1.20.2012

Wedding Planning Organization

At the request of reader, Meagan, today's post is about wedding planning organization.

My wedding was pretty basic. I did as much myself as possible, to save money and to fulfill my need of wanting to do it all myself.

I bought Avery Easy Peel Address Labels to print the mailing labels for the shower and wedding invitations and thank you cards. This made things so much easier to manage because I didn't forget anyone, and all I had to do was print after typing all of the addresses in to the free templates available on Avery's website.

To track all of my wedding guest information, I used a free wedding guest list Excel document that I found on Microsoft Office's website. I added extra tabs to the document to track other wedding info so it was all in one place.


I kept a binder with pictures from magazines and things I printed from the internet for wedding ideas. Now with Pinterest up and running, I would have used that instead.

My step-mom kept all of the contracts and everything that was on paper organized in a folder. It was super basic, but worked great for our needs.

To go along with our list making theme this week, I've updated my free wedding to-do list printable. Here's the new version:

wedding to-do list

I would love to hear any wedding planning organizational tips or ideas that you have!

8 comments:

  1. I am very organized person myself and I actually set up charts in excel to keep track of prices. I researched all the prices for nearly every item on my wedding list and then could compare them in excel. This really helped keep me on budget! Love this post!

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  2. I bought a pretty thick binder, and added divider tabs for each section that I needed. Guest list, budget, flowers, catering, hall etc. I also used excel to create my guest list added the addresses and also created a column to know how many guest were coming from each house hold. In each section I would add the flyer or prices for the people we were interviewing so that we could go back and compare later. Also created a budget spreadsheet to keep track of our expenses and have a final total at the end to know how much we ended up spending. P.S I still have my binder :)

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  3. I could never find one book that was set up like I wanted so I made my own binder. I used items from books & websites, but I made a lot of my own lists in excel and other places to keep track of everything.

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  4. I am so envious of everyone who got engaged in the Pinterest era! Of course, if we'd had Pinterest when I was engaged I might not have ever gotten past just looking at all the wonderful ideas.

    Like Motivated Mommy of two, I still have my wedding binder, too. (And I'm not typically the sentimental type who hangs on to a lot of things.)

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  5. I am in awe of how people can make such big decisions. I can not tell you what I like but I can tell you what I don't like. I have been married for almost 17 years, we were in the military and went to the justice of the peace. I have many times wanted to have a wedding but I always back out because of decision making.

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  6. @RobbieKay -

    Agreed! I just missed the Pinterest engagement era. My brother's fiance is using Pinterest to plan their wedding right now. It's so awesome!

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  7. I'm jealous of Pinterest-era engagements too! I was SO close!

    A lot of people are suggesting Excel spreadsheets. My husband and I made a spreadsheet in Google Docs instead, which I LOVED. We were getting married in my hometown, an hour away from where I lived, and both he and I were collecting addresses. Google Docs made it simple, because I could share the document so that both he and I had access to it, and we had access ANYWHERE- at home, at work, at school, or in my hometown. It was so wonderful that if he updated it at home and I checked at work, it was already updated for me (and we didn't have to worry about having different versions).

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  8. My sister is getting married soon and I'm helping her with stuff like invitations and guest list. Your tip is very useful, I'll definitely use it. Thanks!
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