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August 6, 2022

The Best Websites for Planning a Wedding

We aren’t going to lie, weddings can be CRAZY to plan. It can be exhausting. One thing we don’t want to happen is you get TIRED of planning your wedding. It should be a fun season of your life, not a burdensome stretch of time.

We’ve talked to so many brides who just say they are ready for the day to come and they hope nothing goes wrong. Why is that? Because there are SO many details to keep track of. It’s overwhelming and a lot for anyone.

While we can’t take any of that responsibility off of you, we do have some websites that can keep you from pulling your hair out!


If you’ve known anyone who’s planned a wedding recently, then you’ve probably heard of Zola. It’s the most popular website for planning a wedding, mostly because it does just about everything you could need.

What can do you at Zola?

  • Plan your guest list
  • Build your registry
  • Shop for invitations/save the dates
  • Build your wedding website

In addition, Zola even has an “advice” section. You’ll find blog posts, articles, checklists, and videos. Even if you don’t use Zola for all of your planning needs, it’s the PERFECT place to start simply because how easy they make it.


Staying on the topic of “one-stop-shops” for weddings, Joy should be at the top of your list when you’re starting your journey. What sets Joy apart from the thousands of other sites? 2 words – wedding app.

Joy makes it super simple to create not only a wedding website but a wedding app! Your guests can download your app and find everything they need to know right on their phones. Your registry, a timeline of the wedding day, directions, upload photos, you name it.

There are other websites out there that specialize in wedding apps, but Joy is the easiest and they have plenty of guides to walk you through the process, even if you aren’t a tech wizard.

Junebug Weddings

Making big decisions after you’re engaged can be overwhelming. When we got engaged MANY years ago, we went to a dozen different wedding websites to find inspiration. We didn’t want to copy anyone else’s wedding, but for us it helped spark ideas that were stressing us out before.

Junebug Weddings can give you inspiration for every step of the engagement and wedding season. They have ideas and examples for engagement sessions, bridal sessions, and of course real weddings.

One feature we really love about Junebug is the “inspiration board.” This lets you filter and search through thousands of real wedding galleries based on colors, seasons, decor, inspiration, and more. If you’re overwhelmed and have literally no idea where to start, but you know what you like – this inspiration board is the place to go.

At Junebug Weddings, we’re here to demystify the wedding planning process with inspiration, information, and resources. We publish content to empower couples to create a celebration worthy of their unique love—inclusive of all genders, cultures, religions, and styles. Through this work, we also connect couples to talented vendors who can turn their visions into reality.


Style Me Pretty is one of the oldest wedding inspiration websites on the internet, they are one of the most successful. With over 15 years of real weddings on their sites, you will have PLENTY to dig through when looking for some sparks in your planning.

In addition to all of the real weddings featured on the site, they also have launched a database to search for vendors who have partnered with the site.

“Your go-to destination for all things pretty, Style Me Pretty has been inspiring brides- and grooms-to-be with everything they need to plan the wedding of their dreams since 2007. From the best vendors around the world and the most beautiful real weddings to wedding planning tips and tricks and the latest trends fresh from the runway, Style Me Pretty is here to be every bride’s virtual maid of honor and wedding planning BFF.”

Bridal Guide

Bridal Guide has so much more than just real wedding inspiration and pictures. This site has you covered on all the aspects of wedding planning, everything from budgets to traditional “who pays for what”, to thank you card tips and everything in between.

A couple things we love about Bridal Guide is how in-depth their articles are. They aren’t your typical surface-level posts that share the same tips. They also talk about some topics that you don’t see very often.

If you want more than the standard topics that you keep finding on all sites, go to Bridal Guide for things like budgets, calendars, bridal events near you, and more.

Truly Engaging

There are SO many wedding inspiration websites out there. What is SO amazing about Truly Engaging is they focus on save the dates and invitations for weddings. Like most wedding inspiration sites, they have submitted real weddings they feature, but in addition, they showcase different stationary designs from those weddings and offer tips and tricks.

That’s not all – you can also show their designs as well. So as you’re going through their weddings and something catches your eye, there is a good chance you can have that exact same design for your wedding. It couldn’t be easier.

Truly Engaging is an online wedding stationery store/destination specializing in a wide variety of customizable, trend-forward designs.

Google Sheets

We can’t stress enough how helpful a simple Google Sheet can be. We know it sounds silly to have a spreadsheet included on here, but seriously. If you want to stay sane and organized while contacting vendors and managing expenses, Google Sheets is the way to go.

A couple of tips that we learned the hard way. The first is to start one ASAP and create different sheets for each vendor type. So, the first page would be for photographers you are contacting, page 2 is venues, three is florists, etc.

What should you keep in your spreadsheet? Dates contacted, prices, contact info (phone number, emails, names), availability, and any additional comments. After you’ve talked to a dozen different cateres, they all start to run together, and the spreadsheet can be a lifesaver.


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