Things that I included in my binder were:
- Pencil pouch complete with pencils, pens and sticky-notes
- Hole puncher
- Divider tabs
- Clear page holders
- Business card holders
- Calendar leading up to the wedding
- Schedule of when to do things
- Surveys for Bakery, Cater, DJ, and Venue (I didn't make a photographer one, because I knew exactly who I wanted my photographer to be)
- Print outs of all visual things I needed references for (gown, hair, flowers, etc)
- Extra lined paper
After we chose our wedding venue I used a picture of the ceremony site as the image for my cover.
The left side pocket ended up stuffed full of random things. On the right you can see my hole puncher, pencil pouch and the tabs dividers down the side.
I highly recommend getting several business card holder pages, they are very useful for holding the copious quantity of cards you will inevitably collect.
I also purchased three sets of divider tabs, and added more sections as I needed them.
In the first section was my calendar. I used Microsoft Publisher to create a calendar page for each month leading up to the wedding.
There were many options for wedding timelines available, so I compiled all the things I thought that I would need into one document and embellished it the way I liked it. I even had a "You Are Here" sticky that I moved, although things must have gotten busy because it looks like I forgot to move it.
I also compiled similar pages for my hair and makeup people. Showing them what I liked and also what I didn't like.
We planned a day to go out bridesmaid dress shopping, therefore planning ahead I Googled all the nearby dress shops so that we would have lots of choices to go to.
I also had a map of the venue with locations of everything labeled.
Having extra clear pages was really handy, in one of my bridal magazines I found and article on getting the perfect wedding cake and another one on changing your name. Clip clip, snip snip into the binder it went!