Wedding planning books are a great inexpensive alternative to using a wedding planner, however all books are not created equal. Before you shell out money on a wedding planning book there are some helpful things you should look for to make sure it is the right book for you.
One of the main reasons to use a wedding planner is to help you stay on track and organized and the same should be true for a wedding planning book. Look for a book that comes with checklists or spreadsheets so you have a good idea of everything that needs to be done and you can check things off your list as you accomplish them.
If you want to go more high-tech, look for a book that comes with wedding planning software. Software is a fabulous way to keep everything organized on your computer and all in one place so you can easily access it and see what all is left to do.
Another role of a wedding planner is to help you save money on the essentials for your wedding such as your cake, decorations, photographer, venue and more while at the same time ensuring that you get high quality service. A wedding planning book can also help with this by offering tips and advice on how to save money on just about everything for your wedding. Many books offer nation wide lists of vendors and stores where you can find services in your local area which can make shopping for your wedding much easier.
Finally, while you are planning your wedding no doubt you will run across situations that you aren’t quite sure how to handle. How do you manage divorced parents? How can you politely tell people that you don’t want children at your wedding? What is the best way for dealing with unruly guests or getting your bridesmaids to pitch in and help? Most wedding planning books offer wedding etiquette tips that can help you to deal with a wide variety of problems that may arise while you are planning your wedding.