and ideas organized

 

5.  Registries Made Easy
Macy’s? Bed Bath & Beyond? Williams-Sonoma? Each place carries different things, has different return policies, etc. For helpful comparisons, check out Real Simple’s slideshow guide. Or register in the one place that has it all – Amazon.com. Anything that’s for sale on Amazon can go on your registry, it’s easy to share with your guests, it’s easy for your guests to shop, and Amazon makes gift returns easy. Amazon also has a button to add to your browser in case you find something that’s not on Amazon that you want to add! Get started with Amazon’s wedding registry tool here.

gift registry guide for wedding planning

Compare return policies when deciding where to create your gift registry

 

6.  Google Docs Templates
From wedding budget spreadsheets to guest lists to comparing florists, there is likely already a Google Doc template to help you out with your wedding planning. Staying organized is the only way to reduce stress in the wedding planning process, and nothing helps you stay organized like a spreadsheet. Let your nerd flag fly, and check out Google’s collection of wedding planning spreadsheet templates – many are from the top-notch wedding blog, Style Me Pretty.

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