Books for wedding planning

Plan your own wedding yourself – economical and effectively. Here are the 7 most popular books for wedding planning.



1) A Practical Wedding Planner

The author of A Practical Wedding offers a no-nonsense wedding planner, with all the tools, tips, and strategies to get the celebration you want, on a budget you can actually afford.

Whether you’re newly engaged or haven’t quite made anything official yet, but you know you want to spend your lives together, you’re going to need help planning your wedding. When you’re ready to take a deep breath and start, this is the book you want–need–to have. From figuring out what you really want–as opposed to what everyone else thinks you should want–to helping you keep an eye on the ceremony itself and the vows, Meg Keene, founder of apracticalwedding.com, covers all the essentials. With checklists (such as flowers, food, final venue walk-through) and key spreadsheets (guest list and seating chart, budget, venue search, and more), A Practical Wedding Planner helps you:

-Set a budget–and stick to it

-Choose a venue: traditional, non-traditional, and everything in between

-Hire good vendors and keep your friendors (and tells you why DIY doesn’t always save money)

-Figure out catering, rentals, and everything else Pinterest forgot to tell you

-Reality-check wedding décor

-Create and write a ceremony that really represents both of you

-Get everyone to show up…and have a good time

2) The Wedding Planner & Organizer

Weddings require organization, record-keeping, legwork, logistics. In other words, a planner. From the celebrity wedding planner and author of the The Wedding Book, Mindy Weiss’s All-In-One Wedding Planner & Organizer helps couples keep track of every detail leading up to their Big Day. It’s the organizer that includes exactly what you need for on-the-go, on-the-ground wedding planning.

Created as a three-ring binder, it has tabs for each category:

• The Big Picture and Contacts
• Budget
• Location, Location, Location!
• Menu and Flowers
• Rentals
• The Dress! (And What Everyone Else Is Wearing)
• The Guests and the Invitations
• Music, Photography, and Videography
• Making It Official: Rings, Licenses, Vows, Officiants

Packed throughout are tips, tools, checklists, spreadsheets, and schedules to help brides (and grooms) manage everything from building a wedding timeline and organizing the dreaded seating chart to getting the wedding party matched and fitted. From “Will you marry me?” to “I do,” nothing will slip through the cracks.

3) The Knot Book of Wedding Lists

For the first time wedding resource brand The Knot’s famous timelines, tools, and checklists have been compiled in one easy-to-carry book that will travel with you from florist to baker and everywhere in between.

The Knot Book of Wedding Lists distills all the great information from The Knot and crafts it into useful, organized lists that will eliminate the stress and make planning a wedding as simple as checking off boxes. Whether you’re planning for twenty or two hundred, a wedding on the beach or in a balloon, this compact guide covers all your planning details for the big day in an easy, organized format, including:

• Planning timelines
• Contract checklists
• Vendor to-do lists
• New wedding ideas
• Questions to ask the site manager, photographer, florist, and others
• Bridesmaid duties
• Details about your ceremony
• Shopping lists
• Wedding-day to-do lists
• Reception schedules and much, much more.

With the most essential to-do lists in one easily accessible and portable spot, The Knot Book of Wedding Lists is the ultimate organizing tool you’ll turn to at every step of the wedding-planning process—right up to your walk down the aisle.

4) The Wedding Book

Everything you need to make the wedding of your dreams come true, no matter what your vision, taste, or budget.

Written by Mindy Weiss, the “megastar wedding planner” (People), The Wedding Book is the most comprehensive wedding guide published, and is now revised and updated for a new generation of brides- and grooms-to-be.
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The Wedding Book is your fashion consultant, etiquette expert, menu planner, floral designer, and shoulder to lean on with advice if sticky family issues turn up. It’s an insider source for contract negotiation and budget-stretching tips. It explains how to get the most out of Etsy, Pinterest, Instagram, and other social apps and websites—including how to use Uber for guest transportation. Whatever the subject—cakes, stationery, video (including drones!), lingerie, tents, insurance, port-a-potties, party favors, the toasts, looking great in photos, tipping, thank-you notes—The Wedding Book has the answer.

5) The Knot Ultimate Guide to Weddings

From the #1 wedding brand, the bestselling wedding book, updated with all-new budget ideas, online tools, and event planning and personalizing trends.

First comes love, then comes . . . planning! Before a fabulous celebration, there are vendors to hire, budgets to calculate, decisions galore to make. Packed with The Knot’s top tips and worksheets, checklists, and contact sheets for you to fill in, this book is the one-stop resource that keeps brides focused but stress-free. The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner paperback takes you through the process step by easy-to-follow step, with:

· Budget worksheets (and all the latest digital tools for keeping track of costs) as well as hundreds of invisible ways to cut costs when selecting everything from flowers to the venue and menu
· Wedding planning timelines (including a brand-new express timeline for couples getting married in 3 months or fewer)
· Guest list and invitation worksheets (with guidance on what you can now do online)
· Vendor contract checklists (and tons of new online resources for finding the pros you need)
· Fun ideas for personalizing your reception, from photo booths to signature cocktails in any color your heart desires
· Web links and other useful resources for planning on the go (including recommended apps to download and up-to-the-minute advice on building your wedding website)

6) The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings

From the #1 wedding website, this completely revised and updated edition of the classic wedding planning bible answers all of your questions, with all the latest information and tools a bride could want. 

Overwhelmed by the countless questions and details your wedding entails? Don’t despair! The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings takes you step-by-step from your engagement to the big day, from the reception to the honeymoon. Inside you’ll find checklists, worksheets, insider advice, and in-depth sections on:

• How to personalize your wedding
• Updated wedding etiquette
• Creating a realistic budget
• Sneaky cost-cutting tips
• Dress shopping advice
• Tips for working with florists, caterers, officiants, and others
• Invitation wording
• Vows and ceremony details
• Unique Wedding customs

Plus, all new sections on: Planning Online and Destination Weddings, and a color-coded section with over 100 vibrant photographs.

7) Wedding Planning For Dummies

The bestselling wedding planning guide―now updated!

Congratulations, you’re planning a wedding! Besides obtaining a fancy tuxedo and a stunning gown, organizing a wedding ceremony takes creativity, planning, and diplomacy. The whole ordeal can seem overwhelming at first, but with lots of guidance, you’ll plan a wedding people will remember for ages.

Wedding Planning For Dummies demystifies and simplifies all the details that go into the Big Day, providing inspiration and innovative ideas to personalize your wedding celebration and, of course, make it fun for everyone–especially you! Expert wedding planner Marcy Blum walks you step-by-step through everything you’ll encounter as you plan your wedding, from choosing a reception site to picking a photographer―and everything in between.

-20% new and updated content

-Keep track of expenses with a wedding budget

-Negotiate contracts and surf online for wedding deals

-Get those pesky financial technicalities out of the way

-Plan a weekend wedding, a themed wedding, same sex wedding, and other celebrations

-Plan for various wedding customs and rites

-Throw a great reception with music, food, drink, and cake

-The 4-1-1 on the latest and greatest trends in wedding registries, rings, photos, and the honeymoon

Packed with tips for saving money and common kitsch you should avoid, this is the ultimate guide to satisfying everyone on the Big Day―while making all of your fairytale dreams come true.