All the Best Wedding Planning Resources For a Stress-Free Process

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The Best Wedding Planning Tools
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Hannah Nowack The Knot Senior Weddings Editor
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Hannah Nowack
Hannah Nowack The Knot Senior Weddings Editor
Hannah Nowack
Senior Editor, Weddings
  • Hannah writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a focus on real wedding coverage.
  • Hannah has a passion for DE&I and plays an integral role in ensuring The Knot content highlights all voices and all love stories.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Hannah was the Social Media Editor at Martha Stewart Weddings.
Updated Jan 09, 2024

There are so many wedding planning resources available that it can be hard to know which ones are the best to utilize. After all, your wedding is one of the biggest (and most monumental) events you'll plan in life and you want to get it right. If you're just engaged and not sure where to start, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of there wedding planning tools in existence.

Don't fret—we've done the hard part and waded through all the tools for wedding planning to find the very best wedding planning resources for you to focus on. From apps for digital wedding planning to budget-friendly free wedding planning resources, here's an exhaustive look at wedding planning resources for modern couples. If you're on the search for tools that cater to your dream wedding locale, aesthetic and budget, we've got you covered with every tool you need.

The Knot's Wedding Planning Tools

The Best Wedding Planning Resources and Tools
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Please excuse the humble brag…here's the thing: The Knot has every tool you need to bring a wedding that is uniquely your own from inspiration to action. I often see couples writing on online forums that they can't find free wedding planning resources to fit their budget, guest list size, or vibe. That's where The Knot comes in. We have the best wedding planning tools for every step of your wedding journey.

The Knot Vendor Marketplace

Can I let you in on a secret? Professional wedding vendors are the single biggest wedding planing resource you have at your disposal. To save you time and energy on research, The Knot Vendor Marketplace is your ultimate destination for finding top-rated vendors near you for any budget, background and vibe. This is one of the most comprehensive wedding planning tools because each vendor is broken up by category, allowing you to search for the exact service you need based on the location of your wedding. You can also read reviews from real couples and connect directly with the vendor, making the search for your wedding team as simple (and stress-free) as possible.

The Knot Wedding Websites

Your wedding website is the digital home for all of your wedding information. Beyond that, your personalized wedding website is also a space for you to share engagement photos, wedding party details, and last-minute updates for your guests. While there are plenty of resources to help you build your wedding website, creating one (for free!) with The Knot will help you integrate all of your planning tools in one spot. Plus, you can choose from ample design options that you can coordinate with your invitations and save-the-dates—how cool is that?

The Knot Wedding Planner App

I get it, you were a busy person juggling about a million tasks before you even got engaged. Now that you've adding "plan a wedding" to your to-do list, you're inching closer to the breaking point. That's where wedding planning apps come in handy. Plan with ease from the palm of your hand when you have pockets of time throughout the day. Got 15 minutes in the waiting room at the dentist's office? That's enough time to send an inquiry to a potential wedding venue.

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The Knot Registry

Creating a wedding registry is a must. Your loved ones will want to shower you and your partner with gifts, so it's important to build one well in advance of your wedding day. The best part about registering with The Knot? You can add whatever you want to your wishlist, from cash to save for your honeymoon or a new home to cooking lessons to that serving set that perfectly matches your kitchen backsplash. Not to toot our own horn, but The Knot happens to be the most-trusted wedding registry with over 25 million couples so you know a wish list on our platform is a good idea.

The Knot Invitations & Paper

Did you know that The Knot sells invitations and wedding paper products? What's more, they come in designs that match our wedding websites so you can curate a cohesive vibe that reflects you and your partner. And if you're feeling torn between all the stunning designs, you can even order three free samples to experience in real life before committing to a style.

The Knot Guest List & RSVP Manager

Gone are the days of multiple spreadsheets, sticky notes and names hastily scribbled on the back of receipts as inspiration strikes. Modern couples deserve an all-in-one place to build and manage the guest list and digital RSVPs. Enter: The Knot Guest List & RSVP Manager. This free wedding planning resource has everything you need from address collection to RSVP tracking. Trust us, this'll come in handy when it's time to make your seating chart and then again when you need to send thank you notes.

