The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner [Revised Edition]: Worksheets, Checklists, Etiquette, Timelines, and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner [Revised Edition]: Worksheets, Checklists, Etiquette, Timelines, and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


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From the #1 wedding brand, the bestselling wedding book, updated with all-new budget ideas, online tools, and event planning and personalizing trends.

First comes love, then comes . . . planning! Before a fabulous celebration, there are vendors to hire, budgets to calculate, decisions galore to make. Packed with The Knot’s top tips and worksheets, checklists, and contact sheets for you to fill in, this book is the one-stop resource that keeps brides focused but stress-free. The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner paperback takes you through the process step by easy-to-follow step, with:

· Budget worksheets (and all the latest digital tools for keeping track of costs) as well as hundreds of invisible ways to cut costs when selecting everything from flowers to the venue and menu
· Wedding planning timelines (including a brand-new express timeline for couples getting married in 3 months or fewer)
· Guest list and invitation worksheets (with guidance on what you can now do online)
· Vendor contract checklists (and tons of new online resources for finding the pros you need)
· Fun ideas for personalizing your reception, from photo booths to signature cocktails in any color your heart desires
· Web links and other useful resources for planning on the go (including recommended apps to download and up-to-the-minute advice on building your wedding website) 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780770433772
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 23,770
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Carley Roney is the cofounder of The Knot, the world's favorite wedding brand. She and her team of trusty editors create magazines, planning apps, books, and TV shows based on the best advice and creative ideas from the ultimate wedding destination, The Knot's website. She is the go-to source on wedding trends for everyone from USA Today to the Today Show.

