If you're planning for your big day and you're finding yourself thin on ideas (and, perhaps, funds), skip the wedding planner in favor of advice from some Web-based wedding bloggers. Get ready to add some new favorites to your bookmarks.
Portland, Ore.-based blog "Frolic" (frolic-blog.com) is a lovely all-things-pretty inspiration board of sorts. You may be directed to ProjectWedding.com, a site to which Frolic's creator Chelsea Fuss is a contributor, and you'll note Fuss recently launched her own planner services. But if you're broke, take her ideas for farmers market wedding flowers, unique stationery and alternatives to ring-bearer pillows … and run.
Guys, we know a night hanging with your buddies probably doesn't include wedding chatter. There is hope — and insider info and useful advice — for you yet, thanks to "The Man Registry," a rare groom's wedding blog (groomsadvice.com). Should you go with your fiancee to pick out a dress? How can you make your bachelor party a bit less cliche? What cologne is perfect for your big day?
Brides, head to "Style Me Pretty" (stylemepretty.com) for practical advice, inspirational photos of gorgeous weddings, vendor guides and DIY help.
Like many wedding blogs, "A Practical Wedding" (apracticalwedding.com) was started by a woman — Meg Keene — when she was planning her own wedding in 2009. That's the kind of battlefield advice we're looking for.
She addresses common dilemmas and offers advice, and she reminds you that DIY isn't always cheaper … but then offers tips to do it (yourself) if you'd like. And for the Web-challenged, Keene is due to publish a book at the end of 2011.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun