12 Top Wedding Planning Books and Organizers


The moment you get engaged, stock up on wedding planning books to guide you through the process. Indeed, the thought of planning such a major event can cause a little anxiety–that’s normal. Just know that you don’t have to do this alone. Aside from hiring a talented and competent wedding planner, also gear up with a few good wedding planning books and organizers to stay informed and prepared. Our lists of the top wedding planning books includes some of the most widely known and used publications out there.

“The Broke Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide” by Dana LaRue

Founder of wedding website The Broke-Ass Bride, Dana LaRue created a neat planning guide for the couple with a strict budget. Dana’s belief? It’s totally realistic to plan a gorgeous wedding without emptying your bank account. Inside, you’ll find tons of sample budgets and cool DIY projects to keep you inspired.


“Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette” by Annie Post and Lizzie Post

If you’re going for a more traditional wedding, this is the guide for you! Can you believe that this book is an updated guide to the original author’s version published in 1922?! Here’s a comprehensive piece that has certainly kept up with the wedding trends over the years, offering insightful advice and a wealth of knowledge. Inside, find guidance for every single aspect of the wedding planning from tipping suggestions to timelines.


“The Wedding Book: The Big Book For Your Big Day” by Mindy Weiss

Ask any expert if they’ve heard of Mindy Weiss’ planning book, and I’m willing to bet the answer will be “yes!” This book offers guidance from the very beginning to the very end of the planning process. If you’re adamant about not hiring a wedding planner, this is certainly the book you’ll want to have on deck.


“Gay Wedding Confidential” by Bernadette Coveney Smith

Here’s a great guide to same-sex weddings–it’s one of the best gay wedding planning books out there. Inside, you’ll find an overview of gay wedding traditions as well as planning details and essential tips from an expert gay wedding planner.


“Inspired Weddings” by Matthew Robbins

If you’ve been checking for wedding inspiration around the web, I’m sure you’ve heard of floral designer Matthew Robbins of the New York event design house Matthew Robbins Design. Robbins brings years and years of experience as a floral designer, and this guide is a true reflection of his insight to all things beautiful.


“The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer” by The Knot

The Knot is the ultimate go-to web destination for planning guides and expert advice. If you’re knee-deep in the planning process, then you should have already visited The Knot at least once if not more. This guide is a compilation of organizational tools, worksheets and scheduling devices.


“The Loverly Wedding Planner” by Kellee Khalil

The best part about planning a wedding is making a day that reflects you and your partner’s dream. The team at Loverly figured out the formula to making a completely personalized wedding day, and it’s outlined in this book!


Indeed, the thought of planning such a major event can cause a little anxiety–that’s normal. Just know that you don’t have to do this alone.

“Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides” by Ariel Meadow Stallings

Not every bride is looking for that Cinderella wedding, and we get that! Written by a bride who also took the road less traveled with an offbeat wedding, this guide is for the non-traditional brides. Find a sense of comfort in this collection of anecdotes and advice from many other couples who’ve been there and done that! It’s the perfect mix of a memoir and a planning tool to keep the process interesting and organized at the same time.


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“The New-Fashioned Wedding” by Paige Appel

In this thorough wedding planning book, Paige Appel guides us beautifully though the wedding design experience of some of her most fabulous events. From color theory to stationery centerpiece creations and so much more, there are tons of ideas to borrow here!


“Handmade Weddings” by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle

There’s nothing better than a DIY wedding with handcrafted details to create an intimate and personalized wedding day experience. That’s precisely why the founders of Hello!Lucky, Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, give away more than 50 fabulous projects in this truly inspiring guide. Each one of these lovely ideas is ultra creative and easy on the wallet–just what every couple wants to hear!

“All the Essentials Wedding Planner: The Ultimate Tool for Organizing Your Big Day” by Alison Hotchkiss

In one of the best DIY wedding planning books for brides, Alison Hotchkiss shares with us one practical guide with useful  to-do lists, sample floor plans, and access to downloadable templates. Amongst wedding planning books, this one is filled with all the essentials you need to make a personalized wedding of your own.

More Wedding Planning Tools

Now that you know which wedding planning books to add to your must-have list, get a little more immediate planning guidance below with these expert-crafted wedding infographics designed to give you an overview of the planning process. Supplement these graphics with your new wedding planning books, and you’re on your way to creating a dream wedding and keeping your sanity while you do it. Happy planning!

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