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

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 16
1575 posts
Bumble bee

Not a book but a big binder/organiser is helpful to keep all you planning stuff/receipts. I liked flicking through magazines and cutting stuff out for the planning stage. I got one from Kikki K but you can easily make your own cheaply.

Post # 17
1831 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I didn’t use a book, but I did put together a binder. Which I think was also completely unnecessary. Everyone around me who was engaged or recently married had a binder and made it sound so important so I was like, okay, I guess I must use a binder.

I printed some things to put in it, but really it was a waste because everything was online that I printed. I used Google sheets and Google docs for basically everything, which made sharing it with parents easy. I also printed a few inspiration pics for meetings with vendors, but I could have just as easily just shown them the pictures on my phone or sent them to them.

I also made a bunch of checklists and timelines (made online and then printed!), but the day of coordinator made her own. So we really didn’t need the stuff I prepared for the rehearsal dinner or the day of the wedding. Maybe if I didn’t have a coordinator it would have been more useful. 

I also put my invoices and receipts in it, but again, those were almost all emailed to me and then I printed them. So I could have just kept them electronically. 

Post # 18
1712 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

No. I had one and never used it. 

Post # 19
1777 posts
Buzzing bee

In my opinion no you don’t need one. What you do need is a method to keep yourself on target and organized. There are so many free checklists online that you can use that will give you the same information and the same tools. 

So it’s really more about your personal preference for organizing and if you’re a paper person or a digital person.

I’m a digital person, so I pulled a bunch of online checklists, planners, budgets and time-lines, compiled them all and set up an excel spreadsheet with tabs for each section and everything goes there. I have a separate e-mail address for wedding stuff and it’s set up with folders for each section. I go to the venue section I know every single part of my venue correspondence is there and I can find the exact email I need.

Post # 20
7464 posts
Busy Beekeeper

yellownaomi :  nope. Whatever you normally use to organize you life is fine. I use a combo of bullet journal and Google drive for everything. A google drive spreadsheet was helpful because then my husband could access it too. 

Post # 21
616 posts
Busy bee

Add another one to the column of made my own binder, page protectors, tabs and google docs.

I am a super organized person in my work life, and keep all of my work organized in binders for work, so this was a natural extension.  I have used some of the tools on the knot also, to make timelines and make sure I have covered everything.

Google docs has been great because I can share it with Fiance and my Maid/Matron of Honor and they are able to add to it, when appropriate.

The other thing, is regardless of the wedding, I have always kept a date book. With wedding planning and all the extra appointments, it has been a complete and total necessity.  I like having a hard copy where I can see what I have on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.  I feel it works better for me than trying to keep track on a electronic calendar.

Post # 22
260 posts
Helper bee

Those white books has lots of good reviews, I wish I had seen it before I got married! That’s all writing it down so no printing necessary. 

I did have a wedding planner which was just a binder with a fancy look to it – honestly I did use it all the time and it was so useful. And it’s quite nice to look back at it and reminisce over the wedding planning 🙂 

Post # 23
1017 posts
Bumble bee

You can also use Google Drive, which is free. 

Post # 24
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

I’ve created my own and love it.  It’s definitely helpful for me to have everything in one handy dandy binder.  I like that it’s more personalized than the kind you can buy pre-made, not to mention cheaper.   

Post # 25
8 posts
  • Wedding: October 2018

yellownaomi : I recommend it!!  I’m not the type to have a planner for eveyday things and I constantly forget to put reminders in my phone. (It’s a miracle I make it anywhere…haha) BUT I got a planner for my wedding and honestly I’ve used it like crazy. It has really helped me stay organized and keep my stress to a minimum. My SIL bought it for me from Erin Condren… They are pretty expensive and I wouldn’t have purchased it for myself because of that price. There are much cheaper alternatives through Amazon, Hobby Lobby, and Michael’s. 

With that being said, there are so many FREE, adorable, helpful printable checklists, timelines, calendars, etc. on pinterist and wedding blogs that you honestly don’t need to spend anything! Just get a binder and print out what you think you might need!

Post # 26
907 posts
Busy bee

I recieved a wedding book as a gift. I never used it. I did a lot of my wedding planning at work so I just kept a folder and a lot of spreadsheets. 

Post # 27
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

A basic planner, 3 excel spreadsheets, and a three ring binder with dividers. I did not go the previously constructed planner route, and these did fine! It was nice to be able to share the files with my Mom while planning also, we were both on the same page 

Post # 28
1365 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center

I have one from Target but I find that I do all my scratchwork in my own personal notebook and on my iPhone’s Notes app + Google Docs and then just fill in the final stuff in the book so I feel like I used it lol. But it’s nice to have a book which has pockets for storing vendor business cards, color samples, stationary samples, and flyers.

It’s a little old fashioned, but it was only $15 so what the heck :). Makes for a great engagement party gift!

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