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So, after spending like 2 hours at the book store browsing through the million different planning books I found yesterday I ended up with nothing. Who would have figured huh? I have decided to make my own. Anyone have any tips they can offer on how to organize the best way? Naturally I figured a binder with dividers that have folders and loose paper - that part I can figure out on my own- but what tabs are a must have? Are there great calendar templates you can direct me to? How about realistic checklists for DW's?

 

Thanks!

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Hi Scarletina,

 

I also made my own planner and here are my tabs (not in any particular order):

1. dress (bride/bridesmaids) / accessories

2. decorations / color combos

3. food / cake

4. photography / videography

5. venue info - ceremony/reception

6. calendar / checklist

7. destination information (mailings/print-outs/contacts)

8. a pocket to keep track of receipts

For a simple countdown calendar, I just tore one out from one of the bridal magazines to keep me up on what things should be done and checked off every month.

 

I feel that a DIY planner should be whatever you want to put into it. If anything catches your eye in a magazine, tear it out and put it in there - it's really your idea book. =) It's something to show your wedding coordinator, your family, or your bridesmaids, or your vendors to give them a sense of what you want your wedding to be like!

 

Good luck and have fun with it!

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Hi Scarletina,

I also made my own planner and here are my tabs (not in any particular order):
1. dress (bride/bridesmaids) / accessories
2. decorations / color combos
3. food / cake
4. photography / videography
5. venue info - ceremony/reception
6. calendar / checklist
7. destination information (mailings/print-outs/contacts)
8. a pocket to keep track of receipts
For a simple countdown calendar, I just tore one out from one of the bridal magazines to keep me up on what things should be done and checked off every month.

I feel that a DIY planner should be whatever you want to put into it. If anything catches your eye in a magazine, tear it out and put it in there - it's really your idea book. =) It's something to show your wedding coordinator, your family, or your bridesmaids, or your vendors to give them a sense of what you want your wedding to be like!

Good luck and have fun with it!
I also did my own and it is similar to this..

I have a 3 ring binder with tabbed dividers labeled:

1. Budget
2. Checklists
3. Travel Info (airfare, resort info, contact info)
4. Contracts/deposits
5. Wedding Package details
6. Photographer
7. Videographer
8. Music
9. Ceremony details
10. Reception details (including dinner menus)
11. Flowers
12. Cake
13. Decorations
14. Dresses/Suits/Attire
15. Invitations
16. Extras
Some pocket folders where needed as well.

I looked for a premade planner too and didn't find any that really covered what I wanted or were specific to a DW. Hope this helps!

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Hi Ladies, so I did decide to go ahead and make my own folder. Here is what i bought between Target and Staples and it cost me about $15 which is A LOT cheaper than the store kind and I don't have to deal with all the details that evolve around a traditional at home wedding.

 

Cute decorative 3 ring binder. I am pretty sure it's a 1". It will hold 175 pieces of paper. $3

 

Plastic dividers with two pockets - these were $4 per package and came with 8 dividers. I went ahead and bought two.

 

Package of college rule paper - $1

 

Package of Sheet Protectors - I really enjoy taking clipings from magazines and make a little mood board for things and the page protectors are great. $3

 

So total with tax was around $15 and I am so happy to have decided to make my own because I can really make it what I need.

 

I also googled free wedding planner and downloaded the ones from brides.com - you can get it free if you just sign up for an account. It's 50 pages so I just picked out the pages that I needed and printed those - there are a lot of extras that you won't need.

 

Hope my info was helpful as I know that the other girls who posted after I asked the questions helped me alot!

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LOL. I just did this over the weekend too. I wish that binders came is more sizes - a smaller one would have been ideal! I found a cute tote on clearance at Target though. I am telling you- since being able to put all my stuff together I feel a thousand times better about what I still have to do.

 

Now..... if I could just find a realistic calendar to use for my to-do's..... a hunting I will go.

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