Friday, November 15, 2013

CELEBRATING:How to Make your Own Wedding Planner {Free Printables}-TAKE 2


It's Friday, and a special day for me and my blog! Happy 6 month Bloggy Anniversary!!! Yay! 6 months ago on this day, I went on a whim and started a blog. My first post as a bridal blogger was "How to make your own Wedding Planner" and since then it's been the most viewed post on my blog! In celebrating my blogs 6 month Anniversary, I will re-post this, and thank all my readers for appreciating this post so much! Blogging thus far has been such an enjoyable experience, and my only regret is not doing it sooner! 

{(Feel free to pin this guide to pinterest)} 

After searching high and low in every book store in my area for the perfect wedding planner...I decided to make my own.  First of all, I love office supplies! I love the idea of planners, so this decision was easy for me. (I also made my own lesson planning notebook this way as well, since being a teacher is stressful enough. Lesson planning in style calms me!)
I started by searching google, tumblr, and pinterest. I came across several awesome sites that offer you an effective planner that include timelines, lists, contact info, etc. 
I already had a binder that I loved, so I started with that. I did get it at Staples, and it's a Martha Stewart office supply (1 inch binder). I absolutely love Martha Stewart office supplies, and I actually made my lesson planning book using the Martha Stewart's discbound notebook. Anyways, Staples always has coupons in their weekly ad for the Martha Stewart's office supply line. I did buy new dividers for this planner, and a zip pouch to hold all my small business cards. (These are apart of the Martha Stewart office supply line at Staples.) The beautiful pen that's on top of my planner was actually a gift, but it's a Swarovski Crystalline Rose Pearl Pen. I call it my teacher/bride pen. 

Everyone has a different way of planning, so you can customize your planner the way you want. I just started by trying not to spend too much money on something I will ultimately breakdown and throw away. I bought my post it's at the dollar store (I try and go to the dollar store whenever I see one). I use them for everything, so I stuck my post it panel in my wedding planner, because let's face it...everyone needs their post it's. (And we don't want to spend more than what's needed for them either.) They do their job, and the best part of this is that it fits right into the binder, and has different sizes, and shapes!! I love it. Only $1. After my post it's, I have my Martha Stewart zip pouch. The total cost of my wedding planner ($14.17- this includes the already bought binder. Make sure you wait to buy anything at Staples until there's a good coupon. I waited until I saw a 40% off coupon.)

First, I have to tell you that all the paper that's in my planner was printed, and FREE!! (I will include the free printable links. Free printable Wedding Planners are everywhere online.) I started with my calendar. I actually found this calendar on a website called Infarrantly Creative. (Thank you Infarrantly Creative for this calendar) Click here for the Free printable calendar.
Don't get scared if it refers you to a blog planner website. This is a blog calendar, Yes...lol but I have my specific ways, and I preferred a portrait calendar over a landscaped calendar. I have to have my calendar, because it's not a planner without one. If you plan differently and don't need a calendar, then go ahead and skip this step. I should also include that Martha Stewart actually has an insert-able calendar to go with this binder. If you prefer it, but I didn't get it because it was pricey and I thought why buy something you can get for free on the Internet right? So I searched, and searched and finally came across this calendar. You can fill it in and print out as many as you need.

UPDATE 11/15/2013: Since writing this post, I do use the calendar in this planner, but I also found another great resource from Michelle Lea Designs. I need a weekly planner to help me organize my weeks separatley. I used this weekly planner in my bridesmaids planners, and I love it so much I printed out 52 weeks of the weekly planner for my own Wedding Planner.  Michelle's blog has so many other printable planners for all you DIY ladies out there, I strongly recommend that you visit her blog to find so much more!! 
If you want to print out this weekly planner go to Michelle Lea Designs blog. or Click here.


For the cute  "Marriage Certificate" Free Printable click here. 
This is from a fellow blogger on blogspot The Graphics Fairy. Thank you for the cute little certificate Karen The Graphic Fairy. The Graphic Fairy blogspot.


I used 5 dividers to mark the most important things in my wedding. I'm not throwing a huge wedding so I didn't need separate dividers for every little thing. 

1. Important
2. Budget
3. Guests
4. Ceremony & Reception
5. Miscellaneous

What I put in the tabs:

Important-

  • Wedding Timeline 
  • Wedding Checklist
  • Bridal Party
  • Bridal Party Contact Information
  • Day of the Wedding Checklist
  • Wedding Day Timeline
  • Emergency Kit
  • Vendor Contact Information 

Budget-

  • Budget Worksheets 
  • (Includes Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner, Brunch, etc.)
  • Ceremony Budget worksheet
  • Reception costs, food & drinks, flowers, photos, transportation, music, etc. 

Guests-
  • Brides Guest List
  • Groom Guest List
  • Final Guest List
  • Guest List tracker
    • Includes address
    • Children
    • Table #
    • Entree Choice
    • Events to attend
    • RSVP
    • Hotel (if out of town guest)


  1. Ceremony & Reception-
  • Ceremony Worksheet
  • Table Plans
  • Floor Plan
  • Flowers
  • Menu
  • Music
  • Photo shot list
  • Rentals
  • Transportation
  • Wedding Cake
  • Wedding Invites
  • Contracts
  • Officiant Info
  • Programs
  • Decor
Miscellaneous-
  • Beauty everything.
    • Bride's gown
    • Hair
    • makeup
    • Bridal salon appt.
    • Bridesmaids beauty
    • Bridesmaids fashion
    • Groom's tux
    • Groomsmen tux
  • Registry Info
  • Travel Accommodations
  • Honeymoon Travel Info

The Wedding Planner I use (downloaded, and printed) is from Russell&Hazel. click here to get the russell&hazel free printable wedding planner. Thank you Russell&Hazel for this amazing wedding planner. It has almost everything that you need. It's free, and downloadable. It's getting the job done. 

I also used a wedding stationary from Chrystalace Wedding Stationary click here for Free printable
Here are some more resources that I didn't use in my Wedding Planner, but I thought they were great and very useful!!
  1. http://www.magnetstreet.com/pdfs/Weddings/Wedding-Planning-Checklist.pdf
  2. http://www.diybride.com/blog/2013/01/10/planning-the-wedding-free-printable-wedding-planner/
  3. http://www.niagaraweddinghelper.com/wed_plan_book.htm
  4. http://www.contemporarybride.com/pdfs/Wedding_Timeline.pdf
  5. http://www.bridalfantasy.com/download-wedding-planner/
  6. http://www.bridesclub.com/bridesclub-wedding-planner.cfm
Thank you for reading this post, and making it successful! I'm so grateful to have so many wonderful readers on my blog. I value everyone's time, and love to hear from you if you have any questions, or comments! I 

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1 comment:

  1. well nice idea for check list for wedding and we plan in mobile for check list , free wedding planner app

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