- Calendar: 176 pages
- Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Binder edition (January 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0770433367
- ISBN-13: 978-0770433369
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.8 x 11.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,794 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer [binder edition]: Worksheets, Checklists, Etiquette, Calendars, and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Calendar – January 1, 2013
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Here in this indispensable wedding binder are all of The Knot’s essential tips and tools for planning and customizing every part of the Big Day, from minding the planning timeline with helpful check-lists to budgeting with handy estimates to picking the venue, ordering flowers, tasting cakes, and choosing the perfect photographer.
The most stressful part of your wedding might be finding the perfect dress and hairstyle, but, with tips for finding the right dress for your body and the right salon for your style, picking bridesmaids dresses, a hair and makeup worksheet, and a helpful timeline for fittings, this step will be easier than a piece of cake.
This wedding planner has features to help keep your plans as organized as possible. In each section, you’ll find to-do lists, checklists, worksheets, and room to write contacts. And at the back there are pockets for collecting important business cards and saving 8x10-inch sized note sheets and checklists, so you can keep track of every last detail.
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From the author of The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings in the Real World, a thoroughly modern, must-have workbook to help you pull off the perfect wedding.
With so many nerve-wracking details to tend to, planning the perfect wedding can seem an impossible task. Now The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner guides you step-by-step through the countless stages of planning your big day. Packed with easy-to-follow checklists and worksheets, and the hip, insightful wisdom that has made theknot.com an indispensable resource for millions of couples worldwide, The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner provides:
A one-year calendar with monthly and weekly to-do lists leading up to the moment of marriage
Worksheets to help you:
Organize the attendants, the guest list, and the invitations
Design the ceremony--from the site and officiant to the dress
Arrange the reception--from the cake and caterer to the music and the photographer
Checklists to keep track of finances, contracts, and post-marriage legalities
Money-saving tips and answers to Frequently Asked Questions
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I take it to work everyday and I love that it includes checklists and samples of budget breakdowns and all that fun stuff. I don't know about you, but I love making lists just so I can check things off but this makes me feel like I'm taking no prisoners! Anytime I come to a decision or hire a vendor or whatever, I open this up and check it off the timeline list. If I haven't made any progress in a couple weeks, I still look back at it to see where we are in terms of available time and final decisions.
I ordered this like 2 weeks after we got engaged and when this showed up in the mail and I opened it; my fiancé literally shook his head and told me I was insane. Little does HE know that this thing has made planning a wedding (mostly on my own as he is extremely hands off and works swing shifts) as stress-free for me as it can get right now. I've added some sections and taken out sections that aren't applicable and I hole punch every vendor quote or email I get and place them in the correlating section. I've also made copies of the provided floor plans and made several layouts to determine which works best with our venue, and I've gleaned some pretty neat information from this. You can really use this binder to your advantage even if you aren't planning a big budget wedding, or you're having a more intimate wedding, or even if you're still using a wedding planner! You can tweak this to fit your needs and I honestly would not know what to do without this, this has helped keep me on track and even ahead of schedule.
I will say this: planning a wedding can become all-consuming. For example, if you're like me and say : you and your honey decide to take a long weekend trip to the mountains in October and it's August, and then you obsess over planning EVERY.SINGLE.DETAIL until you actually leave - you're going to be exhausted. You're going to be so burnt out from planning what time you leave, what time you get back, triple checking your Airbnb reservations, making dinner plans for at least one night, what you're going to pack and "is the weather going to cold?" and all that crap, that you're not actually going to enjoy yourself. That's how I am; once a decision has been made to do something, I have to see the plans through to the very end to give myself peace of mind. I started off planning this wedding that way and realized that I wasn't doing myself any favors by constantly looking at this planner and following its timeline checklist. I eventually put the planner away for about a month and then went back to it with some clarity. Make sure you give yourself a break from planning every so often :)
1 page on rings
1 page on marriage license
honeymoon planning section
seating chart list
The binder is just easier to plan with, bigger pages and filling things out in a book is difficult (especially when it comes to copying forms).I also think the layout is a bit better in the binder. Budget tracker and seating chart list are much better to do online anyway :)
I strongly suggest making a copy of the entire book before writing in it though, especially if you want to keep it looking nice.
There are also quite a few pages the book tells you that you have to make copies of because there aren't enough spaces for the number of entries you will have. I'm not sure why they don't just include the copies they tell you that you need to make...
We are on a budget (and I assume most people are). So incorporating a wedding planner into it isn't in our best interest. Besides the fact it would mean more to me to plan my own wedding. But let's be real, I don't know everything there is to know about planning a wedding (as much as I'd like to believe that) and I don't have a bottomless budget. So of course I'd love to have a little bit of direction.
So let's get to some of the reasons I really enjoy and some that I wish were a little better about this organizer:
+ (POSITIVE) I really have to give a huge credit to the author for going into detail about what to ask the people you are hiring! This is so important. I do photography as a hobby, but I do network with a lot of people who do (specifically) wedding photography as their main source of income. All these questions are really important to ask up front. But the author has given you the tools to ask the right questions that can tell you if you're hiring the right person (I'm not just talking about the photographers). Things I honestly wouldn't even think to ask and are definitely things I wouldn't want to be worrying about on the day of. Example (questions about the venue); Will the manager be present to oversee your reception to the end? Or... Does the room have adequate outlets (and power) for food, lighting, and audio needs? Like, seriously... I would have sat there like a lump on a log and took in whatever information they gave me and left it at that.
- (NEGATIVE) So, this is more of a suggestion than anything. Those question pages for the people you hire have such a small space to write extra notes down. My writing is not that small. I'm thinking when it comes time to meet with certain vendors I will end up numbering each question then adding a lined page and if I have something extra to note about a specific question I can number it there and write down what I need. Which brings me to my next positive...
+ It's a binder! Guys. You can add things and remove things easily. Not having a big wedding (like myself)? We're not going to have a lot of the "traditional" pre-wedding parties. Not even a rehearsal dinner. So that entire section can pretty much go bye-bye. So I can just take them out. And, if I decide to have one later on, I can just pop it back in. Want to add in photos of your dream gown? You absolutely can. It's extremely customizable.
+ This binder is super flexible. What I mean by that is it doesn't make you feel like you have to do your wedding one way or another. The author has gone to great lengths to make sure your wedding is done the way you want to do it. Want a big wedding to match your big sparkly princess ballgown? This binder has it all. Want a small intimate wedding with a 30 person guest list (ME!)? This binder is for you too.
+ Easy and interactive! I must be the definition of a simple-minded-neanderthal when it comes to planning big things. I don't like pages filled with wall of text it gets me disinterested and this binder would find itself in a dusty corner very quickly. It's got plenty of useful diagrams and pictures to guide you along. It also includes a ton of neat little checklists.
Overall, I'm really happy I got this. My wedding isn't for another year and a half but I'm already coming up with ideas to make it easier on myself. I'll give an update after everything is said and done. Happy planning!