As you know, weddings require a lot of planning, and anyone who’s been there knows – anything to help keep track of the who, what, when, where and how (we left off why – because we all know the big why – for the wedding silly!) is much appreciated and priceless! Here’s a list of the top free or cheap wedding planning tips to have in your tool belt to help keep you sane as your big day nears.
Cheap Wedding Planning Tips
Price: Free for up to 15 gigabytes of storage!
Perfect for: Storing the images you find for design inspiration, documents the venue(s), caterers, DJs, etc. send over. You can also store contracts here, so that you always have them with you – their handy mobile app allows you to view (and in some cases modify) many file types for quick access.
Google Sheets (Part of Google Drive – but worthy of it’s own line item)
Price: Free (see above)
Perfect for: Google Sheets is like Microsoft’s Excel or Apple’s Numbers programs. It’s a spreadsheet making program that allows you to keep track of your budget, what vendor is providing what, who’s been paid, due dates for payments, what you’ve rented/ordered, quantities, etc. You can also use it for your guest list and building your seating arrangement. Your budget is nothing to shake a stick at either, and Google Sheets is great for that – input what you’re expecting each item to cost, and as you book them, input how much each thing is actually costing – to make sure you’re staying on track. Not sure where to start? That’s okay – we’ve built a couple of free templates for you to get started with:
Perfect for: You’ve probably at least heard of Pinterest – if you don’t already have thousands of pins on your wedding planning board – it’s perfect for finding inspiration for planning your wedding. Everything from wedding invitations to wedding venues, wedding decor to wedding cakes… You search it and they’re bound to have at least one thing for you. And it keeps it all organized and in one place – akin to a physical inspiration board.
A great all around resource, Wedding Wire offers a free suite of wedding planning tools that cover much of the above in one spot. AND they have an iPhone app for editing on the go!
And of course, last but not least is our very own FREE E-Book with the tools listed above along with more recommendations, and a checklist to make sure you’ve got everything you need to plan a beautiful wedding!