Post # 1
I’ve just started the wedding planning and I have no idea how to organise all my planning.
I’ve started using delicious for bookmarking a tonne of ideas, but I need to move from “ooh this is pretty” to actually making decisions and working out a budget.
So what des everyone use? Online planners? A notebook? A mess of paper and favourited webpages? Help!
Post # 3
I actually use bookmarks on firefox. Crazy insane amounts of them.
I started with one folder called “Wedding Misc.” – now I have like 35 folders for specific stuff, everything from “centerpieces” to “first dance ideas” to “to show J” haha.
Anything I like, I bookmark. Then every so often I go through a very full folder and weed out anything I don’t absolutely love and look for common threads – I thought I was going through inspiration overload and expected a totally random smattering of stuff the first time I went through a folder (my dresses folder), and was shocked to find 80% of my bookmarked dresses had a few common elements. I went ahead and deleted anything that didn’t have those elements and moved toward finding a dress that had everything I was (apparently) looking for. It feels a little bit like I’m spying on myself sometimes, but it works for me!
We also use Google Docs like crazy, because we’re far away from each other and from the city where we’ll be getting married. Google Docs makes it easy to seamlessly share info with each other. 🙂
Post # 4
ps – Welcome to Weddingbee! I hope you love it here 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks daydreamweaver! I think I’m going to need to start using Google Docs because I keep on coming up with great ideas, then forgetting to write them down and I’m worried that by the time I actually start looking at the little details, I’m going to have forgotten everything
Post # 6
I was also going to recommend Google Docs! It’s amazing! I love being able to work on it whenever where ever (well, WiFi contingent). I even keep my personal budget in a Google Doc. So helpful.
My personal strategy is 3-fold. I use a Google Doc spreadsheet for “hardcore” organizing like the budget, guest list, and the timeline (in different tabs of the same file).
My second strategy is to virtual “sticky notes” that I downloaded from Post-It Notes to my desktop. Since I do most of my planning from my laptop, I have several different “sticky note lists” that I can see and update w/o using Google Docs. For me, these are things like “DIY Projects,” and a running list of possible flowers if we do them ourselves and websites/prices, and things that we still need to register for. These are all things that I can’t/won’t do away from my personal computer, so I like having them off my Google doc. It keeps these projects “front and center” to be done ASAP.
And third, I have a desktop file called “Wedding,” with subfolders like “crafts,” “venue,” “contracts,” and “inspiration photos.” When I first got engaged, I found it helpful to *not* bookmark everything I liked, but rather to save photos of things I liked into different subfolders like flowers, cake, overall look, attire. As we’ve gotten farther into the planning, I go back periodically to delete the photos that don’t suit our wedding anymore. This is key! It’s so helpful to get rid of old inspiration photos!
Oh, and you should think about bringing a tiny notebook with you to make notes of ideas! I come up with ideas everywhere — at work, on the subway, while walking to work, etc. I’d never remember it all without my little notebook in my purse.
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
I have a kind of random system of organization, haha. I have crazy amounts of bookmarks – I have a general “wedding” section, then within that is about 10 different categories with ridiculous amounts of bookmarks in each one.
Then, on my computer I have a “Wedding” folder, with a bunch of other folders in it for random ideas, beginnings of projects, photos, etc.
AND I have a Martha Stewart wedding binder that I’m kind of trying to convert everything to. It’s a crazy system right now, but it works for me haha!
Post # 8
Starting out, I bought myself a planning binder and I really only use it to store my contracts and receipts. I really rely on Google Docs for a majority of my organizing.
I started a separate wedding gmail address and only use that for wedding-related stuff, like correspondence between my vendors, discount emails from vistaprint & the like, and for any wedding junk emails that might come my way.
I use the google reader to save inspiration pictures from blogs I like. I use the spreadsheet option for my guest list and budget. I use the document option for my DJ music list, and so on . . . I really love it!