April 11, 2015 was not only our seventh anniversary but also the date of our wedding. There were many DIY components to our wedding as we were trying to save as much money as possible.
I have decided to share with you all of the resources I used to plan our wedding as well as some tutorials for the various projects I made. Perhaps they may prove as useful to you as they did to us!
The first step when one is planning a wedding is to get organized!
I signed us up for The Knot right away. This website has many checklists and inspirational photos to help you get an idea for your wedding. I was really hopeful about this site as I know many other brides who have used it. Unfortunately only an American couple will get the full benefit of what they have to offer. Mostly we used this site to look for ideas and to organize our guest list.
The next thing I did was create a board on my personal Pinterest account to brainstorm everything about the look of the wedding.
Every time I saw an image or link that I liked, I would pop it into the wedding board. Every few weeks I would make Philippe sit down and look at the board with me so that we could eliminate ideas which didn’t please both of us. This also helped me narrow down our colors and theme until we had something definite.
In order to have a physical place to keep track of our plans, I downloaded this free wedding planner from Worldlabel.com’s blog. They have so many free labels and printables there that I’m sure I’ll be a frequent visitor.
These resources were invaluable. I don’t know how I’d have kept everything organized without them!
Setting a date was easy. The first thing we had to do after that was find my dress.
Once we found the locations for the wedding and had everything reserved, we needed to create the invitations and a website. The website took a lot of thought since I needed to find a wedding site provider which would allow me to create both English and French versions for our various guests.
I finally found a great service. Twowed was a fairly simple wedding site creator but it is the only one I found which allows multiple languages for a great price. $30 for unlimited use is just about unheard of these days. (And that’s probably why, three years after our wedding, the site sadly doesn’t exist anymore.)
We even created a facebook event since it’s thanks to Facebook that we found one another.
After deciding on a location for the reception, we had to create a plan for decorating the reception hall.
I wanted to prepare some wedding favors to thank the people who’d been invaluable during the planning.
The ceremony had to be planned down to the last detail… though that is next to impossible in Belgium!
Then it was time to start thinking of what I would do for thank-you cards and gifts.
Now that it’s all over, I need to start thinking of what to do with the photos and what I can do with the leftover decorations.