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Engaged - Now What? | Wedding Planning Tips | Where to start with planning a wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique
Cat Cutillo Photography

In order to relieve much of the stress associated with planning for a wedding, it is essential to maintaining accurate on-going records covering all important aspects in preparing for your wedding. 

Regardless of hiring a Professional Wedding Planner or not, it is strongly recommended that you either purchase a good “Wedding Planner Book” or create a “Personalized Wedding Planner Manual” that you can customize to your particular needs.   Whatever your preference may be, it is critical to maintain good records for everything of significance pertaining to your wedding.

Below are two easy options for creating a “Personalized Wedding Planner Manual” using a 1-2” 11.5” x 9.5” Binder of your choice; available in many nice pastel colors.   Most binders have a clear front sheet protector that will allow you to decorate it as desired.

  • The first recommended and easiest option is to purchase a package of Avery A-Z Ready Index Dividers and insert them into your binder. Behind each Alphabetical Tab, file appropriately titled information; i.e., Section A, Activity Schedule; Section B, Bride’s Wedding Gown; Section C, Catering Services; Section D, Daily To-Do-List; etc.  With these dividers, Avery provides a website whereby you can create a Customized Table of Content.  
  • The second recommended option is to purchase several packages of either Avery’s Write-On-Tab Dividers (8 per package) or Insertable Plastic Label Tab Dividers (5 per package.  Insert them into your binder.  Next prepare a categorized list for each appropriate section of your binder; including those applicable of the recommended “18 Categories of Planning for a Wedding” of our March 30, 2016 Blog.   You can also create sub-sections; i.e., “Bride’s Wedding Gown”, “Bride Maids’ Gowns”, etc.  Next, label your section dividers in order of your created categorized list.   

In each case, all written reports should be filed behind appropriate category sections along with information relative to agreements, contacts, contracts, estimates, maps, pertinent articles, samples, quotations, schedules, special requests, etc; customized to your personal needs.  Add Sheet Protectors behind category sections to protect important documents such as contracts or to hold printed material. 

Start out your binder with a “Personalized Sheet” providing names of the Bride and Groom.  Also list both sets of Parents/Grandparents, the Maid of Honor, the Best Man, the Bride Maids, and other Family/Friends involved in your wedding.

Make up a “Proposal/Engagement Sheet” consisting of important information pertaining to this m0omentous occasion; i.e., the date, when and where it took place, was it a surprise, his precise proposal and your response, was it done privately or were others present.  Add any photographs taken of you at the time.  

A “Table of Contents” is also recommended for easy reference purposes. 

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique.

January 30, 2017  TAGS:  RESOURCES  PLANNING

Engaged - Now What?

 

Engagement Tips - What to do after the proposal | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique
Somerby Jones Photography

If you are anything like me, or most people who are getting married for the first time, you may be totally lost when it comes to knowing where to begin in your wedding planning. I have come up with my top five must-do items to complete, upon getting engaged. Hope this is helpful!

  1. CALL, don’t text, all close friends and family members. There is nothing tackier than a text message from your best friend saying, “I’m engaged!” Make the extra effort to call. Everyone will really appreciate it.

  2. Make sure you complete the previous step before posting anything on social media. Once you’ve made all of your important phone calls, Instagram the heck out of that ring, girl!

  3. Discuss timing with your fiancé. When is a good time for the wedding? In a few months? In a year? This is essential to know when hunting for a venue.

  4. Find the venue before anything else! Venue availability will help you determine the exact date and time of your wedding. A good number of wedding venues require you to book very far in advance, so it is good to start looking at venues early, even if you are planning on having a long engagement.

  5. Meet with a wedding planner. The planner will help keep you on track throughout your engagement period, and in my opinion, is the most essential asset in keeping (some of) your sanity during wedding planning!

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique.