Planning tools 101: Your wedding guest list planner

In case you missed it, we recently launched a comprehensive and totally customizable document of wedding planning spreadsheets in Google Drive to get your wedding planning game on point. First we featured a big ol' wedding timeline and now we're rolling out the wedding guest list planner to keep track of all your guests, their RSVPs, contact info, food preferences, gift, blood type… everything you need to know.

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Should I schedule my wedding for the same day as a family member's wedding?

My fianc√© and I have been together for over nine years. Each year we celebrate our anniversary on the day we made our relationship official, and on our 2016 anniversary — he proposed to me. After all the emotional dust settled from this, my first thought was: we'll get married on our anniversary in 2017!

Then I remembered, my half-brother's cousin already announced that they would do their wedding on that very date….

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The surprising ways I'm using Instagram to plan a wedding

A lot has changed since I planned a wedding eight years ago. Mostly… Instagram's existence. It's my favorite social media platform, for keeping up with friends and sharing my own life. But it's also been surprisingly helpful for wedding planning!

Have you checked out any wedding tags on Instagram? The #offbeatbride hashtag itself will send you down an endless rabbit hole of wedding inspiration. In a few seconds I went from scrolling, to clicking on a cool looking dress and discovering a new designer…