When you first get engaged, and realize just how much there is to plan for your wedding day, it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, there are so, so many resources out there to help brides to be! My favorite by far has been The Knot, the king of all wedding planning and bridal information.
For Christmas, my mom bought me The Knot’s Book of Wedding Lists, which has turned out to be one of my favorite Christmas presents! It’s organized into chapters like The Reception, The Ceremony, The Menu, The Guests, The Wedding Party, The Flowers and Decor, The Photography and Videography, The Gown, and so on and so on. Each chapter is filled with list after list of considerations for your big day and questions to ask your vendors.
The book definitely makes sure that no detail is left unconsidered, and it’s full of things I wouldn’t have thought to ask on my own! Does the officiant allow photos to be taken during the ceremony? What is the photographer’s process post-wedding and what touch-ups do they do? Can the DJ provide a wireless mic for the toasts? And many, many more!
What I also love about this book, is that you can write in the book itself. There is space on the side of each page to take notes, as well as checkboxes when you complete a task. The book also serves as a reference, educating confused or unsure brides about things like different bouquet shapes (posy, nosegay, cascade, pageant, pomander, etc) and gown types (blusher, chapel, cathedra, fingerti, flyaway, waltz, etc); providing a list of “must-have” shots from your photographer; and even offering information about the rehearsal dinner and after-party (who pays, who gets invited). It basically covers everything you need in the earlier stages of your planning, when you are researching venues, caterers, and vendors like DJ’s, photographers, and florists.
I equally love using The Knot’s wedding website. It provides a countdown to your wedding date, and based on the amount of time until your wedding, provides a monthly checklist. The total checklist has 152 items, which can seem really overwhelming at first, but it feels so good once you start checking items off!
Not only do you have tools like your checklist, a budgeter, a guest list manager, and the ability to manage your registries, but there are countless blog posts about wedding ideas and etiquette, pictures from real weddings, a search of local vendors (who’ve been reviewed by other brides), and tons of dresses to browse through! 🙂
The Knot also makes it easy to create your own wedding website for your guests so they can see pictures of you and your groom-to-be, read your “how we met” and proposal stories, get important info about the wedding (venue, hotels, directions), and find out where you’re registered. It’s fun to put that together with tons of website templates to choose from.
You can really do everything you need to from The Knot’s website! You can do all your research from looking at real life weddings to browsing tons of images and blog posts, create a “favorites” board (their version of Pinterest), reach out to vendors, create your registry, and find your dress! It’s amazing and extremely helpful as a bride to be.