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How to Make a Wedding Planning Binder

You’ve given an enthusiastic “yes!” to the proposal, but there’s still a lot to sort out before you say “I do.” Use this step-by-step guide to create a wedding binder that will keep you organized (and sane) throughout the planning process.

By Sarah Stebbins
Bride holding bouquet of dahliasDana Gallagher/Getty Images

Corral Receipts

The laws of wedding planning state that you will make approximately 75 trips to the craft store before the big day. To keep track of purchases from your shopping excursions and make returns a snap, write the item names on your receipts and stash them in a cute pencil pouch ($3, poppin.com) that hooks onto the rings in your binder, says David. After the festivities, the case can hold makeup, gift cards, or souvenirs from your honeymoon.

Include Extra Paper

Keep some loose-leaf sheets ($12 for 80, seejanework.com) in the back of the binder for taking notes during meetings with vendors, then file the pages under the relevant tabs. Later, when you’re trying to recall the florist’s stance on roses versus ranunculus, you’ll know just where to look.

Stash and Carry

Your binder deserves better than a reusable grocery bag. Designate an eye-catching tote ($23, etsy.com) and the file will be ready to go when you need to head to a meeting—and you’ll be proud to lug it around.

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