Table of Contents

Getting Started: How to Use This Book 9

Section 1 Timeline & Budget

1 Finding Your Style

Your Wedding Style Worksheet 14

Do You Need a Wedding Planner? 16

Questions to Ask Wedding Planners 17

Planner Contact Cheat Sheet 18

To-Do Checklist: Hiring Your Wedding Planner 19

2 Your Planning Timeline

Wedding Planning Timeline 22

Express Engagement Checklist (5 Months or Less) 27

Top Planning Tips 31

3 Your Wedding Budget

Your Budget Estimates 34

Wedding Budget Worksheet 35

Top Wedding Budget Tips 36

Section 2 Guest List, Invitations & Wedding Party

4 Your Guest List

Wedding Guest Worksheet 38

Your Personal Wedding Website 38

Top Guest List Tips 39

5 Invitations

Invitations Style Worksheet 42

Top Invite Planning Tips 43

Finding Your Stationer 44

Questions to Ask Stationery Designers 45

Stationer Contact Cheat Sheet 46

To-Do Checklist: Ordering Your Invites & Stationery 47

6 Your Wedding Party

Your Wedding Party Worksheet 50

Top Wedding Party Tips 51

Wedding Party Cheat Sheets 52

Wedding Party Contact Cheat Sheet 56

Family Contact Cheat Sheet 58

Guests' Hotels Contact Cheat Sheet 60

7 Gift Registry

Top Registry Tips 62

Questions to Ask Before You Register 63

Your Wedding Registries Contact Cheat Sheet 64

8 The Other Parties

Party Primer 66

Your Wedding Parties Cheat Sheet 67

Section 3 Venue & Menu

9 Your Reception Site

Reception Site Worksheet 70

Finding Your Reception Site 71

Questions to Ask Reception Site Managers 72

Top Reception Tips 74

To-Do Checklist: Booking the Reception Site 76

Reception Contact Cheat Sheet 77

Your Rental Checklist 78

10 Food & Drink

Your Reception Menu Worksheet 80

Top Food & Drink Tips 81

Finding Your Caterer 82

Questions to Ask Caterers 83

To-Do Checklist: Building Your Own Reception Bar 84

To-Do Checklist: Hiring Your Caterer 85

Caterer Contact Cheat Sheet 86

11 Your Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake Worksheet 88

Top Wedding Cake Tips 89

Finding Your Cake Baker 90

Questions to Ask Cake Bakers 91

Cake Baker Contact Cheat Sheet 92

To-Do Checklist: Ordering Your Cake 92

Section 4 Dress & Accessories

12 The Dress

Your Wedding Dress Worksheet 94

Top Wedding Dress Tips 96

Finding Your Bridal Salon 97

Questions to Ask Bridal Salons 98

Bridal Salon Contact Cheat Sheet 99

To-Do Checklist: Your Wedding Dress, Fittings & Accessories 100

Your Hair & Makeup Worksheet 102

Questions to Ask Hair & Makeup Artists 103

Hair & Makeup Contact Cheat Sheet 103

6-Month Wedding Beauty Countdown 104

13 The Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridesmaid Dress Shopping Worksheet 106

Top Bridesmaid Dress Tips 107

Questions to Ask While Shopping for Bridesmaid Dresses 107

Finding Your Bridesmaid Dress Store 108

Bridesmaid Dress Contact Cheat Sheet 109

To-Do Checklist: Bridesmaid Dresses, Alterations & Accessories 110

Bridesmaid Dress Worksheet 111

14 The Formalwear

Formalwear Worksheet 114

Top Formalwear Tips 115

Finding a Formalwear Shop 116

Questions to Ask Formalwear Stores 117

Formalwear Store Contact Cheat Sheet 117

To-Do Checklist: Renting the Formalwear 118

Section 5 Ceremony

15 Your Ceremony

Ceremony Style Worksheet 122

Top Ceremony Tips 123

Finding Your Ceremony Site & Officiant 124

Questions to Ask Ceremony Site Managers & Officiants 125

Officiant & Site Contact Sheet 126

To-Do Checklist: Booking Your Ceremony Site 127

Your Ceremony Music Worksheet 128

Finding Your Ceremony Musicians 129

Questions to Ask Ceremony Musicians 130

Ceremony Museums Contact Cheat Sheet 130

To-Do Checklist: Hiring Your Ceremony Musicians 131

To-Do Checklist: Your Wedding Rings 132

To-Do Checklist: Your Marriage License 133

16 Transportation

Wedding Transportation Worksheet 136

Wedding Weekend Transportation Worksheet 136

Finding a Car or Limo Company 137

Questions to Ask Limo and Car Companies 138

Top Transportation Tips 139

Transportation Contact Cheat Sheet 140

To-Do Checklist: Hiring the Car Company 140

Section 6 Photos, Video & Entertainment

17 Photography

Your Wedding Photos Worksheet 142

Top Wedding Photo Tips 144

Finding Your Photographer 146

Questions to Ask Photographers 147

Photographer Contact Cheat Sheet 149

To-Do Checklist: Hiring Your Photographer 150

18 Videography

Wedding Videography Worksheet 152

Top Wedding Video Tips 153

Finding Your Videographer 154

Questions to Ask Videographers 155

Videographer Contact Cheat Sheet 156

To-Do Checklist: Hiring Your Videographer 156

19 Entertainment

Your Reception Music Worksheet 158

Top Reception Music Planning Tips 159

Finding Your Reception Band or DJ 160

Questions to Ask Reception Bands & DJs 161

Reception Music Contact Cheat Sheet 163

To-Do Checklist: Hiring Your Reception Band or DJ 164

Section 7 Flowers & Décor

20 Flowers & Décor

Your Flowers & Décor Worksheet 166

Top Flowers & Décor Tips 168

Finding Your Floral Designer 169

Questions to Ask Floral Designers 170

Floral Designer Contact Cheat Sheet 171

To-Do Checklist: Hiring Your Floral Designer 172

Section 8 Big Day & Beyond

21 Day-of Details

Wedding Weekend Accommodations & Timeline 174

Top Last-Minute Tips 176

Wedding Day Tipping Worksheet 177

Wedding Vendor Tipping Guide 178

Your Day-of Emergency Bag 178

Wedding Day Contact List 179

Add Your Own Last-Minute Reminders 180

22 Honeymoon

Your Honeymoon Worksheet 182

Working with a Travel Agent or Honeymoon Planner 183

Top Honeymoon Tips 184

Top Tips for Booking Online 185

Honeymoon Itinerary 186

Honeymoon Contact Cheat Sheet 187

To-Do Checklist: Booking the Honeymoon 188

Techy Honeymoon Shortcuts 189

Appendix: Wedding Budget Tracker 190

Guest List 195

Your Seating Chart 198

Gift Log 200

Photo Credits 202

Index 203

Customer Reviews