EXCITEMENT, EMOTIONS and NOSTALGIA, LET THE PLANNING BEGIN
But where do you start? How do you approach the planning for your big day? The venue, the dress, the photographer or the wedding invitations?
The venue, the dress and the photographer have been the traditional starting points for many couples in the past and while these are still important, todays couple are taking a slightly different approach. They are not opting for the pre-packaged banquet that we are familiar with. Instead they are choosing a more intimate bash that is uniquely them. The theme or styling is now the focus, and the dress, stationery, venue decor, photography and even the food take their respective design cues from these.
Online wedding sites and blogs offer a world of inspiration. You can find wonderful guides on everything wedding related and you can check out some amazing real weddings. As you browse through these and find something that is of interest to you, then most offer you the ability to pin those images or ideas to your own Pinterest board (if you don’t have a Pinterest board, check out our how to guide).
Some of our favourite wedding sites:
Ireland’s online wedding magazine. Established in 2009 by Naoise McNally and Susan Gallagher, as brides who were looking for original inspiration and information in planning their own weddings, has become a truly unique wedding resource for Irish brides, grooms and guests. The website features Irish and international weddings and you will always be guaranteed to find inspiration on its pages. If you are getting started with your plans for your big day, do check out OneFabDay’s Your First Steps in Wedding Planning article or visit their Wedding Planning & Advice page.
A wonderful style savvy wedding resource for the modern bride and groom. Founded in 2007 by Abby Larson, who is the editor and her husband Tait who is the tech whiz, StyleMePretty features amazing real weddings from all over the world, fabulous photography, up and coming vendors and seasoned professionals. Style Me Pretty is one of the most addictive wedding sites there is with a truly authentic mix. As you explore the site you can’t help but feel that Abby the team really understand the reader and the current trends.
Original, nostalgic and style conscious, ruffled is the perfect fit for the vintage inspired bride and groom. Established in 2008 after her own 1930’s inspired wedding, Amanda Nistor wanted to share her experience and hand made wedding ideas with other vintage inspired couples. Featuring real weddings infused with vintage or retro elements, hand made aesthetics, original editorials and witty perspectives, this blog is the perfect resource for any couple wanting to create a unique old world wedding that is uniquely them.
As the name suggests there is hint of the outdoors in this blog. Founded by Jen Campbell in 2008, this blog is a wonderful resource for couples seeking inspiration for an organic or natural setting such as farms, mountains, tents, campfires and picnics. Showcasing some amazing photography of real weddings in spectacular locations and offering tonnes of tips for DIY projects, this website is a must for any stylish and creative couple looking to bring an outdoor feel to their wedding.
Breaking from convention and focusing on “artistically innovative” and “effortlessly beautiful” weddings are the hallmarks of Once Wed. Founded in 2008 by Emily Newman as a free listing service for brides selling their wedding dress the site has grown in popularity and become one of the most read wedding resources on the web today. Featuring real weddings, inspiration boards, DIY projects and a section where brides can look for, and sell their own dress, the site is a must for the contemporary, stylish and crafty couple.
Achievable big day inspiration guaranteed to rock any wedding. Founded in 2009 by newly wed Charlotte O’Shea Rock My Wedding is a fun, vibrant, stylish, sophisticate and elegant blog that captures the essence of the modern couple. Masculine, yet so feminine this blog merges wonderful editorial content, amazing photography of real weddings shot in both spectacular and unusual locations, and a world of resources for the bride and groom in search of the juxtaposed style for their big day. AND, who would have thought that the beard is more important than the makeup! Rock My Wedding really does ROCK…
Inspirational, charming and creative. A beautiful UK based blog from Georgia Tolloy who is a self confessed wedding obsessive. Featuring beautiful weddings, original themes, unique ideas and DIY projects, this blog is a must for couple’s planning their big day.
Chic and unique wedding blog. Founded by Elizabeth Muhmood Kane this blog is modern, chic, unique and full of useful resources. It also boasts a film club featuring amazing wedding films that are inspirational, creative and a joy to watch. This blog certainly lives up to its tag line and well worth checking out.
Founded in 2000 this is one of the longest established wedding website’s on our list. Lively forums, a comprehensive suppliers directory, real wedding and daily tips and advice for the couple planning their big day are all a part of weddingonline.
Founded in 2009 by a husband and wife team, Keith and Claire Malone, this site provides wonderful resources for the couple planning their big day. Featuring real weddings, tips and advice and a friendly and inviting community you are sure to find what you are looking for.