Thanks to our registry websites, I know that our wedding is 164 days away. Every time I see a countdown, my eye twitch threatens to come back. I think we’re actually on top of planning the wedding, but only because I’ve forced us to stay very, very organized. The two things that have been the most helpful for staying organized planning our wedding are to set aside time and materials.
I have certain times when I work on wedding planning (evenings and weekends). I also try to separate my wedding planning materials from everything else. I’m using a binder system from The Container Store devoted solely to our wedding– guest lists, guests’ addresses, calendars, to do lists, and inspiration. With the use of my very cute Russell + Hazel binder, I have everything I need in one place. The collection is phenomenal because it’s completely customizable to your needs and wants. This is the best way to solve the ‘how to stay organized planning a wedding’ problem. I even plan to use it for my regular scheduling after the wedding!
How to Stay Organized Planning a Wedding
Each component of the binder system has come in very handy in the last two months. The binder is adorable on its own (it comes in 8 colors and prints). It’s also sturdy and small enough to take with me in my handbag – a huge plus for always being on-the-go and planning a wedding long-distance!
The two most crucial parts of the system for wedding planning are the calendars and the address organizers. I love these calendar tabs because they’re simple and straightforward. Each month is shown in the traditional calendar style and there’s also a to-do list on the page prior. All that lets me jot down deadlines and notes. It doesn’t take up much room and lets you see what each month calls for. Side Note: they do have appointment pages available.
I decided to have an address book devoted solely to wedding guests. This way I don’t have to wade through my entire address book every time I need to address envelopes. When I addressed our Save the Dates, I started in the A’s and went straight through to the end of the book, not having to remember who was or wasn’t invited. I also didn’t have to add addresses that I might not use again to my regular address book.
The “people tracker” pages are perfect because of the notes section. I can jot down guests’ RSVP and food preference. When the time comes, I can include their gift and if we’ve thanked them or not. One awesome thing about these pages is that they have perforations for popping someone’s business card in the slot. So instead of having to copy everything by hand, you can pop their card in. It’s great for vendors’ cards too. I’m obsessed with this efficiency!!
I also wanted to keep all my notes and inspiration together with my addresses and calendar as well. I use the lined filler paper for jotting down ideas and keeping track of lists – like my ideas for sangria recipes during cocktail hour!
Russell + Hazel Binder System Extras
The mini sheet protectors are great for corralling everything that isn’t a part of the binder (e.g. pens, cards, magazine rip outs, and my printed guest list). My organization is a little overboard with the wedding, but keeping everything in the binder ensures things are organized, easily located, and that I have less stress!
These sticky notes are the perfect finishing touch to my organized wedding planning. I use the To Do notes for my more urgent to do lists and to give my guy a rundown of things he/we need to do. The mini sticky notes are unimaginably helpful (and adorable) for the most random of things – jotting down notes and reminders. They are keeping me sane!
How to Live a Normal Life While Wedding Planning
Staying organized planning a wedding has taken my organization to a whole new level, but it’s been a blessing. It allows me to be efficient with time spent working on the wedding and everything leading up to it. This also means that I (we really) can carry on with normal life.
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