20 Wedding Planner Books That Actually Make Planning Easier

These helpful organizers will keep you on track.
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
  • Monica writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in fashion commerce content
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  • Monica holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs
Updated Apr 07, 2023
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When it comes to planning your wedding, there's a lot to remember. That's why we exist—to help you along the way. Our website, app and magazine are filled with tools and checklists to make things easier. A wedding planner book or binder can be another great resource for staying organized. Maybe you're looking for a full-blown binder filled with tips, tricks and timelines. Or maybe, you just want a pretty journal to jot down your lists and notes. Whatever your vision and budget, we've gathered inclusive and functional options for every couple and ceremony style—from microweddings to extravagant celebrations.

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How to Choose a Wedding Planning Book

Not all wedding organizers and planning books are created equal, so it's important to first think about what you really want to gain from using one. Do you need a step-by-step checklist that outlines every little detail, or are you looking for something more basic (like a wedding planning binder) to simply keep everything in one place? Once you determine the level of guidance that you want, you can start shopping and eliminate any products that aren't a fit for your needs.

"Planning a wedding can be a daunting task. That's where a wedding planning book can help," says The Knot Executive Editor Lauren Kay, who recently worked on The Knot's newest planner book. "A thoughtful planner can guide you from ideas to reality, helping you anticipate and manage all the details in between."

It's no secret that there are so many different types of wedding planning books to choose from, but we're here to help you narrow down your options. Kay recommends focusing on those that combine useful inspo with planning tools. "Look for a planning book that offers inspiration, helpful checklists and planning tips to make the process easier for you and your spouse-to-be," she says.

Best Wedding Planner Books

Created by industry pros and tastemakers, these wedding planner binders and organizers emphasize practical advice, checklists and interactive worksheets.

1. The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer

The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer wedding planning binder

The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer packs over 25 years of wedding expertise into one manageable, beautiful wedding binder. The latest edition of our indispensable organizer covers every step of the journey—including where to start planning, how much to budget, choosing your vendors, signing contracts and much, much more. We'll also show you how to make the most of The Knot's digital tools, like your registry and wedding website.

"We've packed it full of inspiration, detailed worksheets and timelines, taking the guesswork out of planning," Kay explains. "We've also included ideas to represent all kinds of couples and celebrations, from LGBTQ+ to multicultural and interfaith ceremonies—there is something for everyone." And because personalization is key, there are even removable stickers to make your binder your own.

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What Couples Love:

  • Great for staying organized, down to the smallest details
  • Sturdy and stylish construction

2. The Little Book of Wedding Checklists: All the Lists and Tips You Need to Plan the Big Day

wedding planner book with checklists

This affordable wedding planner checklist book is somewhere between an organizer and a journal. It's filled with checklists you can customize to suit your vision for the day—whether you want an understated affair or a lavish soiree. Author and destination wedding planning expert Elizabeth McKellar includes plenty of advice nestled in among the checklists to give you a helping hand—from timeline tips to questions to keep in mind. If you're all about the details, you won't miss a thing with this elaborate guide.

What Couples Love:

  • The small size makes it easy to keep in a purse or bag
  • Great for planning large, highly detailed weddings

3. Modern Etiquette Wedding Planner: The Essential Organizer to Make Your Day Special for Everyone

Modern Etiquette Wedding Planner: The Essential Organizer to Make Your Day Special for Everyone

Looking for a wedding planner book with an emphasis on empathy and mindfulness? Author and wedding expert Elisabeth Kramer provides a refreshing and modern take on a traditional wedding planner. Published in October 2021, this step-by-step guide is packed with interactive prompts, practical tips, timelines and more—all while prioritizing inclusivity and compassion at every stage. Kramer successfully helps readers focus their attention back on the big picture: celebrating their love.

What Couples Love:

  • Includes interactive timelines and prompts
  • Explains common wedding traditions
  • Provides advice for adapting traditions for inclusivity and modern-day times

4. Our Wedding Planner: Everything for Planning the Perfect "I Do" Day

alda hill wedding planner book

Written by hospitality and entertainment expert Alda Hill, this wedding planning book is filled with valuable insight straight from the pros. The book includes both informational and interactive pages, with space to fill in the names of your wedding party, wedding vendors, words to describe your wedding day and inspirational prompts to help you determine your style. Storage pockets, tabbed dividers and note pages throughout the planner are useful for staying organized.

What Couples Love:

  • Beautiful photography throughout the book
  • Thorough and detailed advice

5. Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding

Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding

LGBTQ+ couples face unique challenges when planning their celebrations. While many wedding planner books gloss over this, author and LGBTQ+ wedding expert Kirsten Palladino faces them with refreshing candor. Couples of all backgrounds and budgets will love her invaluable insider tips for planning a memorable wedding day that's both romantic and modern. Palladino covers it all in this inclusive guide—including what to look for in a wedding vendor and how to address more serious topics, like dealing with homophobia among family members. Her extensive knowledge and first-hand personal experience make this an excellent resource for LGBTQ+ couples and wedding professionals.

