I am getting married next year and I’ve been on the hunt for a place to keep my thoughts, budget, guests, and everything else wedding related organized. Something that was really important to me was size; I wanted something portable to bring to vendor appointments. Moleskine opened a new store in San Francisco and I was excited when I came across their wedding planner (or journal, as they call it). Are you getting married soon or know someone who is? Should you purchase this item for yourself or your friends? Find out what I think below!
Quality: 4 out of 5
The cover quality is held to Moleskine’s high standards and and look is absolutely gorgeous. As most Moleskine notebooks, it has a hard cover and is book bound. It’s very sturdy. The cover comes in a beautiful white pearl that shimmers with the words “Yes I Do” embossed, along with pretty designs. This design alone was probably half the reason why I bought it. Who doesn’t love useful things that are cute too?
One thing I am a little let down by is the inside paper quality. It is thin. As you can see in the pictures below, inky pens can be seen through and ball point pens cause deep marks. This may bother some people, others it may not. I do have a regular Moleskine notebook that I have been using daily since March and the paper quality is the same. It didn’t bother me as much with the regular notebook, but I think I was expecting nicer paper since the cover is much nicer than a regular Moleskine. Then again, the price of the Wedding Journal is no different from regular notebooks ($20).
Features: 5 out of 5
I love that the different sections of the book are tabbed and cut off. This makes flipping to sections super easy. They were also thoughtful enough to coat the first section divider with plastic. That way, they won’t curl when you flip back and forth to them.
Unlike most Moleskine notebooks, the Wedding Journal has 3 ribbons instead of just 1. This is useful because you may be working on a few things simultaneously, like your dress, cake, and guest management.
The are 2 back pockets instead of one. This could be useful for separating receipts from business cards, or magazine clippings from receipts.
Layout: 4.5 out of 5
The budget needs it’s own section, bigger section. One page with 27 entries is not enough if you ask me.
The suggested timeline and fold-out countdown to-do lists at the beginning of the book are SUPER helpful. (I use sticky tags to point out when I have appointments for a certain to-d0o task.)
The tables for organizing guests, seating, vendors, and etc are great. Note that there are 107 entries for the guests, so if you have a big wedding this may not work for you. But that all depends on how you organize them. You can list them per family, couple, or guest.
The index is the back is GENIUS. I love indexes. They’ve pre-filled it out with some of the sections, and the rest of the page listings are blank. It’s a great way to organize information and makes it much easier to find items quickly.
Process: 3 out of 5 (but because of personal experience! Read below)
You need to start using this book AS SOON as you get engaged. When the first thought comes across your mind of what kind of dress or a possible venue, this book is useful. If you’re already begun your wedding planning like me, this probably isn’t the best choice for you. I say that you should start this when you first get engaged because this notebook is great for brainstorming ideas, sketching, and comparing things. It has a lot of blank spaces and dotted pages. I absolutely love the ability to list pros and cons for reception venues in one place. It can be hard to remember all the little things about each venue you visited, so having this detailed information in one place can help you compare, contrast, and decide. But, I had already chosen all my venues before picking out this book so all of these pages become a waste to me.
Additionally, the Bride Book that is removable at the end of the book bothers me a little. I don’t think it needs to be a separate, lose book. It could have easily been another section in the journal. I wish the appointment organizer that is in the Bride book was incorporated into the journal itself.
Overall 16.5 out of 20
I can see why this is called a journal instead of a planner. A journal is something that you jot your ideas and feelings in.. defined as “
Are you engaged or know someone who is? What are you, or they, using to help organize their wedding?