Hey Ladies...Are any of you using wedding planning binders so you have everything in one place and can recommend a good one to me?
I just have a regular 3 ring binder- with clear pocket folders and keep everything organized in there with dividers, etc. It may also be helpful for the day of...
I originally got a wedding planner book, but its to busy inside for me...
- HMM :)
this is from a recent post...you can make your own....FREEEEEEEEE......
(and yes, i have one that i paid for already!)
I bought a pocket folder from Office Depot that has 13 pockets and a little rubber band thing to close it up, it was less than $10.
I have the same thing as HMM and Chica... I used the binder to collect ideas and pictures and info. Now I'm using the pocketfolder for contracts and any finalized ideas. FI thinks I'm crazy...
eh...i got a big ol' fancy dancy binder when i first got engaged but it became too cumbersome and impractical. i didn't want to lug it to all my vendor appointments. i tossed it aside and actually bought an accordian style folder with about 10 different slots and a magnetic closure. i keep inspiration photos in one slot, guest address lists in another, and then have one slot for each category like floral, cake, venue, etc. it's slim and soooo much easier! plus i bought a small white calendar/dayplanner type thing to keep track of appointments and that fits in the folder as well. it's worked perfectly for me!
then after i got mine, Mindy Weiss came out with a really cute line (she's a top wedding planner in L.A.), and i so wanted that one...oh well! i did get her response card organizer though!
I bought a cute linen and hot pink accordio folder at Target to hold receipts, contracts, etc... and then I used coordinating 3-ring binders (also from Target) with clear sheet protectors for all the "inspiration" items, like magazine articles, pictures of flowers, dresses, etc.....
Someone bought me a nice planner book that had the organizer/pockets attached, but it really didn't prove any more useful than the binders (which were much cheaper, and can be reused once the wedding is over).
My cousin gave me one when I was first engaged. I never used it. It wasn't very easy to use and wasn't big enough. I made my own like HMM. I purchased a 3-ring binder and dividers with pockets.
I made a section for every vendor, "decor," and "honeymoon." I made a small spread sheet on excel to put on the font of each divider that has the vendor's info, notes/comments for any actions/tasks, and record of quotes, deposits, and balances.
I have found it really helpful to nate any conversations with vendors for reference. Being an interior designer, I project manage numerous jobs, this organization may seem over-the-top for most, but it has really made my life easier. My FI teases me, but he always ask for my help in his office ;)
I printed out a bunch of sheets that have wedding day checklists. It was posted yesterday and I have been punching holes in paper and making my own. So I have my own filled with swatches and pictures.
One of my bridesmaids told me that I HAD TO get one of the free binders from JC Penny but I never went in and I ended up making my own. But to be honest Ive not used it very much because I've saved most things online.
My friend bought me this as a gift and I use it all the time! It's got enough room and pockets so you can stuff things in there. You can buy it from Barnes and Nobles.
I'm kinda like Nicksnack. I have an accordian file and a notebook I keep in my purse. I have both sectioned off by "pre-ceremony", "ceremony", "cocktail hour" and "reception" plus a page for all my favorite sites including PW and have everything I need to do or buy in there. It's helpful to keep track of all sites where I find things I need like candles, flowers etc. These have saved me from my habit of writing on sticky notes. The image below is what my room would look like without my binder;-)
Paddy - very funny pic. I am the QUEEN of post-it notes!!
I have a plain binder that has been covered in a beautiful fabric. It came with an expensive bag that I just had to have when I got engaged to carry all my crap around. It's by Maddie Toes and very cute but a little unnecessary. I will use it for other things after the wedding though. I then added my own dividers and such for each catagory. I'd like to say I have stayed 100% organized but I have been slacking.
I really trust the vendors we have choosen (although I know I should not 100%) so I have not really kept notes of phone calls or anything like that. Just have the contracts.
I bought & I HATE it. I dk what I was thinking when i bought it. It seems so out dated & has a bunch of CRAP of useless stuff & info on it. Its too small to hold anything. So far I have a 3 ring Binder & the clear protecters with all my info in it. I am going to print out a checklist SandP09 sent me. Thanks BTW.. I still feel like I need to get a bit more organized though.
I also made my own, but I also purchased one of those clear pocket things for business cards and use the dividers that have pockets in them so I can stick in pictures, etc as I come across them.
it's all up in my noggin! really it is!
all the contracts are saved in my hard-drive and fh has his copies in his hard drive.
i hvae a pretty clear and concise picture of what i want and even when i was interviewing vendors - if i didnt get a good vibe from them on the phone, i just junked their digits...
the only list that i handwrite ar songs i like listening to - then i jot them down so i dont forget... other than that - it's all in a file cabinet to the left of my right eyeball in my cranium!
I have "The Bride's Essential Wedding Planner" Deluxe Edition by Amy Nebens and Greg Stadler
But like the others have said, I have mainly saved things on my computer or added things to the binder and not actually used the contents of the binder. I wish I had saved the $ and just gotten a regular binder.
I realy love the one they give out at Robbins Brothers.
when i got my ring my fiance took me to robbins and they even took a picture of us with a backround that says, "just engaged" its soo cute. they place it inside the wedding planning book . that wedding planner book is awsome, it has everything even questions that you should ask before booking vendors.
They also give you a card called "concicerge service" their slogan is "anything, anytime, anywhere" they help you find anything, reserve anything...ect. its the best.
here's another linkhttp://www.ourmarriage.com/planner/