DIY Wedding Planing Binder

DSC_0051.jpgYou’re engaged! Congratulations! ….now what? If you are anything like me, the buzz of this exciting time has you ready to take action! Although my fiancé and I have not even set a date, I’m far too worked up to be idle. So, I’ve created a wedding planning binder to help organize the details of my big day.

My favourite thing about creating my very own wedding planning binder is that I’ve been able to customize it with sections and worksheets specific to my needs and plans.Often times with wedding planners you can purchase, there are full sections that will not pertain to me. For example, I have no need for a budget list that includes reception dinners and limo rides. What is so great about some of the websites I’ll link below is you can print only what you need to tailor your binder to fit your wants and needs. 

So to make your very own wedding planning binder you will need the following items:

  • 1 1/2 inch three ring binder
  • Divider tabs
  • bookmark tabs
  • paper
  • printer
  • three-hole punch
  • reinforced labels
  • clear standard weight paper protectors
  • plastic business card holders
  • sticky notes
  • Large zip-lock plastic pouch
  • favourite pen!

First thing is first! TIP: I recommend having a binder that has the rings attached to the back flap as opposed to the centre/spine. This is so that the contents inside the binder do not move around quite as easily and become bent and crinkled.

You are going to need divider tabs so you can neatly organize the different sections of yoDSC_0070.JPGur binder. I chose these black and white patterned tabs at Staples.  TIP: I chose black and white because we haven’t determined the colours for our wedding. If you’ve already chosen colours, you can incorporate that into these details!

DSC_0079.JPG I chose to also include bookmark style tabs to divide my sub-sections. For example, in my section for “events” I have divided the Engagement Party, Bridal Shower,Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties.

This is how I’ve divided my binder:

Tab 1 – Events
– Engagement Party
– Bridal Shower
– Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties

Tab 2  – Timelines & To Dos

Tab 3 – Financial

Tab 4 – Wedding Party – Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

Tab 5 – Ceremony & Reception Sites

Tab 6 – Guest List & Seating

Tab 7 – Colours & Decorations

Tab 8 – Other (Stationary, Engagement Ring Insurance, etc)

Tab 9 – Inspiration

Timeline beginning at 12 months
Budget lists – one predetermined and one to fill in yourself!

I LOVE that I found this worksheet for my budget. The predetermined list is great for an average wedding and it has everything listed one might need. Because I am doing a DIY wedding, some of those listed items do not apply to me. I was excited to see a blank version of the list! Now I can tailor the list to what I need.


This worksheet is going to be so useful when I begin making my guest lists. One for the ceremony and another for the reception. It features a great checklist to keep track of invites sent, RSVP received and thank you cards sent!


This pouch was a great find! Purchased at Staples, it is three-hole punched and has durability – it can hold a lot! This is a great place to store inspirational fabrics, colour swatches, or your engagement ring insurance information.
These are great too! They hold business cards, which is great to keep track of vendors, equipment rental companies, and all other businesses you want to contact! They are three-hole punched for convenience.

I found a lot of the featured worksheets online and just printed them off. TIP: Because I used standard printer paper, I decided to get some reinforced labels (those round stickers that circle the three-hole punch for reinforcement).

To find all of these printable worksheets and cover sheets, check out these links below!

Free Printable Binder Covers

I hope I’ve inspired you to take your planning in your own hands and create your very only wedding planning binder!

Happy planning!

blushing bride.

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