Wedding Wednesday with WeddingWire: Stress Free Planning

It's official - I am in full wedding planning mode!

After my August engagement in Scotland I returned home to New York only to throw myself head first into Fashion Week, followed by Bridal Market Week. Adding that to making time to see (and celebrate with!) all my friends quickly filled up my calendar, but I've never been happier.

I must admit I don't know the first thing about wedding planning. Want me to find the perfect office appropriate flat? I’m your gal. But I’m not one of those girls who has been clipping pictures of venues and wedding decor and collecting them in books since I was 11 years old - honestly, I’ve sort of been hoping that some magical wedding planning fairy would swoop in and help me out!  I had heard of WeddingWire and decided to plunge right in and download the app to help me sort through the initial planning stages. When they say "stop stressing and start wedding planning" they mean it. WeddingWire is the most user friendly app designed to help brides-to-be choose everything they need for their special day.

Highlighted Features:

Venues: In New York alone there are 340 Venues of various size, style, and vibe which could make selecting a venue an extremely overwhelming process. Thankfully the WeddingWire Venue feature helps you sort through the different venues based on capacity, type, and setting (whether you want outdoor space like a winery, golf course, farm, or indoor like a - mansion or  ballroom). Each venue is rated with personal reviews, which are extremely helpful when it comes to sorting out the details you need to make the right selection. You can even contact a venue directly through the app, which helps you keep all the wedding details in one place so that you don't get too overwhelmed.

User tip: Don't get email happy and contact every venue under the sun (or under the app!). Pick your top 3 and work from there.

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Bridal Dress:
We all think we have an idea of what we want in terms of a bridal dress but until you are actually standing in front of a three-way mirror clad in layers of lace, tulle, satin, you have NO  idea. I always thought I knew exactly what I wanted and exactly how I wanted to look on my wedding day. But the minute I walked into my first bridal store to shop for myself my ideas completely changed.
This is where the WeddingWire app comes in: You can browse shops by area (there are 222 in and around New York alone) and filter dresses by style, designer, and even by price (isn’t this always the key factor?) tonarrow down your choices. This way you can book appointments geared towards your personal taste, vision, and budget. Definitely visit the "Get Inspired" section where you can view real weddings to help you bring all of your ideas together.

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Some other helpful WeddingWire app features:

Planning Checklist: This lists every last wedding planning detail, from announcing your engagement to writing your vows and everything in between! Check it out and stay organized.

Budget Planner: I love (LOVE) this feature! The budget planner allows you to enter your intended wedding budget and it will split up the total into suggested amounts to be spent on each part of the wedding.
Find a Wedding Vendor: This lists everything from photographers to invitation printers, florists and jewelers, and honestly anyone else you might need to contact as part of the wedding planning bonanza. Everything you need in one place,  filtered by location and reviews.

Here is a link to download the WeddingWire app, try it for yourself and let me know what you think!

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