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10 Awesome Websites to Plan Your Wedding

10 Awesome Websites to Plan Your Wedding

So much goes into planning a wedding, and for some, even with a wedding planner to help, it can get pretty overwhelming. Luckily, there are loads of awesome websites out there that will help you plan the perfect wedding, no matter what type of wedding you wish to have. After all, the more help you can get, the better, when it comes to planning the most important day of your life. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite wedding planning websites that will help you in planning your big day.

1. Project Wedding

More and more couples are choosing to create their own wedding favors, decorations, and even flowers. This site is loaded with do-it-yourself tutorials, as well as plenty of great ideas that will give you inspiration for your big day and help you get really creative.

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2. Pretty Pear Bride

Not every bride fits into the tiny box created by most wedding dress designers. Curvy brides are looking for their ideal wedding dresses, and this is the site to find them. You will find all kinds of great styles and colors for wedding gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses, and even lingerie for your honeymoon.

3. Brides.com

Here is your go-to site for everything you need to know about wedding planning. This site is loaded with ideas, including their “Brilliant Idea of the Day” emails that are loaded with information that will help you plan your wedding as well as your honeymoon.

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4. The Knot

Sticking to a budget can be difficult when planning a wedding. This is a great budget planning site that will show you the average costs for all of the expenses surrounding your wedding. You can also enter actual expenses, so you can keep track of how well you are sticking to your wedding budget.

5. New Jersey Videography

You are likely going to want to have a great video to capture all of the great moments from your special day. Don’t leave this in the hands of amateur friends and family members who want to do this for you as a gift. Let them take their videos, but also make sure that you hire a professional. Find out about rates, packages, and more at New Jersey Videography.

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6. MunaLuchi Bride

If you are more interested in a high-end, sophisticated wedding that would be approved by any designer, this is the site for you. You will find inspiration for gowns, groom styled, Chanel-inspired weddings, and more. You can even learn about the best luxury hotels for your honeymoon, and plan for life after your wedding.

7. Etsy

If you want handcrafted items at your wedding, but you aren’t crafty or just don’t have time to make things yourself, Etsy is a great place to find a lot of the things you need. Thousands of artists are selling wedding-related items that are all hand-crafted, and often one of a kind.

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8. Pinterest

When you are looking for ideas about wedding planning, or anything else for that matter, Pinterest is often the way to go. You will find loads of pictures that will give you great ideas, and links to the sites so you can learn more.

9. eBay

You can save a lot of money on just about everything for your wedding when you use eBay. You will find both new and used items at a fraction of the price of that of retail outlets. You may even get a great deal on the perfect wedding gown.

10. Craigslist

This is another website where you can find used items for your wedding. This is also a great way to save a lot of money. Items that may cost hundreds of dollars new are often found for less than $100, because people just want to get rid of them. This is your chance to have a great wedding on a budget.

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

Are we speaking the same language?

My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

Am I being lazy?

When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

Early in the relationship:

“Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

When the relationship is established:

“Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

Have I actually got anything to say?

When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

Am I painting an accurate picture?

One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

What words am I using?

It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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Is the map really the territory?

Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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