Happy Wednesday, friends! I’m back with another installment in my wedding series, and today we’re talking all about what I’m using to plan my big day! If you read my last post (I’m Engaged, Now What?!), you would know that getting a wedding planner was a non-negotiable step for me post engagement; honestly, I would be lost without it.
If you are engaged or think you will be soon, I HIGHLY recommend some sort of wedding planner. Now if you’re the type of girl that has ZERO desire in planning anything yourself, I totally get it and recommend paying someone to do it for you (it will end up being worth the money). However, if you are like me and want to have your hands in every bit of the planning process, I would recommend getting some sort of paper (or digital) planner. Originally I was thinking of purchasing something that was already binded and put together, but my Maid of Honor, Jordan, told me that a printable option might be better….she was right.
After perusing multiple options on the Etsy website, I landed on THIS bad boy from Best Celebrations. It’s simple without leaving things out and includes things I never thought I would need. I love that you can print out as many copies as you need and the pages feature a ton of space for writing and extra notes. In order to get the look I have below, all you’ll need is a 3-hole punch, a 3-ring binder and a pack of dividers (optional).
One thing I really like about this planner is that the ‘cover’ page is fully customizable and comes with two different options! I love all of the rosy/blush tones as they are some of my favorite colors and I think they fit my personality and wedding theme really well. <3 This planner comes with a ‘table of contents’ which makes it easy to break things up into different categories and keep them separated to ensure a seamless planning process. If you’re looking for some inspiration, I will include all of my categories down below! 🙂
1. Contract(s) / Budget (IMPORTANT)
2. Wedding Party Attire
3. Bridal Party / Vendor Contacts (IMPORTANT)
4. Guest List (IMPORTANT)
5. Gift Registry
6. Venue Information (IMPORTANT)
7. Rehearsal Dinner Information
8. Hotel / Travel Accomodations
While I think all of the categories above hold a lot of importance, some are more critical than others. Having a dedicated space for contracts and budget information is incredibly important; this ensures that you are working within the parameters you’ve set for yourself and not stepping too far out of your (budget) comfort zone (trust me, this is TOO easy to do – lol). I also think having a specific space for bridal party and vendor contacts as well as guest list and venue information (address, phone #, capacity, etc.) is imperative. When someone asks you a question regarding your venue accommodations or needs to get in touch with someone from the wedding party, you’ll know EXACTLY where to look! 🙂
If you’re someone who likes to take a lot of notes, this planner provides plenty of space and makes it easy to create a running ‘to-do’ list. If you’re planning a wedding / planned one in the past, you know how critical this is! I made sure to print multiple copies of this particular page so I could start new lists that pertain to specific areas within the planning process (i.e., general to-do list, wedding attire, vendor related stuff…etc.) and have found that to be incredibly helpful!
As you can tell from the pictures above (and below), this planner also includes a variety of charts which not only help to keep things organized, but also gives you an idea of the things you should be doing/planning for. I don’t now about you, but I’ve never planned a wedding so the idea of just knowing what all needs to be done is not only terrifying but unrealistic. One of my favorite sections is the ‘Venue Comparison Chart,’ it includes a number of sections (price, capacity, cancellation policy, rentals included, etc.,) that make it easy to compare and contrast the various venues you are interested in! Whenever I went on a tour, I gathered as much information as I could (yes, I brought a notebook) so that when I came home and logged everything into my planner, I would have a well-rounded picture of everything the venue did and did not offer! Trust me, if you’re looking at more than 2 places, this page will be your best friend. They’re not kidding when they say venues really do start running together and looking alike. Le Sigh.
Finally, the Gift Registry Checklist; ya’ll, this is a dream. I haven’t fully immersed myself in this part of the process (it feels a wee bit early for that); however, I know when the time comes, this is going to be an excellent resource. I’ll be honest, this is one of the things I’m MOST excited for! Kitchen Aid Stand Mixers, nice sheets and china galore! Bring on the fun stuff!
I hope you guys enjoyed this in-depth look into my wedding planner! If you’re in the market, I love mine and HIGHLY recommend! Are any of you engaged and planning a wedding? Are you already married?! What worked for you?! Did you use a paper planner or did you hire someone to help you plan your big day?! Leave me a comment down below and let’s chat! <3