Wedding Handbook

A Wedding Planner designed by a Wedding Planner! 

Helping you take the first steps on your wedding planning journey

About Wedding Handbook

Getting married can be stressful!  

Here at Wedding Handbook we want to guide couples through the process, 

making their engagement fun and stress free.

So...Wedding Handbook is coming out of retirement! 

Available for Bride/Groom, Bride/Bride, Groom/Groom

Who Am I?

My name is Gemma Jay, and I’ve worked in the Wedding & Event Industry since 2009 both as a freelance planner, and as Wedding and Event co-ordinator in hotels and venues across the UK and have been involved in hundreds of weddings over that time.  Since 2018 I have also been working as an Independent Celebrant, you can see more details about North East Celebrant HERE

So what is Wedding Handbook?

It was 2013, and after a number of comments from couples saying how they didn't know what to do once they were engaged I started looking at what practical impartial advice was actually available on the market.  I bought a handful of 'wedding planners' from high street stores and online.  It was then I realised that these planners weren’t very thorough.  Sure, they looked pretty, but they didn’t include practical advice of what you needed to know or do.  And what shocked me even more is that there were no same-sex planners available at all! (*that I could find)

I had found a gap in the market and sufficient demand from the 18 months of market research that I decided to invest both time and money into making my vision a reality.

And so, July 2015 Wedding Handbook was born.

Wedding Handbook is the Ultimate Planner, a convenient and comprehensive guide for anyone getting married, helping them to save time, money and effort planning their wedding.

Originally Wedding Handbook was a physical printed 160 page step by step wedding planner to help you organise and guide you through your engagement, covering everything from the engagement celebrations, the Stag & Hen do’s, guest lists, budget and so much more!  It came with a supplier directory, branded pen, sticky tabs and a USB memory stick complimenting the planner with spreadsheets and tips!  

Full retail price was £47.99

However, I was young and naive and didn't really understand how to sell a 'product'.  It turned out that the cost of printing along with all the elements skyrocketedI didn't want to jeopardise the quality of the product, and it therefore no longer became a profitable business, so in 2019, I bowed out to focus on my Celebrant business.

Now, with the increased popularity at the minute of planner and digital products, I recently wondered why i've not turned this into a digital download!  Well guess what! Now I have!   Who knows a printed version may be available again one day too!

You can access all the information as downloadable PDF documents for only 


So what do I get?

Firstly you need to select your version - Bride/Groom, Bride/Bride, Groom/Groom

Then you will receive:

First Steps Guide

Exactly what it is! You're what!

Questions to ask your venue and Venues guide PDF

Over 37 questions to ask your venues BEFORE you book them!  This document also includes a list to every single licensed venue in England and Wales.  Click on the council and it will take you directly to their page of licensed venues.

Wedding Handbook PDF 

100 pages covering everything from Engagement Celebrations, Stag & Hen plans, Outfits, Guest list, Wedding Day Schedule, To do lists and note pages, Hints and Tips, Honeymoon and who to inform for name changes!

Budget Planner Spreadsheet

Guest Management/Table Plan Spreadsheet


Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me HERE

Please note - As this is a digital download, consumers will need to waive their cancellation rights before digital content can be provided. This means that once a customer (ie the consumer) has purchased the download as it is instantly available you therefore give up your consumer rights to a refund.

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