Update – Google just launched an updated version of their wedding planning tools with a nifty site redesign to boot. Have a look at what they have in store.
I am a huge, huge fan of Google. Did I mention I love Google? Seriously, I would marry Google (don’t tell Brooke). For such a huge company, you would think weddings would be too small of a subject for them. Nope, Google has wedding tools!
Together with Style Me Pretty, Google has launched wedding planning tools based on their popular Google Docs platform. You can do all sorts of cool things with their tools. You can create an online tool for your guests to enter RSVP information. You can collect addresses. You can create an event calendar. And you can share all of this wedding information online between whoever is involved. Just give those participating in the wedding planning access to your wedding planning tools. Brilliant!
You might be asking why use Google when there are other sites like The Knot who offer similar tools. Well, a couple of reasons (did I mention I love Google). The Google wedding tools come with all sorts of existing docs like address lists, budget planner, and to-do lists. The great part is that you can extend what’s there to make the service better for you. If something doesn’t exist, you can make it unlike being trapped into what ever functionality a specialized wedding site decides to offer. Furthermore, Google Docs is used by millions of people. If someone else shares a document or function you like, you can easily add it to you wedding planning site.
Definitely check out the provided video. It features a real couple getting ready for their wedding and discussing how they solved some common planning problems.
Whether you are planning a wedding in Cleveland, Akron, Lakewood or someplace in between, definitely check out these tools. It should make the whole process much easier. As a Cleveland wedding photographer, I would love it if my clients used these tools. It would certainly make it much easier for me to contribute to planning as needed.