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The Top 10 Wedding Planning Books of 2019

The Top 10 Wedding Planning Books of 2019

Planning a wedding? Here are our picks for wedding planning books to keep the process fun and stress free.
by Emily Cieslak
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It’s no secret how easy it is to plan your wedding on your phone these days (thanks to apps like The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner, of course), but there’s something special about owning a gorgeous wedding planning book too. Whether you display it on your coffee table, fill it with notes or flip through it before bed, a quality wedding planning book makes your upcoming wedding feel that much more real, and it just so happens to be the perfect engagement gift.

Written by planning pros and industry tastemakers, these guides hold all the expert tips and tricks you need to plan an amazing wedding. But don’t think they’re stuck in the past—today’s planning books speak to modern love and offer something for every couple. Whatever your wedding vision, these 10 wedding planning books will ease your anxiety and keep you organized every step of the way.

  1. 1. The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner and Organizer by Carley Roney

    The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner and Organizer

    Who knows the ins and outs of wedding planning better than yours truly? The Knot cofounder Carley Roney curated all her tried-and-true planning know-how into one beautiful organizer. It has timelines and worksheets for scheduling and budgeting, color swatches to create your color palette, key questions to ask vendors and pockets for collecting business cards. Plus, we’ll show you how to make the most of our digital products and tools, from your registry to your wedding website. And because personalization is key, we even throw in stickers to make your binder your own. What’s not to love?

    The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner and Organizer [Binder Edition]: Worksheets, Checklists, Etiquette, Calendars and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions by Carley Roney, $30, Amazon.com

  2. 2. The Wedding Book: An Expert’s Guide to Planning Your Perfect Day—Your Way by Mindy Weiss

    The Wedding Book: An Expert's Guide to Planning Your Perfect Day—Your Way

    Did you love Ciara and Russell Wilson’s romantic wedding in the English countryside? Get the secrets straight from Mindy Weiss, the celebrity wedding planner behind them. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Weiss has seen it all and leaves no topic untouched in her comprehensive guide. She tackles contract negotiation, budget stretching tips and even explains how to use Uber for guest transportation.

    The Wedding Book: An Expert’s Guide to Planning Your Perfect Day—Your Way by Mindy Weiss, $25, Amazon.com

  3. 3. Stone Fox Bride: Love, Lust and Wedding Planning for the Wild at Heart by Molly Rosen Guy

    Stone Fox Bride: Love, Lust and Wedding Planning for the Wild at Heart

    In this fresh take on typical planning handbooks, Molly Rosen Guy, founder of boho-chic brand Stone Fox Bride, side-steps frills and fuss and instead offers personal essays, raw photos and candid humor to celebrate the ups and downs of love and wedding planning. Read it from start to finish or when you have a minute here and there—as Guy says, do “whatever the fox you want.”

    Stone Fox Bride: Love, Lust and Wedding Planning for the Wild at Heart by Molly Rosen Guy, $45, Amazon.com

  4. 4. 2Brides 2Be: A Same-Sex Guide for the Modern Bride by Laura Leigh Abby

    2Brides 2Be: A Same-Sex Guide for the Modern Bride

    2Brides 2Be feels more like a personal essay than an etiquette lecture. Laura Leigh Abby gets real about straddling tradition and rebellion as a modern lesbian bride, drawing on her own experience planning her offbeat wedding. She answers the questions you didn’t even know you had, like the logistics of walking down the aisle or how to word your invites. Still one of the few books of its kind in the wedding market, 2Brides 2Be is exactly what you need.

    2Brides 2Be: A Same-Sex Guide for the Modern Bride by Laura Leigh Abby, $16, Amazon.com

  5. 5. A Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Wedding You Want with the Budget You’ve Got (Without Losing Your Mind in the Process) by Meg Keene

    A Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (Without Losing Your Mind in the Process)

    Meg Keene gets right down to business on how to create a personalized, unforgettable wedding without breaking the bank. Think of her as your voice of reason when deciding what you (read: not your mother-in-law) actually want for your wedding, choosing décor realistically and determining what crafts are best left to the pros. Using the included checklists and spreadsheets, you’ll set a budget you can stick to. Talk about satisfying.

    A Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Wedding You Want with the Budget You’ve Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process) by Meg Keene, $20, Amazon.com

  6. 6. Wedding Planning for the Busy Feminist by Amanda Pendolino

    Wedding Planning for the Busy Feminist

    If you’re going to spend months planning a wedding, you might as well laugh while doing it. Chuckles are guaranteed from this book that features both funny stories from married couples and advice from vendors. Amanda Pendolino keeps it real and acknowledges modern women often feel conflicted about outdated wedding traditions and expensive stunts but still want their wedding to be “perfect.” She makes this possible by anticipating all your questions about hashtags, elopements, family drama, self-care, wedding dresses, budgets and name changes.

    Wedding Planning for the Busy Feminist by Amanda Pendolino, $13, Amazon.com

  7. 7. The Groom’s Guide: For Men on the Verge of Marriage by The Black Tux

    The Groom's Guide: For Men on the Verge of Marriage

    We know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but this one says it all: simple yet classy. From the innovative formalwear company The Black Tux, The Groom’s Guide offers the perfect blend of tips and inspiration for grooms of all stripes. Its minimalist pages go beyond suiting advice to reveal how to choose the best man to how to crush the first dance.

    The Groom’s Guide: For Men on the Verge of Marriage by The Black Tux, $20, Amazon.com

  8. 8. The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner and Organizer: Checklists, Worksheets and Essential Tools to Plan the Perfect Wedding on a Small Budget by Jessica Bishop

    The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner and Organizer: Checklists, Worksheets and Essential Tools to Plan the Perfect Wedding on a Small Budget

    Being on a budget shouldn’t stop you from having a fabulous wedding. Jessica Bishop, founder of TheBudgetSavvyBride.com, gets real about planning on a budget and breaks down complicated tasks into simple steps. Don’t know where to begin with creating a budget? She gives you a worksheet. Unsure what a $1,000 wedding looks like? Sample budgets and real wedding examples bring it to life. Worried about staying on schedule? She has a timeline for that. And for those with more room in their budget, Bishop describes options for a deluxe wedding too.

    The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner and Organizer: Checklists, Worksheets and Essential Tools to Plan the Perfect Wedding on a Small Budget by Jessica Bishop, $13, Amazon.com

  9. 9. The Wedding Planner Checklist (A Portable Guide to Organizing Your Dream Wedding) by Peter Pauper Press

    The Wedding Planner Checklist (A Portable Guide to Organizing Your Dream Wedding)

    Want a mobile wedding planner that isn’t your phone? This handy guide packs all the lists, charts and information you need to plan your day in one mighty purse-sized notebook. It even has pockets to hold notes, receipts and business cards. Pockets make anything instantly better, and books are no exception.

    The Wedding Planner Checklist (A Portable Guide to Organizing Your Dream Wedding) by Peter Pauper Press, $8, Amazon.com

  10. 10. Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette by Anna and Lizzie Post

    Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette

    In this social media-obsessed world, it’s easy to overlook a critical component of weddings: etiquette. The success of your wedding isn’t actually measured in likes and shares—people will remember how it made them feel. Etiquette experts Anna and Lizzie Post ensure you leave everyone smiling by addressing how to handle awkward family situations, blend traditions and tactfully craft your guest list. Follow their advice and you’ll have nothing to think about but your own happiness when your wedding day comes.

    Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette by Anna and Lizzie Post, $35, Amazon.com

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