(Closed) Best Wedding Planner Books

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Post # 3
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296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

Congratulations and welcome to the most exciting and intense time of your life. I’m afraid I can’t give you a specific recomendation. I made my own and LOVE it! I used information from theknot, Martha Stewart and my own experience with weddings. Making your own is kind of fun. It can help you begin to think through what all you need plus you end up with a keep sake as well. The other thing I found most helpful was that I was able to eliminate all the irrelevant stuff. Because of our budget we weren’t going to be doing a lot of things in the standard planners. Seeing all the extra stuff just confused and overwhelmed me. I do highly recommend theknot’s to-do list. It really helps you know what all the things are that need to be done and when they need to be done. And it’s easy to check things off that you’re not doing. Google and excel will become your best friends too! Oh and I HIGHLY recommend getting a small note book you can keep on you at all times. It’s really helped with my sanity. Any time I have even a small idea, i can write it down and get it out of my head. Then I don’t go over and over and over it all day at work. Good luck and let me know if there’s anythign I can do to help.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Copied from my blog- – – A bit too lazy to type it all out . . . but this is what I got so far!!

I have been working on my wedding binder these past few days and am very proud of my results!! I bring my binder almost everywhere with me – and in cases I don’t have it. . I have a handy notebook I jot down all my ideas and any other information I might need later.

 Materials I’ve used

  • 3 Inch D- Ring Binder *D-Ring helps out alot –it prevent inside pages from bending when closing binder
  • 1 Pack Heavy duty Diamond Clear Page Protectors
  • 1 Pack (5 pages) Business Card Holders (3 hole punches)
  • Writable self stick tabs – I chose the writables because I’m not always in front of a PC to print out my labels –Sticky is best when making this type of filing binder. You can easily detach them and make a new one!
  • Stephie Stuart’s "Fire your Wedding Planner: Note book for reference. – Stephie’s book is GREAT! She shows you how to make a planner with sections I wouldn’t have thought about!

The Sections *not in Order*

  • Check Lists & Schedules (aka Timelines and To Do’s)
  • Attire – Wedding Gown, Tuxedos, Bridesmaid or Best Man / Flower Girl Dresses
  • Flowers
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Invites
  • Seating
  • DIY projects
  • Favors
  • Travel, Transporation & Guest Lodging
  • Flow and timing of the BIG DAY
  • Music
  • Photo / Video
  • Honeymoon

I place all the ideas I like and file them accordingly. I usually weed through the pages, tossing ideas I am for sure I don’t like. Or . . . If I booked a person (and paid deposit) I will just toss all the other info. Or maybe put it in another binder for a future bride to reference 

In addition to the binder, I keep most information electronically also. I.E Guest list, Budget Spreadsheets, Confirmations, etc

I hope this helps!!

Post # 6
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296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

Glad I could help! I started with a three ring binder that my fiance got when he worked at Disney. It’s kind of a sentimental thing for both of us. I then looked over the knot’s planning section and the work sheets from the latest martha wedding and decided how I wanted to organize it (the nice thing about making them yourself is that you can organize it the way it makes sense to you and not the way someone else thinks it makes sense). I have sections for priorities and budget stuff, general over all theme ideas, ceremony, reception, and then I pulled out a few things that I felt needed to be dealt with individually: invitaitons and other printed material, flowers, clothes and then one for the guest list and important contact information. I also have a lot of stuff stored on my computer and have similar folders set up there. Making "inspiration boards" for different aspects of the wedding is a good way to consolidate your digital images and get them into your book. If there’s any other specific information you’d like to know or you need anything as you put it together, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

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