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January 29, 2009

Thoughts on Planning a Wedding: Staying Organized and Registering for Wedding Gifts

Filed under: Marriage — Paul Williams @ Crackerjack Greenback @ 3:02 pm

       I’m knee-deep in wedding planning right now, but I thought I’d share some thoughts on things my fiancée and I have found useful.

Staying Organized

       I’ve found The Knot to be very useful for keeping track of to-dos, the guest list, the budget, and deposit and payment tracker. It has some other great features we’ll be using as time goes on including the gift log and thank you note tracker and the seating charts. Plus, it tells you how many days until the wedding. 🙂 Best of all, it’s free! (Of course, they try to steer you to using their resources and referrals so they’ll get paid. There’s also a bit of advertising, but that’s normal for free online stuff.)

       Michelle, my fiancée, started a notebook to keep track of brochures and dresses and things like that. The notebook she put together works quite well. But when we registered for some wedding gifts at JCPenney, we got a free organizer notebook. We both think it’s very well done, and I’d highly recommend it if you don’t want to make your own. You just have to register for 15 items to get the free organizer, but we struggled to find even that many. We didn’t really see much that we liked at JCPenney, so we won’t be asking people to go there.

Registering for Wedding Gifts

       Although our trip to JCPenney didn’t go well, we did find tons of stuff we liked at Target. At Target, the prices were better, we found most everything we wanted, and we got two free smoothies and a free chocolate bar! 🙂 If you don’t find something in the store, you can check to see if it’s available online and add it to your registry there.

       The last thought I have is on kitchen gear. Michelle and I both enjoy cooking, but we both hate clutter. We wanted to minimize the number of single-use or nearly useless gadgets on our registry so we will have plenty of space in the kitchen. I’m a big fan of Alton Brown and his cooking philosophy, so we picked up a copy of Alton Brown’s Gear For Your Kitchen. You won’t get specific brand-name recommendations (though he does offer some ideas), but you’ll learn which items are the most useful and which are more specific. You won’t need everything he recommends, and you might want some things he doesn’t point out. But the book is very good if you’re looking to minimize how much kitchen equipment you have while ensuring you’ll have the things you need for most recipes.

       That’s it for now. If I think of any more useful ideas, I’ll let you know!

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