Daily Candy collects nuggets of advice from twelve of their favorite wedding bloggers. Find money-saving DIY projects from The Wedding Chicks and outdoor decorating ideas from Once Wed and Grey Likes Weddings. Visit Daily Candy to find city-specific wedding tips, too.
To save on marriage costs, have your friends or family make your cake. The coating that gives wedding cakes that “Martha Stewart” smoothness is called fondant. Spend 4-and-a-half minutes watching Robin Hassett of The Dessert Tray prepare and coat a cake with smooth, pink fondant.
Not all brides fall completely for our culture’s fairy-tale script. Some rebel against the machinations of the wedding industry. They are in love and they want to get married—but they want to do it their way. Seattle-based Ariel Meadow Stallings, author of Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides (Seal Press, 2007; ISBN-13: 978-1580051804), offers advice, and shares stories of weddings that ran against tradition.
If you’re tying it, you’ll be buying it here on The Knot. This site provides comprehensive wedding “content,” that is, information about all aspects of wedding planning. Avoid faux pas with advice about how to pop the question or where to seat your father-in-law’s first two wives. Research ethnic and religious wedding traditions, too. It lists local wedding services and offers a wedding budgeter and checklist. This is also a great place to order wedding favors. Download the free wedding planning app for iPhone: Wedding 911 (itunes.apple.com/us/app/wedding-911-by-the-knot/id321839274?mt=8).