Make Your Own Wedding Binder

Staying organized is the key to enjoying the process of planning your wedding, and a well designed binder is the best way to do so!  I wanted to show a few ways I am keeping all my thoughts, ideas and information straight in my own wedding binder. As well, I am sharing the very detailed (and very long) checklist I created based on several checklists floating around Pinterest, Wedding Wire, The Knot, etc… I strongly encourage that brides personalize a checklist, and stick to it! By keeping up with your tasks, you are less likely to be overwhelmed in the weeks leading up to your wedding! IMG_5891-1IMG_5887

^^ In the back, I have a folder where I keep loose ends such as contracts that need to be hole-punched, colour samples, receipts, etc… IMG_5885

^^ I use Washi tape to attach business cards to the back of dividers to keep them organized and easy to see

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^^ This ziplock holds fabric samples for bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses, groomsmen attire, etc…
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^^ I made my own dividers from scrapbook paper. Each aspect of the wedding has it’s own section.

IMG_5872 IMG_5869I keep everything all together. The washi tape stays attached to the binder, and I try to keep a pen as well as a highlighter in the back of the binder in case I need it!

Below are the checklists I have been using over the months. My engagement was 14 months, so they were created with that timeline in mind. Of course, if your engagement is longer or shorter, this can be customized by moving things around! Enjoy, and good luck planning!

PDF: WeddingChecklist

Microsoft Word: WeddingChecklist

Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

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I have always loved sending & receiving snail mail, so I knew I wanted to send something in the mail for my favourite girls! I decided to make them little cards, which were cute but also included the details they needed to know! I designed them on http://www.Picmonkey.com, which was completely free. Then I had the images printed on photo paper, and I made the envelopes out of scrapbook paper. I was so happy with how they turned out!

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A House On Wheels

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Okay, so it isn’t ours, but I can dream, right?

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I don’t know when my obsession started, or where it came from, but for over a year now I have had this crazy dream of living in a vintage travel trailer. As soon as I figure out how to winter-proof it for Edmonton winters, I’m going to make it happen!

Bridal Hangers!

Every wedding dress deserves to be hung on a beautiful hanger! This would make the perfect engagement or bridal shower gift for any soon-to-be-bride! I am now selling them on my Etsy account. Message me on there for custom names and colours!

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Bon Echo Provincial Park – Ontario

This was the best day in a long time. Leana and I embarked on our adventure with no plan or itinerary. We decided to rent a canoe, then we decided to park it and hike up through an unmarked forest. I’d say the views were worth it! And they definitely helped with my mountain withdrawals! Bon Echo, I’ll be back. Bon-Echo-6 Bon-Echo-7 Bon-Echo Bon-Echo-1 Bon-Echo-3 Bon-Echo-4

Mount Cheam – Chilliwack, British Columbia

There’s not a whole lot the two of us are afraid of when it comes to heights and mountains…but this trek was a little bit too much for us. Once the tires of the Jeep slipped a couple times, Quinton backed down the mountain. Maybe next time. Grad Weekend-25 Grad Weekend-29 Grad Weekend-26 Grad Weekend-28 Grad Weekend-27

The Best Day

April 27, 2015 we were driving through Jasper National Park on our way to Edmonton. We tried to find somewhere to go for breakfast. After struggling to find somewhere serving breakfast, we finally decided on a restaurant. We ate breakfast and figured out where we wanted to go next.

Then we headed to Maligne Canyon. We parked at the 6th bridge and started walking towards the canyon. We talked about going on a long term hike and what we would wear/pack of we did so. We reached the canyon and decided to go off the main path and climb down to the waterfall. The river was dried out and Quinton just kept walking further up the river. He kept saying “all we need now is a view of the mountains”. He kept looking around like he was looking for something, and wasn’t really satisfied with the views (Which were AMAZING).

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We got to the end of the river and climbed back up to the main path. Soon we saw a side path that led further up the mountain so we climbed up that. At the top we had a sweet view of the canyon and the surrounding mountains. Quinton kept complaining that the view wasn’t perfect. The clouds were too grey, we weren’t high enough, the mountain was cut off. I just told him to enjoy the view because it was amazing! We took my camera out to take pictures but I was missing a piece from the tripod. So we had to make a makeshift tripod on the ground. We didn’t love the first pictures we took, and Q was being especially picky. He was like “can we hang it in a tree to get a better angle”. I didn’t really know why he all of a sudden cared so much, but I wasn’t complaining. Then we realized the path went further so we turned the bend and the view got even better. I found a better place to put my camera. So I put it on 10 pictures and ran over and took a couple. Q kept asking “so it takes 10 right?”. He was like “let’s do one more photo”.

So I set up my timer, run over beside him and he gets down on one knee. Before he could say anything I said “ARE YOU SERIOUS?”, I couldn’t believe it was actually happening. He used my full name, and I don’t remember everything he said, but he told me that I’m the person he wants to spend his whole life with, and he wants to do adventures with me for the rest of his life. And that being with me is the best decision he ever made. Then he opened the ring box, which I didn’t even look at, and asked if I would marry him. Of course I said yes and hugged him before he even put the ring on my finger!

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I DID IT!

I can’t believe I ever considered skipping my university graduation. This weekend was one for the books! I’m so thankful for these people who were some of my biggest supporters during my four years at Trinity Western University! Grad Weekend-10 Grad Weekend-11 Grad Weekend-12 Grad Weekend-14