Planning mode: activated.
Did you know that 80% of wedding planning is done online? On average, couples spend nearly 2 hours a week planning their wedding and spend 80% of their time planning online. When looking at online planning behaviors based on time of day, mobile usage peaks from 9PM – midnight after couples are home from work and often multi-tasking, though Sunday is also a popular planning day on mobile.
Millennials, who are often referred to as the 'instant gratification' generation, make no exception when it comes to wedding planning. Not only are the majority of millennials doing recon on their wedding PRIOR to getting engaged, but right off the bat they're looking for checklists, budget tools and help on where to start in order to be efficient in the planning process. This generation (who accounts for 80% of today's marrying couples) is driven to get things done with a digital-first mindset. They are planning on mobile apps, researching vendors, and even using digital RSVPs.
I have two apps that will kick start your wedding planning process - and here they are.
The first being Pinterest -
I touched briefly on Pinterest in the last blog post. But what is Pinterest? How can it help you plan your wedding? Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as 'pinning' on Pinterest) images to their board (a collection of 'pins,' usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned. Using a visual orientation, this social network is very much focused on the concept of a person's lifestyle, allowing you to share your tastes and interests with others and discovering those of likeminded people.
Did you know Harrybrooke Weddings now has its own Pinterest?!
Here you can get visual inspiration for your wedding day. Struggling to make the tent for your reception look prettier than what it is? Check out some “tent-spiration” on our Pinterest, where you can find ideas on how to incorporate florals and decor into your reception tent. My favorite board on our Pinterest is “Harden House Vibes.” Vintage feels with pops of teal really ring resonant of the Harden House Museum!
Planning tool #2: Wedding Wire.
(Harrybrooke is on Wedding Wire, too!)
On Pinterest you found inspiration for your cake, floral arrangements, and so much more...but now you need VENDORS. Wedding Wire is the perfect place to go to seek out vendors for your special day. On Wedding Wire, you can search over 250,000 local professionals and see their reviews, pricing, availability, and more.
The best place to start is their free wedding checklist. A checklist is a good way to visualize what you have still have to do, and what you have already accomplished. You will feel so great crossing things off your Wedding Checklist!
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and daunting, but some brides and grooms take pride in planning their entire wedding on their own! If the idea of planning a wedding is too much for you - there are Wedding Planners you can hire to take that stress away and do the planning for you. At Harrybrooke, you could hire me as your personal wedding planner! As your wedding planner, I would be in direct contact with your vendors - so the only thing you have to do is marry your best friend!
So where are you in your planning process? Sound off in the comments below!
Arielle Barker (Current)