Since we are in the thick of “engagement season” right now (meaning that more people get engaged from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day than during any other time of the year), I figured I’d post the 3 resources that have helped the majority of my clients as they planned their weddings.

1. Wedding Wire and The Knot. These are great sources for finding professional vendors as well as interacting with other folks on forums, local chat boards, etc. These sites also offer plenty of advice on wedding planning and helpful articles on every topic, from etiquette to dealing with family drama, to organizational timelines and checklists!

2. Pinterest. So many brides are already using this site that it seems obvious to even mention it, but it is the online alternative to cutting pictures out of magazines (remember that?!) and can give you lots of creative ideas for your event. Be careful though – these are only ideas. The professionals you choose have their own specializations, so be sure to take their work at face-value. They will also be able to let you know what can be done based on the scope of the budget you are working with to create the vision you are aiming for.

3. Recommendations from family and friends. Looking for professionals you can trust? Probably the best way to find them is to ask relatives and friends who they trusted with their events in the past. Testimonials from people you trust are usually always reliable.

Congrats to all the newly engaged couples, and best wishes! 🙂

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