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Wedding Planning Phase 2: Research and Inspiration

Now that you've laid the foundation for your wedding plans, it's time to go into research and inspiration mode! Check out this guide to find out where to find wedding inspiration for your big day's details!

So you're just engaged and wondering where to start with your wedding planning. Hopefully by now, you've at least gotten a rough number of what you plan to spend by setting your wedding budget. (Haven't done that yet? learn how to set your wedding budget.) Now it's time for the fun to begin — gathering the inspiration for your day's details!

Phase 2: Wedding Research and Gathering Inspiration for Your Wedding Details

If you're looking for some direction on how to get inspired for your wedding, you're in the right place! This page will lead you to all of our best resources for wedding inspiration to put together the look and feel of your big day. Whether you've found the perfect wedding venue or are just starting your research, we know this list will prove to be helpful to you.

Wedding Magazines

There's nothing like holding a magazine in your hand and flipping through its pages. Most brides' first move is to buy some wedding magazines. Some of our favorites are Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, The Knot and Bridal Guide. Wedding magazines typically feature wedding inspiration in the form of real weddings and helpful articles.

Wedding Books

After getting inspired by magazines, you could always check out some wedding books! While having a good wedding planner is a great idea, you may not find any photos or inspiration within their pages. Instead check out some of our favorite books for wedding inspiration below:

Budget Savvy Tip: if you don't want to buy wedding books, consider checking them out from your local library!

Best Wedding Blogs for Inspiration

Wedding Blogs are a great source of wedding inspiration! View these websites or their corresponding social channels for great photos and ideas for inspiration! Check out this quick list of wedding blogs with great inspiration for brides on a budget:

Wedding Budget Inspiration from Real Weddings

Here on The Budget Savvy Bride, we love sharing real weddings with actual budget breakdowns, so you can get inspired to plan the best wedding you can on the budget you've got!

Plus: don't forget to check out our Wedding Budget Tips page to get all the best tips for saving money on your wedding! We've also shared a huge list of wedding freebies you can take advantage of, as well as exclusive wedding deals to give you discounts on things you purchase for your big day!

Pinterest

Pinterest is a virtual treasure trove of inspirational wedding images, projects and ideas. Make sure you're following Budget Savvy Bride on Pinterest!

Instagram

Instagram is another great source of inspiring wedding content. Follow hashtags to find local vendors in your area, or just follow your favorite wedding blog accounts! Don't forget to follow Budget Savvy Bride on Instagram!


Inspiration for the Look & Feel of Your Wedding

Below are several of our top articles with inspiration for your wedding. From color schemes to wedding themes, get inspired for your big day with these savvy articles!

Color Schemes

Picking your wedding color scheme is a big decision! If you need help deciding on a color scheme for your big day, make sure to read this article: How to Choose Your Wedding Colors.

Want some color inspiration? Browse our wedding color schemes inspiration series in partnership with Minted! We've partnered with Minted to create vision boards based on various color schemes and themes, and paired them with our favorite Minted wedding invitations! Check them out below:

Wedding Themes

Browse our wedding themes section in partnership with Blooms by the Box! We've partnered with them to create full wedding looks based on different themes. Check them out below:


Flower Inspiration

Flowers – fresh, faux, or some other alternative? Check out our flower alternative series below.


Design Inspiration

When it comes to selecting the graphic elements for your wedding, you might want to start out with trying to find some inspiration. Utilize these resources to get inspired for the design of your paper goods, signage, and more!

DIY Wedding Inspiration

Browse our DIY Projects to find ideas for your wedding!

DIY Floral Inspiration

We've also collaborated with Bloom Culture Flowers to share some great floral DIY projects you can use as wedding inspiration for your big day!


Phase 3

Moving on to Phase 3 of Wedding Planning

Once you’ve completed all these steps in Phase one, you’re ready to move on to Phase 3: Making Wedding Decisions!