All The Wedding Planning Guides You Need (For Free!)

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A Complete List Of FREE Wedding Planning Guides You’ll Need For Your Big Day!

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Photo by: Laura Ford Photos

Hey friends! I know this year has been heavy and a lot of change for all of us and if you’re a couple who was planning their big day for this year, I know how difficult it’s been navigating postponements of your plans. However, it’s always been clear that love was never cancelled! As things start to open back up, your wedding plans may gain more momentum. If you’re in the midst of wedding planning, or recently engaged, I wanted to share a place with all the FREE wedding planning guides and posts I’ve created over the years. Check them out below!

Newly Engaged Wedding Planning Guides

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Photo by: Sun and Sparrow

+ The First Steps To Take After You Get Engaged and you can download the FREE guide HERE. We guide you on what to do next once the question is popped!

+ Why You Need A Wedding Planner and What A Wedding Planner Does

10 Months Out

A Fall Wedding at Calamigos Ranch, bride and groom first look
Photo by: Studio Castillero

+ How to Budget For Your Wedding and a free download HERE

+ How To Start A Wedding Planning Budget and How To Manage Your Wedding Planning Budget

+ The Do’s and Don’ts Of Saving For Your Wedding

+ Tips To Finding The Perfect Wedding Venue

+ Tips To Finding Wedding Vendors

8 Months Out

A romantic wedding at Ebell Long Beach, bride and groom portrait shots
Photo by: Swanky Fine Art Wedding

+ Mistakes Brides Make When Wedding Planning

+ How To Create Healthy Habits While Wedding Planning

6-4 Months Out

bride and groom portrait shot at this contemporary wedding at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles
Photo by: Justin Vasquez

+ How to Word Your Wedding Invitations

+ How To Build Your Wedding Registry and Top Wedding Registry Sites

+ Unique Gifts To Put On Your Wedding Registry

+ Top Tips Your Wedding Photographer Wants You To Know

3-2 Months Out

Beautiful wedding at The Unique Space in downtown LA, groomsmen in black suits
Photo by: Shot By Ellen

+ How to Make A Wedding Day Timeline and a free download HERE

+ How To Create a Seating Chart

+ Wedding Etiquette Questions Answered

+ 4 Ways To Add A Pop Of Color To Your Big Day

1 Month Out

A classic greenhouse wedding at Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm, bride getting ready
Photo by: Sisterlee Photography

+ Reasons To Have An Unplugged Ceremony

+ Budget Friendly Wedding Party Gift Ideas

+ How To Practice Self Care Before The Wedding

+ Ways For a Groom To Get Ready For His Wedding Day

+ How To Include Your Dad Into Your Wedding Day

+ How to Include Your Mom Into Your Wedding Day

Seasonal Wedding Planning Guides

Union Station Wedding ceremony, gold chiavari chairs, colorful floral ceremony arch
Photo by: Loie Photography

+ Outdoor Wedding Planning Tips

+ Summer Wedding Planning Tips

+ Fall Wedding Planning Tips

+ Winter Wedding Planning Tips

I hope these free wedding planning guides will help you in the process! If you want additional help while planning and designing your dream day, contact me on my homepage here and let’s chat! Our team is ready to go!

Feathered Arrow Signature Kari Dirksen


Expert Party Planner, Podcaster, and Creative Entrepreneur.

I'm a creative entrepreneur at heart and have been running my business for over 10 years and have planned and executed over 150+ weddings. I'm an expert in this industry and care deeply about my clients and making sure they have the best experience. I just launched a podcast with my work wife, Gabby Pinkerton of Cause We Can Events, called Just Another Biz Podcast! Go check it out!

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