Post # 1
Hi Brides! I’m starting the wedding planning process and quickly realizing that I’m not as organized as I’d like to be. Friends have suggested that I get a wedding planner book. I’m using the knot.com for virtual organizaion. I’m struggling with the magazine cut outs, contracts, and other “paper” stuff. Our wedding will be a lot of DIY so organizing now will be helpful in the long run.
What tools did you use to keep organized? Help!
Post # 3
Those are all great steps! I also set up a seperate email account (gmail) so my fiance and I can have a shared outlook calendar so I can book meetings without constantly double checking with him and I can also give that email to vendors and can create folders (venue, priest, caterers, band, etc) and keep it electronically.
Post # 4
I have two organizers. I ended up not really liking the one I bought so I made my own and took the pages out of the one I bought and supplimented it with my own tabs and folders (to hold mag pics etc). I also used alot of TK tools at first I print them up and add them to my folder.
Post # 5
I set up tags in my gmail for every vendor or conceivable wedding-related planning category, and militantly tagged every email as it came in that was related to the wedding. No trouble looking up communication with vendors that way. I kept a folder on my desktop with some dozen or so subfolders for all the vendors, inspiration photos, the evolving guestlist, etc. The guest list leapt online in a google doc which evolved to house addresses, a seating chart, and a tracking column for RSVPs, gifts, and thank-you notes. Finally, I had a google doc to list everything I could think of that was still left to do in the last few months, and as a backup I kept checking my list at theknot.com to see if there were any tasks I hadn’t thought of.
I never felt like I needed a formal planning tool; between my email tagging and my folder on my computer desktop and my google docs everything was pretty well under control.
[ETA] Oh yeah, the physical paper stuff. It lived in a pile on the floor by our bed. Seriously. At some point my then-FI bought me a collapsible folder to put it all in and I just never bothered. I did all our planning on the computer; the paper pile (mainly printouts of contracts – which I had in pdf form on the computer anyway) largely gathered dust. Though it was nice and cathartic to toss it all in the recycling bin when we got back from the honeymoon.
Post # 6
my fh’s cousin made me a large 3 ring binder will all the must know info in it.. i keep everything really organized with the clear pocket things
Post # 7
i baught a three rink binder a a huge pack of tabs. Everthing that i come across goes in that binder. there may only be one thing under a tab but at least i know where it is.
Post # 8
I have a notebook, where I am doing invetary of all the things I already got and the things I need to buy, or call, deposits, payments. I also packed the things I already got, in boxes(safe packing), and wrote a number on, so I have the box number on my inventary, whith quantity and the name of whatever is in there. Keep track of all the receipts.
Post # 9
I did the same as eseds! My Maid/Matron of Honor bought me a 3-ring binder and added dividers with the little tabs for each section (i.e. dress, jewelry, tuxes, gifts, reception, hotel, etc.). In each section, I had clear plastic “covers” to put any loose items in as well (i.e. samples, business cards, etc.). Then, we also had a calendar in the front to record any appointments, payments, and due dates. Hope this helps!!