One of the first things I did after getting engaged was put together a wedding binder to keep all of my inspiration pictures/ideas and pricing/contracts from vendors. I wanted everything in one handy, organized location. After all this is hands down the biggest, most expensive party I have ever and probably will ever throw. It was imperative for me to be as organized as possible for fear of losing my mind completely otherwise.
Overall I would say I'm fairly organized in my daily life though I definitely would not classify myself as OCD or anal retentive. Planning this wedding has really put my organizational skills to the test and I find that it has carried over into other areas of my life...not that you would know it if you could see my desk at work right now.
Initially I thought of buying one of those fancy schmancy pre-made wedding organizers. I found a few at Barnes and Noble but none that were really setup in a way that I preferred and many of them had a bunch of extra information that I didn't really need. So I saved myself about $20 and went old school style with a big white binder, some dividers and sheet protectors and now I'm able to add/delete as I need to.
Here are some pics of my Wedding Bible which btw I rarely leave home without.
An example of some of my inspiration photos I have inside
The way I have my notebook setup is that when you first open it I have my checklist. Then it's goes in the following order:
-Budget/Guest List- including everyone's addresses and now our RSVP tracking spreadsheet
-Venue- has the pricing from the venues I visited and my contract with my actual venue
-Attire- has pictures of my bridesmaid, flower girl and mother of the bride dresses. A pic of my dress is NOT in there. Also, includes pics of my shoes and hairstyles I like and my dress receipts as well as the Tux information.
-Catering/Cake- has our catering and cake contract and pictures of cakes that I like
-Flowers/Decor- lots of inspiration pictures in this section along with my contract for my florist
-Stationery- inspiration photos of invitations, programs etc.
-Photography/Music- contracts for the photographer (needs to be updated) and DJ and our growing list of Do No Play songs
-Miscellanous- This has my honeymoon information, hotel room block contract and now my limo contract along with anything else I decide to stick back there.
I plan to add a new section this weekend for the ceremony which will include our readings and the vows we like and other aspects we want to incorporate into the actual ceremony.
My wedding binder has been a lifesaver on several occasions. I take it with me to all my vendor meetings and even will bring it with me to work many times. I do think that Kristian gets a little nervous everytime I pull it out though and he seems hesitant to go near it for fear of messing it up somehow.