Organizing the Blood, Sweat and Coffee From My Planning

A wedding binder is something that anyone planning a wedding needs. From receipts, to contracts, to seating charts, your binder holds it all. If you are planning a wedding, you probably have realized how fast those papers pile up.

Keeping them a binder will save you a lot of trouble later, because everything is in one place. You don’t have a drawer full of papers to sift through, nor do you have to feel badly about keeping every piece of paper. It’s definitely a good idea to keep all your papers and receipts, because there has been more than one time where I have needed to return something or I didn’t receive everything I ordered. I would pull up the contract or receipt and scan them into the computer or take a picture of them and send it to whoever I needed.

Whenever you are entering into any legal contract, you should save, not only the signed contract, but also keep your emails and conversations. If you need to dig them up, you know exactly where to look. When I started having problems with my venue, it helped to know exactly where the contract was, so that we could prove our side. Sectioned tabs help with this, because then the binder is organized by categories to make looking for things even easier. Mine is organized into the following sections: ceremony, dinner, cake, centerpieces, invitations, guests, favors and honeymoon.

Organized into sections.

Personal Photo

I even have all the samples I made and ordered in it, so I can look back and see the direction I was going. When I was picking paper, it was nice to have all the samples in one spot, so Mr. SM and I could look back at which papers we needed for which part of the invite. Once we picked the colors we wanted to use, we labeled those samples what they were going to be used for. You’d be shocked at how many times we forgot which paper was going to be used for which piece.

Sample card stock page.

Personal Photo

We kept every coffee-stained* piece of paper that had our thought process written on it. Things like, honeymoon ideas, picking photos for our engagement package, and information and pricing on various venues we looked at.


All you need is a regular binder you can purchase anywhere and a hole punch. I decided to spruce mine up and decorate it. I used Mod Podge and decoupaged the covers using important cards and scrap papers I had. I also used some beach scrapbook stickers and some letter stickers as well. I used some of the scrap paper leftover from our invitations to make the tabs. I love my binder and I think everyone should have one just to keep their sanity. You can decorate it or leave it plain, just make sure you organize it.


Front Cover/Personal Photo


Spine/Personal Photo

*Cute side story: I HATED coffee and Mr. SM has always drank it. When I first started staying over at his apartment, I never mentioned this small detail and he would bring me a cup every morning. I thought it was a sweet gesture, so I would plug my nose and let the stuff slide down my throat. I would chug it, because it grossed me out. The more he did it though, the less I would gag on it. I now drink 2-3 cups a day, voluntarily. My coffee addiction can be traced back to those cups of coffee that would inevitably be waiting for me when I woke up every morning.

Do you have a wedding binder? Does it help you stay organized?

One thought on “Organizing the Blood, Sweat and Coffee From My Planning

  1. Pingback: Buried Treasure: A DIY Wedding Binder Part II | Bridal Waves: Riding The Waves To Marriage

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