First thing's first — getting organized
Guest list, venue, flowers, music, photos, food, decorations — WOAH. All the different things that go into wedding planning can get overwhelming fast.
It was clear to me early on that I was going to need something other than my wonderful Pinterest page to keep all of this wedding stuff in one place.
Generally, I'm not the most neat and organized person. (Take a look at my desk in the newsroom). But when it comes to my wedding, I know that staying organized will be the only way I can hold on to my sanity. That's why I decided to make a wedding planning notebook.
For many, organizing everything on the computer is the way to go. There are several websites and even smart phone apps that are useful for wedding planning. Personally, I like to have something in my hands rather than out in cyberspace. But that's coming from a girl who still writes in a journal rather than blogging.
Since I'm also not very adept at designing cute pages, I went to Etsy and searched for some printable wedding planning templates and was amazed at the results. There are tons of them, from small and cheap to detailed and expensive. I found one for $20 that seemed to meet all of my needs. You can find it here.
If you don't feel like spending money, (and I don't blame you), get creative and DIY! Here are the categories in my notebook to help you get started:
Master budget breakdown - make a budget and stick to it!
Wedding checklist - I have a nine-month checklist because my wedding is in September
Bridal shower - info about where and when
Bridal shower guest list
Bridal shower gift list
Bridal shower thank you card list
Seating chart (I'm not doing assigned seating, but you may want to!)
Contact list for parents of the bride & groom, wedding party, vendors, etc.
Rehearsal dinner planner
Rehearsal dinner guest list
Photography & videography
Attire for bride, groom & wedding party
Weekly to-do list
Post-wedding tear down
I included plastic page dividers with pockets to hold important receipts. And because I am still in the early planning stages, I'm including other pages such as quotes from photographers and florists and inspiration pages as I go along.
Whew! Hopefully being organized is as satisfying for you as it was for me. I feel so put together now!