Congratulations, you're engaged! There are very few things in life more exciting than planning your wedding, but let's face it, there is always so much to think of. From dress shops to caterers, florists, and car hire, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer scale of event organising. This is where a wedding planner is sure to help. And we don't mean a person running around with a headset, but rather a pretty book where you can store all the information you need.
Wedding planners come in all shapes and sizes and can house notes, pockets for brochures, receipts, and even handy timetables to ensure everything is paid on time. With so many on offer, this article will guide you into choosing the right planner to help make your engagement and upcoming nuptials flow as smoothly as you always imagined. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy your big day.
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The aim of a planner is to make life easier. When choosing, consider what size will suit your organisational needs. If you intend to take your planner to dress fittings and venues, you don't want something that is too bulky. Instead, look for wedding journals that fit easily into a bag yet can retain the information you desire. Mini journals are great for simple note-taking while larger A4 journals will fit more information.
With so much to think about in the lead up to your big day, you will be reaching for your journal time and time again. Even when the wedding is over, you will no doubt wish to hang on to your planner as a keepsake. Choosing binding for longevity, therefore, is very important. Spiral binding can withstand plenty of page-turning, even if you stick extra items in. Ring binders are also strong and sturdy.
Whilst traditional binding looks more elegant, it is not always the best option for a long life. During the planning process, you will acquire lots of paraphernalia such as leaflets and invite acceptances. Having a book that can deal with important items being glued or taped in may be the better option. That way, you can keep everything you need in one place. Traditional binding may split if your planner becomes too full.
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When browsing a planner's features, look out for tabbed sections. By separating each segment with an easy-to-find heading, you can locate the information you require even when you are in a hurry. Most planners will have a section on outfits, guests, table plans, wedding venues and even budget, helping you to remember everything you need to ensure the smooth running of your big day.
Some planners or journals will go one step further with checklists, often breaking down your 'to-dos' into more manageable monthly chunks. By following checklists, you can manage your time so you don't feel stressed or overwhelmed. Plus, lists not only help you remember what you need to do, but they can also help manage budgets and cashflow.
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When you are collecting so much information, it can be difficult to stay on top of things — which is why some planners come with extras to help you sort and organise it all. Keepsake pockets or plastic folders are perfect for storing venue leaflets, potential menus, invitation designs and invite acceptance cards. Binding ribbons, meanwhile, can help mark where you need to be and elastic can help keep an over-filled planner closed.
Another lovely keepsake idea is a wedding guest book.
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White Wedding Planner
The Perfect Wedding Organiser for Busy Brides
Marble Wedding Planner
Pin Down Your Dream Wedding Venue With This Planner
Duck Egg Blue Wedding Planner
With a Stylish, Hardwearing Cover in Duck Egg Blue
The Best Planner for Brides and Grooms on a Budget
Me to You
Tatty Teddy Wedding Planner & Organiser
A Favourite Tatty Teddy Planner for the Cute Factor
A Handy Wipe-Clean Ring Binder for All Couples
Scribble & Dot
An Elegant Keepsake Item for a Minimalistic Couple
A Very Useful Add-On for Table Planning
The Bright Side
A Pocket-Sized Planner With a Sense of Humour
Roger la Borde
Antique Wedding Diary & Planner
A Vintage Look for Antique-Loving Brides and Grooms
This wedding planner is so pretty it could be used as your wedding stationary! Its simple but elegant cover is embossed with gold lettering and leaf detailing, and inside, it has everything you could ever need to ensure your big day is planned to perfection. Start ticking off the handy checklists as soon as you are engaged and you will soon see your big day come together.
Busy B have everything covered, with six individual sections so that you can easily find what you are looking for and handy pockets for storing vital information such as invoices, receipts or invitation acceptance letters. When your wedding is over, the organiser doubles up as a beautiful keepsake.
When planning your big day, you certainly need to do your research when it comes to venues. Once you have seen a few, the pros and cons of each begin to blend. With this planner, you have a handy section to jot down your thoughts on each as you look around. There are spaces to include available dates too so you can work out which is best for you.
This is another book with six handy sections to cover all wedding-related topics as well as keepsake pockets for storing items you can't be without. The spiral binding will keep all your information safe, no matter how full your planner gets. The pretty marbling detail on the cover provides a chic, sophisticated look.
