- One of the key elements to wedding planning is
- There are numerous wedding planning books or, if you prefer
to keep track of everything using your computer, wedding planning software. Both are
available for a reasonable charge; a few are even free. Click
here for a list weve compiled of wedding planning books and
software that are available online.
- Or, you can easily make your own wedding planner,
quite inexpensivelypersonalized just for you.
- If you decide to use wedding planning software, you can
print the pages and put them in the wedding planner's binder to take with you.
- It's a good idea to take your wedding planner with you
everywhere you go. Keep everything regarding your wedding in it: names, phone
numbers, business cards, swatches, receipts, pictures you've seen of things you like
(wedding gowns, headpieces, flowers, reception setup, etc.), notes, ideas, etc. If
youre out one day and see something that seems like it would be perfect but you're
not sure if the color is right, you can check it against a swatch. It may come in
handy when you least expect it!
MAKING YOUR OWN WEDDING PLANNER
Here's what you'll need to make your own wedding planner:
- Big 3-ring binder2½" or 3". (You might
want to buy a binder with clear plastic on the front/back so you can insert a picture of
the two of you, picture of your wedding location, honeymoon destination, etc.)
- Zipper pouches (or sheet protectors) for swatches &
- Business card sleeves. (We found Averys 3-ring
Business Card Pages that hold 20 business card per page and fit standard 3-ring binders
online at both Staples and
- Paper hole punch to put all of your contracts in the binder
- or -
Sheet protectors to hold contracts without punching themso you dont punch
through any of the text.
- Tabs to divide the sections of your binder.
- Paper to record your notes and other..
- Imagination and your own decorationspictures,
glitter, stickers, etc. (Make your wedding planner as attractive and fun as you
wantyoull be looking at it from the start of your planning until your wedding
day. You might even want to keep it as a momento of your wedding planning.)
The tab dividers in the binder can be set up any number of ways. The number of sections
depends on what you want for your wedding. Below is a list of categories from which
you can choose. It includes subdivisions of the categories to help you take care of
~ Bride's Gown, Accessories and Shoes.
~ Bridesmaids' Gowns, Accessories and Shoes.
~ Mothers' Dresses.
~ Tuxedos/Formalwear and Accessories.
- Bridal Consultant.
~ Music for ceremony.
~ Other Ceremony Details.
~ Vows (if youre writing your own).
- Engagement Announcements:
~ Shared Memories Free Engagement Listing.
~ Fitness Log.
~ Fitness Plan.
~ Weight and measurements at the beginning and end of planning.
~ Bouquets and headpieces.
~ Boutonnieres & Corsages.
~ Ceremony Flowers.
~ Reception Flowers.
~ Other Flowers (such as cake, cake table, etc.)
~ Attendants' Gifts.
~ Your wedding gifts to each other.
~ Gift Registry.
~ Guest List w/ Phone Numbers & Addresses.
~ Seating Chart & Placecards.
~ Thank You Notes.
~ Details about children, pets, plants, cars, etc.
- Marriage License.
- Lodging (for out-of-town guests).
~ Bachelor Party.
~ Bachelorette Party.
~ Bridesmaids Luncheon.
~ Engagement Party.
~ Rehearsal Dinner.
~ Decorations/Rental Items
~ Music/DJ for reception.
~ Miscellaneous: Toasting Glasses, Disposable Cameras, Cake Knife, etc.
~ Other Ceremony Details.
- Wedding Cake.