When you’re starting to plan a wedding, you might feel a little overwhelmed. There is so much to think about. If you are like me, it helps to have everything organized. And this is exactly what the best wedding planners do for you.
Wedding planners help you to stay organized and keep track of what you need to plan.
They will give you valuable advice and let you create to-do lists. Most planners include checklists and space for notes, templates for budgets and much more.
Some of the planners are good, some of them great. But you deserve to have one of those that are really awesome.
I checked the planners most people are interested in for you and put together a comprehensive summary to help you choose the one suiting your needs the best.
These are the planners, people buy the most.
Inside of this practical and informative planner, you will find many advice, sanity-saving tips and also plenty of worksheets in form of charts, lists, shopping guides, spreadsheets, timelines etc.
This organizer covers all important areas, from budget, guest list and invitations to a venue.
You will also plan everything for your wedding reception. Dress, food, flowers, music, photography, rentals, rings and vows, licenses and officiants, all is included.
In the ring-bound version, you will also find pockets, zippered pouch and business-card holder included.
I like the content of the planner, unfortunately, the ring bound version has some major flaws. Customers are reporting bad printing, damaged corners of the binder and poorly functioning ring bond. Some of them were also complaining about missing pages.
Even though the total percentage of satisfied customers is around 85%, there is a risk of you being disappointed if you purchase the ring-bound version of this planner. I would advise going for the digital version because the content is still very good, but unfortunately, they don’t offer any digital version.
By Carley Roney
This popular modern wedding planner will walk you through your planning process step-by-step.
The planner provides you with a one-year calendar with monthly and weekly-based to-do lists, plenty of worksheets that help you organize your attendants, guest lists, invitations and much more.
You will plan your ceremony, arrange your reception and keep track of your finances, contracts and all needed legalities. Money-saving tips and frequently asked questions are also covered.
The inside design is very simple, although I have to admit it’s well arranged.
You will make the most out of this planner if you’re planning your wedding one year or more ahead.
Regarding the binder edition, there are people complaining about the binder being broken or torn apart, not everyone though, so I guess it depends on your luck.
By Kellee Khalil
A beautiful wedding planner that will walk you through the wedding planning process. The planner follows the timeline from 12 months before the wedding to the one week out.
It will provide you with tons of useful information, as well as beautiful inspirational pictures. You will also have some worksheets, timelines, and charts to work with.
This planner covers all the areas- planning the budget, venue, vendors, and attire. You will select your menu and cake, officiants, plan your ceremony and send out your invitations.
As a bonus read about useful tips from the Loverly team and also real-life couples that have recently got married.
A Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Wedding You Want with the Budget You’ve Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process)
By Meg Keene
This 256 pages planner covers everything you need for your wedding day. With the help of plenty checklists and spreadsheets, you will plan your perfect day.
This planner will help you to figure out what you really want in the first place. Next step is setting your guests list and create your budget.
Then the real planning starts- venue, vendors, foods and drinks, invitations, attire, décor and flowers, ceremony, vows and much more.
In the end, you will find a long list of DIY projects and tips.
This book is filled with useful information and is a great source of inspiration. The only remark on the content would be a little confusing structure.
By Jessica Bishop
This organizer is full of useful templates and beautiful pictures. It has almost 200 pages, so it’s really comprehensive, and you want to make sure to stay consistent in using it.
It helps you to cover all the important areas of wedding planning. Starting with a vision and one-year timeline, you get on the track. Then you plan your budget and guests list, and move on to the venue, invites and the wedding day look.
In the second half, you will plan your wedding party, including all the vendors (photography, music, food, cake…), rentals and decor.
In the end, it will walk you through planning pre-wedding parties, accommodation, and transportation for your big day and your honeymoon.
Some bonus materials in the form of contract and negotiation tips are the cherry on the top of the cake.
This wedding planner really goes into details and that’s also the reason why there are so many satisfied customers.
What you might especially appreciate about this planner are plenty of money-saving tips. This planner is really great for small and low budget weddings.
But maybe you just want a planner, where you can write and plan a lot. Maybe you feel like you don’t need too much information included because you can also read it on a blog.
If you agree, continue reading, because I have two good recommendations for you too.
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By Bloom Daily Planners
This beautiful planner will help you organize and keep track of everything you need. It covers all the important areas, including the vision, guest planning, vendors planning, big day planning and wedding memories.
It allows you to plan on a monthly base and inspires you with love quotes. But keep in mind, it’s really just a planner and it won’t provide you with too much extra information.
Also, you should know, that few people were commenting on flaws on the cover or binding, even though most people are satisfied. There are pockets included inside of the cover, where you can keep the business cards or fliers.
As a bonus, you can choose between two designs, pink and gold.
I think that the planner is really cute and feminine, but the risk of the damage on your desks is a reason, why I would be careful about this purchase.
By Purple Trail
This planner makes it possible to plan your wedding up to 18 months ahead. It covers all aspects of planning, from budget, guest lists, and gift registry to vendors and attire in nearly 200 pages.
You can choose between two sizes, the planner has coil binding and sturdy synthetic cover.
Regarding planning itself, keeping track of information and staying organized in general, this is probably the best planner. But it’s only a planner and that means you won’t get too much information on the side.
By Peter Pauper Press
This planner is convenient if you want to take your planner everywhere with you. Since it has only 80 pages, which makes it easier to carry it around, it also means that it doesn’t go that much into details as the previous planners.
All important areas are still covered. Planning checklist, budgeting, gift registry, attire, hair and makeup, rehearsal dinner, vendors, venue and more. The organizer is filled with lists, charts and useful information to help you stay on the track.
The planner also includes inside back cover pockets for notes, receipts and business cards.
These are the wedding planners most people buy.
To sum it up, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend buying The Wedding Planner & Organizer by Mindy Weiss because it’s rather pricey and the cheaper ring-bound edition might come damaged.
Same goes for The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner by Carley Roney, especially for the binder edition. The diary edition might be a better choice if you don’t mind having less space for your writing.
Now comes the planners I can recommend. In the third place, it’s the Loverly Wedding Planner by Kellee Khalil, with plenty of useful information but also less space to write.
In the second place, it’s the Practical Wedding Planner by Meg Keene with both great content and design, even though a bit chaotic at times.
And in the first place, I recommend you The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer by Jessica Bishop, a comprehensive planner with plenty budget saving tips and beautiful design.
If you want just a planner without too much additional information, I would recommend either the Premium Wedding Planner “Always and Forever” by Purple Trail or The Wedding Planner Checklist by Peter Pauper Press.
If you don’t mind spending some extra money and want a planner that is really thorough, then you should go for The Premium Wedding Planner “Always and Forever”.
But if you prefer something rather portable for good money, then The Wedding Planner Checklist will be your best friend.
These are the best planners according to my rating:
5. Premium Wedding Planner “Always and Forever” by Purple Trail (planner only)
4. The Wedding Planner Checklist by Peter Pauper Press (planner only)
3. The Loverly Wedding Planner by Kellee Khalil (planner and guidelines)
2. A Practical Wedding Planner by Meg Keene (planner and guidelines)
1. The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer by Jessica Bishop (planner and guidelines)
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