“I Thee Web!”

Why Online?


Gone are the days when the Yellow Pages was every bride-to-be’s bible. Now there are websites that allow you to plan your entire wedding without even leaving your couch!

One-stop-shops such as www.onlineweddingboutique.com.au, www.theknot.com.au and www.i-do.com.au are all excellent places to start and especially helpful for those planning a destination wedding.

The Basics


You can do the following on the web with minimal fuss:
:: Create a budget
:: Gather inspiration
:: Find suppliers
:: Create a gift registry
:: Design your own stationery
:: Set up automatic RSVP receipts
:: Set up online reminders and checklists
:: Build seating plans
:: Chat to other brides

Cool New Tools


Keen to do something outside the square? Many companies now help you build your own website. Complete with pictures, music and information (think gift registry links and Google maps, not the personal dating history of the bride and groom!) they’re a great way to keep your guests up-to-date. You can also use it as a platform to share your photos after your nuptials.

Get cyberspace-savvy before you get clicking with our list of do’s and don’ts for net nuptial planning:

Do:


:: Check the website is secure before making an online credit card payment. The link should begin with ‘https’ and there should be a padlock in the bottom right hand corner.
:: Check exchange rates, shipping costs and import tax when buying from overseas.
:: Send email enquiries to suppliers and ask for quotes in writing.
:: Read the testimonials of suppliers online – word of mouth is gold!

Don’t:


:: Disclose personal information on forums you don’t wish the world to see.
:: Leave things until the last minute.
:: Forget to bookmark sites so you don’t waste hours trying to find that dress again.
:: Be afraid to sign up to newsletters. Suppliers often have discounts for members.
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