Post # 1
I don’t want a wedding planner. At all. I understand they can be amazing, but I hear so many horror stories, and I am scared I’m going to drop some seriously cash on someone who screws up.
I have just about 2 years until my wedding. Even though I’m not engaged (yet), Boyfriend or Best Friend and I officially set a date today and started talking about how much we can realistically spend on our wedding.
The problem is the fact that it’s two years away! I’m such a planner, and I want to get the bulk of it out of the way over the next year so the year following up to it can be reserved for making reservations, the invitations, etc. I guess year one is pre-planning planning?
For the DIY brides, how do you keep track of all your things? Binders? a special website? I’m already finding places I love and bookmarking them on chrome isn’t cutting it!
Post # 3
Use Pinterest instead of bookmarks, it keeps things visual :).
Post # 4
I have a label in my gmail just for wedding things, so al wedding emails go into that folder. I also have an excel sheet for guest lists, and also for costs of everything and how much has been paid for each thing. In the earlier stages, I also emailed myself different pictures and links of ideas. I’ve never gotten onto pinterest or instagram, so my email was my organizer. Another tool I used was the checklist on theknot.com. It was very helpful.
Post # 5
@agdluvstx: i bought an AMAZING binder/organizer at Barnes ans Noble.. Also available on Amazon called “The Complete Wedding Planner & Organizer” by Elizabeth and Alex Lluch. It is a binder that even has a hold puncher and is separated by tabs formeach category (stationary, reception, ceremony, transportstion, etc). It also has pictures for ideas and timelines to keep you in track. Each tab has a folder too where you can put your own pictures or brochures. It has been super helpful keeping me organized because I hole-punch pretty much everything and put it in the appropriate place! I higly reccommend it!
Post # 6
@allyouneedislove: I have a pinterest but I feel like I keep pinning EVERYTHING that catches my eye, even if it’s not even close to what I would have!
@LTD418: Gmail is an awesome idea! I’ll definitely have to make a wedding folder!
Post # 7
@lmdemberg: I’ll check that out! Thank you!
Post # 8
I organize all my emails in a seperate folder in my gmail account labeled Wedding. It’s really easy to find any emails from vendors if I have to refer back to them. Also saves printing out a bunch of stuff I don’t need, but I know where to find if I have to.
I also keep several boxes I purchased from Ikea in a corner of our apartment. Everything wedding related goes in there, so if I have to look for something I know exactly where to find it. I keep all the contracts and receipts in a seperate folder for easy access.
I also built myself a deadline calendar. Each month has tasks that I need to complete. This saves me from rushing to get stuff done, and I can easily add tasks to the calendar. It also saves me from being overwhelmed, so I know I only have a few tasks to deal with each month, this has been a lifesaver in the planning process.
Post # 9
I have a giant binder organized into sections. We’re about 3 weeks into planning and its already full of stuff! I also have a folder in the pictures section of my phone called Wedding with all of my inspiration/venue, ect pictures. And finally I have a wedding checklist app that I update whenever I cross anything off the list.
Post # 10
theknot.com has a GREAT checklist. I was one of the brides who regretted having a wedding planner but maybe a DOC would help take some of the day of stress off.