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The author of A Practical Wedding offers a no-nonsense wedding planner, with all the tools, tips, and strategies to get the celebration you want, on a budget you can actually afford

Whether you''re newly engaged or haven''t quite made anything official yet, but you know you want to spend your lives together, you''re going to need help planning your wedding. When you''re ready to take a deep breath and start, this is the book you want--need--to have. From figuring out what you really want--as opposed to what everyone else thinks you should want--to helping you keep an eye on the ceremony itself and the vows, Meg Keene, founder of apracticalwedding.com, covers all the essentials. With checklists (such as flowers, food, final venue walk-through) and key spreadsheets (guest list and seating chart, budget, venue search, and more), A Practical Wedding Planner helps you:

  • Set a budget--and stick to it
  • Choose a venue: traditional, non-traditional, and everything in between
  • Hire good vendors and keep your friendors (and tells you why DIY doesn''t always save money)
  • Figure out catering, rentals, and everything else Pinterest forgot to tell you
  • Reality-check wedding dér
  • Create and write a ceremony that really represents both of you
  • Get everyone to show up...and have a good time

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"The words practical and wedding don''t often go together...Keene works on both sides of the brain...[offering] perspective that''ll calm any bride and groom...by anticipating anything and everything that could go wrong, with plans to avoid or solve...[A] handy guide."
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"Sure, Pinterest boards are a fantastic wedding resource. But, how can you transform those beautiful photos into a reality? Keene helps engaged couples do just that. From its practical charts and spreadsheets to its fluff -free suggestions, this planner is one you''ll want to make your dreams come true (within your budget)."
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knobbyreads
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Worth it, even if you bought the first APW book. Helps you to take action!
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2016
To be completely honest with you, I had my doubts about this new book when it was out for pre-order. I thought, “What could possibly be covered now?” Between the 2011 guidebook, the website’s oft-updated front page and growing archives, and downloadable spreadsheets... See more
To be completely honest with you, I had my doubts about this new book when it was out for pre-order. I thought, “What could possibly be covered now?” Between the 2011 guidebook, the website’s oft-updated front page and growing archives, and downloadable spreadsheets available online, I wondered if it was going to be a redundant piece of fluff. I bought my copy to see if it was worth suggesting to my couples (I''m a wedding photographer), or warn them not to waste their money. So for me to read it, cover to cover, and have my skepticism blown away actually speaks really highly of this book. It’s useful! It’s smart! It’s handy!

See, the first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, gets you into the *headspace* of planning a wedding. For many of us, our wedding is the first wedding that we’ve ever had to plan. Figuring out how to approach wedding planning, then feeling right about our decisions, is what the original APW book is all about.

This companion book, A Practical Wedding Planner (“APWP”), coaxes you into actually taking action. Meg starts by asking you to think of your wedding’s “thesis” — not colors or theme, but the takeaway that you want your guests to feel after the wedding is over. (Best dance party? Amazing spiritual experience? Warm, casual vibe?) Then build your wedding around that thesis.

While the planner, at around 9×7″ (notably bigger than the novel-sized 2011 guidebook), isn’t quite large enough to feel like it’s an essential replacement of a wedding-planning binder, it feels more like a notebook and has wide margins so you can scribble all in it (there are some dedicated spots for you to fill in your plans, but for the most part, the book tracks out to-do’s). It’s divided into sections that you can jump to depending on where you are in your planning process: budgets, venues, catering, etc.

The best part about this book is that it can be scaled up or down depending on the type of wedding you’re going to have: Meg doesn’t assume that you’ll be having a giant wedding, a tiny one, or that you’ll hire all of the vendors that most wedding-planning books recommend you to hire. She outlines DIY projects, describes the risks and rewards of DIY, and suggests how to get the most out of DIY planning. It’s a little bit like a choose-your-own-adventure book. Want to do your own makeup? Here’s the path to take. Interested in arranging your own flowers? Here is what you need to look out for.

Where APW used voices from married couples, describing how they created an authentic wedding instead of going with the traditional or expected, APWP interviews wedding professionals. These seasoned vendors explain how to get the best deals from different vendors (hint: it’s not always about negotiating, but by understanding what is typically included in the industry norm and what are additional fees), as well as the best questions to ask the vendors you’re vetting to work your wedding.

