It has shamefully come to my attention that I have spent little time planning my own wedding. To be fair, I’m working with 10 brides, coordinating the Y Dream Home Lottery, and am campaign assistant to BC Liberal Candidate, Minister Terry Lake. However… none of those excuses will make my wedding the day of my dreams so it’s time to get moving.
I met with a bride the other day who showed up to our consultation with an entire binder put together in sections with slip covers for every contract, pictures of how she plans to design it all, and cute Martha Stewart paper to boot. It was that moment when I realized my wedding is all on my laptop and in my head and it’s time to get it in a binder.
So here it is, for all you brides out there knowing you need to get moving but haven’t started yet… it’s time.
1. Get a binder
It doesn’t have to be an official wedding binder, as long as it is at least 2″ and has slip covers and dividers.
2. Tab your binder
You will want a section for every vendor you will have a contract for in addition to a tab at the front for your to-do lists and schedules. Your tabs may include:
– Photography & Videography
– Decor & Favours
– Hair & Make-Up
– Guest list & seating chart
3. Print, Print, Print
As soon as you get a contract from a vendor, print it and put it in your binder in a slip cover. This is the easiest way to keep yourself on track instead of going back and sifting through emails to see what you’ve already done.
Why this is essential:
While you may prefer planning on a computer since it’s quicker and easier to change things, I can guarantee it won’t keep you on track as easily as having a binder will. A binder allows you to see first hand how much is complete and what is not by looking through your dividers. If that isn’t motivation enough, think of how awesome you look when you show up to an appointment with your binder of everything you’ve done!