(Closed) small budget brides, how did you keep oraganized?

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Post # 3
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

A giant, fabric covered notebook has almost everything wedding related in it (though I also have a binder for additional materials.

Lists, lots of lists: check lists, item lists, to do lists, etc.

Google docs has a spreadsheet set up (like excel, but I can access it all from anywhere with the internet) and lots of templates to help.

You just have to figure out an organizational system that works for you~

Post # 4
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Whatever system normally works best for you — I’m a pencil and paper, print-a-spreadsheet kind of gal. And, I would absolutely suggest getting a day-of coordinator. Someone with great organizational and detail skills. Someone through your church, maybe?

Post # 5
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I guess I’m kind of a mix of most brides’ styles. I have a lot of lists using pen and paper and a bunch of spreadsheets (MightySapphire’s is awesome and Mrs’ Daffodil’s schedule of events is amazing, too).

I also have tons of inspiration pictures saved, bookmarked and starred in my google reader. One thing that really helped was to go to a bridal show (I think the end of summer shows are better because the vendors seemed really relaxed) and then when I got home I went through every piece of paper I got and whether I thought I wanted to go with the company or not, I saved everything and put it into an expandable folder with multiple pockets. As I’ve booked vendors or eleminated things or whatever I’ve gotten rid of vendors’ info.

Post # 6
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a Wedding Folder on my desktop for all my inspiration pics, photoshop files and budget and guest list spread sheets.  I also have a regular binder with dividers for a printed copy of the guest list (to check off RSVPs received, gift received, thank you sent), printed copy of registries, contracts, and other misc items.  As far as being a budget bride, myself, I keep a budget list according to paycheck and the amount I have set aside from each paycheck to pay for things.  Like this week order A, B and C, then in two weeks order D, E and F.  This made it a lot easier to know what we really could afford and what needed to be sacrificed.  I think it’s worked out pretty well.

Post # 8
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have a folder on my desktop with sub-folders for different things (decor, flowers, etc) as my visual inspiration core.

I use excel spread sheets to keep track of spending.

Soonish (after I get the BMing for a friends wedding out of the way–next weekend WOO) I will be digging into the planning a little harder and busting out a binder to keep track of projects & contracts etc.

Though I often daydream that a serious type A wedding fairy will stop by, wave her magic wand and do it all for me haha!

Post # 9
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have 2 binders on to run with one that stays home. A milk crate of magazines and catalogs.  A flash drive that if i lose I will cry really cry.  (I do back it up but I’m always adding to it) 

I look really organized but I don’t think I am — so stressed.  I have all the greatest ideas but I dont know who is going to do all the day of work because I am not sure how much is going to be left to hire waite staff etc. 

Post # 11
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I keep everything on my computer. I have lists and prices. Each one is on a different page. I have a spread sheet with my budget on it and everything that has been purchased, what still needs to be, deposit, etc.

Post # 13
807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have a divided 3 ring binder that with pocket folders I have all my recipets to do lists… guest lists all of that in there..


I too have a wedding folder on my computer… it is all subcatergorized 1 is a realistic one.. which has all my wedding items in it…and others is inspiration

I also have found a wedsite that is a life saver… weddingwire.com… it really helped me keep track of my guests list and RSVP’s and all

Post # 14
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I had two tools.  The first was an Excel spreadsheet with lists of everything from budget items to the day-of timeline.  The second was my Web site, which I used to keep track of what I had bought, what I still needed to buy, with pictures of inspirations in the beginning and the actual items in the end.  As for the back-up question, you can back up an Excel spreadsheet on Google, and of course the Web site is not even on my computer.

I actually planned a wedding eight hours from where we live (without ever visiting until we arrived for the ceremony) plus two receptions (a luncheon near the ceremony site and an at-home reception), all without a wedding planner or even DOC.

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