(Closed) Wedding Planning Book

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

You can get them at any book store. My Maid/Matron of Honor sent me one as an engagement gift. I don’t think they’re super necessary, but they can be nice just as a reference on timelines (especially) and who does what/where/when. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I got mine a Barnes and Noble too, but I’m sure Borders has a ton. I got the Martha Stewart Keepsake Wedding Planner (it’s a mouthful), but I love it. Just make sure whichever one you get has a place for business cards that you’ll start collecting from vendors :).

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m sure you could get one at Barnes & Noble or Borders.  I didn’t see the need for an official one.  I kept all of my contracts in a folder and I had a regular spiral notebook that I took notes in when I had conversations with vendors.  While an official planner isn’t necessary, I’m sure if you bought one for her that would be a nice gift and she’d appreciate your thought and effort in getting it for her.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

I don’t have any type of book or binder and I don’t plan on buying one. I find all of my inspiration online and keep track of things via spreadsheets and folders on my hard drive.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I just bookmark/favorite, make word docs/spreadsheets, etc.  I see no need to buy a book to organize my thoughts or tell me what to do next that I can do for free or get a free checklist off the internet.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’ve found some checklist books and those type of books at Barnes and Noble which have really helped. But I ended up just getting an accordian like binder to put everything in and stay organized. That way I even have different sections to put things in: venue, flowers, cake, photography, ect. Plus it was cheap 🙂

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Just my two cents, my sister gave me a planning book and I asked if I could return it! I have come to worship google docs! Excel makes everything so nice and neat. I have one tab for the guest list, one for budget, menu, to do, and tasks. It really is the best thing because I can access it anywhere, and stores everything in one place. I think every bride has her own style in terms of keeping organized (or not), but this has really helped me out!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You can find them at any bookstore but most brides tend to use a regular notebook (looseleaf binder with folders or spiral notebook to write in).

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I sell them in my online store, so I have one of those, but honestly, I would get her a binder with a plastic sleeve on the front so she can personalize it and also get her some tabbed inserts and some plastic covers for any papers/contracts she wants to keep in it. I suggest that the binder be approximately 4″ in width because it will fill up fast.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Everything in those books are things you can find online. I am keeping track of everything with Google Docs Spreadsheets. There are awesome wedding templates. Iam using “Wedding: All-in-One Wedding Planner” it has a buget estimator, actual budget, guestlist management, vendor sheets, gift trackers, gifts for your bridal party and parents tracker with costs, and a very in depth breakdown from panty hoes to honeymoon.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I completely agree with using Google Docs; almost everything is on there, and what’s even better is that you can access it from any computer and give other people editing access as well.  For “hard copy” stuff like contracts and receipts, I use an accordian folder.

If you want to get her a book, I recommend Bridal Bargains.  It’s not a planning book, but it has some good, basic advice on not getting trapped (or tricked) into spending more than you need to, and some interesting insights into the wedding biz.  I’ve also found some of the “For Dummies” books for weddings to be pretty good (there’s quite a few of them, and I think I have one or two). 🙂

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