Bride-to-be Katie Evans talks about how she's staying organized while planning her own wedding. Take notes!
Right after John proposed I jumped on the planning wagon. A wedding planner was not in the cards for us but I loved the idea of planning this thing myself. To organize everything that was coming up, I bought a binder and this wedding planning guidebook. The printable guide came with tips, calendars, to-do lists, and information on everything from etiquette to flowers. I created title pages for each category with colors that I thought might be our wedding colors and applied the provided tabs. After everything was three-hole punched and put in a cover sheet, it became very heavy. I found myself not wanting to lug it around to my meetings and it just sat on my shelf.
My fiance, John, is a big fan of anything relating to Google, so after I expressed my frustrations with trying to find an easy way to store all this information, he suggested I check out Google drive. It’s basically a digital spreadsheet like Excel, but I can access it from any device, wherever I am. I can also share the spreadsheet with John so he can access the most up-to-date information when he needs to get on there. I put our caterer and our DJ on it too. When I update the music file’s “do not play list” the DJ can see it immediately without me having to send a file.
I can create new tabs within our wedding spreadsheet and color code everything my heart desires. It has been a great tool in keeping track of our guests' addresses and R.S.V.P.s. I highly recommend it!
I've also been carrying an Archie Grand notebook with me just in case I need to write something down. It's the perfect size to tote around. I love having everything digital, but it's also nice to keep my notes all in one place. On my recent trip home, I wrote out our daily schedule with all the appointments we had and my mom had a list of her own. Another place I've been finding and storing my inspiration is Pinterest. Usually my favorites make their way into a folder on my laptop and then to the iPad for my vendor meetings. My bridesmaids are also on there with their own boards for the wedding. It's been really nice to be able to share ideas with them there.