I'm so excited! Today, my wedding planner has arrived! And she arrives in style!

After browsing the online shelves of wedding planner resources, binders and books, I decided I wanted to design and create my own. It's the best way to pull together exactly what you need and have it function exactly how you want it to.

I've been a dedicated and loyal customer of russell + hazel throughout my career so I knew I wanted to start there. Their products are easy to use, simple and beautifully designed—all of which are important to me whether I'm planning my own wedding or any event!

I started with russell + hazel's Signature 3-ring Binder (2) in Black patent. It's sleek and sexy but they have a palette of awesome colors to choose from! Their White patent, Silver and Gold are darling for wedding planning too! Then I grabbed their light pink Wedding Planning Notebook (1) that can easily be clipped in and out of the binder for meetings on-the-go; filled it with both their SmartDate (9) and SmartGrid (10) sheets for sketching ideas floor plans; and then added a Martha Steward translucent zipper pouch (7). The pouch clips into the binder and great for holding ribbon samples, fabric swatches and business cards. I will also use it to hold my gold paper clips from Staples (4), r+h To-Do Adhesive Notes in pink (6) to keep me on task, and r+h sticky Chicklets (8) for flagging my favorites–all of which I already had. I also added their 8-tab Index Dividers (3) to keep the entire binder organized! Scroll down for ideas on how to organize your tabs.

I also like these JAM butterfly clips for grouping magazine tear-outs!

Lastly, but most importantly and the best part, I discovered russell + hazel's wedding planner pdf created by Anne Chertoff! It's a printable 50+ page timeline/checklist and guide for ladies like myself who dare to plan their own wedding!

And who doesn't need a lucite clipboard (5) for the day-of-details?! Unfortunately, I no longer see it on the r+h website but I found something similar at Hattan Home.

I'm kind of in love!


For an idea on how to organize your binder using their 8-tab Index Dividers, I set up my tabs like this:

1 / Venue & Logistics
2 / Food & Bev
3 / Rentals & Decor
4 / Florals & Invitations
5 / Entertainment & Photography
6 / Gifts, Bridal Party & Groomsmen
7 / Dress
8 / Logistics & Misc.

The SmartDate (9) paper is great for notes and ideas.
The SmartGrid (10) paper is excellent for designing, sketching floor plans and seating charts.

Good luck and happy planning just about anything!