(Closed) Show us your DIY wedding planners :)

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m the sameeeee way. From day 1 I got a big zip binder with sheet protectors and tabs. So I can slip in all the quotes, lists, contracts, etc. I LOVE MY PINK WEDDING BINDER! Lol. Ok well not as much as Fiance, but you know what I mean. It’s all labeled for each category. I have excel spreadsheets for the guest list, budget, payments and balances and when they are due. I also have colored pens to use when I get back plans to be revised I can use a different color than the texbin everyone at work laughs at me when I bring it but the know that it just means lunchtime I’m putting my wedding planning hat on. 

My wedding binder – 

Tabs for each section – 

Post # 4
11657 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

sharksgrl99:  I thought I was nuts with my binder – yours puts mine to shame!!

Post # 5
7 posts

I got my folder from Kikki K here in Australia, and it’s a godsend and a half!!! Thankfully it came with stickers to change the tabs to what I wanted, and I’ve added a few more to the mix….I’ve also done my DIY checklist with preferred completion dates which is on the fridge!! 

So pleased to see I’m not the only ‘organised’ B2B out there!!! My bridesmaids are complaining that there’s nothing for them to do, as I’ve got it all under control, and we’re currently 4 months ahead on our planning countdown. Breathing room is a must!! 

Well done ladies, your binders look amazing!!! 

Post # 7
3843 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

This is mine. It started out as eight tabs and then quickly expanded to twenty-four. I really didn’t want to buy one, as I wanted one that would grow or shrink or rapidly inflate with me as the wedding got closer. Also, I wanted something massive that would hold every last detail of the wedding. By nature, I am incredibly disorganized and scatterbrained and up until this weekend I didn’t even really have a clear idea of what we have spent so far or the number of vintage china pieces we had purchased. I hunkered down this weekend and really went to town–and I am so glad I did! I spent the better part of Saturday creating my own templates for things like photographer payments and vintage china. My fiance also likes that now everything wedding related is in one place so he feels more “involved” or at least “in the know” about what is going on. I caught him flipping through it this evening and making suggestions. 

I might post again once it really starts to expand ๐Ÿ™‚


Post # 8
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Here’s mine. I bought a binder in purple, which will be our main color, and added our future married monogram to the front in orange and bright green, also part of the color scheme. 

In the very front, I printed out the joint wedding Pinterest board that my fiance and I have been pinning to for about a year now. I used the blank margins to make general notes about the kinds of things I like, and I can use it as a reference for my vendors.

Right now, I am starting out with eight tabs: 


1. Important

2. Budgeting

3. Guests

4. Attire

5. Ceremony

6. Reception

7. Rehearsal

8. Vendors

9. Registry

10. Miscellaneous 


I will definitely be adding more as we get closer to the wedding. 

I made this using a variety of wedding printables from online. I will shamelessly self-promote my blog now in case you want to make a similar one, or organize yours with similar printables: 


Happy organizing, ladies!

Post # 9
7 posts

Great idea to print out your Pinterest boards…hadn’t even thought of doing that!! I’m going to certainly ‘sponge’ that idea from you this weekend!!  H2B’s been a saint…..we only get together once a week to talk ‘wedding stuff’ so I don’t fry his attention or brain power. 

Post # 10
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Mine is just a regular 1″ binder with lots of sheet protectors.

Post # 11
901 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

lol…I have my pinterest pages posted on the inside of my closet door. First to get me excited of my “vision” and second to keep a visual reminder of me needing to fit in my DRESS! lol

Glad I’m not the only Type A super organized planner bride!!

Post # 12
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m more interested in seeing how everyone is separating their binders, like a list of what categories you have.

I have a need to break everything down into tiny details, but I feel like it’s too many tabs.

I’m currently thinking of –

Overall Checklist/Things To Do

Guest List






Music Selections [For Ceremony & Reception]


Welcome Party


Bachelor Party

Bachelorette Party



Stationary [Copies of menus, signature drinks, invite, program]

Bathroom Baskets [Maybe just a sub-category for this]


Candy Buffet


Cigar Bar

Cocktail Hour


Guest Books

Late Night Snack

Photo Booth



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Post # 13
1502 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Mine is digital!  I’ve found most things I need to save are digital:  guestlists, contracts sent through email, inspiration photos… etc.


Don’t even get me started on my 6 wedding-related pinterest boards!

Post # 14
1502 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

coachhw:  Goodness, if I printed my pinterest boards it’d take soooo much paper!  So many pins!

Post # 15
3025 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Now I’m jealous!!! Normally I’ll take any excuse to buy a nice binder and fancy pens… but I missed my chance! I’ve done nearly everything digitally. ๐Ÿ™

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