@Jamesbedell wrote a tweet that got our attention about how he planned his wedding. We enjoyed what he had to say so much that we asked him to share how he used both analog and digital platforms to plan his wedding. Below are James’s words and images from his special day.
I don’t remember when I first came across a Moleskine notebook. What I do know is that from the time I’ve owned one I haven’t stopped carrying one around with me. In our ever more connected digital world, having the space and privacy of a notebook is essential to me, more now than ever. The notebooks play a major role in helping me think about projects and to remember my life. Perhaps then it’s not a surprise that when it came time to get married Moleskine products played such a big part in not only the planning, but the big day itself.
Planning The Big Day
Planning a wedding is an exercise in coordinating details. When it came time to plan our wedding, my Moleskine notebook was essential. To me there’s nothing better than opening up two blank pages taking out a pencil and sketching out a plan. Below is a first pass at our timeline for wedding weekend.
Midway through our planning I got my hands on an Evernote Smart Notebook and started playing with it. What I love about it is that it’s a private, quiet place, but if I need that information to come to the cloud it was just a snap away. Suddenly it was much easier to grab meeting notes, snap a photo and get them into Evernote. Since Jenn and I were already sharing a wedding notebook, my notes became our notes which made it much easier to share details and ideas.
Here’s one thing I learned – write down EVERYTHING. Meetings go by fast and I for one missed things. The more you capture the more confident you can feel that two weeks after that meeting with the florist you’re still on the same page.
Once these notes became digital it was that much easier to collaborate with vendors – below is a scan of our seating chart notes … sketched out in my Evernote Smart Notebook, scanned to Evernote and emailed to our vendor in just a few minutes.
Telling The People I Love How I Felt
As the wedding got closer I was looking for a way to tell the people I’m closest to how much they meant to me. Nothing is as personal to me as a handwritten letter. I had always been interested in Moleskine’s postal notebooks and I had finally found the perfect use for them.
Now dear reader I will confess I had planned on writing and mailing all of these notebooks 10 days ahead of the wedding but work life, home life and wedding planning sucked up all that time. So while recovering from a broken wrist (a very long story) I sat and hand wrote 14 postal notebooks. I won’t reveal their contents here, but having something physical, tangible that my family and friends could quietly read was so important to me I had to go through the effort. That effort took more time than I had anticipated so rather than mail these I had them dropped off at the hotel front desk where my family and friends were staying.
Something I learned: Hand written notes take time. Way more time than you think but they are totally worth the hugs you get after the person you give it to reads it.
There’s one last vital role Moleskine played in my wedding- my vows. The very first draft of my vows were handwritten into my Evernote Smart Notebook. I went through some edits and thoughts that way. I still love planning my writing on paper.
Eventually, I typed my notes into Evernote so I could review and change wording as needed. After I massaged the final draft in my digital brain, I needed an analog place to park the final results.
That’s where I looked to Moleskine’s MSK page. This web tool is an easy way to take text, photos and the like and format them for printing. I always keep a pocket-size Moleskine with me and I knew my wedding day would be no different. I thought what better way to read my vows than from the pages of my notebook. The MSK app on the website made it easy to format the text into large lettering I could easily read when standing in front of our guests. When the big moment came out my notebook came. Trusty as ever.
Something I learned – notebooks get stuck in the lining of rental tuxedos. Safety pin back the pocket for quick access. I did not do this which created an unintentionally humorous break in the ceremony.
I think great tools can help build great habits. Moleskine notebooks help me make a habit out of planning and introspection. They were essential to helping me plan my wedding and make it special.
Thanks for sharing James! Share your favorite wedding planning tools or tips that made your wedding special in the comments below and we will send out Evernote Smart Notebooks to 3 favorite comments.