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Simple, But Effective Wedding Planning Tool

Many brides on the social media site TikTok are using tri-fold boards and sticky notes to stay on top of wedding planning. By creating category titles like vendors, gifts, DIYs, groom to do, bride to do, to buy and payments, you can have a visual checklist of what needs to be done for your big day.


This budget friendly planning hack will make your wedding planning organization top notch. The best part is you only need 3 materials!

  1. A tri-fold board, like the one shown below. These are relatively inexpensive and can be found at Dollar Tree, Walmart, Target and Hobby Lobby.

2. Sticky Notes- choose from standard 3×3 Post-its or mini ones to optimize space. You’ll need around 10 different colors for the various categories. Peruse options at places like Staples, Target or Walmart. This pack of 10 3×3 note pads is available from Amazon!

3. My favorite part is next: THE PENS! Splurge a little here if you’re feeling it with a new Sharpie set, or your favorite pen brand. Alternatively, if you’re not a pen gal, you can conserve your budget here and use a marker or pen you already have!

What to Add to the Board

Everyone’s board will be a little different since everyone’s planning journey differs! Here are a few ideas of categories and tasks to include:


Venue, Caterer, Hair & Makeup, Florist, Bar, Photography, Videography, Dessert, Transportation, Wedding Planner, Officiant

To Do:

Collect Guests’ Addresses, Photo List (for photographer), Engagement Pictures, Food/Cake Tasting, Create Playlist/Do Not Playlist for DJ, Reserve Hotel Block, Write Vows, Create Registry, Get Marriage License, Send Out Save the Dates, Create Wedding Website, Choose Honeymoon Location, Create Wedding Binder, Send Out Invitations


Ring Bearers, Mother of the Bride/Groom, Father of the Bride/Groom, Bridesmaid Proposal boxes, Groomsmen Proposal boxes, Bridesmaid/Groomsmen day of gifts


Signage, Menus, Thank You Cards, Seating Chart, Table Numbers, Design Invitations & Save the Dates

Groom To Do

Haircut, Tux Rental, Wedding Shoes, Bride’s day of gift

Bride To Do

Wedding Dress, Shoes, Veil, Alterations, Groom’s day of gift

To Buy

Stationary, Specific Decorations, Wedding Bands, Getting Ready Outfits, Cake Topper, Honeymoon & Flights

If you are planning a wedding in Roanoke Virginia, Richmond Virginia, Fredericksburg/Northern Virginia, The Shenandoah Valley, Coastal Virginia or in Charlottesville/ Lynchburg Va. we can help with your wedding planning and ideas.

The author: Natalie

Natalie is a Vinton, VA native currently pursuing a journalism degree at Virginia Tech. She loves planning, and has a specific interest in all things to do with weddings. In her free time she enjoys reading, journalism, and traveling. Her post-grad plans are to pursue a career in magazine writing and design.