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If you’re just starting to plan your wedding, a great way to get organised is to use a wedding planner book. Luckily, there are plenty of resources to help you break down the steps of planning your wedding and bring it all together, perfectly, on the day! Before you decide on a planner or vision for your celebration, check out some of the following books for tips, tricks, and relatable voices to calm your nerves.

There’s a lot of wedding material out there, but two distinct book styles stand out as most effective. 

The Interactive Planner

Opting for a book that doubles as an interactive planner is a great way to get your ideas down on paper and see them laid out on an easy to follow timeline. The “Erin Condren Wedding Planner,” available online, has all the visual tools you need to not only keep track of your wedding plans, but get more excited about them each day. A personalizable cover, date dots, binding options and extras like sticker packs and sticky notes take you back to your scrapbooking days while helping you organize your thoughts. You’ll find detailed charts, trackers and checklists waiting to be filled in as the wedding gets closer. 12 and 24-month options are both available depending on how far in advance you want to begin.

“The Little Book of Wedding Checklists,” authored by Elizabeth McKellar, is another highly portable planner that you can stick in your bag and have at the ready whenever you have a free moment or new idea. Based on checklists and divided into sections, this planner is highly customizable in that it offers options for every ceremony size and budget. Each step of the process is clearly spelled out, and you can move through the planner at your own pace while motivating yourself to stay on track.

A Helping Hand… In a Book

A narrative approach to wedding planning books can also be a big help, especially when it feels like no one really gets how you’re feeling in the days leading up to the big day. Ariel Meadow Stalling’s “Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides” shares stories from a number of non-traditional couples and brides-to-be that took a step beyond the traditional wedding. With the importance of the wedding ceremony at the core of the narrative, the book explores different perspectives on what an event celebrating love can be. It’s not all story, either; the book gets into the nitty gritty of wedding planning by including guiding words, tips, and practical advice to make sure you end up with the ceremony you’ve always imagined.

For a more traditional perspective, be sure to check out Aleah and Nick Valleys’ “Storied Weddings: Inspiration for a Timeless Celebration That Is Perfectly You.” As its title suggests, the book’s goal is not to convince, but to inspire; detailed photographs, down to earth tips and plenty of room for interpretation make the idea of planning a wedding entirely approachable. Packed with tips and stories gathered by the authors over years of wedding planning experience, this guide really is about you and finding your individual tastes within a world of possibilities.