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The Knot vs A Practical Wedding

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Get Your Wedding Planning Guide Today! Where can you find the best wedding planning guides? When the big question has been popped and the answer is an enthusiastic "YES", you need to start planning. Whether you're imagining a small, romantic destination wedding at an exotic locale or a huge church ceremony with a few hundred - or thousand - friends and family members, there's a lot that goes into the decisions between now and "I do".

There are a wide range of websites offering to take the stress out of that process by helping you with everything from theme possibilities to recommended vendors like photographers and caterers in your area. The best wedding planning guides include a jaw-dropping array of tools that let you manage your guest list and RSVP's, track your budget, and keep track of your extensive to-do list - usually through a convenient app that you can access anytime, anywhere.

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4.5 stars
The Knot

THE KNOT

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The Knot is one of today's most popular online wedding planning guides. They offer "planning for everyone" and want to give you a warm "welcome to your day, your way".

One thing we love about The Knot is how inclusive the service is. They have a very clearly spelled-out non-discrimination policy for all couples and every vendor listed on their site. No matter who you are or who you love, you'll find encouraging, positive resources on The Knot. Here are some of the cool articles we found:

  • 8 African-American Wedding Traditions
  • Traditional Wedding Vows from Various Religions
  • 7 Romantic Readings for an LGBTQ+ Ceremony
  • How to Plan a Bilingual Wedding All Your Guests Will Understand

In late 2018, The Knot was purchased by our #3-ranked Wedding Planning Guide, Wedding Wire. But, at least at the time of our most recent evaluation, the two platforms offered slightly different features, so it's worth checking out both sites. That may change in the future, if the decision is made to merge both sites into a single, fully-featured service that gives you access to the full range of options offered by each one.

Here are the main features that make The Knot so popular:

  • Wedding "Vision": this is where the platform walks you through the beginning stages of planning your wedding. Start with their Wedding Style Quiz, then start choosing options like themes and colors and clarifying what you want your wedding to look like - so that the vendors you choose are all on the same page with what you have envisioned.
  • Checklist: use The Knot's pre-designed checklist to begin, then add your own to-do list for whatever you need to customize. You can add notes and other details to keep yourself on track.
  • Wedding Website: with more than 100 designs to choose from, you'll create the perfect place to keep all of your guests informed. This is where you'll keep your RSVP's, help people find hotel rooms, and even share photos after the big day.
  • Vendors: we were impressed with the range of options available in The Knot's vendor database, and we loved that we could see at a glance how many guests each venue could accommodate, a price range, and the number of stars/reviews they had. Sorting filters on the left side make it even easier to only see those vendors that match your needs.

The Knot's gift registry is similar to the one on their sister site, Wedding Wire: you can choose gifts from any online store, easily sync to your wedding website, and let your guests shop easily and conveniently for the things you really want. One unique feature, however, is The Knot's Cash and Experiences registry. Especially if you're combining two households with your marriage, you may not need more stuff. Maybe what you really want is cash for home renovations, a puppy, or dance lessons. This registry is only limited by your imagination!

The Knot Gifts Back is another attractive feature when using this wedding planning guide for your gift registry. Every time a gift from your registry is purchased from a participating retailer, a percentage of that purchase is donated to one of over 100 charitable organizations.

And, if you need inspiration for the right dress/tux, rings, decor and more, just browse to the top of the page. You'll find lots of helpful articles, photos and tips under the Photos and Ideas & Advice headings.

The only thing keeping The Knot out of our top ranking is its functionality. While this platform works flawlessly for most users, we found some complaints that the site and the app were "buggy", and that getting help from customer service at The Knot was not exactly easy. A few others said that they had issues with The Knot's RSVP function.

Other than that, The Knot offers a suite of world-class features designed to make planning your wedding as joyous and stress-free as you like. We recommend the site as one of our favorite wedding planning guides.

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A Practical Wedding

A PRACTICAL WEDDING

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If you're looking for a wedding planning guide from a company that actively works "to make the wedding industry a more feminist and diverse place", you'll want to check out A Practical Wedding.

As you'll see from your first visit to the site, this service endeavors to promote businesses that are women-, LGBTQ+- and POC-owned - and to welcome and embrace couples in those groups as well. You'll also find a healthy blend of photos and stories that feature plus-size individuals, non-Christian weddings (such as Muslim, Jewish, Hindu), and other non-traditional ceremonies.

Most people will want to begin with the Get Started page. You'll find some helpful starter info and links to everything from writing your vows to tips for booking a florist (and, interestingly, links to our highest-ranked Wedding Planning Guide's free checklist/app!). A Practical Wedding doesn't offer a gift registry, an app (or even a printable checklist), or many of the other all-in-one features found on our highest-ranked services, making this site feeling more like a DIY (which is fine if that's all you need - there's even a tab for that!).

You can also find a wide variety of user stories, advice and etiquette tips, and stories of real weddings featured by A Practical Wedding. Having a large wedding? Planning for a budget under $10K? Managing friend and/or family drama? You'll find all of that and more under the rest of the tabs at the top of the page. This site keeps it real.

A Practical Wedding has a Vendor directory, but unless you live in a major metro area, you might have to spend a lot of time sorting through all of the featured businesses for your entire state. (There's no ability to search by zip code.) In several metro areas, we found very few options for venues. For example, in Central Florida - think Disney, Cocoa Beach, springs and other places with natural beauty, etc. - the results list only included a Jamaica destination wedding and one ranch resort. Most of the other categories were similarly limited in options.

This wedding planning guide doesn't have all of the features found on our higher-rated services (like gift registries and apps that tie everything together right on your phone), and its limited scope of vendors is part of the reason for this site's lower overall ranking compared with other online resources. For those reasons, we think A Practical Wedding is probably best suited to couples who don't fit the traditional mold and want to see what other people have done to create the wedding of their dreams - and who don't need all of the bells-and-whistles of some of the more popular services.

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You can also get inspiration and advice from real couples. Thinking of having a wedding in the woods during winter? Check out what other brides and/or grooms did - and maybe even get practical tips for staying warm and keeping everyone from getting wet! Not sure how to navigate tricky family dynamics, which friends to invite to be in the wedding party, or how to word an invitation that includes everyone? Most of these wedding planning guides have in-depth advice and answers to guide you.

You've got a lot on your mind already, so how can you tell which online wedding planning guide is the right fit for you and your significant other? Here are several factors to keep in mind as you consider what's available:

  • Cost. Most online wedding planning guides don't charge to use the service. If you're interested in a paid planning tool, will you get enough value out of what you pay to make it a better choice than a free option?
  • Services Offered. What kind of help or advice are you looking for? Do you need an all-in-one site that gives you access to an app, checklists, plus ideas and inspiration for everything from flowers to food? Or maybe you're just at the beginning stages of planning and want to know if there are any available venues in your area? Choose a wedding planning guide that fits your needs.
  • Inclusivity. If you're planning a non-traditional wedding, can you find resources on the site? Are there couples and stories that you can identify with that are featured in the photos and articles?
  • Use of Technology. With so much of today's world online, it makes sense that more couples are taking advantage of fully-featured tech tools to streamline their wedding planning. Are you interested in having an app that you (as well as friends and family) can use to update RSVP's, list and/or buy items on a gift registry, and more? Not every wedding planning guide offers that capability.

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Wedding Planning Guides available today. We hope this information helps you create and plan the best wedding you've ever dreamed of!

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