Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m Miss Ballet Flat, and I’m in love with organization. Well, I love Mr. Ballet Flat more than organization, just to clarify. When it came to the wedding, I knew I needed a place to put my magazine clippings, possible vendor pamphets, vendor contracts, wedding ideas, blank forms, coupons (gotta love bridal shows), project mock-ups, future child names, etc. (ok, maybe not child names but you get the point). I keep everything to do with our big day (that can fit) in this binder.
A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to my engaged friend, (who is getting married this weekend..YAY!) and she mentioned that she saw these planning binders on Martha Stewart. It made her think of me. I told her that I already had one, mentioning the details of the DIY projects of my dreams, the countdown lists (I think I have one from every bridal magazine in existence), budget breakdown and my dream dress. The conversation from then on went something like this…
Miss M: “OMG Miss Ballet Flat, I KNEW you’d have one of these!”
Me: “Of course I do. Is it a bad thing, you think?”
Miss M: “You are just so crafty and usually pretty organized. I could imagine the mounds of glitter glue, sequins and stickers on the binder to make it more, well, YOU.”
Me: **sinks in chair and remembers the days of glitter glue notebook and folder decorating in high school** “No, it’s just a plain black binder, but it has a cute cover!”
**Miss M throws Miss Ballet Flat a weird look**
Me: “Err, you want to go get some Starbucks?” **to save self from embarrassment and jokes of glitter glue days**
Miss M: “OMG yes!”
(hehe, bring up coffee to Miss M and all else goes out the window!)
I still have 15 bottles of glitter glue collecting dust in the living room at my parent’s house hehe. However, as plain as it might seem without the glitter glue, I love this binder. I couldn’t hold a visit with a vendor without it. I remember lugging that binder in the reception venues we looked at, the small cake bakery table where we had to sample cake as well as write out a plan, meeting with the photographer, the florist, ahhh…that binder is so heavy too! I’m sure Mr. Ballet Flat was a little embarrassed, but he has learned to embrace the binder. He actually asked me to bring it to show our wedding plans to Mrs. Future Mother in Law Ballet Flat AT A RESTAURANT. He wanted the binder in PUBLIC! 🙂 So, Mr. Ballet Flat has learned to love the wedding binder. I think I should name it now, but that might go a little too far.
Then, right after putting in all my clippings (just magazine clippings), it was beyond full (sorry, I’m wedding obsessed!) So, I upgraded it to this!
Oh, by the way, I’m sorry about the dark pictures. I can’t get good natural light in my room, because since Gustav, and living on the 2nd floor of my house, my windows are still boarded up. I don’t think Daddy Ballet Flat is taking the plywood down until hurricane season is over.
As you can see, I just cut off the cover of the original binder, and placed it on a 2″ black binder. I separated all of my purchases for the wedding in a different notebook to make sure I’m always within budget too. As a DIY bride, I find it’s crucial for me to keep records of every purchase I make, and a simple notebook like this has helped so much!
The cool thing about the original organizer is the categories the planner is separated in are also plastic folders, so you can put clippings in there, contracts, etc. Sheet protectors are a great thing to use too if you run out of room, like me :).
There are cons to the Tying the Knot binder, though. The binder is 1″ thick, so if you want to put a lot in there, you will have to rig a new one or just make your own binder if you’d like. Also, the categories don’t have tabs that stick out, so I used some cardstock samples I have for invites to make tabs.
So hive, how do you keep your wedding stuff organized? Also, are you as excited about organization as I am? I hope I’m not the only one here…