Some of the best stuff is in the nitty gritty: there’s a chart of flowers, when they’re in season, their price ranges, and good substitutes. There’s an alcohol calculator. There are sample timelines, sample ceremonies of many religions and cultures, and even guidelines on how to address your invites in a “gently feminist” way.

In short, should you get this book if you’re planning a wedding?

Resounding YES.
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anntieem
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The only book you need
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2020
I am so glad I bought this wedding workbook. The information is concise yet insightful, and the suggestions really helped me figure out what I wanted, what I needed, and what I can afford. I was overwhelmed by advice from people and online sources and started feeling... See more
I am so glad I bought this wedding workbook. The information is concise yet insightful, and the suggestions really helped me figure out what I wanted, what I needed, and what I can afford. I was overwhelmed by advice from people and online sources and started feeling trapped into having the wedding everyone else wanted. Meg Keene''s A Practical Wedding Planner laid everything out in a helpful way. You can mix and match hundreds of suggested options, including the "forget everyone let''s elope" wedding (which still has a tiny bit of legal planning).
I borrowed several books from my local library as well, but this one really offered the best set of information combined with get it done lists.

I highly recommend this for anyone planning even the simplest wedding.
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Best Wedding Planner So Far
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2016
I bought Meg''s first book, "A Practical Wedding" when I got engaged and it was great. After suffering through The Knot Wedding Planner and finding it supremely unhelpful, this came out and has been SO great. It''s comprehensive, easy to use and not just a book of... See more
I bought Meg''s first book, "A Practical Wedding" when I got engaged and it was great. After suffering through The Knot Wedding Planner and finding it supremely unhelpful, this came out and has been SO great. It''s comprehensive, easy to use and not just a book of lists and unhelpful blank spaces to write things. She fills the planner with good advice, interesting detail and shortcuts to make wedding planning easy and fun. You won''t regret buying this!
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Wil McCarthy
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Grounded advice for grownup brides
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2017
This book walked me through planning my DIY, creative wedding without (much) freaking out. I was never married before, in my 40s, and not the sort of person who had been dreaming of her wedding since childhood. I also wanted a mixture of nontraditional and traditional... See more
This book walked me through planning my DIY, creative wedding without (much) freaking out. I was never married before, in my 40s, and not the sort of person who had been dreaming of her wedding since childhood. I also wanted a mixture of nontraditional and traditional elements, and badly wanted to avoid spending a ton of money. A Practical Wedding Planning gives sensible options for all kinds of avenues; it would work if you wanted a big white wedding, or if you just wanted a small party in your backyard. Our wedding was perfect for us, inexpensive, and so well-organized and delegated per Meg''s advice that I was able to just show up and enjoy every minute!
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jessie
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BEST wedding planner EVER!!!
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2019
Seriously this is the best wedding planner ever! Everything you can think of is in here and organized! I bought this for myself to help my sister with her wedding planning. We’re both having destination weddings and this book his so handy for any type of wedding you’re... See more
Seriously this is the best wedding planner ever! Everything you can think of is in here and organized! I bought this for myself to help my sister with her wedding planning. We’re both having destination weddings and this book his so handy for any type of wedding you’re thinking of having and it’s a realistic planner. I definitely recommend reading the entire book before focusing on certain aspects. (That’s what I did at first) Once again if you’re planning a wedding no matter if it’s a courthouse wedding/elopement-destination or huge 300 person big bash, BUY this book!!
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DaisyBrain
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I highly recommend this. If you''re 3 months out from your ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2018
I wish that I had read this earlier on, because it would have saved me SO SO SO SO SO much trouble. Unfortunately I bought this after I was well into the planning process. If you just got engaged, I highly recommend this. If you''re 3 months out from your wedding (like... See more
I wish that I had read this earlier on, because it would have saved me SO SO SO SO SO much trouble. Unfortunately I bought this after I was well into the planning process. If you just got engaged, I highly recommend this. If you''re 3 months out from your wedding (like myself) it''s probably not as useful. I can''t tell you the amount of passages I read where I thought "OMG, where was this information 6 months ago?!?!?".
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4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Better than most wedding books
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2019
This book is better than most wedding planning books. True to its name, it offers practical solutions for party planning and answers many modern wedding questions. Also, the book is glossy and beautiful. However, it lacks comprehensive structure. For that reason, I think... See more
This book is better than most wedding planning books. True to its name, it offers practical solutions for party planning and answers many modern wedding questions. Also, the book is glossy and beautiful. However, it lacks comprehensive structure. For that reason, I think it''s best as a supplement to a checklist or more comprehensive planning guide, and not as a stand-alone guide. It''s great for tips and inspiration, but not end-to-end planning.
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smilieface23
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My buyer/planner fiancé is actually reading it, and taking it to work with him!
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2020
