(Closed) How do you store, organize, and manage all the STUFF for a DIY wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I keep a spread sheet on my computer of what I have already bought and what I need to buy. I update it when I get something new. You might want to go through and catalogue everything. Can you borrow boxes from someone? I know you can buy cardboard boxes at walmart and UPS, so maybe you could use those insetead? You can organize stuff buy catagory (centerpieces, reception, ceremony, etc) then put that on the outside of the box. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I also have a file on my computer with a list of everything I need and I check off something when I’ve bought it. I also check of when  project is completed.  I’m still 3 months out and my apartment is like covered with wedding boxes. I bought those storgae boxes for everything but ofcouse some things are too big for the storage boxes! But just make an itemized list and that way you wont buy anything twice!

Post # 5
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285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I also have a spreadsheet that is a huge help because I remember “what I tucked away” and need to dig up before the wedding day! (ie- our champagne flutes and other items)

If you would feel better about boxes- but don’t want to spend the money on them or big storage bins- try this free option: the USPS has various flat rate shipping boxes and they ARE FREE. My post office has a small, medium and large option and even a range of shapes (some square, rectangle etc.) You can visit your local post office OR even better depending on your location- you can go to usps.com and actually order the free boxes to your doorstep! Yes- they are meant to be used for shipping and I hope im not offended any mail carriers- but hey- why not be versatile! free wedding storage! (+your guest room bed back!!)

Post # 7
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758 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i have a checklist that I keep making off of everything i’ve made. And as I make it, it goes in a tote. That way I know everything is together. Thank goodness for having a full basement in our house or else the guest bedroom would totally be taken over!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I took empty copy paper boxes from work that were going to get recycled anyway and stored and labelled each box so that I could organize based on purpose such as a box just for all the photobooth stuff or a box for the decor AND for my friends and family that were helping me setup the day of my wedding, had a box assigned to them with everything they needed with instructions.

These were great because they had separate lids and at the end of the night, I didn’t have to worry about bringing them back since I got them for free.

You can ask for free boxes at copy shops or the liquor store, if not then I saw that Staples was selling their empty copy paper boxes for 0.89

I too had a spreadsheet that I kept track of what stuff I already bought and what I still needed. I carried a hard copy with me as well so that I could keep an eye out for stuff that I needed when I was out and would check it off my list and then go home and then update my spreadsheet.

If you want to take it to another level you could make a list of what is in each box and tape it to the outside so you don’t have to open it up everytime to see what is in there.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

All of my stuff is packed in packing boxes with the tops folded in. I used index cards to write the names of the items in the boxes and then used clear packing tape to attach the index cards to the correct boxes. I used index cards and packing tape for labeling, instead of a sharpie or pen directly on the boxes, so I can reuse the boxes, after the wedding. I have the boxes stacked to show the labels, so I can see at a glance what is in the boxes. I did use a sharpie to write the names of the items on the index cards. I also have a list of all of my DIY items that I gave to the photographers, so that they would know to get pictures of each item.

Post # 10
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7152 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I used paper boxes like Lux did. I labeled each one “ceremony”, “reception”, “gifts” etc and put the things in them accordingly.

Post # 11
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584 posts
Busy bee

I keep random crap strewn about all over the living room. I do have a wedding closet, but stuff tends to migrate out and not get put back when I’m working on projects. I need a maid?

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

try marshalls yes the store ive gone to my local store and theyre free or try walmart at night when theyre stocking believe me they will give you the boxes for FREE

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