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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

wedding binder

ok so i found this on the blog, just lovely and had to share it because i am totally doing this to help with my wedding. if you want to see the just lovely blog for yourself, which i highly reccomend, go here

I purchased all my products from the Martha Stewart office line. If you don't want to make your own planner, as I did, Martha has a pre-made planner for just $25. (I spent more than that on the binder, dividers, etc.) I got all my things from Staples, and they are beautifully color coordinated and pretty! I bought the binder, clear zip pouch, sticky notes, dividers (x2), & calendar.

Now of course you can organize your binder however best suits you, but here is how I organized mine, what I have put in it, what I'm going to be adding to each section and how I plan to use it.

First up, the clear zip pouch I will use for fabric samples, business cards, etc. The sticky notes are for, well, notes (duh!) and I've used the little tabs for making additional sections by putting them on pieces of hole-punched card stock to serve as subcategories within the blue dividers.

After this I have the calendar. I do obviously have a colander on my computer (that is synced with my iPhone) but I like to have an actually paper & pen calendar too. I think this helps with long term planning. I will have dress fittings, cake testings, etc on here, but more importantly deadlines! I want to keep track of when payments are due, contracts have to be signed and final decisions made.

After that I have 10 blue dividers. I have broken them down into these categories: Important, Budget, Ceremony, Reception, Guests, Attire, Photographer, Florist, Rehearsal, and Miscellaneous. I added photographer and florist to theses because they will apply to ceremony, rehearsal and reception. Within these categories I have added subcategories and worksheets & checklists that I printed from the web.

1. Important -

* Vendor Contact List

* Wedding Party Contact Sheet

* Family Contact Sheet

* Wedding Day Emergency Kit checklist

* Your Planning Timeline & Checklist (from 16-9 months before all the way to the week of the wedding)

* Timeline for wedding day

* Checklist of everything to be brought to the ceremony and reception, and who is to bring it

2. Budget

* Your Wedding-Budget Worksheet

o (This gives suggested percentages for each aspect of the wedding)

o (I will be keeping an excel sheet on the computer as well for what has been spent)

* Splitting the Wedding Tab - A guideline for divvying up the costs of the big day

3. Ceremony

* Copy of Ceremony text

* What to Ask Your Wedding Officient

* List of processional & recessional order

* Contracts

* Officiant contact information

* Cost & tips

* Music to be played and any musicians contracts, contact info and fees

* Decor

* Any seating arrangements and reserved seating

* Program

* Confetti

o (Clearly all these items won't actually be going in the binder, but I will put the order forms, receipts, etc in there to make sure I keep track of it all and that I have completed it all.)

4. Reception

* Timeline of reception (dance, cake cutting, toasts, flower toss, exit, etc)

* Music

* Rentals (separate subcategory) w/ contract

* Decor

* Setup info and instructions

* Menu

* Beverage List

* Playlist with noted special songs (1st dance etc)

* List of who will be giving toasts

* List of people to thank at reception

* Favors

* Cake

* Guest Book

* Photo booth (if we end up having one!)

* Exit sparklers

* Reserved seat signs

* Toasting glasses

* Band contact information, pricing, tips etc

* All relevant contracts

5. Guests

* Guest list (I will probably do all this in a spreadsheet)

o Mailing address


o Dinner choices

o Gifts received list

o Thank you notes sent

* Guest hotel information

* Welcome bags

6. Attire

* Bride

o Schedule of fittings etc (this is redundant, but I want it here too)

o Dress

o Jewelry

o Bag

o Shoes

o Lingerie

o Veil

* Groom

* Bridesmaids

o Dresses

o Accessories

* Groomsmen


* Ring Bearer

7. Photog

* Contract

* Must-have photo list

* List of everyone needed for photos

* Any props

8. Florist

* Contract

* Pricing & budget

* List of arrangements for Ceremony

* List of arrangements for Reception

* List of bouquets

* List of boutonnieres

* Flowers for family members

9. Rehearsal

* Contracts - venue

* Decorations

* Caterer contract & menu

* Vendor contact list

* Rehearsal Dinner planning checklist (with timeline)

10. Misc...

* Honeymoon plans

* Honeymoon planning checklist

* Transportation

* Gifts (from Bride&Groom)

* Registry info

* Registry checklist

* Bridal luncheon plans

* Best Man and MOH duties checklists

* ...