Details. Details are definitely a great way to explain what a wedding entails. From flowers, food, venues, guest lists and so on the list goes on and on. No wonder why professionals have found such a niche in wedding planning.
But the truth of the matter is your average Jane and Joe can’t afford a professional wedding planner to help consult them on endless wedding details. When you’re trying to pull off your special day on a budget or even just trying to keep within your wedding budget, professional help is a big splurge.
So how can you get and stay organized for your wedding planning, keeping within your budget and sanity? There are three different options for DIY wedding organization I’m going to feature today. Hopefully you’ll find one that fits your organizational style. The best part is I know any options will fit your budget, because they are either free or a a small marginal cost for a few office supplies. You can’t beat that!
If you wan to kick it old school one of the best and easiest DIY wedding planning tools is a binder. Yep a good old three ring binder, some dividers and maybe a pocket folder to hold loose papers. Customize your wedding binder for your planning needs. One of the biggest complaints about purchasing wedding planning workbooks is the cost and then the amount of details and worksheets that don’t fit your personal planning needs.
In your DIY wedding binder label categories according to your needs ie, bridal party, floral, ceremony, reception, budget, ect. Categories can in turn be divided into sub categories like wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, food options, seating charts. Search online for printable templates to help organize your categories. Sites like russellandhazel.com offer free printable templates and worksheets. Check out what they offer, beauty worksheets with salon appointments, menu or music worksheets, day of wedding checklist even emergency kit lists.
One last suggestion, include a calendar at the front of the binder to keep track of important dates for appointments and deadlines. By keeping everything together in one spot you’ll know right where to go when you need something. Keeping you on track and saving time and a bit of your sanity.
Sites like theknot.com offer free online planning services. Checklists will keep you on track allowing you to add and delete items as you need. A budgeter section works with your total wedding budget and lets you enter all your actual wedding costs so you can track what you’re spending. Additional services include guest list mangers, a section to help make your own personal wedding website and save the date announcements. Both are fabulous tools to keep everyone in your wedding party and extended family in the loop with wedding details and updates whether they’re local or out of state.
Working online will help you stay organized and less cluttered with endless papers. This option would be ideal if you have a laptop of ipad that is able to travel with you, letting you access or update information as needed.
If you’re still in the beginning stages of wedding planning, coming up with decor/ theme ideas, what type of dress you’ll like and DIY ideas for your special day keep in mind sites like pinterest.com. Pinterest.com will allow you to pin ideas you find on other websites and blogs, saving the image and web address for you to access later. You can organize your pins in wedding categories for even more organization.
Mobile to Go
If you don’t have a laptop to access information on the go and don’t feel like toting a wedding binder around with you, this third option might be for you. Mobile apps can offer you wedding planning on the go. In your app store search for free wedding planning apps, you can also compare them to the cost of $3 or $4 apps to see if you’ll get your money’s worth. I came across a few free apps that offered great options for keeping your special day organized.
Wedding planning complete app features a countdown screen, check lists, budget guidelines, customizable seating chart, tips and advice. The option I liked the best was the category that allowed you to print or send right from your phone. Confirm plans and detail with those in your wedding party or groom with a click of a button. Everything is right at your fingertips with the extra option of having it in paper in your hand.
I also came across theknot.com Ultimate Wedding Planning app that is available for a limited time for free through a sponsorship. The best features were access to their database of wedding images from decor, dresses to DIY ideas. Just like the site but easy to access in your hand with your personal settings.
You can even plan your wedding flowers on the go. Afloral.com has a mobile app if you’re shopping online using your smart phone. It comes up with easy to read categories like silk flowers, bridal bouquets, top types of silk flowers and wedding accessories. A great format that wont leave you constantly tapping to zoom in on your phone every time a page opens. Trust me your fingers will thank you.
What ever your style, whether you want something in paper to keep track of and carry with you, an option to just log on and go paperless, or something utilizing new technology that’s always with you even on the go, get the right tools for you to keep it together during your wedding planning. As we’ve said before wedding planning can be a stressful period, sometimes like taking on an extra full time job. Don’t get overwhelmed and forget the meaning of what your wedding day is suppose to be all about, you and the man you’re going to say I do to.