Tuesday, July 07, 2009

the binder

Just out of college, I worked for a couple years as a Meeting Planner. This job allowed me to indulge all of my organizational OCD tendencies, including attempting perfectly organized binders and notebooks. I was so excited to put that knowledge to work again now that I was engaged. What better way to organize the quickly mounting amount of paper and inspirational pages than a binder?

I started pulling checklists from various websites (make sure to check out: Russell+Hazel and Real Simple) and made tabs for each section. Any images or ideas I liked that I found in magazines or one websites went into the binder and it very quickly started to grow. As we've moved on in the planning process, the images and inspirational pics that didn't make the cut have been pulled and we've added the contracts that we have so far. It also came in handy to have important questions to ask all the vendors typed up in the binder. I got some of my questions from "The Bride's Book of Lists", by Amy Nebens.

There is a very detailed budget section that is constantly updated (we're really trying not to go over) and where all the payments are coming from and how they have been paid.

Here is the binder now:

When I talk to and meet with vendors, it is so helpful to have everything in one place (I just used it today during my meeting with the florist).
I have no problem finding anything I need in terms of planning and hopefully it will come in handy closer to and on our wedding day when my brain is flying out the window.

<3 miss uva

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Blogger X said...

I too was a binder bride! Everyone made fun of me at first but when all of my details and decisions were made, organized, and easily referenced- it made my life 100% easier! (and the vendors were very impressed :) After the wedding (6/20/2009) all of my maids wanted me to burn the binder but now I see it as a time capsule of the planning process and I plan on keeping it forever.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I also used to work in the world of meeting planning....binders are definitely useful for the super-duper organized person! But, it's also a great keepsake for after the nuptials!

Great post...thanks for sharing!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009 12:57:00 PM  

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