A wedding planner book is a fantastic planning tool and the first step to creating the wedding of your dreams. You can begin by reminiscing on your proposal, reflect on your wedding planning journey and create a keepsake to last well beyond the wedding day.
As soon as I got engaged I set about looking for the best wedding planner book. Australia was my first stop as I celebrated my engagement in Sydney, and I visited every store from Kikki K to Kmart, and everything in between, unable to find anything I wanted. Luckily for you, times have changed, there is now so much more choice in the market, and hopefully this article will help you find the best wedding planner book which suits you. We’re all different and will approach wedding planning in different ways – some of you will want wedding checklists, some may only need help with how to budget for a wedding, and others will want an ultimate wedding planner book and journal all-in-one. You may also be looking for a planner as an engagement gift, in which case read on to find out which will suit your bride best.
Best Wedding Planner Book – Australia
Back in 2015 I never quite found the wedding journal I was after, I ended up wasting a lot of time writing the same notes in two books, and not being very organised. The wedding planner book I had wasn’t very well thought through, so I would also take notes and write checklists in my daily diary, and would also work on online guest list and budget spreadsheets. I realised what I needed was an all-in-one which would comprise:
- wedding planner book;
- 12 month diary and journal;
- a wedding checklist at every couple of months through the diary; and
- a beautiful keepsake of my engagement.
After getting married in early 2016 in New Zealand, I created the little white book, which has gone on to be featured on CNN, listed in Top Ten Wedding Planning Books in Australia and New Zealand numerous times, and voted Best Wedding Planner by Bridal Musings.
For me, the little white book was the ultimate wedding planner book, but if you’re looking for something different, here are some of the other best wedding planner books in Australia and New Zealand. You only get one chance to plan and record all the special memories in the lead up to your Big Day, so I want you to know exactly what you’re getting and make the right decision for you.
What I wanted out of a Wedding Planning Book
I love to keep a diary – to journal and to jot down my thoughts, ideas and sketches, as well as keeping my wedding planning organised and together.
I wanted to have one place to keep everything together – I knew if I continued a separate diary, I wouldn’t fill a separate wedding planning book, I needed them both to be together.
I needed lots of space on the guest list pages, that I could refer to over and over for the address, RSVP, number of guests, and then following the wedding, to take note of the gift recieved, and confirm a thank you card was sent.
I struggled with how to budget for our wedding so decided that a budget planner would be most useful if it also comprised early estimates, deposits paid, balance and due dates.
Most importantly, it had to be something I could use every single day – my daily diary. Otherwise, I’d slide my wedding planner into a drawer and wouldn’t even see, let alone use, the wedding planning checklists, and I’d never stay on track with my wedding budget.
That is what makes the little white book so different to any other wedding planners, and (I think) why it’s been consistently voted the best wedding planner book in Australia and New Zealand. I ship worldwide with dispatch from both Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand with an ETA of 6 working days.
Best Wedding Planning Book – A Comprehensive Guide to your other options
If you want a wedding planning binder
Probably my biggest competition when I started the little white book was Kikki K. While I didn’t like their wedding planner book, they do make an excellent binder called “My Wedding Planner” which is a great place to store all your magazine clippings, invoices and contracts. It’s a sturdy plastic binder with tabs and pockets, so if you think you’re otherwise going to have bits of paper everywhere, it’ll keep everything together.
It doesn’t have any kind of diary, and you probably wouldn’t use it as a keepsake, so it’s definitely a great accompaniment to the little white book too. Similarly, an organised life wedding planner (together journal collab) is a beautiful binder and has lots of room in it.
If you want a personalised wedding planner book
You can’t go past the Smythson Wedding Planner – it’s got a lambskin colour which can be personalised with your name. It has a little structure too – 8 different tabbed sections. It’s called the “Say I Do” Wedding Planner, it’s large (W14 x H19cm / W5.5 x H7.5″) and is absolutely stunning.
If you don’t need a structured wedding planner book
Of course, if you don’t need a particular structure, you could always go for one of the stunning personalised notebooks from The Daily Edited. Their Pale Pink A5 Notebook just screams bridal, or you can grab a notebook cover instead!
You want advice! Instead of writing down your plans and keeping a wedding diary, you may just be looking for practical advice to follow, in which case I recommend:
- A Practical Wedding Planner – Meg Keene
The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organiser: Checklists, Worksheets, and Essential Tools to Plan the Perfect Wedding on a Small Budget – Jessica Bishop
- The Classic, Revised and Updates the Wedding Book– Mandy Weiss
- The Wedding Planning Checklist – Peter Pauper Press
The Wedding Planning Guide – Jessie Parnell
- Wedding Planner & Organizer – Mindy Weiss –Dymocks.
You want free printable wedding planning downloads
I offer a free wedding planning e-book, which you’re welcome to download, but there are also plenty of free spreadsheets you can print from wedding planning websites in Australia and around the world.
I also sell the little white planning pack, which is comprised of all the questions you need to ask your wedding vendors (and yourselves) before you book, and the excel budget and guest list spreadsheets you need – perfectly formatted for wedding planning bliss. Other options:
- PDF Planner (basic) for Wedding Guest List via I-do.com.au
- Wedding Planning To Do List (12 month, 6 months, 3 months)
- Bride & Groom Magazine Wedding Planner
Other Wedding Planner Books in Australia
- Bride Business by Ivory Tribe
- White Love Wedding Planner
- Blacklist Wedding Planner
- An Organised Life wedding planner x Together Journal
Like the little white book, these wedding planner books offer advice to how to plan your wedding. However, the key difference is that the little white book offers you a 12 month daily diary, as well as giving you all the wedding planning tips you will need.
If you don’t want to turn into a bridezilla, I suggest a wedding planner book that contains a diary, organiser and journal is a MUST have! Hence this is why the little white book is the best wedding planner for me, and maybe for you!