I have a great DIY project for you today! It is great for personal use and also makes an awesome gift! I've made these for myself and for my 2 best friends when they were engaged, and we all loved them!
I've included links to my favorite websites that I found for my own wedding binder so you can have a binder that's just as effective as mine was! Here's what you'll need for your binder:
- A cute binder with pockets for loose papers
- 8 dividers
- Notebook paper
- Fun pens
- Page protectors
Here is the breakdown of what goes behind each tab.
This is where I put my to do list items that were organized by date.
- Wedding Checklist (http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-checklists.html)
I added in appointments, showers, registry dates, etc. on this calendar.
- Blank calendar with important dates written in (http://www.cozi.com/printable-calendar.htm)
The Knot had my favorite spreadsheet because it allowed you to enter in your total budget, take out/add categories that I specifically knew I needed, and then filled everything in for me based on percentages of the budget that should be spent. This gave me a great starting point. I was able to change amounts if I wanted to spend less/more in certain categories.
- Budget spreadsheet (https://www.theknot.com/wedding-budget/start)
This had all my wedding party contacts in one place and I was able to add my guest list as well as the guest lists my parents and in-laws gave me.
- Wedding Party Contact Sheet (http://www.realsimple.com/static/pdfs/wedding_party_contact.pdf)
I kept a master list of contacts as well as print outs of all contracts and agreements we made with our vendors. (great to have with you on your wedding day in case something goes wrong)
- Vendor-Contact List (http://www.realsimple.com/static/pdfs/vendor_contact.pdf)
6. Rehearsal/Wedding Day
I added the timeline for our rehearsal, ceremony, and reception here. I used this website to help me know what elements are typically included in a Christian ceremony. (http://christianity.about.com/od/christianweddingelements/a/weddingoutline.htm)
I added registry checklists, information about getting a married in our state, seating charts, and venue layouts with dimensions.
- Registry Worksheet (http://www.russellandhazel.com/PDF/WeddingTemplate.pdf just page 36)
- San Diego Marriage License Info (https://arcc.sdcounty.ca.gov/pages/marriage-licenses.aspx)
This was my most referred to place in my binder. I printed out examples of things I had pinned on my Pinterest wedding board that I liked and organized them by kind (Ex: Table Decor, Wedding Cake, Appetizers, Seating Chart, Drinks, Popcorn Bar, Favors, etc.) It was nice to have a physical picture to show my vendors of what I wanted as well as other people that I was asking to help me with crafts.
Here is a look at several things we incorporated into our wedding. (https://www.pinterest.com/tabitha_helms/my-wedding/)
I hope you find this tutorial and the links useful! Have loads of fun planning your special day and stay organized!