Post # 1
Hey Bees!! I got engaged last weekend, and I am so excited to start thinking about and planning for my wedding. We haven’t set a date yet, but ideally we’d like to get married within the next year or so. I have been coming across so many wedding planning guides, checklists, and books, but I’m wondering what resources were most helpful to you Bees? Also, I wanted to know if and where you purchased a special tote to carry your planning essentials in?
Post # 2
I’m a pretty relaxed person, I have just been using theknot.com as my go to for checklists and stuff. I don’t have a binder or planner or anything.
Post # 3
Hi. I’m the same as you recently engaged a little over a week but I will be getting married in May 2020. I just recently bout a wedding planning binder called “the knot ultimate wedding planner organizer” and I’ve skimmed through it these past couple of days and I really recommend it. It has EVERYTHING in it even things you don’t think of. It is very informative and helpful. I got it from Barnes and Nobles for $30. But I’m sure you could buy it elsewhere. I think it’s worth it for sure! Good luck and congratulations!
Post # 4
tattooedbridetobe2 : Nice! I just went on the Knot’s website last night to start looking at some local venues. I’m glad its working for you too!! Thanks so much for sharing! And happy planning!
ebbee : It’s interesting that you mention that particular book/binder. I actually have it in my Amazon shopping cart right now, but wanted to check with the Bees for recommendations. Glad I did! I’m going to purchase it now!! Thanks so much!
Post # 5
Stay away from PINTEREST!
Post # 6
I second the knot. I don’t have their book, but I’ve been using all their online vendor guides, checklists, timelines, budgeting, etc. It’s really convenient to have it all in one place. I also bought “The Budget Savvy Wedding Planner” from Amazon. If you are just starting out, it’s probably a great resource. It talks you through how to pick a budget, how to compare vendors, etc. It has worksheets in it which is really nice for organization. I bought it after we had already booked a few vendors and had a budget set though, so it wasn’t super helpful for me since I already had a decent amount planned.
I also (obviously, lol) use Weddingbee! There are thousands of posts on here for every wedding planning issue/question under the sun. When I had really specific questions that only related to my wedding, I’d just make a post about it and everyone is super helpful at giving advice.
Post # 7
I bought the knot book too but honestly thought it didn’t apply so I haven’t even opened it. Whatever is online is plenty and the knot has free checklists in their app. Skip the actual book!
Post # 8
I didn’t use a wedding planner (something I massively regret now haha) but I would say that ‘The Wedding Book’ by Mindy Weiss was totally invaluable to me. Everything from random etiquette that you just wouldn’t know unless you’d be married before to order of the day recommendations to budget saving ideas are covered.
I wasted a lot of money on useless planners and pretty picture books but Mindy Weiss’ was worth every penny 🙂 If you also want something pretty (and also functional), I also love the Martha Stewart Weddings book!