(Closed) I need your suggestions for a Wedding Planning Binder!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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4485 posts
Honey bee

Seriously? Go to Walmart or Target and get a big blank 3 ring binder and sheet protectors (along with looseleaf paper and dividers) and make your own. That way it is exactly how you want and need it, and doesn’t have to fit what the Wedding Industry says you must have (most of which folks in real life don’t need/want and can’t afford to include).

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I also went and got those sheet protector thingies.  lol  The site I mentioned has a bunch of checklists — pretty much covers everything.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Papillon23:  You’re welcome!  I like it because if you mess up a sheet you can always go back to the site and print another one and re-do it.  It works out quite nicely.

Post # 9
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Honey bee

You will not miss anything “crucial”. You can always add stuff anytime which is the beauty of making your own. Keeping in mind that nothing is required other than your fiance, the minister, 2 witnesses and the legal paperwork, everything is totally optional and you get to decide what you include and what you toss out, not having someone else decide what you can/should have at your wedding and what you should skip. Before you make any plans, you need to sit down with your fiance and decide what elements are most important to you that you can’t live without and what you absolutely don;t want and don’t care about, which you toss out regardless of what anyone else thinks, as long as you are not rude to your guests. Then whatever you decided you want to include, you make sections for that in your homemade binder. It really should not be any more complicated than that.

Post # 10
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Honey bee

As far as ideas for sections/categories, it depends on what you and your fiance decide you want, since every couple is different.

In order of importance to most people:

Venue

Photography

Catering

Music

Attire

Guestlist

Flowers/Decorations

(add whatever else you want)

 

Post # 11
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937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

1-800 Registry.com will send you a free planning binder if you sign up and request it. I saw another post about it months ago so I signed up and had my binder by the end of the week. It’s like 3inches thick with tons of inserts and information checklist. I added and took away sheets and checklist to customize it for myself and my wedding. 

Post # 13
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807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I also looked a few different places and couldn’t find one I liked (or they were INSANELY expensive)..so I went the route of buying a planner (for scheduling, notes, and contact info) and an accordian pocket file (for contracts, swatches, pics, etc) from Target. I had already realized that I would need to make my own checklist anyway, so I’m just combining from several different sources into a word doc on my computer and printing a copy to keep in the file.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I bought a blank 3 ring binder and used the dividers and some of the info from the free 1800 registry binder so I didn’t miss any sections. I used the checklist on The Knot so the binder really was more for keeping contracts, receipts, contact info, and a few inspiration pics for when I met with vendors.  Everything else I kept online (budget, checklist, guest list, etc.)

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I bought The Bride’s Essential Wedding Planner, and honestly? I’ve touched it once or twice and it’s mostly been useless and sitting on the couch. I much prefer using Pinterest. I have folders for anything important in hard copy, but mostly everything is saved digitally on Pinterest or Google Docs. I’ve gotten all of my receipts for deposits and the contracts that we’ve signed emailed to me in a PDF and saved. I have two spreadsheets for cost and a guestlist. 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m using a 2.5″ binder I had from college and some old page dividers- made tabs for things that made sense to me, but are different than every ‘official’ wedding binder.  The only thing I bought was sheet protectors and I put everything in them (no hole punching).

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