Saturday, June 11, 2011

Putting Together A Wedding Binder

Seeing as how I don't want to pay money for a wedding planner, just a Day of Coordinator, it's imperative that I stay very organized while putting together the details of my wedding.

I'm not sure if anyone who reads this blog has planned a wedding, but it's no joke. Seriously, it's not funny at all.

The only details I have finalized seemed like big decisions at the time. I was so proud of myself for getting these thing accomplished.

Then five minutes later, I think about everything thing else left to do and that one item checked off seems like nothing. I feel this way every time.

The one thing still leaving me with a sense of accomplishment is putting together my wedding binder. Between Russel + Hazel and Office Depot, I'm able to keep a grasp on all the details and decisions to be made that are piling up daily.

Russel + Hazel has this wedding planner that will be my best friend (once it is delivered). Here it is.

Wedding Organizer

And from Office Depot, I got a calendar, page protectors, highlighters, colored gel pens, and a briefcase.

The briefcase has a dual purpose. This wedding binder will have to be carried with me everywhere I go from now until February 11th, so I wanted something to carry it in that wasn't my purse. Plus, I'd like some training materials from to be able to travel with me as well.

Keeping up with my work schedule, Easy's practice/gig schedule, plus appointments and meetings for this wedding is the biggest task with the binder, but with the highlighters, I have color coded our calendar.

Just writing this all out seems like soooooooo much to me. But it will be worth it to stay organized and on top of things. Or am I just crazy? Probably a little of column A and a little of column B.

4 New Hypotheses:

I haven't started any planning yet...we don't even have a date/dates set, but I know I really need to start writing down some ideas so I can start discussions with S.D./my parents/his parents. Even a very small back yard wedding is going to be stressful I think.


I feel like we're cramming sooo much planning into a short time, but that's because we're having a long-term engagement wedding in a short-term engagement time frame. A small wedding be stressful for you, but hopefully less so.


The thing about wedding is that once you have the dress(-maker) sorted, the venue booked and the colour decided on, things happen in sections. You can't do anything else until about 3 months before the time, then 2 months, then 1 months and then suddenly in the last 3 weeks the whole bundle comes in a landslide of things that need to be done almost immediately.

I've been there, and I am super organised. Now, if you are not too picky about what you want at your wedding, you could plan a wedding in the last month only. I kid you not. But if you have certain ideas and are determined to get them, then you need time.

In the end though, I simply decided that whatever is for my wedding, is jsut the way it is meant to be. No wedding is ever 100% perfect, something will go wrong or be missed. It's not the end of the world. In the end, people usually only remember 3 things: the food, the music and what the bride wore. The rest are just fillers.

But enjoy it. It's fun if you don't get too drawn into the whole western ideal ideas.


Our colors! What a decision. But it's finally done. When I chose my dress, that took us in a different direction for the colors.

I can't imagine planning everything in a month and I'm glad I don't have to. But planning everything in 8 months is interesting a fun.

I definitely plan to enjoy my day. I feel like prom and military ball and cotillion were dry runs for this time and those went well. So I expect my wedding will be just as stress-free (I'm not being naive, well maybe a little).

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