Wedding Planning Books Can Save Your Money & Your Sanity!

If you are becoming stressed out or broke over planning your own wedding, you may want to look into the various wedding planning books available on the market today. When my husband and I decided to get married, we set a date that was only 8 weeks away, thinking we’d have plenty of time to get things done. However, when we saw that there were a lot more decisions involved than we thought, and we were afraid we were going to go over our projected wedding budget of $300.

I began looking all over the Internet for wedding planning guides and anything else that would help me. That’s when I found Amazing Wedding Planning. At first, I didn’t think I should purchase it, since we were already halfway through our budget, and only have a few things planned. However, I am very glad I talked myself into it. We ended up planning our wedding in time, and saving almost $1400 off our wedding budget.

Wedding planning books like Amazing Wedding Planning expose you to little known secrets in the wedding industry. Things like how local wedding vendors often work together and advertise each other’s services. Say, for instance, you hire a caterer for your reception. They go on and on about the best wedding entertainers in the area, so you hire them as well.

Well, it may turn out they were not much entertainment, and you feel overcharged for their services. That’s because many vendors (caterers, bands, photographers, florists, etc.) create a referral program with each other, so they all make money if you choose to go with their recommendations. It’s a win-win situation for them, but could be a big fat loss for you.

Amazing Wedding Planning will also provide you with tips on how to get a beautiful wedding gown, cake, and decor for a fraction of the cost. You don’t have to have a dress that costs $1000’s to look stunning, especially when a $100-$200 is so similar, everyone will think you paid a fortune for it. You’ll also learn how to effectively shop for the perfect dress without getting burning out or making a hasty decision.

The author of Amazing Wedding Planning, Erica Yoon, has quickly become an expert on the subject of wedding planning. She’ll show you how her and husband had a $30,000 wedding for only $10,000. For many, that’s still a lot of money, but she basically she can show you how to take off up to 80% of your wedding budget, no matter what it is currently set at. All you really need is her very affordable book to successfully plan your wedding. No wedding planner is this good, and they are way more expensive.

Sourcing a Wedding Planning Checklist

A wedding planning checklist is one of those crucial planning tools that no bride should be without. They offer every bride a guide to what they need to organize for their big day, whilst showing when they should be doing it in relation to their wedding date and their planning time frame.

You should never have to pay for a wedding planning checklist, unless of course your wedding is of such a unique nature you need to ask a professional to design one tailor made to fit. There are some many sources available for free checklists that you will find yourself spoil for choice!

Firstly check out the ones printed in your bridal magazines. Some are better than others, some more comprehensive than others. Most bridal magazines will run a wedding planning special feature every few months so it is worth looking out for those issues to offer you not only the checklist but plenty of useful tips and advice too.

The only downside with magazine checklists is that you will need to cut them out to use them and magazine paper is not all that resilient! Rather than destroy your magazine and end up with a checklist that looks like the dog has been chewing it, copy it onto your computer and print it out. Having a version on your computer will also allow you to edit it to fit with your wedding plans both at the start and during your planning.

There are many books available on the subject of wedding planning and if your wedding is very large and with a big budget I would recommend purchasing one to help you. These books will often have various checklists included within them and they are usually very detailed and very comprehensive. These are probably the best kind of checklists and although not technically free, they are unlikely to leave anything out which is vital to your day.

Wedding websites are ten a penny and most will offer articles and checklists for you to print off. Be careful about which sites you trust though, they are not all the same and you may find advice conflicting from site to site. Stick to the big sites and look for those that offer you free wedding planning guides when you register with them. This is usually a case of just entering your email address and you will often receive an E-Book on wedding planning which will include a wedding planning checklist and an all important budget planner!

In most cases you will need to edit any wedding planning checklist to fit with your wedding plans and time frame. However, it is well worth taking sometime to do this and to have a copy saved on your computer should you need to print more out or edit it at a later date.

A Good Wedding Plan – The First Step to Your Magical Day

A good wedding plan is vital for any couple who is engaged to get married. One of the first things you should do is sit down and make a list of everything you both want in your wedding and reception. You should try to list everything in the order in which it needs to be done, since some items may have to be planned months in advance!

There are dozens of things that have to happen in a certain sequence, to insure that your wedding day goes smoothly. For example, minister, flowers, photographer, invitations, wedding cake, reception, caterer, music, tuxedo rental, wedding dress….. When do you order each item? When do you reserve the reception hall? The caterer? The photographer?

If you can not afford a wedding planner, (And who can, in this tight economy!) you might consider buying a good wedding planning guide. Not only will it show you the proper order to do things, a good guide will have many ideas and tips that will save you time, money and stress!

A wedding planning guide also helps lead you logically through what is usually a very emotional and stressful time. Often, vendors try to take advantage of brides-to-be, because they know that the bride is likely thinking with her heart and wants every detail to be perfect. A good guide will show you how to negotiate with these people and get the deal that is best for you. You could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars!

With a good wedding plan, you will be all smiles on your magical day! By following your well thought out plan, you will not be fretting about what you may have forgotten. Save the stress for things AFTER your wedding, like what happens to your luggage on your honeymoon! (Sorry, I can not help you there…)