Get Organized

You’ve got the man and the ring…What next? It’s time to start planning for your big day! If hiring a wedding planner is not in your budget, a well-organized wedding planning binder will be your best friend in the upcoming months. As a budget-minded DIY bride, you can take matters into your own hands by DIY-ing a wedding planning binder.

[Tip: Take advantage of back-to-school sales at your local office supply stores.]

  • 3 ring binder
  • 8-10 dividers with tabs
  • Sheet protectors
  • Paper and pen

[Click on the links below for templates and forms.]

  • Calender: Keep yourself on track by jotting down appointments, project due dates and vendor payment schedules. [Tip: Share Google Calendar with your fiancé.]
  • Budget: Discuss budget and priorities with your hubby-to-be and create a spreadsheet of your estimated budget. Make sure to record your actual spending and track any payments/deposits made throughout the wedding planning process. This is the easiest way for you to know if you’re over, on track or under budget.
  • Guest List: Keep detailed information about your guests. This list will come in handy for RSVPs, meal selections, and sending Thank You cards.
  • Venue: When searching for the perfect budget-friendly venue, it’s essential to have an apples-to-apples comparison of your options.
  • Dress: After visiting handful of bridal salons in search of the perfect dress, it can get overwhelming to keep track of everything. Use this section to jot down details of the dress, including price, likes and dislikes. Don’t forget to try on your favorite dresses at different salons as some will offer better prices.
  • Photographer: It’s extremely important to meet with the photographer before making your final decision. As photos last a lifetime, you want a photographer you connect with, someone who can capture the emotions of your wedding day.
  • Flowers: Flowers play a big role in defining the feel of your day. Whether you’re looking for a romantic wedding or a modern affair, it’s important to find a florist who can translate your vision through flower arrangements.
  • Bridal Party: If you’re letting your bridesmaids pick their own dresses, stop by a hardware store and pick up paint chips to give to your girls for reference.
  • Beauty: Print out pictures of your hair and makeup from the trial session. Make note of any changes you would like to see for your wedding day. I’m sure your hair and makeup artist will appreciate this reference on the day-of.
  • Music: Start a list of must-have grooves. Don’t forget to create a “do not play” list as well. You don’t want the Macarena to scare people off the dance floor.
  • Inspiration: This is the fun part! When flipping through a magazine or surfing your fave photographer’s blog, cut out or print any images that inspire you.
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