Post # 1
I’m newly engaged as of just a few weeks ago. I technically started my planning YEARS ago lol. I have my whole wedding planned out as far as my inspiration, theme, colors, etc.
Now, I’m struggling with what to tackle first. I have so many to-dos and too many DIYs. I’m starting to freak a little.
So do you have a a to-do list that you follow? Did you make it, or did you get it from somewhere else?
How are your organizing your plans? Did you make a wedding binder or buy one?
Just curious what everyone elses systems for planning are!
Post # 3
I have a binder with all my inspiration pictures. As we booked our big checks, I also added them to the binder. It comes in handy when Fiance asks me where is so and so contact information, I can just tell him go to the binder.
Like you I have alot of DIY things I plan on doing and have started doing, so far what has worked for me is sticky notes… lol Yeah I know weird. But instead of making a huge list and caring it around with me all the time and crossing it out, I make that big list and have it on my computer. I do have a print out in my binder. I usually write on a sticky note what projects I want to do for the week. If I do them, I cross them off the big list, if I don’t, I carry them over to the next week. It has and continues to work for me so far. (I hope it makes sense).
I hope this helps you a little, good luck and don’t panick. Enjoy all the process. 🙂
Post # 4
I also have a binder with those laminated sleeves where I keep all of my details, contracts, and inspiration pictures. What’s been really helpful for me is the WeddingWire checklist and budget tool. The checklist gives you a monthly breakdown of what you should be getting done so you’re on track. The budget tool is helpful for tracking your payments, deposits, and due dates, too.I think the Knot has some version too, I liked the Wedding Wire ones better.
I also keep a Google Docs spreadsheet for guest list, RSVPs, thank you notes, etc and it’s nice because I can share it with my Fiance via gmail and we can both access and update it. It’s great to get organized early!
Post # 5
As far as organization, I have:
**A wedding binder with protective sleeves. This containts all my inspiration photos marked by tabs for easy finding (i.e. Bride apparel, Groom Apparel, hair, reception, make-up, etc.) DETAILS! 🙂
**Spreadsheets galore. We are having the ceremony and reception 8 days apart in two different states. Smaller guest list to the ceremony at Niagara. We have organized the spreadsheets to ceremony and reception with our anticipated invitees and have sent Save the Dates to the ceremony guests.
**Weddingwire.com- It’s awesome! I am organizing more for family and friends there. We built our wedding website on there and are including a lot of fun stuff. We will have our registries on there as well as a “playlist requester” where our reception guests can go in to the requester and type the songs they would like us to give the DJ for our playlist. There are also helpful tools to show the weather updates for both locations, quicklinks to orbitz for hotel rental, car rental, and airfare prices.
As far as a traditional list.. I haven’t looked into one of the pre-mades. I figure I know what needs to be done and I’m getting it all set on my own. If I need to refer back for something I get stumped on then I know the help will be there. Until then, I’m progressing on my own! 🙂
Post # 6
Like so many others, I have a binder with tabs where I keep all my inspiration and contracts and little details like that.
For budget and guest list purposes, I have a few massive spreadsheets. The guest one, I’m super proud of. It has everyone’s address, plus a running tally of who has RSVP’d yes/no, highlights who has yet to respond, and also has columns to list gifts received, and for us to check if we’ve sent a thank you note.
As for a checklist, in the beginning, I just followed some basic online ones to get me started and figure out how far in advance I should be booking things. Once I got about 5 months out, I created my own personal spreadsheet to-do list. I basically looked at a bunch of generic tasklists and picked out what actually applied to my wedding and added in some of our own unique tasks to be done. Then I broke down the tasks into what I needed to do each month until December. So far it’s been great for keeping me on track.
Post # 7
I LOVE sticky notes, so I think I might be using that method for sure! Thanks, I’m trying not to.
Thanks! I think I think I’m going to check out wedding wire and look for into the google docs. I just went nd bought a bunch of clear binder sleeves too!
Thank you! It’s interesting to know how others are planning as well!
WOW. That guest list does sound really impressive! ow did you make it? Just in like excel or something?