Post # 1
Hi bees! So before Fiance proposed I did some “pre-planning” and now that it’s official the OCD part of my needs to get the info I’ve gathered and things I like together in one place! I’ve started boards on pinterest for pics I see that I like, but I need to have something physical like a binder or something.
Anyone have any suggestions? What did you use to keep all of your info together and yourself sane?
Post # 3
I use an excel spreadsheet. It may not be physical enough for you, but it’s really useful!
Post # 4
@Lemma: Actually I considered using excel to create a template to print out that I can write notes about different vendors, etc on!
Post # 5
That’s a good idea! Then, when you have chosen things, you can put them in your online master spreadsheet along with the cost and you’ll have a good estimate of how your costs are stacking up against your budget.
Post # 6
I have a plain old 3 ring binder. I have two zipper pouches in the front, one for business cards and one for receipts. I have dividers for each vendor/item (venue, catering, officiant, DJ, photographer, attire, accommodations, florist, cake, transportation, guest list, and budget.) I keep my contracts in each section of the binder with inspiration pics or pics of what I have already (my dress pic, fabric swatch, etc.) I have a excel spreadsheet for my vendors with total amount, payments made, contact info, and if they’ve been paid. I used the Knot’s guest list excel template. I have updated copies of guest list and budget in my binder, just in case my computer malfunctions. But on my computer I have a wedding folder, divided the same way as my binder, and scanned all important docs into it and saved pictures there. I also have that backed up on a flash drive, I’m a little paranoid that I’m going to lose stuff, can you tell?
Post # 7
i ordered the free wedding planning binder from 1800registry.com but its so big that i took all the info i wanted out of it and transferred it to a smaller three ring binder. i use the sheet protectors but i also invested in a whole punch because now i print out the info to all the prospect photographers/videograpers, etc and place them in the binder as well. The worksheets that came with the planner is great i keep my budget on their and also on weddingwire.com
Post # 8
I have a book that I paste things in, like a scrapbook. It has been my lifesaver, honestly.
I keep in it:
- A checklist/to-do list for each month before the wedding
- A vendor checklist (florist, DJ, etc with their names/numbers)
- My inspiration board
- Floral section- flowers during season of my wedding/inspiration pics
- Invitation inspiration pics
- Wedding menu
Post # 9
@trbickham00: thanks soooo much for the tip about the free planner! I got mine in the mail today – I don’t know if I’ll use all of it, but it definitely gave me a jumping point!!