First up, major congrats on planning your wedding! While I’m sure your Pinterest board is already fleshed out with dresses and venues, now’s the time to actually get into the less sexy details of planning—like contracts and money.
Here’s the hard truth: The Notes app will not help you. Like that half-written grocery list and random dream from 2016 you jotted down, your wedding plans and details will get lost in the shuffle—never to be heard of again. And when it comes to things as important as guest allergies and bachelorette party flight details (on top of, you know, marrying the love of your life and living in eternal bliss, yadiyadiyada), you’ll probs want a better way to stay on top of it.
Since fairy godmothers don’t exist, we ~curated~ a super helpful list of wedding planning books for ya. If your mood boards are already set, a simple planner or notebook to help you organize your to-do list is The Move. But if you’re at a loss for aesthetics, a book by a bridal legend (hint: her name starts with a “V” and ends with an “era”) may be just what you need to hone in on a theme. And for those starting from square one and overwhelmed by, uh, everything, there are plenty of reference guides that walk you through everything from dress fittings to vendors.
Read on for the best wedding planning books, bridey!
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this double-duty one
Vera Wang On Weddings
Not only does the famous dress designer share a ton of planning and design secrets that you can (and should!) steal for your own event, but it’s also a chic coffee table book.
this type-a one
Wedding Planning Binder and Guide
Included with this completely customizable (!!) heavy-duty binder are 100+ pages of calendars, trackers, and checklists. Including one for music, which is v important.
this simple one
Frost Grey Wedding Planner
Want a wedding planner that you can seamlessly tuck away into your bookshelf and pull out on your anniversary for the ~mems~? This chic notebook featuring budget trackers, calendars, and more is where it’s at.
this low-key one
Bridechilla: Wedding Planning Survival Guide
Based on the popular podcast of the same name, this Kindle guide breaks down literally every wedding planning question you have (yes, even what to do when your mom insists on inviting her friend from work you’ve never met) so you can just actually chill.
this fashun one
Fête: The Wedding Experience
The famed event designer is known for lavish weddings that will make you unironically use the term #GOALS. Peep this book for all of her party-planning secrets and 150 s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g photos for all the inspo.
this pretty one
Boho Wedding Planner Book
Customizable? Check. Easy to flip open quickly? Check. Has a section for both vows and budget? Check and check!
this informative one
Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding
Palladino goes in on the unique challenges some LGBTQ+ couples may run into, like dealing with homophobic vendors and family. Oh, and all of the inclusive ‘fit ideas your heart desires.
this pink one
Wedding Planner Book and Organizer
Hello, pretty pink binder that will fit EVERYTHING! No, literally: There’s space for your RSVP cards and receipts as well as an undated 14-month calendar.
this helpful one
Wedding Planning for the Busy Feminist
If you feel uncomfy about some of the outdated and patriarchal traditions when it comes to weddings, you’re not alone. This book walks you through all of those feelings as well as the very real anxiety of having a Pinterest-perfect wedding.
this easy one
Our Wedding Planner Book
Nothing’s better than a spiral-bound planner with room for every little detail—like calculating a budget for your shower, bachelorette party, and honeymoon. Change my mind.
this fun-sized one
Stuff Every Bride Should Know
The title says it all, folks! This reference guide is a one-stop-shop for everything you’re currently frantically Googling—like how much cash can you actually afford to blow. Also, it fits in your pocket!
this no-fuss one
The Little Book of Wedding Planner Checklists
Lists, glorious lists! This book is the perfect mix of guide and planner to 1) answer all your questions on WTF you should be doing and 2) letting you fill out everything for your day.
this eco-friendly one
Digital Wedding Planner
Nope, it’s not technically a book, but it saves trees and is always with you (if you’re super attached to your phone or computer)! This instant download is a PDF that features checklists, tabs, calendars, mood boards, and more. It’s actually…perfect?
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