Post # 1
I am curious if you had a Wedding Planning Binder, and if so, how did you utilize it? Was it a pre-made one, or did you make it yourself?
Not sure if I am going to want to need one. I feel like I SHOULD have one, but I also feel like I wont need it???
Post # 2
I bought one (I think it was TheKnot one). It was a waste. I could have just bought a regular binder to keep all my contracts in because that’s all I used the wedding binder for.
Post # 3
I didn’t. I had a spreadsheet with my to-do lists and costs and what not.
But I’m also not a person that had all these grand visions with different textures and ambiance and huge party/hosting ideas.
I kept samples of colors for the table settings and the dresses to match with the tuxes, outside of that, meh.
I did have a folder for contracts and vendor info, but it wasn’t fancy. The same type I keep our taxes in.
Post # 4
Hmmm.. I have lots of binders laying around, I guess I could just use one of those to keep everything together.
Post # 5
I just used a (several) spreadsheets and folders on my computer, I don’t think I would have had much use for an actual binder.
Post # 6
I made a folder in Google Drive and that’s where I made my lists and kept track of everything. Because I can access Drive on my pone it was always with me when we met with vendors, etc.
Post # 7
I picked up a notebook that I liked from staples and organized it myself with little sticky tabs. I used it to keep notes from meetings with vendors, dress appointments, dates I ordered things, to-do lists, etc.
Most helpful was having it ready to write down and keep track of gifts as they came in, as many of our friends and family members sent gifts straight to our home from the registry. I also kept the gift list from my bridal shower in there, so that everything was together and accounted for when it came time for thank you notes.
It all comes down to whatever you will find most helpful. I found it therapeutic to put pen to paper and work through what had to be done and keep track of important information. It’s a stress reliever for me to write down and doodle my thoughts. If you feel better about keeping electronic records, as pp have mentioned, that would work great also! You certainly don’t have to buy any fancy binder though, since you might not use most of what’s in there.
Post # 8
I just thought about making a wedding binder because I desperately need to organize all of my wedding plans. I am planning on just buying a 1 1/2 binder and dividers to seperate all of my information. If you need templates for specific sections, you can find them for free on pinterest or you can go on sites like weddingwire and just create, export and print your to-do list, budget, or guest list from there and place in your binder
Post # 9
I used a binder that was in the house. Found it helpful but I wouldn’t spend money on a commercial wedding binder.
Post # 10
I’m using a wedding binder but it was a gift… not really any different to a regular binder.
Post # 11
I received a wedding binder and a wedding diary as engagement gifts. Very thoughtful, and i did try to use them, but they ended.up being a waste as I did everything electronically.
Post # 12
I had a literal binder but it wasn’t like the stuff people have in movies where they are full of photos and ideas. It was just a sparkly dollar store binder in which I stored paperwork so it didn’t get lost – copies of contracts and to do lists and things like that.
Post # 13
Okay.. at first I was going to say that I like the idea of a wedding binder, but just didn’t think I had enough to organize to justify the cost. Then I read comments.. I guess we have a lot more to do than I realized, lol! What you could do if you don’t want to spend the money on a legit wedding binder, is you could go to Walmart or Target and buy a really pretty, sparkly binder and get colorful tabs/dividers and make your own for a fraction of the cost. But I will say this- I tend to get a little overwhelmed when it comes to organizing lots of different things at once. If you’re the same way, a wedding binder might be good for you because it will likely have sections for things you might to think of. If you’re on top of things, you can probably easily make your own for much cheaper.
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Post # 15
Thanks for the advice. I think I am going to use an actual binder that I have on hand to just store things and keep it all in one place. I also felt like I ddn’t have “enough” stuff for the binder originally, but I didn’t really think about contracts and reciepts.
I am NOT a swatch of color and texture kinda person, we are keeping it fairly simple, but I can see how a photo of the table could help the set-up crew, or how a copy of the contract could be useful for the Day-Of coordinator who will just be a family member.