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My best friend is getting married and she asked me to be the Maid of Honor! In all the many wonderful weddings I have been been a part of – I have never been Maid of Honor. So, this is quite an exciting role.

The bride expressed that she feels unorganized and needs some sort of binder to get everything together. So… My Bridesmaiding Alarm went off – and I decided to throw a little something together for her: A Wedding Planning Binder. You can buy one of these for $20 – $40, or you can make your own for much less!

Supplies:
(You can get these from Staples, Target, or any office supply store)

  • Wide 3-ring binder*
  • 3-Ring Inserts with Pockets (Pockets are important!)
  • Stickers/Markers/Decorative materials
  • Thin Marker or Pen to write on tab labels
  • Various Printed checklists from the internet

*This binder will get pretty full with clippings and sheets of paper and articles… so definitely get a wide one.

To Do: Put the binder together, as you would, and take out the folder tab labels. You can use your computer printer to print them – or, if you have nice (enough) handwriting, just use a thin marker or pen. I had a thin Sharpie, which worked great.

The hardest thing to figure out was which labels to create! It was surprisingly difficult to find a thorough list on the internet, so I thought I’d share here.

Tab Labels for Wedding Planning Binder:

  • Budget
  • Ceremony
  • Decorations
  • Stationary/Invites
  • Catering/Food
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Hotels
  • Transportation
  • Hair/Makeup
  • Bridal Party Attire
  • Favors
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Ideas
  • Miscellaneous

Knowing my bride, I added the tabs to the binder that I thought she’d find most useful, and also included blank labels in the back  so she could fill them in as needed.  I like the “Ideas” folder – as this is the perfect place for her to place all those random clippings of fun, random, clippings, DIY and decorative ideas she may find. (A tangible pinterest.com, if you will.)

Next, I decided to include a few checklists and worksheets that I thought she’d find useful. Here are some good ones I found online from Real Simple and Ourweddingday.com:

Vendor Contact Sheet
Budget Worksheet
Wedding Planning Checklist (Simplified)
Wedding Planning Checklist (Detailed)

Lastly, I used some stickers and photos to decorate the binder.  (In my Bridesmaid duties over the years, I have found letter stickers so useful. I stocked up and have used them in numerous projects, including the Bridesmaids Scrapbook.)

That’s it! You can make this project as big or as little as you want. The truth is - it’s a super simple way to do something really helpful (and meaningful) for your friend.

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