Sept. 4, 2008, 5:22 p.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Planning Tools: Which one to use?

TAGS: PLANNING, TOOLS, WEBSITE, GUEST LIST, SEATING PLAN, PHOTOGRAPHY, DJ, THANK YOU CARDS

With all the wedding planning resources popping up on the web, it can be overwhelming to find one that works for you. I have narrowed it down to three which I believe provide very useful and comprehensive planning tools for free. Sure, other sites may offer tools for one task or another, but I suggest that you stick with one site that can offer all the tools you need from start to finish. That way, all your information is in the same place and accessible from any computer.



I suggest using the time-saving interactive tools the websites provide with built in calculators, e-mail lists for your guests, etc, as well as buying an accordion folder or other paper filing system that works for you. There are also many paper books and binders which look lovely - but I’ll stick to reviewing the on-line tools for now.


You'll find my ultimate recommendation below the reviews. I don't want to sway your decision before you've read my assessments of each site.

Oct. 29, 2008, 12:50 p.m. by SMARTBRIDE

INSPIRATION:10 Ways to Personalize your Wedding

TAGS: DOS AND DONTS, FACINATOR, PHOTO BOOTH, VENUE, MUSIC, WEDDING PLANNER, PICTURES, DJ, OFFICIANT


A close friend of mine was married a couple weeks ago, and while I wasn't able to attend the wedding, I heard many great things about the ceremony and reception. So, I've asked Leah (the Bride) to share with us her Top 10 favorite things about her wedding day and a couple tips on what she would have done a little differently. Since none of us plan on getting married twice - perhaps we can learn from those brides before us!

Take it away, Leah!


Top 10 Things I loved about my wedding (in no particular order):



Jan. 22, 2009, 10:14 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Free DJ Entertainment for your Wedding Day

TAGS: DJ, FREE, CONTEST

free wedding dj contest

There's nothing better than FREE! Enter to win DJ entertainment for your wedding day.

Oct. 5, 2011, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Five Tips for Wedding Entertainment on a Budget

TAGS: GIGMASTERS, WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT, DJ

It’s at the top of almost every smart bride’s agenda: find a way to save some money.


The solution is simple when it comes to dresses (go pre-owned), favors (do without or DIY). Saving money on flowers and decoration takes creativity and restraint, but many brides get stuck when it comes to entertainment.


Wedding Entertainment on a Budget
Photo Courtesy Studio B Photography


Unfortunately, they see their only choices as “spend too much money” or “ipod.” To save you (and your guests) from the ipod reception, GigMasters.com has got 5 tips for you:

Sept. 8, 2011, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Ten Questions to Ask a Wedding DJ or Band Leader

TAGS: GIGMASTERS, DJ, WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT, QUESTIONS

The first time you meet with any wedding vendor you have questions. Or rather, you know you’re supposed to have questions but sometimes figuring out what those questions should be can be almost as difficult as figuring out the answers!


Joy Marie Photo Wedding DJ
Photo credit: Joy Marie Photo


Our friends at GigMasters have provided us with some great questions to get your conversation with a wedding band or DJ started and we had to share!