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There’s no time in life that requires a planner more than the months you’re wedding planning. When you’re hosting a party for tons of people (sometimes hundreds of people), coordinating with multiple vendors, and making sure you get your own version of happily ever after — all in a limited amount of time — you need a planner to keep up. And let’s face it — a normal planner can’t hang. You need a planner designed with those wedding-specific needs in mind. You need checklists, places to brainstorm and plan, and room to budget. Here are the best wedding planners out there.
Of course, the creator of the most popular planners on the market makes a bomb wedding planner. If you love the Erin Condren LifePlanner, then you’ll love Erin Condren’s wedding planner. It has all the features Erin Condren is known for: same wire binding, high quality paper, customizable laminated covers, plus more accessories and doo-dads.
It comes in 12 or 24-month long increments and replaces the weekly layouts with all the checklists and planning pages you need. It still has monthly calendars, plus two pages of lined notes for each month. It gives you a checklist by the months you have until the big day (i.e. “six months out”) and has a budget section, pages to plan your menu, cake, seating arrangements, and space to store all of the numbers, addresses, and information you need for your bridal party, vendors, and guest list.
Of course, you also get wedding-themed stickers to help you organize, folders to store things, and can customize just about everything, including the start month. Depending on the level of customization you choose, the planner starts at $55 and goes up.
The Wedding Planner from Bloom Daily Planners is also very comprehensive. This classy, hard cover wedding planner is undated and spans 18 months, so you can start using it any time of the year easily. It comes in two cover options, and both are very bridal. There are dedicated sections for you budget, your bridal party, and all of your venue/vendor information.
If you want something that has an organized layout for everything and room for you to journal about your experience and emotions at the same time, then this is the wedding planner for you. Because planning a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event (well, hopefully), it’s nice to have a planner that also works as a keepsake for you to look back on in the years to come.
The Bloom Daily Wedding Planner has a folder to hold your wedding inspiration, photos from your bridal showers and bachelorette party, and all receipts and other information. It’s affordable and well-made.
The Wedding Planner from PurpleTrail is extremely customizable. All PurpleTrail planner cover can be edited and changed in endless ways — you get to choose colors and placement of personalization wherever you want. That coupled with the useful wedding planning sections makes it a great planner for every bride.
There are two planner sizes available, but the 6×8 inch starts at $36 and the 8.5×11 inch starts at $46. To make sure it fills all your wedding planning needs, there are sections on your budget, attire for the wedding party, rehearsal dinner, registry, and vendors. You also can add numerous sections and add-ons to your wedding planner to make sure it has everything you really need. Of course, the additional sections will also add more cost.
The add-on sections include things like to-do lists, budget tracking, fitness tracking, and travel itineraries, among many others. This can turn the wedding planner into an even more comprehensive planner for the wedding planning season of life. For example, if you’re working to to lose weight before the wedding or need a place to keep your travel information for the honeymoon, these sections can provide organization for you.
The Wedding Planner Checklist is the best wedding planner for the bride on a budget. It’s easily affordable and comes with all the planning tools you need for your wedding. It’s 5.5×8 inches, so it’s easy to fit inside any purse as you run around town to vendors. There’s a monthly checklist to help you make sure nothing is overlooked.
There’s room to write down info for your attire, vendors, rehearsal dinner, and menu. Due to its smaller size, it’s limited in space and sections, so that’s something to keep in mind — particularly if you’re in need of a wedding planner with a section for budgeting.
If you love all things Kate Space, then you’ll absolutely love the New York Bridal Planner. It’s a 3-ring binder, so it’s different from the other planners on the list, but it’s this feature that makes it so useful. You can clip in any pieces of paper you have, like wedding dress ideas and reception inspirations. You can keep samples and scraps of information all safely clipped in along with information regarding your wedding cake, honeymoon, and bridal party.
This is the most expensive planner on our list, but the 3-ring function makes it incredibly useful. There are pages for you to write down your ideas for each aspect of your wedding day, numbers and names you need to know for the big day, and budgeting.