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Brides Get Organized For Planning Your Wedding-5 Important Tips

Dec 17, 2007
Getting married is such an exciting and fun time in your life. The planning starts almost immediately after announcing your engagement and can begin a stressful time. If you set your mind to being organized right from the start, it will make planning your wedding much easier than you think. Below are some tips to help you get started.

1. Buy a zip-up binder-These types of binders can be found at any office supply store. The zipper kind is the best because it will hold all of your extra papers and nothing can fall out of them. This is the most important tool you will buy to begin your planning.

2. Buy folder dividers with colored tabs, pockets, that are three hole punched.- These dividers can also be found at your local office supply store. You want to purchase the colored ones to make it easy for you to find different categories as you look for them. The white ones with the pockets are the best because you can use the pockets to store additional paperwork. The ones that are three hole punched are important because you can easily insert them into your binder. These come with white tab paper that is inserted into the colored tabs. You can then write on the tab paper to make your different categories.

3. Take your dividers and label them.- Once you have the dividers you can begin labeling them for your different categories. An example of the different categories may look something like this:

** CHURCH
** RECEPTION HALL
** MUSIC
** FLORIST
** OFFICIANT
** MAKE-UP/BEAUTY
** DRESS/ALTERATIONS/SEAMSTRESS
** PHOTOGRAPHER
** VIDEOGRAPHER
** HONEYMOON/TRAVEL AGENT
** REGISTRIES
** READINGS
** DJ
** CAKE IDEAS/BAKERY
** MISC. IDEAS ETC.
** BUDGET

Now that you have organized your categories, you can write on the tab papers and then put them into the colored slots of the folder dividers.

4. The next thing to do is insert the folder tabs into your binder. You can arrange the categories any way you choose to since they are color coded and are easy to access from here.

5. Buy a three hole puncher.- This item can be purchased from an office supply store or a craft store at a reasonable price. The reason that this is important, is that any paperwork you get, like your contract from your photographer, or receipts from your florist, or any other paperwork, you can punch holes in it and file it behind the proper category in your binder.

Every time you get any paperwork regarding your wedding, you file it in the appropriate category. This new binder that you have created and organized will become your new best friend that you can take everywhere with you. When you meet with your florist and you have printed out pictures of your ideas, you just flip to that section in your binder and everything is at your fingertips. Ideas, emails, and other important paperwork are easy to find and are easily available for you to refer back to.

As your wedding gets closer, this binder will become heavier, but you will be able to know what balances are outstanding and be able to scan your budget quickly. This binder will end up being something that you cherish and is a great way to help friends plan their weddings down the road. Being an organized bride is one of the best things you can do for yourself at this important time in your life.
About the Author
Rene Fletcher is the Webmaster and President of Sales & Marketing for http://www.fleurdelisfashions.com. She is also a recent bride who planned her entire 500 guest wedding herself. For great bridal party gift ideas, please visit http://www.fleurdelisfashions.com/brides-bag.html
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