Weddings can be costly affairs as you well know. Saving money to pay for your wedding venue, suppliers, honeymoon etc. can put tremendous strain on anybody. The easiest way to save money is to cut back on expenditure, the easiest way to cut back on expenditure is to monitor your expenses (quick someone tell the Government!).
At the recent Business Camp in Limerick I met with Daniel Hunt, Technical Director of Curbl.com. The site allows you to easily record how you spend your money, will notify you when you have bills coming and provides you with easy to understand graph and reports.
Better still it’s free to sign up!
curbl.com the easy way to save money
Watching Dragon’s Den recently I was impressed by a website which was featured on it. Family Fridge is ‘A free online tool helping you and your family to become more organised’.
It is designed for families, but I think you could also use it to help plan your wedding. Basically decide who is going to be in your ‘family’ ie. the wedding party, Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen etc. There are some useful features included in Family Fridge which could be of help in organising a wedding.
A calendar lets you share important dates with everyone. Now no one is going to forget the date of the wedding itself. Heavens forbid! But it could be handy for sharing dates like meeting with the photographer, dress fittings, hair and beauty trials, marriage courses, hen and stag outings etc. All the relevant parties can share and know the availability of each other.
You can mail each other and leave notes within the site and there is also a feature which allows you to securely store important documents. Basically it acts like a fridge you might have at home with notes stuck on it with magnets, calendars and important reminders.
And, what could be very useful is a gift list, where you can leave suggestions of gifts that you might like.
All in all it could be a very handy tool for a wedding party to collaborate in planning the big day. It could help reduce stress on the bride having to phone or email everyone to tell them about the plans ahead. Simply post all the plans on the ‘fridge’ where authorised people can access them. Then it’s up to everyone else to check in for themselves.
Then after the big day the happy bride and groom can set up their own Family Fridge 🙂