In recent years, technology has begun to greatly influence the way couples plan and prepare for weddings.  A number of “WedTech” companies, ranging from small startups to large media corporations, have begun building great online tools to improve the way you plan your wedding.

At Promise Financial, we’re excited to be among this group as we bring next-gen financial technology to offer online wedding loans that allow couples to pay over time.  We also provide free tools to assist with your budgeting and planning, such as our wedding budget tracker and wedding checklist.

As we’ve built Promise Financial, we’ve been fortunate enough to encounter other great wedding businesses, and I wanted to share 10 of the top wedding planning resources we’ve seen.

Finding Your Style

Lover.ly is a great website for couples searching for the latest wedding trends and style inspiration. You can search, save and share the latest wedding trends as well as find vendors that can help you create the perfect look.  Lover.ly also offers a handy wedding planning app so you can refine your wedding style on the go.

Choosing Your Venue 

There are thousands of great wedding venues in the U.S. and it can be hard to choose, so we’re thankful that there are great tools and services to help.

  • Need a one-stop-shop to research venues? Wedding Spot helps you research venues by location, budget and style.  The user interface is convenient and easy to navigate and they also provide access to discounts on selected venues.
  • The Knot offers a Venue Concierge service, wherein their wedding experts help you identity the perfect wedding venue.  You fill out a short quiz and a venue concierge will contact you with recommendations and set up your appointments.  Their service also includes up to $27,000 of free wedding insurance if you choose one of their venues.  

Managing Your Vendors

Venues, catering, florists, bakers, photographer, DJ … your list of wedding vendors can be difficult to manage!  A great option to manage your vendors is WeddingWire’s Vendor Manager, an online tool that helps you find and organize potential and contracted vendors, all in one place. 

Creating Wedding Invitations

Selecting and sending wedding invitations can be difficult and time consuming.  Thankfully, Wedding Chicks has created free invitations to assist your process.  They provide a range of templates, and you’re able to create and print your own invitations.

Determining Your Guest List & Seating Chart

You’ll inevitably change your guest list and seating chart at some point during the planning process, so we were excited to discover AllSeated.  Their website lets you import potential guests from your social networks, email files and Excel documents.  Once your guest list is created, you can easily design a digital seating chart based on pre-provided vendor floor plans – and it’s completely free.  

Booking Your Hotel 

Jetaport, an online travel agency, specializes in booking hotel blocks and negotiates on your behalf.  All you have to do is provide the date, city and hotel preferences, and Jetaport will do the planning for free.

Finding Your (Budget Friendly) Wedding Dress 

Looking for a wedding dress that fits your budget?  Budget Savvy Bride gives affordable options for every budget without having to step foot in a bridal store!  

In addition, we suggest considering Happily Ever Borrowed, a great e-boutique that helps you rent the bridal accessories you would only wear for a day: tiaras, veils, wedding headpieces, jewelry, and more.

Simplify Your Wedding Registry

Wedding registries can feel overwhelming without a website like Zola.  The New York-based company has partnered with 200+ brands, including KitchenAid and Wüsthof, so that you can create an online registry on a single webpage.

Best Wishes,
Brad