Why am I expressing my love of weddings? Sure, it's wedding season, but I don't have any weddings to go to this summer. Last night, my best friend got engaged!! I'm so excited for her!
So of course I wanted to buy her an engagement present, but not just something generic. When I got engaged (4 years ago... holy cow...), I received a lot of engagement presents and cards from close friends and family, but a lot of the things that I got weren't very useful to me. I appreciated all of the bridal magazines and flowers; they were very nice gestures. But when thinking of what to get my bestie for an engagement present, I thought to myself, "What would have been useful to me when I got engaged?"
The answer: a wedding planner. Yeah, couldn't afford a real human, but a binder that was already organized/personalized would've been great. I ended up shoving a lot of my wedding stuff into a manilla folder. I know, not the more organized way to go, but I didn't want to shell out $30-$40 on a pre-made wedding planning binder, nor did I want to take the time to put together a binder of my own. I just wanted to get to the planning!
So I decided to make Betsy, my best friend, a personalized wedding planning binder. I'm not sure what colors she'll pick for her wedding colors, but I picked the blues and purples based on our I-want-my-wedding-to-look-like-this conversations we've had since the seventh grade, as well as her wedding Pinterest board. If she doesn't pick these colors, I still think they're classy and bridal, so I'm crossing my fingers that the colors will be okay. Hopefully she likes it!
|Since they haven't set a date yet (come on, they've only|
been engaged for a day), I put "Summer 2014" and
I'll print off a new one for her when they set
a wedding date!
|I labeled tabs with all of the categories that I probably would've used|
had I made my own binder four years ago for my own wedding.
|I created a monthly calendar from now until August 2014 and put them|
into the binder. On the left side, I put notes about things to get
done during that month.
|I picked up three Post-It pockets to hold receipts. I put them on the "Bride,"|
"Reception," and "Vendor" tabs.
|Finally, I picked up one big plastic envelope that I placed in the|
back of the binder to hold some of the bigger papers and
receipts Betsy might want to hold on to.
I hope that she'll like it and find it useful in the wedding planning process!