If planning a small event can be a hassle, imagine planning your own wedding… But don’t worry, during the next few weeks this blog will be here to help! And we are not alone: Our first guest blogger, professional organizer Stacey Murray, is here to give tips on how to keep an organized Wedding Binder. Here’s what she told us:
“A few years before I became a Professional Organizer, I got married. Now, I’ve always been an organized person but I knew that planning a wedding would be a huge task. I had to stretch my organizing skills to their limits if I was going to succeed in keeping track of vendors, contracts, and wedding-related appointments while working full time. In order to do this, I created a ‘Wedding Binder.’
What is a Wedding Binder? A Wedding Binder is a home for all wedding-related information. By having a ‘home’ for all of the papers having to do with The Big Day, I was always able to find them when I needed them whether it was the catering contract, a picture of my gown, or the telephone number of the florist. I purchased a large three-ring binder with dividers and pocket folders (just like high school!) and labeled each divider and folder with a wedding-related category such as Caterer, Photographer, Honeymoon, etc.
Whether it’s a small or large affair, weddings cost a lot of money. When I met with vendors with that binder in hand, I felt prepared to compare prices and make educated decisions. I would not have felt so confident if my contracts, guest list, and tear sheets from bridal magazines were in a pile or strewn across my dining room table. Creating a SYSTEM for the flow of wedding-related papers was the key to my success.
Don’t stress! Here are some organizing tips to keep you from losing papers and losing your mind while planning for The Big Day:
• Place the categories in your binder in order of importance. If you’re constantly calling your caterer, put that folder in the front of your binder. If you finished picking songs with the band/DJ, move that category to the back of the binder.
• Use plastic sleeves to hold contracts for each vendor. This will make retrieval easier and protect them from food, drink, or other stains that could damage the document.
• Sort and purge your binder every few weeks. Get rid of any information you don’t need anymore. Either toss it or pass it on to a friend or relative who might be walking down the aisle in the future.”
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