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e-Resource News: Tying the Knot?

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Wedding cakePlanning your own wedding can save you money — but it also requires a huge amount of time and organization. Resources available at your local library can help.

Available for Free with Your Library Card

Instead of spending a lot of money (which you are going to need to pay the caterer, florist, photographer, etc.) on those gorgeous (but expensive!) wedding planning books, take a look at what your local library has to offer, including ideas for nontraditional ceremonies. You can also ditch the subscription to Brides magazine and check out copies from the library.

e-Resources to the Rescue

Fire up your tablet or computer and look into the following websites (many with mobile apps for you smartphone) to help ease the stress of planning for the big day:

  • theKnot – One of the oldest wedding planning sites out there (I used it back in 1997 to plan my own wedding), you’ll find lots of tools for budgeting, creating checklists, managing guests, etc.
  • Google Weddings – Use Google Sites to create a website for your event, share photos with Picassa and use Google Drive (Google Docs) to create checklists, seating charts and more.
  • Real Simple Weddings – Check out their comprehensive wedding checklist, with a timeline based on the 16-month length of the average U.S. engagement.
  • Martha Stewart Weddings – The domestic goddess provides numerous tips (including “working with vendors”) to help you plan/carry off the perfect wedding.
  • Weddings on Pinterest – Set up a free account and settle down into hours of browsing incredible decorations, dresses, flower arrangements, food and more.
  • Microsoft Office– Microsoft has a free wedding budget planner template for recent versions of its Excel spreadsheet program available to download tips for using its OneNote program to organize the event.

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Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian, Warrenton central library

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