I’m jealous! With so many new and interesting sites out there I wish we would’ve had these tools 4 (almost 5) years ago when J and I were in the midst of our planning! Aside from the more common planning sites, such as Wedding Wire (AWESOME) and Offbeat Bride (EVEN MORE AWESOME), I’ve been finding inspiration in other off-the-beaten-path sites that are blooming in popularity as of lately.
The latest is Kickstarter (est. 2009.. what rock have I been under?), which J first introduced me to. To be honest.. he told me about a “project” he helped to fund and the typical former banker in me starts to Google scams, spams, and any other wife research for that “Uh.. yeah, we gotta talk” moment. Upon checking out the site, I was smitten! It’s actually a cool program where artists and creatives of all walks can post their “project” up and request funding to complete said project with perks for the funding individual, ranging from promotional items to large quantities of the actual product sponsored. Think high school Economics and the Stock Market Game but much more fun. Some projects and creatives that I’m following range from up-cycled bowties (perfect for your grooms, ladies) to cork wallets and iphone cases to my personal favorite find, alcohol infused marshmallows and brittle (Jenna is seriously awesome to work with!).
My recommended way to use this site, because it can be challenging weeding out projects you might not be interested in such as super indie films or under the radar musicians (there are a lot on here), is to check out the Staff Picks and narrow down categories to what you’re interested in- highly recommend the fashion section. I also prefer to hit up the websites directly that link to these particular vendors to get exactly what I’m looking for or to see about special ordering. Have you checked out Kickstarter or are following any special creatives you’d like to share?