So, I have had this for all of about 1.5hrs now, but I have been listening to the other version of this book on Audible. However, I''m giving it 5 stars because my fiancé who is a buyer/planner for a manufacturing company actually spent 20+mins browsing/reading it. This is a... See more
So, I have had this for all of about 1.5hrs now, but I have been listening to the other version of this book on Audible. However, I''m giving it 5 stars because my fiancé who is a buyer/planner for a manufacturing company actually spent 20+mins browsing/reading it. This is a big deal because we have been arguing/fighting about how to go about planning with COVID-19 in the picture. We also have very different planning styles; I like to brainstorm and jump all over the place at the beginning, especially when we are so limited in what we can plan/control right now. This book gives me a bit more structure without forcing me to fill out one of those big planning binders (I hate planners, they have never worked for me, not even in school) and the book gives the actual guidelines/planning tools and things to consider that my fiancé''s buyer/planner mindset needs. Even if we were to never pick it up again through this whole process (which I doubt, it will probably become indispensable), it would be worth the money simply because it ended an argument and put his mind at ease. I have the audiobook and a Kindle version, so the hard copy will be his; it''s even sitting on top of his work bag right now. Seriously, this is a good buy!
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hgb1336
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
If you want less stress, buy this book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 18, 2018
This book has been so helpful whilst planning my wedding. I read A Practical Wedding blog every week. This book laid things out in a straightforward way and I really liked it''s ''no pressure'' attitude. I ended up lending out to family members who became a but overbearing...See more
This book has been so helpful whilst planning my wedding. I read A Practical Wedding blog every week. This book laid things out in a straightforward way and I really liked it''s ''no pressure'' attitude. I ended up lending out to family members who became a but overbearing with their opinions of the wedding and it really helped them understand the kind of wedding we were going for.
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S. Rudolph
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Great tool to have
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 23, 2016
I think I bought this a little too late in the wedding process (only about 3 months out) but I''m glad I had it to check out a few things. I absolutely love Keene''s blog, and I''m glad this book was full of the practical and helpful advice I''ve come to expect from her. I''m...See more
I think I bought this a little too late in the wedding process (only about 3 months out) but I''m glad I had it to check out a few things. I absolutely love Keene''s blog, and I''m glad this book was full of the practical and helpful advice I''ve come to expect from her. I''m happily married now(!) and will pass this book on to the next bride in line.
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Frances
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Lovely open minded ideas to help plan an individual wedding
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 4, 2016
This book is full of useful, pragmatic ideas and advice. It''s brilliantly non judgemental, which was exactly what I needed. It also contains some ideas I hadn''t thought of, such as a list of traditional wedding things to go through with your partner and mark whether they''re...See more
This book is full of useful, pragmatic ideas and advice. It''s brilliantly non judgemental, which was exactly what I needed. It also contains some ideas I hadn''t thought of, such as a list of traditional wedding things to go through with your partner and mark whether they''re important to you or not - it''s helped us to focus on the key bits and disregard the things that may matter to others, but not to us! Simple but effective and very laid back.
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wendy Stanfield
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2018
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Beverley
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Four Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2016
A tad American but still a useful reference.
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A 2021 Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating sale the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process), Book Cover May Vary sale

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A 2021 Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating sale the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process), Book Cover May Vary sale

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A 2021 Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating sale the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process), Book Cover May Vary sale

A 2021 Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating sale the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process), Book Cover May Vary sale

A 2021 Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating sale the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process), Book Cover May Vary sale

A 2021 Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating sale the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process), Book Cover May Vary sale

A 2021 Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating sale the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process), Book Cover May Vary sale

A 2021 Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating sale the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process), Book Cover May Vary sale

A 2021 Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating sale the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process), Book Cover May Vary sale

A 2021 Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating sale the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process), Book Cover May Vary sale

A 2021 Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating sale the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process), Book Cover May Vary sale

A 2021 Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating sale the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process), Book Cover May Vary sale

A 2021 Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating sale the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process), Book Cover May Vary sale

A 2021 Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating sale the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process), Book Cover May Vary sale

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