The Knot Wedding Binder

I'm a pen-and-paper girl through and through. While I have my calendar on my phone, I also keep a physical one on my desk where I can jot down notes. That's why I'm especially partial to the idea of using a wedding planning app in tandem with a wedding planning notebook. There are lots of great wedding planning books out there, but The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner and Binder is an especially solid pick if you want the best portable resource packed with checklists, timelines and advice.

The Knot Wedding Checklist

It's true, there are a lot of steps involved in planning a wedding. But, which steps come first? And are there certain tasks that absolutely need to happen before others can take place? To guide you through the entire process, The Knot created an in-depth checklist tool that covers every detail with easy-to-follow month-by-month directions. It is a to-do list that doesn't feel like a chore. Plus, the free wedding planning resource is a template that can be totally customized as needed to fit your vision.

The Knot Budget Tool

Making a budget should be one of the first wedding planning tasks you undertake. However, your budget isn't a "make it and forget it" task. Throughout the planning journey you'll want to track your wedding expenses to keep you on budget. The Knot Budget Tool let's you create a budget, with personalized breakdowns depending on how much you want to spend, and track your expenditures each step of the way.

The Knot Wedding Vision Quiz

Like love, inspiration really is all around. But with so many ideas to wade through, how can you ensure time is spent reviewing the very best, most personalized inspiration? The Knot Wedding Vision Quiz will provide you with fresh ideas you can actually use to customize the vibe of your wedding. The easy-to-use quiz will narrow down your aesthetic direction to make design decisions easier for you. After a series of dating app-style questions (Who would want to swipe left or right on bouquet?), you'll receive your own wedding style and recommendations for local vendors who can help you execute your vision.

The Knot Real Wedding Albums

If you want to see real couples and how they planned their weddings, turn to our Real Weddings section, where you'll find fresh photo galleries of festive nuptials from around the world. Consulting images of other couples' nuptials is a great way to get your own creativity flowing. After all: you might come across new ideas that you wouldn't have considered before.

The Knot Social Media

No matter what platform you prefer, there's wedding planning content you'll love being churned out daily. To get the freshest, most creative inspiration, give The Knot a follow on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.

The Knot Magazine

Did you know that The Knot publishes a magazine four times a year and customizes each issue to meet your needs along the planning journey? From our Engagement Issue to the Inspiration Issue, Planning Issue, and Celebration Issue, there's something for every couple within the pages of The Knot Magazine. What are you waiting for? Read through our knowledge-packed pages to find the best ideas for your wedding.

Community Forums

Connecting with other individuals going through the same wedding planning process is a great way to find answers to questions and get inspiration from other real couples. From Reddit threads to our very own forums, crowdsourcing planning advice will help you avoid repeating others' mistakes. The Knot Community serves as an online planning tool to connect users and encourage conversations about wedding styles, planning, honeymoons, and married life.

Wedding Planning Articles & Advice

In addition to reading what other couples have to say about planning a wedding, online articles written by experts are an invaluable resource for digital wedding planning. The Knot publishes new (free!) articles daily so you can learn from our editors and bring your wedding to life.

Wedding Planning Podcasts

Are you more of an auditory learner? Queue up a podcast to get tips, tricks and advice on weddings straight to your speakers. As a wedding editor, here are a few of the podcasts I've been tuning into recently: Wedded: The Wedding Planner Podcast, by Tracy Taylor Ward and Shannon Leahy, The Wedding Biz, by Andy Kushner, and The Rheeality Podcast, by Jason Rhee. And, when you need a break from podcasts, give The Knot's Spotify playlists a listen to select your fave wedding songs for every moment of the big day.

Friends & Family

Sometimes the best wedding planning tools aren't the ones you buy or find online, but have actually been by your side all along. Your crew knows you best so don't forget to lean on friends and family when searching for wedding advice.

The Knot Accommodations

Part of the wedding planning process is figuring out where everyone will stay. With so many accommodation options it can be hard to know where to establish hotel room blocks. To make the process easier, The Knot has an accommodations tool you can utilize to begin your research and request quotes from prospective hotels.

What to Do After Your Wedding

Did you know that you also need resources after the wedding? Here is a deep dive into all thee tools to help you through your postwedding to-do list.

Sarah Hanlon contributed to the reporting of this story.

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