Has anyone bought a wedding planner book?

posted 2 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

http://www.amazon.ca/Brides-Essential-Wedding-Planner-Deluxe/dp/1454908459/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417246078&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Bride%27s+Essential+Wedding+Planner%3A+Deluxe+Edition

This is the one that I got. I went to my bookstore and went through all the planning books that they had. The reasons that I chose this one was:

  • it contains a lot of info, (general info, money saving tips, etiquette, alternatives)
  • has many worksheets (most of which I haven’t used)
  • Has pockets with each section which makes it easy to keep clippings and swatches sorted by category
  • it’s in a binder format – meaning I can add pages, page protectors, or take out info that I need

There were some that I found that were more flashy or beautiful, but this had the essential info and I was able to add my own pages. 

Post # 3
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293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I was going to buy the same one PP purchased but decided I could make my own. With the amount of information online (although, sometimes it can be overwhelming) I decided to save that money for something else. I am a big reader so I’ve spent that money (plus more) on wedding planning books and wedding magazines.

I used a binder and page protectors I had at home already and printed out checklists and calander pages to put in it. I add contracts and ideas as I get them. So far this has worked out great for me.

If you do decide to purchase one I would also recommend the same one mildlybookish bought.

Post # 5
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3709 posts
Sugar bee

I just used plain manilla folders and wrote some notes and updates, on the front of each. I kept everything I could on the computer – if they were sent in e-mail format, like contracts, suggested menus, guests lists and responses (in excel), etc.

Post # 6
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I just made my own, using guildlines I found online. There are plenty of printables for just about everything.

I also used the budget tool on weddingwire.com – and I would print off the pages once a month. I carried the binder with me everywhere we went [well not IN everywhere, but it was always in my car, at home, at work, or anywhere where I could need information about the wedding, need to answer questions, or need to compare things for purchasing].

Post # 7
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1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

geh:  Although I did buy one, I agree with the other posters that it is very simple to make your own. Although there is a lot of info in the one that I got, there’s nothing there that you can’t find for free online. It just so happened that I had received a gift card for the bookstore shortly after I had gotten engaged and wanted to treat myself.

Post # 8
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1878 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

I just made my own. I searched DIY wedding planning binders. I based mine off of justlovelykatherine.hotspot.com

Her blog about her wedding planner was called “www – how to put together a wedding planning notebook”.

Post # 9
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213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

 

I bought this this one and then used the pages I liked from this one and put them in a much bigger binder. I also bought a huge package of page protectors to put all of our contracts/receipts in and a zipper pencil pouch to keep fabric samples and pens/highlightets/tape. I have 13 days till my wedding and this has been a lifesaver. I take it everywhere and have all my info right there. It was definitely worth it buying the book. I use the book, website, and app everyday and think it will be a nice memory!!

Post # 10
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144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Best wedding planning book I’ve ever used is The Knot Book of Lists. You really don’t need anything else if you buy this one.  Covers everything.  I have a collection of about 25 planning books (event planner) and this is the top of the top, even though I don’t love The Knot.

Post # 11
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306 posts
Helper bee

geh:  I don’t think you’re going to re-read your wedding planner as much as you might think.. I downloaded a printable pdf of a wedding planner checklist that was very useful. I noted all my vendors and dates and I figured them out, and it has sections for different months before the wedding, and things you should have done by that time. Also, the pdf was free. I’d recommend doing something like that!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

geh:  I created one. Printed off a bunch of pages from sites online. I barely use it… I currently have no idea where it is lol.

I keep mostly everything on the computer, but I like to keep contracts in the binder itself, I should find it… haha.

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