Monday, May 18, 2009

Helpful Wedding Planning Tools

Because you don't want to do this all alone!

As soon as I became engaged, I began the search for the oh-so-important wedding binder. Should I create my own? Do these pre-made binders have enough folders and notes? I searched all over, worried that I would end up with multiple binders because I didn't know what I needed. Thankfully, Mama Bliss sent me a gift one day. The Martha Stewart Keepsake Wedding Planner. Who better than Martha? It gives me places to keep my color coded post its and page markers, pens, cards, contracts, tear sheets and even gives helpful advice throughout the sections. It was a relief to receive this as a gift - then I could just move on with the planning!

In addition to planning the wedding, I have also planned our engagement party and rehearsal dinner. My future mother-in-law, while so very lovely, is sometimes too busy to concentrate her energy on the wedding. While I, of course, don't have extra free time, I took on the planning to know that they would get done. While we planned invitations for the engagement party and I began thinking of wording for wedding invitations and addressing envelopes for save-the-dates, I wasn't sure where to start. I turned to the experts and Crane & Co. and picked up The Wedding Blue Book. It gives you every answer to your every question and I rarely leave home without it. It usually sits beside me on my desk at work for anytime I have a question!

My other go-to wedding book is Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette book. It has helped me figure out some sticky situations, relating to one of my previous etiquette posts about mother of the bride/groom wedding attire. My mom helped lift the pressure off me there!

I like having the books to reference at any time during my wedding planning. However, you can find many of the answers to your questions, suggestions and recommendations online at Martha Stewart Weddings,,, and The Knot.

Lots of things to think about! Thank goodness we have experts to help us along the way!

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