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Tech-savvy brides and wedding guests find information and inspiration on the web

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Years ago, when brides-to-be wanted to get started planning their weddings, they consulted their mothers and Emily Post. While mom and the trusty doyenne of etiquette still have a place in prepping for the big day, today's brides are harnessing the power of the Web to create the weddings of their dreams.

In fact, it's difficult to think of any part of wedding planning that hasn't been revolutionized by the Internet. For guests, the wedding websites created by the bride and groom can provide information on registries, details on the ceremony and reception, information on blocked hotel rooms and more. Wedding attendants, from bridesmaids to ring bearers, can easily get the attire and accessories they need, no matter where they live.

Even before plans are set in stone (or on embossed card stock), researching options for everything from dresses and chapels to announcements and flowers is now literally a few clicks away.

However, because the wedding industry is just as savvy as the brides it serves, a search can often return an overload of information. Sites like Local.com allow brides to refine their searches so they're only getting relevant local information. If you're planning a wedding in New York, you don't need to know about photographers in Denver.

Since the average price of a wedding now rings in at about $22,000, brides are always looking for ways to rein in costs, for themselves and for their guests. Local.com provides daily deals and coupons to help the bridal party and guests alike get exactly what they're looking for fast and affordably, including deals and discounts on tuxedo rentals, limo services, local restaurants, honeymoon activities and more.

The bridal blogging world continues to expand on an almost daily basis, fueled by brides' desire to see other weddings and get ideas on the latest trends. Blogs like OnceWed.com and 100LayerCake.com provide a never-ending stream of design-conscious ideas for all kinds of brides - from those who want an elaborate affair to those who would rather have a low-key gathering.

As any bride can tell you, when you're in the thick of planning, arranging a wedding is no simple task. But not everyone can relate to those stresses - except other brides. That explains the explosive popularity of wedding message boards, where it's easy to connect with others who are going through more or less the same things. From venting about logistical problems to sharing information about vendors they've found, including ratings and reviews for those vendors (positive or negative) and deals they've discovered on sites like Local.com, brides finally have a place to go where they know no one is ever tired of hearing about wedding minutiae.

For a new generation of brides, the thought of planning a wedding without the Web might seem frustrating at best and impossible at worst. With almost every aspect of information about planning and attending a wedding available on blogs, message boards and sites like Local.com, it's easier than ever to find anything you need to attend an upcoming wedding or to plan the wedding of your dreams.

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