Do i NEED a wedding planning book? If so, which one?

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I purchased one off of Amazon. It does help a lot. It’s got a calender and I add all my appoinments into it. It also has an area for notes and to-dos. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

yellownaomi :  depends on your own organizational structure. I preferred on line and google docs with my own structure so I used the knot to just get my to do list timed out correctly. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I have a binder where I keep reciepts, charts etc. I also have a regular notebook where I write things and sectioned it with sticky tabs.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I bought mine from Michaels. They have a bunch!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

yellownaomi :  No, you don’t need one.  But if you do get one, get A Practical Wedding.  

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Nope, unless you find a good deal on one. 

I used the checklist from The Knot.com when I set up my website, which is somewhat customizable, but didn’t find it as useful.

For keeping track of things I used Google Docs (easily shared with family members) and kept printed copies in a 3-ring binder from Staples. Page protectors to store coupons, pictures, contracts, etc. A college-rule notebook fits in there perfectly for notes, zipper pouch for pencils, etc. 

We handed it over to our day-of coordinator the night before and she had copies of the readings, order of service, phone numbers for all the key people… It was perfect. Only cost what, $10? and fully customizeable. You could even print up the list from The Knot! 🙂

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I have the knot binder and one of the wedding bibles. My fiance’s mom gave me a wedding book but it was not as nearly detailed as the other people were. So I glanced through it to say I looked at it.

I use google docs for items still needed,  what I’ve paid, and wedding addressses. This way people like invitation stylist and what not can see it.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I bought a 3 ring binder, a 3 hole punch, and some page tabs from Walmart. I put all of my contracts in it and other notes from vendors. It’s been working great for me! I spent maybe $15 in all. (I also put a printed check list from The Knot in it like someone else suggested.)

I love my binder and refer to it all the time! And my vendors always compliment it and say how organized I am, but that could just be them being nice 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Depends on how you like to organize- my Mother-In-Law bought me the Knot binder and I thought it was a great idea, but I ended up keeping every thing organized on my cloud drive instead (so I could do stuff at work during slow times). I ended up only filling out one or two pages of the binder, and I found it had a good amount of things in it that weren’t relevant to our wedding and therefore not useful to me.

yellownaomi :  

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I am really surprised to see so many bees that liked a binder.  Not that there is anything wrong with it. I just thought the overwhelming majority response would be digital organization.

I don’t like paper.  I like things that I can easily organize and sort through digitally.  I did not use a binder.  I used basic excel sheets for lists, things to do, staff, and budgeting.  Combined with reminders on my phone/computer of deadlines.    

As a pp said, no you do not need a binder.  You only need a binder if that is how you organize, personally.  If that does suit you, I’d think you could do it on your own.  But buying a pre-loaded one might suite your organizational stile better than going alone.  Just depends on you.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I just bought a binder and tabs and organized myself

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I don’t think they’re necessary. I just use spreadsheets and word.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

yellownaomi :  Definitely not needed. I used Microsoft Excel for my budget and to do list, Google Docs for communication with vendors, and Google Calendar for managing appointments. .

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

They are so unnecessary! When so many things are done over email I find them particularly redundant.  I think a well organized email inbox and a google doc you can share with your Fiance is ore useful, that way you can both check things at home, at work, on your phone etc. 

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