There are so many things to think about when you are getting married such as the ceremony site, reception site, wedding officiant, budget, wedding dress, vendors…the list goes on and on! As a wedding coordinator, I have noticed a trend with my brides – whenever I meet with one, I notice she brings with her a binder for her wedding. What better way to keep all of those details organized in one binder? There are many stores who sell wedding planning binders/notebooks that are complete with all the necessary categories but some of them can be quite pricey. Why not just make your own for less than $20? That way, you can better personalize it for YOUR wedding!
All of the following I have on hand already, however, these items can be purchased at a very decent price at Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Target, etc.
Here are the items I used to create a wedding binder:
* 1″ 3-Ring Binder
* Sheet protectors (to hold swatches, business cards, etc.)
* Tab dividers
* Scrapbook paper (to make it pretty!)
* Note pad (to jot down any notes when meeting with vendors)
Since you will be doing a lot of flipping, referencing, and adding things to your binder, it would be best to put together a table of contents like this.
This is only an example. You can customize your table of contents and tabs as needed to better fit your special day. If you’re a Pinner (I think most everyone is these days!) then you can find FREE and comprehensive templates for each tab. I found a very detailed wedding template here.
Using some form of organization will help you immensely through the wedding planning process. If this hands-on method doesn’t work for you, then go digital and find an app you can download on your phone or tablet!