Wedding Planning 101: The Wedding Binder, Part I
If you are preparing for one of the biggest days of your life, then you are undoubtedly feeling a mixture of excitement and anxiety. There is a lot that goes into planning a wedding, and if you are going to do it without the help of a professional, then you must get yourself organized. Creating a wedding binder can help with that and reduce your anxiety.
What Do You Need? Ideally, to create a very organized wedding binder, you will need several items. The binder, of course, but also several organization tools. We recommend that you have at least nine tabs for your binder, as well as a supply of sticky notes or stick tabs that can be used to highlight particular sections of the binder or to take quick notes. Be sure that you binder has a pen attached, so it cannot be accidentally left behind. Business card page inserts are also very helpful and easy to find at an office supply store. A folder that fits the three-ring binder is a good idea, in case you have materials that you need to hold onto, until they can be more formally added to the various sections. As you begin to develop your binder, you will likely find that you have need for additional materials.
The Tabs We suggest that you have the tabs in your binder so you can more easily find the information you need, right when you need it. On those tabs, we recommend at least the following categories: Calendar, Budget, Guest List, Bridal Party, Stationary, Seating, Vendors, and Inspiration. You may choose to break up some sections, such as the Vendors, which would require the addition of several tabs.
The Calendar We definitely recommend that you include a calendar that covers the entire span of time from the first day of planning to three months after the wedding. Why? There will be a lot of time-sensitive responsibilities that must be completed in order to plan a successful wedding. It is a good idea to have a calendar there, so you can check in and record items as they occur to you. Extend the time period beyond the wedding day for things like formal name change and thank-you notes.