Wedding planning can take months, so you want a book that will stand the test of time. This gorgeous planner has a cover made from hard cardboard to withstand wear and tear. Despite its sturdiness, it is beautiful too. Duck egg blue is the overriding colour, while it has stunning detailing and lettering in gold.
Inside this planner there are five sections, each separated by labelled dividers. The pages are just as attractive as the front cover and include gorgeous illustrations, making this a beautiful keepsake item for years to come. While there aren't pockets in the dividers, this planner does come with two zip-locked bags for storing smaller keepsakes.
At less than half the price of most options, you would expect this planner to forgo some features. However, it is still packed with all the useful inclusions you could hope for. We particularly like the sample itinerary, which is a perfect way to get a good idea of what your guests may expect.
As well as all of this, it also includes the features required for longevity. The spiral binding will help ensure no pages are lost through constant use while the hard cardboard cover with protective corners allows years of flicking through happy memories without worry. The extra elastic ribbon ensures your pages are held together, no matter how full your planner gets.
The well-known Me to You brand is a favourite in the greeting cards department. This wedding planner takes the cute factor one step further. With Tatty Teddy bears on every page, this is definitely the choice for lovers of the gorgeous grey teddies. Alongside being cute, it is also immensely practical.
Me to You have thought of all the wedding necessities in their six handy tabs. From wedding planning to budgeting and everything in between, you will be able to access all your information easily. The substantial spiral binding will withstand plenty of page turning, even if you spend years reminiscing over all the tiny details that made your day so special.
A simple ring binder with function in mind, you can wipe this planner’s cover clean — meaning you can take it from fitting to fitting without having to worry about damage. Although it doesn’t have keepsake pockets, the binder has plenty of room for hole-punched keepsakes.
We like that this binder isn't gender specific so will work for same-sex couples. The only drawback is that the tabs are fairly basic. With an option for venue, guests, outfits and others, there is not much room for all the ins and outs for wedding planning. You can always add extra tabs though if you feel you require more.
This crisp, elegant journal from Scribble & Dot has a simple fabric-lined front cover embossed with the word 'wedding’, ideal for couples that prefer a minimalistic yet stylish look. The planner comes wrapped in tissue and packaged in a box, making it the perfect engagement gift too.
Whilst the simplicity of this book is great, it perhaps isn't quite as practical as some of its counterparts. It lacks individual sections with tabs, meaning you might not be able to find what you are looking for with ease. It also only has one keepsake pocket at the back of the book and traditional rather than spiral binding, so you wouldn't want to overfill the pocket for fear of breaking it.
This may not be a full wedding planner, but it is definitely worth the extra investment. At under ten pounds, it won't break the bank either. Anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows that seating can cause a major headache. This handy little set helps cut out some of the drama.
Of course, it does only cover the one section of your wedding day. However, the pull-out 'seats' and stencils for the tables are really useful. You can move the tabs around until everyone is happily seated, meaning you don't need to worry about uncomfortable guests.
This planner may be mini but it packs a mighty sense of humour. With funny jokes and quips, it brings a touch of laughter to an event that can be stressful to manage on occasion. The pocket-sized book is easy to carry and to store once your wedding is over too and has fun sections for adding notes, photos and sketches.
This really is more of a keepsake item for fun, rather than a comprehensive planner. It lacks broken-down tabs and there aren't all the checklists and planners that you may expect. However, it really is a cute book and being made by a Bristol-based company means you are supporting small British businesses too!
This beautiful retro wedding planner has fantastic reviews and it’s easy to see why. The illustrations are lovely and will certainly appeal to those who love all things antique and vintage. With five handy tabs, you’ll be able to find your way around quickly when needing to jot down the all-important wedding notes. There is no mention of keepsake pockets, though.
As this planner does have very specific 'Bride & Groom' sections, it isn't very accessible to same-sex couples. It also features the more traditional binding, so it may split if you overfill it with extra paper, cards or cut-outs. Still, despite these downsides, it is a beautiful journal. Plus, as it is not too big, it can easily fit in a larger handbag.
Written and researched by Sarah Jarman
No. 1：Busy B｜White Wedding Planner
No. 2：John Lewis｜Marble Wedding Planner
No. 3：Rachel Ellen｜Duck Egg Blue Wedding Planner
No. 4：Artfan｜Wedding Planner
No. 5：Me to You｜Tatty Teddy Wedding Planner & Organiser
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