im doing everything in excel spreadsheets. it’ll probably be my only DIY project for the wedding (im not crafty at ALL), and i like to be organized, *the way i like*. my biggest problem with organizers is that they weren’t fully customizable for my own needs and i couldn’t have everything EXACTLY the way i wanted it. i started w. the martha stewart weddings planning tools and then customized in excel to my specific needs.
here’s what i have:
budget – used MSW to get an idea of how much $$ should be allocated to each thing, exported to excel, changed my amounts and created columns for each item, estimated cost, actual cost, due date, etc. i also have tabs in there for price/service comparison for vendors (caterer, photog, etc).
guest list – again used MSW for template that i can use with mail merge to make labels. one line for each “family”, address columns (there is a post on mail merge if you want to do this; its not as hard as it sounds!), “side” (brides friends, grooms family, etc), gift given, thank you note sent, etc.
timeline – again MSW but added many of my own “to dos” and a column for the date I wanted things done in addition to the date by which martha says to have everything done (for comparison), and i synced the categories (dress, reception, ceremony, transportation) with the categories in my budget so i can match things up if need be.
my spreadsheets are reasonably simple (no macros or fancy stuff), but they are comprehensive and totally customizable to what i need to keep track of (just add another column!), so it works for me. i also have all paper items/vendor contracts in a MSW binder, but I changed all of the tabs to match the categories i set (as above), again, so everything matches up.
im happy to pm/post any/all of these spreadsheets if anyone wants them.