Ever wondered what’s inside a professional wedding planners’ handbag? Well, you’re on the right page. 
We investigated the toolkits from some of best wedding planners and uncovered their secrets. Turns out, planning a smooth wedding is simple… and you can do it yourself. All you need is the right equipment. 

Read on to find out the 5 planning essentials all brides-to-be need in their handbag, stat. 

1. Bridal Bible 
If you think a standard planner or diary will do the trick, good luck. 
Nobody does wedding planning like es+elle, and their Bridal Bible is just that, a wedding bible. 
Filled with everything you possibly need to organise and plan a smooth wedding, all in the one place. This personalised planner is made for weddings. 
Inside you’ll find a 12-month timeline checklist, an endless amount of supplier pages with ideas of what you will need from each, inspiration pages to jot down your thoughts, financial plans to cater for all budgets, a bridal emergency kit checklist, a gift registry list, space to keep track of gifts you received and who they’re from, inspirational quotes and loads more! 

Shop the Bridal Bible here.

2. Pens, Pens, Pens 
Ok, we know we said the Bridal Bible has everything you possibly need to nail wedding planning. But it wouldn’t be complete without a pen (or three). 
You never know when you’ll need to jot down a florists’ phone number, venue appointment or crazy idea. 
Never be without a pen and keep this gorgeous everyday pen set by es+elle in your handbag. 
Made to match your Bridal Bible, these elegant black ballpoint pens come in threes to triple the ink power. 
Shop the Everyday Pen Pack here.

3. Peppermint Essential Oil
The powers of peppermint go beyond fresh breath. 
Known to stimulate the mind, improve focus, reduce nerves, fight fatigue and give you an energetic boost, keep some peppermint essential oil in your handbag for an instant pick-me-up. 
When the afternoon slump hits, simply rub 2-3 drops onto your temples and let your senses soak in the refreshing fragrance. 
Go get ‘em, girl.

4. Business Card Organiser
Chances are you’ll start collecting quite the collection of business cards from potential weddings vendors. 
Never lose a card and stash them in a business card organiser. 
Once you’ve got time to research and choose the right vendors, jot down everything you need from each business on your Bridal Bible supplier page. 

5. Calming App 
We understand wedding planning can become overwhelming (trust us). 
The first step is to breathe. 
Remember your Bridal Bible has everything stored inside to help you kick goals. It’s all in the one place. 
The next step is to rub some peppermint essential oils on your temples and breathe. 
Still stressed? 
Download a calming app for a double dose of de-stress medicine. 
You got this girl. 
Ready, Set, Plan! 
Now you’re all set with the planning essentials, you’re officially ready to kick-start some serious planning goals. 
Happy planning! xx