What Couples Love:

  • Uses non-gendered language and eliminates heteronormative terms
  • Addresses both practical and emotional challenges of planning a wedding

6. Kate Spade New York Bridal Planner

kate spade new york love is in the air wedding planner book

It's hard not to love the cute design of this wedding planner binder. In quintessential Kate Spade style, the cover features the quote "Love is in the air" in gold lettering against a robin's egg blue background. Inside, the planner includes checklists, storage sleeves and fill-in-the-blank pages for your wedding details.

What Couples Love:

  • Perfect for planning smaller weddings
  • Stylish design is good for gifting

7. All the Essentials Wedding Planner: The Ultimate Tools for Organizing Your Big Day

alison hotchkiss essential wedding planner book with gray and yellow patterned cover

Organized in a handy three-ring binder, this wedding planner has more than 170 pages of to-do lists, templates and inspiration. Along with all of the must-know advice for the actual wedding day, wedding planner Alison Hotchkiss shares expert tips for other wedding-related topics, including gift registries, wedding insurance, honeymoons and more.

What Couples Love:

  • Useful for organizing wedding documents
  • Holds up to wear and tear

8. The Everything Guide to Micro Weddings: The Ultimate Source for Planning a Small and Meaningful Wedding

The Everything Guide to Micro Weddings: The Ultimate Source for Planning a Small and Meaningful Wedding

Microweddings, elopements and intimate celebrations are here to stay. So it's only appropriate to include a guide that focuses on planning those (smaller) big days. Wedding designer Katie Martin breaks down everything you need to know in this new wedding planner book, which was released in October 2021. She dives into the most impactful ways to personalize your microwedding, while also providing other tips and inspiration along the way. Whether you're looking for budget guidance or how to (gracefully) tell someone they're not invited, Martin's advice aims to avoid those awkward interactions and stay focused on what truly matters.

What Couples Love:

  • Specifically geared towards small weddings
  • Provides practical, doable ways to maximize budget

    9. Putnam & Putnam Flower Color Guide

    Flower Color Guide wedding planning resource book

    This comprehensive flower guide is a worthwhile resource for couples and wedding professionals alike. Floral designers Darroch and Michael Putnam break down each flower type by color and season—so you won't be short of inspiration for your wedding events. And, when you're speaking the same flower language, it's much easier to communicate with your wedding vendors. As a bonus, there are also tips for everyday arrangements and flower care. Whether you bring this book to planning appointments or display it on your coffee table, it's bound to get a lot of attention.

    What Couples Love:

    • Informative and beautifully designed
    • Perforated pages to tear out for easy color matching

      10. The Knot Yours Truly: Inspiration and Ideas to Personalize Your Wedding

      The Knot inspirational wedding planner book

      If you love our binder, we have even more tips and tricks to share. This wedding planner book wants to help you find the best style for your big day. There are tons of pictures from real weddings for inspo—covering everything from the cake to place settings. We know you want your wedding to be unique, and that's where this planner comes in. Plus, there are craft projects sprinkled throughout if you like a hands-on approach. (Our favorite? A chic macrame leash for any four-legged member of the wedding party.)

      What Couples Love:

      • Great engagement gift
      • Lots of photographs to reference for inspiration

      11. The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer: Checklists, Worksheets, and Essential Tools

      budget savvy bride wedding planner book

      Author Jessica Bishop shares practical tips and tricks to stay on top of your wedding budget with the help of this wedding planner book. The interactive worksheets will help you narrow down your priorities and track your spending, while her expert advice provides guidance and recommendations for consulting vendors when necessary.

      What Couples Love:

      • Practical advice to help you decide what's most important
      • Includes step-by-step checklists for your wedding planning timeline

      Best Wedding Planner Notebooks

      A nice wedding planning notebook can change everything. That's where wedding planner journals come in: They're less structured than traditional wedding planner books, so you can use them in whatever way makes the most sense to you. Looking for something personalized? We've included options that you can customize with names, your wedding date or other sentimental details. (Psst: These gorgeous wedding journals double as super-sweet engagement gifts.) Keep reading to see our favorite practical and versatile wedding notebooks for every couple.

      12. EttaVee Layers of Love Wedding Planner

      erin condren personalized wedding planner book with colorful heart design

      If you love to fill your life with color, Erin Condren makes loads of beautifully patterned wedding planner notebooks. You can personalize your cover with your names or initials, which makes it a cool wedding keepsake. Inside, you'll find a workbook with charts, lists and plenty of blank pages to help you through. There are also stickers, a folder and a snap-in bookmark to keep things nice and neat.

