1. Find the right destination.
Tripbase.com features slider tools that you can adjust based on your interests. Input your dates and preferred airport to get a list of suggested spots that fit your personality, along with a brief bio of each destination, a snapshot of the average cost and what to expect weather-wise.
2. Customize your flight plans.
If you aren't using a travel agent, consider booking on yapta.com. Not only does Yapta allow you to choose flights by number of connections, but it keeps tabs on prices, alerts you when award seats become available and helps you get a refund if the price falls. Deciding between a few routes and airlines? Pay a visit to insidetrip.com. This site evaluates your flight options and helps you narrow them down based on your chosen preferences (like probability of delays or lost luggage). When you've chosen your itinerary, check out seatguru.com; it ranks the best and worst seats on all types of airplanes, using criteria like legroom and proximity to bathrooms.
3. Explore your resort.
If you can't swing a visit in person, take a virtual tour. Most major resorts offer 360-degree video tours that include lobby areas, guest rooms, meeting spaces and outdoor amenities. Sites like expedia.com and hotels.com sometimes have virtual tours as well. After you've scoped the place out, visit traveler-review sites like tripadvisor.com, where guests can rate their stays according to categories like "value" and "service."
4. Chat with vendors.
At skype.com, you can chat with anyone in the world for just $9.95 a month. And if both parties have Skype accounts, calls are free. You can also set up conference calls and video chats, which allow you to virtually review details and images with remote vendors in real time.
5. Save some dough.
You can find all sorts of deals at coupon-code sites. Ebates.com offers a percentage back on purchases at travel sites like Expedia and Travelocity and retail sites like Godiva and Piperlime; retailmenot.com collects coupon codes at many popular retailers, including Sephora, Victoria's Secret and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. To make sure you don't blow your wedding budget, link your financial accounts to mint.com. Its customizable budget tool can track your spending and send alerts if you exceed your projected amount.