Making Wedding Planner Binder VS Buying a Pre-made One

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Make your own binder VS buying pre-made
    Make your own : (32 votes)
    91 %
    Buy pre-made : (3 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    100 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @ClassicLady:  When I was brand newly engaged I rushed right out and bought one of the premade ones and then found that they didn’t really fit what I wanted or needed so I just made my own.

    Post # 4
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    5087 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Make your own OP, it’ll save you money. I just have a cardboard file with post-its. Whatever works for you. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    1090 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Google Drive and all the Docs and Spreadsheets I make are my “wedding binder.” 

    I’m a pretty indecisive person; my wedding theme has gone from country/rustic to modern to elegant/classic to whimsical to whatever it is now. I’ve changed my wedding colors like 5 times in the past year.

    So it made no sense to me to clip a bunch of magazine cutouts or print inspiration pics out when I could just make page after page of organized inspiration boards online for free.

    Post # 6
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    2878 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Hm.  ALL my wedding planning is on my computer (and backed up onto a USB!!!)

    I’d say make your own; that way it will fit exactly what you need.

    Post # 7
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    480 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Nearly all my wedding planning is in an Excel spreadsheet and a pinterest board.  I also have a notebook for random ideas and a box, which I don’t use much but was good when I started to keep clippings and magazines in.

    I don’t know how much they are pre-made but I would have thought making one yourself would be fine.

    Post # 9
    Member
    1397 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I did it super simple, a 4inch binder with 31 divider tabs that I could make a table of contents.  It has everything I need and the order I want it in.  Cost was about $5

    Post # 10
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    217 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Google Docs! I made my own binder, and haven’t used it in over a year. My wedding spreadsheet, however, gets used multiple times a day.

    Post # 11
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    258 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    My mom bought me the Martha Stewart one, and I did not use it AT ALL.  It was a total waste, and I feel badly about it.  I have all of my lists and copies of vendor contracts on my computer, and have been using the checklist on The Knot, which is very helpful.

    Post # 12
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    1768 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    My MOH bought me a binder. Honestly everything in it is pretty useless, but I do like having the binder to keep my contracts, business cards, swatches, etc in. The provided information in it is pointless, though – I threw most of it out. It also has a calendar which is nice – I write down appointments, and as we book vendors I add their payment due dates to the calendar. I also have hard copies of our guest list and budget printed out, just as a reference point (we also keep those as excel documents). I added a pencil pouch and a notepad for notetaking during appointments, and my mom sewed a little sleeve so I can slip in my iPad – that was helpful during florist appointments because I could pull out my binder which had our reception floor plan (in the contract), bridesmaid dress swatches (in the binder), and my iPad which had my pinterest on it.

     

    If it were up to me I’d DIY my binder, since I hardly use the binder for what it was intended.

    Post # 13
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    2851 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I bought a really cute binder from Target along with super cute dividers. I can customize them to my liking so it’s perfect. I bought page protectors so I don’t have to hole punch anything either. Make it yourself!

    Post # 14
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    8593 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I made my own.  I really don’t use it much (yet) since I use my computer more. I just wanted to have something tangible the day-of with all of my paperwork included and contact numbers.  It’s also handy for storing things you don’t have electronically like business cards, contracts, etc.

    Post # 15
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    3415 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    I bought one and its helped me narrow things down and focus.  It’s also given me a couple of reminders on things I need to do that I forget about.

    Post # 16
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    11300 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @fzesguer:  Google Drive and all the Docs and Spreadsheets I make are my “wedding binder.” 

    This, plus Pinterest. I bought a planning binder and it’s been largely useless to me. WAY too traditional, and we largely knew what we wanted/didn’t need the 5 pages per section for vendor comparisons.

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