      What Couples Love:

      • Laminate cover and sturdy paper hold up to wear and tear
      • Includes stickers and adhesive tabs

      13. Kate Spade New York Undated Wedding Planner Organizer

      Engaged wedding appointment calendar planner notebook

      This stylish wedding planning notebook from Kate Spade will help you stay on top of meetings with vendors and keep their contact info all in one place. You can even bring it to appointments to take notes. There's a 15-month undated calendar so you don't forget anything. It's also simply adorable and will look just as good on your desk as it will in your bag.

      What Couples Love:

      • Helps keep track of important wedding planning deadlines
      • Tabs make it easy to reference things quickly

      14. Purple Trail Chic Suits Wedding Planner

      Same-sex wedding planner notebook with stripes and two suits on cover

      This inclusive notebook's cover (two side-by-side suits on a stylish striped background) will get you excited about your wedding outfits. You'll find gender-neutral language throughout the pages, which have sections to plan out your gift registry, wedding party, budget, honeymoon and more. You can also personalize the cover with your names and wedding date. How sweet is that?

      What Couples Love:

      • Fast shipping from seller
      • Gender-neutral and customizable

      15. The Paper Memory Floral Wedding Planner Book

      Personalized wedding notebook with minimal floral design on cover

      If you're looking for a little less narrative and a little more function, this gorgeous wedding planner notebook is the way to go. We especially love the dainty floral design on the cover—a perfect choice for any minimalist. Customize the foil color and add your names and wedding date, then dive inside for checklists, scheduling tools and to-do lists galore. It's the perfect way to stay on track while still having fun.

      What Couples Love:

      • Personalized engraving
      • Looks beautiful and is great for gifting

      16. Hem Studio Co. Personalized Wedding Planner Book

      Gender-neutral wedding planner book with pink watercolor cover

      This step-by-step wedding planning notebook includes detailed checklists and interactive worksheets to help you with your budget, guest list, seating plan and more (there's even a section to manage your appointments). Most importantly, the book is gender-neutral, so it contains nonbinary language for every couple. Choose from gold or silver foil to personalize the cover, which features a lovely watercolor design that's super trendy.

      What Couples Love:

      • No gendered language
      • Easy-to-follow tips and checklists

        17. Smythson Tying the Knot Panama Notebook

        white Tying The Knot wedding planner notebook

        This durable notebook isn't just luxurious—it's also just plain convenient. Each book is handcrafted in England using cross-grain leather, so it's made from the best of the best. And it's designed to be pocket-sized and portable, perfect for busy people planning on the go. The pale blue pages are so chic and have handy indexed sections so you can organize your ideas and thoughts. Plus, the gilt edging? It doesn't get much more impressive than that.

        What Couples Love:

        • Has a stylish, heirloom-worthy look
        • Ruled pages are ideal for jotting down wedding planning notes

        18. Purple Trail Two Brides Wedding Planner Book

        Polka dot Two Brides wedding planning spiral notebook

        We adore this cute spiral notebook for its playful, polka-dotted cover message: "Two Brides Are Better Than One." Within, you'll find gender-neutral language and guided pages covering everything from choosing your venue to planning out your attire. You get to choose the size and finish, and you can also specify whether you'd prefer an undated calendar or a specific start month (how convenient is that?). There's an opportunity to add names too!

        What Couples Love:

          • Names and dates are fully customizable
          • Inclusive and gender-neutral

          19. Emily Ley Simplified Wedding Planner Binder

          Emily Ley Simplified Wedding Planner Binder

          If you love organization, you'll love this wedding planner. Each binder-inspired planner comes in a blue box (which you can totally repurpose as a keepsake) and has a white leatherette cover with dainty gold foil details. Within, you'll find a playful sticker sheet, plus six sections filled with useful worksheets and undated monthly planning pages. You'll receive the perfect amount of inspo and planning tools in this something-blue organizer—from color palette recommendations to floral ideas.

          What Couples Love:

          • Includes a decorative keepsake box
          • Binder rings allow you to add or remove pages

            20. The Knot Honeymoon Journal

            The Knot Honeymoon Journal honeymoon planner notebook

            When there's so much to think about for the wedding day, it can be easy to let the honeymoon slide a little bit. But you deserve a break together after all the hard work, and our new honeymoon organizer is here to make that happen. It's a travel journal designed to help you get the most out of your trip. There are prompts, tips and checklists packed into one portable journal.

            What Couples Love:

            • A special place to keep track of honeymoon memories
            • Includes prompts to help you decide where to honeymoon
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