StyleMePretty; Oh, So Pretty

 

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With the internet booming, nearly anything can be found online. Wedding planning,  is no exception. Though there are many useful sources available to frantic brides, penny pinching father’s, and overbearing mothers, Style Me Pretty reigns supreme in our eyes.

Some of the aspects of Style Me Pretty that make it an effective source include its consistency in theme, user-friendly layout and organization, simplicity of site navigation, appropriate color palette, and provides readers with well-written content.

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Theme, Color Palette, & Organization

This particular theme is whimsical and light. There is an airy feel that suggests a aura of white, fluffy, lacey, delicacy. It does an excellent job of embodying a wedding day. A plain white background, colored with black texts with blue accents make the site appear both cheerful and readable. Everything is well-organized and clearly marked for the accessibility of the reader.  All of the links house galleries full of varying options, such as the category “DIY  Projects” which is split into wedding decor, flowers, favors & gifts, cakes and desserts and many others.

Site Navigation

SMP also makes navigating their site quick, simple, and understandable. Each of their links takes you directly to the gallery specified by the tab. Within those galleries are other galleries to choose from, like I explained previously. There are numerous options for you to explore while planning your big day. SMP even provides you with galleries full of other weddings to use as your inspiration. At the end of one page of a gallery, in the bottom right hand corner SMP provides a “next” button, as well as a “previous” option for easy navigation between pages. SMP also provides the links to their other wedding blogs that are divided by region (like The Midwest, New England, The Southeast, and the Mid-Atlantic) to simplify further the process for those who are planning.

Written Content

The writers of SMP draw you in and make you feel as though you are experiencing these events with them. Whether it is creating your own floral arrangements, learning to apply wedding day make up, or a review of someone’s big-day-done-right, these writers are talented. It is likely you won’t stop at just one, usually we catch ourselves reading four or five articles at a time. They are short, sweet and informative. There is nothing about them that we don’t condone!

Overall Style Me Pretty is an excellent source for planning your wedding. Their additional blogs are written and styled with the same tasteful elegance and simplicity. We appreciate what they have done for the industry and we know you will love it too!

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3 Best Wedding Websites & Apps

With everyone and their  mother getting tech phones, it’s nearly impossible to avoid technology. We suggest you do the opposite, embrace the technological advances, they will serve you well! We’ve found the top 3 wedding websites and (and app) available today that can help you plan, shop for, and document your big day.

1. Style Me Pretty

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SMP is a blog chocked full of so much wedding related material you won’t know what to do with yourself, seriously. This website is perfect for any bride who doesn’t know where to start. There are thousands of weddings documented here, inspiration out the wazoo, and hundreds of useful blog posts. We encourage you, spend a couple hours…a couple days on this website if you need to make some wedding decisions. Creating an account is free and it’s fast. After creating an account you can make a”board” where you can save your ideas and separate them into different collections. SMP even offers a list of vendors. Another useful aspect of their website is they divide their information up, you can choose from Canada, Australia, New England, California, The Northwest, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Tri-State areas when looking for something specific like a photographer, florist, or caterer.  There is even an option for you to submit your wedding photos and hints after your big day.

2.  Lover.ly 

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On this website you have the ability to browse thousands of images from the top wedding blogs, available in one concentrated location. It allows you to search wedding styles and themes, dress types (neckline, material, cut etc.), floral preferences, stationary options, and the  list continues. This is like the ultimate Pinterest dedicated specifically to weddings! It’s easy, quick, and free to create your account. Creating an account will allow you to save your ideas and inspirations all in one place.

3. Instagram

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Although it’s likely that you will hire a professional photographer, keep in mind that smartphones are equipped with digital cameras that can produce high quality pictures. You guests will be snapping photos all night long and chances are they will get some shots that even your high-dollar photographer will miss. So, take advantage of their amateur photography skills and create a hashtag that your guests can use for your special day. When they hashtag the images, you’ll be able to search the Instagram app and find all the images from your wedding in one place! You are free to dance, laugh, visit, eat, and drink the night away and you will be able to relive everything you missed out on by accessing your guests images after everything is long over.   Post signs, chalkboards, or even add it to the invite so your guests are sure to use your hashtag!

Hint: Make your hashtag unique enough that you will be the only wedding using it! 

Remember, your big day is supposed to be special and enjoyable! We’ve found that these websites (and app) are useful and easy for brides to use in planning their weddings. While there are hundreds of websites and apps available, we feel that these are the most user-friendly. These websites also provide you with copious amounts of useful, inspirational information to help you prepare for your big day. Enjoy!

Images from: StyleMePretty /Lover.ly/Pinterest