(Closed) June 2010 Brides… Which wedding planning book are you using?

posted 8 years ago in June 2010
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m just using the Real Simple Wedding magazing…it has tons of great info and pointers…and helps keep me on track month-to-month 😀

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Not a June bride…but I second the love for the Real Simple wedding magazine planner (2009 version is still available from Crate & Barrel for cheap).

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

i am using a google spreasheet. does a planning book really help?! should i have one? i never even thought about it…

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

For all of you brides that are on a budget – JC Penny gives you a free planning binder for free.  It has a slot to put a photo of you guys on the front – otherwise it has a pretty picture of a just married carriage being pulled away.

I am using that binder along with all of the lovely bridal magazines and worksheets found online.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I long ago (2007) when I started planning I started out with the Target wedding planner. It is too big and heavy and has a ton of stuff I don’t use so it got religated to the wedding book reference shelf above my desk and I now use a smaller binder that holds all my google docs, excel s and misc printouts. I also have up there that I look at a lot “Wedding Chic” by Nina Willdorf. And since we are self-catering I have “Secrets From a cater’s Kitchen” by Nicole Aloni (this is a great general party planning book to have if you love to throw large parties) and “Do it for less: Weddings’ by Denise Vivaldo up there too.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@daniellealys

I’m all about the google spreadsheet as well…plus Fiance can see it anytime. I personally feel like with all the online resources I don’t really need a book..but that’s just me.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I got the knot planner at Joann’s, plus I have looked at every website planner I think there is.

I’m also the bride that has an excel spreadsheet for budget & has a list of “things to buy” in my daily planner at all times! Ha.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Another spreadsheet bride here! I find that I don’t really need a planner based on reading a few early in the process (borrowed a few from the library: Anti-Bride wedding planner, The Knot Guide to Real Life weddings, etc.)…the most helpful bits are the timelines (which both WeddingWire & The Knot websites have for free – I like WW better than Knot) & the bits that tell you about the traditions (of which Fiance & I have eliminated almost all of them).  So once you’ve got your checklist of tasks & picked the traditions you actually want to follow, you may not need the planner…especially if you’re a regular on the boards here at WB(I LOVE getting opinions & explanations from real brides rather than wedding industry books that are telling me stuff in part to get my money).

However, a plus for the planners: if you’re not that experienced in weddings (one of the first of your group or generation in family to get married), or haven’t been to many pre-wedding parties (showers, RDs, etc.) or haven’t been in many weddings (as Maid/Matron of Honor, Bridesmaid or Best Man, etc.), these planners are a God-send about the duties of people, when to send stuff out.  But since every wedding is different/unique to the couple (& ours is RATHER unique), so is every bride’s method of prep.

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