The Wedding Planner & Organizer

The Wedding Planner & Organizer

by Mindy Weiss


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Weddings require organization, record-keeping, legwork, logistics. In other words, a planner. From the celebrity wedding planner and author of the The Wedding Book, Mindy Weiss’s All-In-One Wedding Planner & Organizer helps couples keep track of every detail leading up to their Big Day. It’s the organizer that includes exactly what you need for on-the-go, on-the-ground wedding planning.

Created as a three-ring binder, it has tabs for each category:
• The Big Picture and Contacts
• Budget
• Location, Location, Location!
• Menu and Flowers
• Rentals
• The Dress! (And What Everyone Else Is Wearing)
• The Guests and the Invitations
• Music, Photography, and Videography
• Making It Official: Rings, Licenses, Vows, Officiants

Packed throughout are tips, tools, checklists, spreadsheets, and schedules to help brides (and grooms) manage everything from building a wedding timeline and organizing the dreaded seating chart to getting the wedding party matched and fitted. From “Will you marry me?” to “I do,” nothing will slip through the cracks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761165972
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/15/2012
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 31,720
Product dimensions: 10.70(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Mindy Weiss is one of the most sought-after party planners in the country, working with celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Sofia Vergara, and Channing Tatum. She is regularly featured in magazines and newspapers including People, US Weekly, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times. She is also the author of The Wedding Planner and Organizer and The Baby Keepsake Book and Planner. She lives in Los Angeles and online at

Read an Excerpt


You’re engaged! Whether the proposal came out of the clear blue sky or after months of strategic hinting, one thing is clear: Your life is about to change. Your engagement is a time for celebration, a time when the people you love turn the spotlight on you and your fiancé and the commitment you’re making to each other. It is also a time for planning.

Throwing a wedding can be an overwhelming and stressful process. Even if you’re having a scaled-down affair, there will inevitably be more details than you’re accustomed to managing. In creating this hands-on wedding planner, I’m providing you with the same in-the-field information and organizational tools that I offer my clients, including all the schedules, charts, and checklists you need to keep track of the details of your big day. You should also treat this planner as your mobile inspiration board: Stick fabric and color swatches in the divider folders, keep a running list of favorite websites and Pinterest boards, and invest in a three-hole punch so you can add magazine tearsheets.

My hope is that with the help of this planner you will be able to plan a harmonious, memorable, and deeply personal wedding day. And when the big day is behind you, the binder will make a wonderful scrapbook of these busy but exciting months.

-Mindy Weiss

Table of Contents

The Big Picture:
Our Dream Wedding
Wedding Contacts
Honeymoon Contacts
Long Engagement: Week-by-Week Planner
Short Engagement: Week-by-Week Planner
Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Wedding Budget Spreadsheet
Tips on Tipping
Spending and Saving
Budget Breakdown

Location Pros and Cons
Finding Your Ceremony Site
Finding Your Reception Site
The Venue Contracts
The Walk-Through
Finding Your Destination Wedding Location
The Destination Wedding Checklist

The Guests and Invitations:
The Guest List
Roles for Honored Guests
Invitation Cheat Sheet
Wording Your Invitation
Putting It All Together
The Registry Rundown

The Dress! (And What Everyone Else Wears):
Classic Silhouettes
A Wedding Dress Shopping Primer
The Dressmaker Contract
The Shoes
The Accessories
The First Fitting
Dressing the Bridesmaids
At the Tux Shop
Finding a Makeup Artist
Finding a Hairstylist
The Menu and the Flowers:
Sit-Down or Buffet?
Finding a Caterer
The Caterer Contract
Finding a Cake Maker
The Cake Maker Contract
Finding Your Bar Manager
Stocking the Perfect Bar
The Cocktails Contract
All Stems on Deck
Finding Your Florist

Music, Photography, and Videography:
Finding a Photographer
The Photographer’s Contract
Crafting the Shot List
Finding a Videographer
The Videographer’s Contract
Finding Musicians
The Musicians’ Contract
Scoring the Ceremony and Reception

The Rentals:
Finding a Rental Company
The Rental Company Contract
The Rental Inventory
Renting a Tent
Finding Transportation Services

Making It Official:
Finding an Officiant
Wedding Ring Crib Sheet
The Marriage License
Changing Your Name

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