We do our best to guide you through wedding planning with plenty of inspiration and resources, but even we know there’s nothing like going analog. Holding a tangible thing in your hands, crossing items off a to-do list, underlining and highlighting and dog-earring and notes in the margins — you can’t duplicate the feeling! We believe the best wedding planner books are the ones that provide the resource you need without all the fluff. (Spoiler alert: that’s why we wrote one.) And we’ve got a killer list of books to help you plan a day that’s uniquely you.
Featuring the industry voices we trust and respect, these books are go-to resources for wedding planning. What you won’t find in this list are books that push you toward one style or another. These books aren’t all traditional, in a sense, but will help you maneuver through traditions to find what’s best for you. Some focus on the bigger picture of gathering, relationships, food, and flowers.
A few are books you’ll turn to again and again as you host or entertain guests beyond your wedding. And one book in particular (spoiler: ours!) will transform into a collection of memories you’ll treasure once it’s all said and done. So, let’s turn the page and jump in, shall we?
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Best Wedding Planner Book Overall:
Green Wedding Shoes X Erin Condren Wedding Planner
Yes, yes, we are biased. But we aren’t liars — this is the best wedding planner book because we designed it and wrote it with you in mind! The Green Wedding Shoes x Erin Condren Softbound Wedding Planner comes in two floral cover options: Blush and Midnight Blooms. It’s a book that will guide you through the entire planning process AND will serve to hold all your memories along the way.
We have detailed timelines, budget planning, helpful information about flowers, venue, food, photography, etc., reception planning, a special section to help you write your vows, and more. We’re proud to help you plan and we created the best book to help you do it! Let’s just take a quick peek inside!
You can customize the book by date, so you aren’t locked into a regular calendar schedule. We combed through every detail so you don’t have to and included anything you might need to know + do when you’re wedding planning. BUT, this isn’t a one-size-fits-all book.
If you know GWS then you know we’re all about unique weddings that reflect the couple. We made sure to leave margin for you to plan a wedding that is just that! You won’t be forced into any one kind of style or tradition. Take what works for you and leave the rest!
You’ll find helpful GWS Tips throughout the book, as well as chic designs that are purposefully kept neutral and clean so that you can bring your own customization to the lay-flat pages. Genuinely, we love this book and have been SO happy to see so many couples use it to plan their dream day. Check out the two floral cover options and dive a little deeper into the pages right here!
And for the traditional Erin Condren enthusiasts, we also have the traditional coiled wedding planner with interchangeable floral covers.
Best for Inspiration + Ideas:
Storied Weddings by Aleah and Nick Valley
Storied Weddings is a planning tool as well as a source for inspiration. Flip through details photos from real weddings to help inform your own style and story, and count on industry professionals to guide you through.
Best for the Alternative Bride:
Stone Fox Bride by Molly Rosen Guy
A bridal guide that is FAR from plastic-princess wedding culture. “Molly Rosen Guy—your cool, hippie chic guide through the wilds of wedding planning—encourages brides-to-be, and their ladies in tow, to say no to all things phony, frilly, and silly.”
Best Traditional Wedding Planning Book:
The Wedding Book by Mindy Weiss
Imagine saying you had the same wedding planner as Justin and Hailey Bieber? With Mindy’s book, you (kinda!) can. Mindy has a list of high-profile clients, but she’s written a book for any budget. Learn everything you need to know about wedding planning from the woman who knows it all. We’re particularly fond of her list of questions to ask potential vendors. It takes out all the guesswork!
Best Book to Plan a Meaningful Wedding:
Lucky in Love by Elini N. Gage
How do you create a wedding that celebrates your unique backgrounds, cultures, and heritages? What traditions do you keep and what do you ditch? How do you fuse together two lifetimes of history into one meaningful celebration? This book. That’s how.
Best General Party Planning Book:
A Great Party: Designing the Perfect Celebration by Bryan Rafanelli
From Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to events for President Obama at the White House, Bryan Rafanelli knows a thing or two about planning a memorable party. Here, he explores events in detail and shares 7 key principles for hosting great celebrations, from considering a room’s surfaces to how adding guests will change what you see.
Best Overall Hosting + Entertaining Book:
An Entertaining Story
We ADORE the concept of this book. It’s less a wedding planning book and more an overall approach to hosting and planning using what you have on hand. Perfect for the minimalist couple! India is the goddaughter to Prince Charles — so you know she’s seen some events. The book is organized by meal beginning with the most important meal of the day—cocktail hour—and ends with breakfast. Each celebration includes advice and inspiration for place settings, homemade flower arrangements, table design, and more.
Best for a Meaningful Guest Experience:
The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker
If you’re worried about getting caught up in the to-dos and the details of the wedding instead of focusing on what—or who—matters, this book is for you. Priya Parker, host of New York Times podcast Together Apart, argues that the gatherings in our lives are often lackluster—but they don’t have to be. This is a book that’s both journey and guide, full of simple ideas to invigorate any gathering.
Best Wedding Fashion Inspiration:
The Way We Wed: A Global History of Wedding Fashion
Featuring styles and stories from the Renaissance to the present day, the fashion inspo in here is SO GOOD. Vintage, historic, modern, and all with a story to tell. This book is a rich celebration of the art of wedding fashion across time and cultures, and those whose style and circumstances made a statement.
Best Wedding Dress Deep-Dive:
Vera Wang On Weddings
Best Celebrity Wedding Study:
Vogue Weddings: Brides, Dresses, Designers
It’s hard to look away from an exquisite celebrity wedding and Vogue features only the best of the best. Some of the world’s most talented photographers capture the world’s most stunning weddings. A book to flip through again and again.
Best Overall Wedding Flower Resource:
Flower Color Guide by Darroch and Michael Putnam
Next up, let’s talk flowers. Flower Color Guide is the first reference book to organize flower types by color, with an emphasis on seasonality and creative color schemes. What Pantone is to color, Flower Color Guide is to flowers.
Best for DIY Seasonal Floral Arrangements:
Floret Farm’s A Year in Flowers by Erin Benzakein
Erin Benzakein is a world-renowned flower farmer and floral designer (as well as a New York Times Best Seller) who wrote a beautiful book that NEEDS to be on your list. This go-to guide offers advice on every phase of working with cut flowers—including gardening, buying, caring for, and arranging fresh flowers.
Best for Budding Floral Designers:
Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style by Christin Geall
Did you know that a lot of wedding vendors only became interested in wedding design after planning their own weddings? It happens all the time and if flowers are calling your name, this is the book for you. Featuring stunning photography and floral design lessons for all levels, Cultivated is a beautiful book for weddings and beyond.
Best Post-Wedding Coffee Table Book:
On Flowers by Amy Merrik
Now, THIS is a beautiful book. If you look for joy in the small things, On Flowers will help it to blossom. Amy is a master of using the beauty that is waiting to be discovered all around us—in leaves, branches, seedpods, a fallen blossom—to tell a story of time and place. And she’ll show you how, too.
Best Resource for Dried Floral Bouquets + Arrangements:
Cut & Dry by Carolyn Dunster
Oh, do we love dried wedding flowers! Carolyn shows you how to do it yourself and create beautiful bouquets that will make a statement and last well beyond the day. If you love the boho aesthetic and DIY wedding projects, buy this book!!
Best Book for Easy DIY Flower Arrangements:
Field Flower Vase
Finally, this book promises addictingly easy arrangements — we are so in!! Learn everything you need to know to forage, gather, and arrange fresh and dried botanicals. Choose from 28 eco-friendly floral projects, all foam and wire-free.