Congratulations on your engagement!
The big day will be here faster than you know it, which is why we're here to help with your wedding preparations. While hiring a wedding planner can be a huge help, it can also be a huge expense. By acting as your own wedding planner, you can save thousands of dollars. Why not put this money toward your honeymoon instead?
If you have no idea how to plan a wedding on a small budget, you've come to the right place. Read on for our guide to creating your very own wedding planning binder to store contacts, receipts, budget sheets and RSVPs — plus our printable wedding day budgeting sheet and timeline. All you need is a bit of patience, a few printables and your All-In-One MegaTank printer.
Step One: Purchase a three-ring binder
To customize your wedding planning binder, create a cover sheet that will make you smile every time you open the book. Some wedding planning ideas: print out your favorite engagement photo and stick it on the cover sheet. Or decorate the page with your favorite love quotes or song lyric. The best wedding planner should be personalized to your liking.
Step Two: Determine what categories you need and create sections accordingly
Though each wedding is unique, the planning process is similar for everyone. In the front of the wedding planning binder, you'll want to include printable calendar pages so you can keep track of important dates and deadlines. It's also helpful to create other sections, such as a wedding planning to-do list, a wedding budget planner and a wedding timeline.
You might also decide to include sections for the guest list, rehearsal dinner, wedding party and honeymoon. For each section, create cover sheets, tabs and subsections as needed. For example, the wedding party section could also include a subsection for the florist and one for the photographer.
Step Three: Add pockets
Your printed wedding planning binder isn’t just a place for your own paperwork. It’s also the perfect place to store important receipts, brochures and business cards. Pockets are a quick and easy storage solution for this miscellany. They can also help when it comes to saving wedding programs, pressed corsages and other keepsakes.
Step Four: Keep a few clear protector sheets
You can tuck sample invitations in these, as well as magazine tear-outs, photos and any other visuals you pick up along the way. These might serve as inspiration as you get closer to the big day.
Step Five: Include extra paper
You’ll want to have a place to take notes and write down reminders on a whim. Punch holes in some of your printer paper and place them in the back of the binder so they're there as soon as you need them. Otherwise, you risk having scrap paper with notes spread through every room of the house. Extra paper can be especially helpful for jotting down any wedding planning tips you pick up in conversation with friends, co-workers and family members.
Step Six: Treat it as a keepsake
As you go through the planning process, print out personal photos to include in your wedding planner binder. One day, your kids may even page through your wedding planning book as they would a scrapbook or a piece of family history. It includes a slice of life — best friends, favorite songs, heartfelt vows — and doubles as a snapshot of your relationship with your significant other as you prepared for a life together.
Planning a wedding can seem overwhelming at times. The key is to stay organized and tackle it step by step, task by task, day by day. Keep a wedding planning book to make the job a little more manageable. For an event you’ll always remember, it’s worth the effort.