If you're newly engaged and planning on tying the knot in the near or far future, then your wedding is in the beginning of planning stages. There are many different types of weddings, but to be sure all the bases are covered, it's best to plan well in advance, make a list, make two more lists and check everything twice before going forward. If you have an attendant, maid of honour or venue helping you, that's a fantastic boost, but you should still begin to think about everything under the sun from day one. There are a few types of wedding planners available that can help start your off on the right foot.
Pre-made Books and Planners
There are many books written by wedding and party planners and experts, with step-by-step guides on how to plan your own weddings. These books are more in-depth than you'll find on the Internet, and can help you come up with wonderful ideas. These types of books aren't ones that you would write down a specific plan in; instead, they're advice books on how to plan things correctly.
You can also easily make your own planner with a little bit of business stationary. Simply grab a binder, make some calendar pages and look for clip-art from the Internet. Scrapbooking supplies and other craft supplies are also great ideas for decorating your book. This way, you can add and remove pages as you go, and you can also keep up day-to-day on what's going on with the wedding planning. Make spreadsheets, add photographs and make this a fun project, taking some of the stress out of planning.
What to Include
If you're making your own binder or list, making a rough outline first is best. Remember to include plans that consider vendors, the venue, caterers, music, photography, an in case of emergency' checklist, flowers, bakers, videographers and more. An important thing to keep in mind is you don't need to figure out everything on the first day. This is why a wedding planner is helpful, so you can plan as you go.
While shopping for wedding supplies, you may also come along keepsake planners. These are for you to keep, and perhaps reflect on, years after you've said I do'. This is a type of journal or diary specifically meant for the bride, where she can write down her feelings and activities in the months and weeks leading up to the wedding. This type of book can be personalised and embossed, and would make a great wedding shower gift.