How to Use Google to Help Plan Your Wedding
Google has a whole suite of tools that are completely FREE that are super helpful with wedding planning organization!
If you’re anything like me, you’ve long been a user of Gmail and several of Google’s features, such as Google Docs. Unsurprisingly, Google has been a tremendous help in wedding planning! I’ve utilized so many of their appls, tools and resources, so I thought it would be helpful to share them to help other savvy brides!
Using Google Apps to Plan Your Wedding
Here’s my advice for How to Use Google to Help Plan Your Wedding:
Create a Wedding-Specific Email Address with Gmail
We started an email address for wedding purposes, which will be a shared email address after we’re married. We decided to do digital save-the-dates (tutorial soon to follow!) and digital RSVPs. This shared email address will make communicating with guests easy and simple. Also, this a great email to use when registering for gifts and signing up for deals that you don’t want cluttering your personal inbox.
Use Google Drive to Organize Various Wedding Documents
We are using Google Drive to store and keep track of important details and documents we need for the wedding. For example, we have our guest list in a spreadsheet and a master to-do list in a document, and we’ll eventually have diagrams of the church and reception room layouts in a presentation. Google Drive allows for synchronous editing.
Since my fiancé and I are planning over a long distance, this is really handy because he can make changes to a document and not have to worry about emailing it to me. It’s also a great place to save digital copies of any contracts you have with vendors- if you have a smartphone you can download the Google Drive App to access and reference them on the go. Google Drive also makes it easy to share just a few documents with people who need them (e.g., emailing the day’s schedule to the wedding planner).
Use Google Image Search for Wedding Inspiration
Use Google Image search to find and gather wedding inspiration. Google search results are often much better than those on Pinterest, and you can pin from the Google search result sources to collect your inspiration!
Utilize Google Calendar for Wedding Planning Appointments
Share your Google Calendar with your fiancé or your wedding planner to keep everyone informed of wedding-related meetings and events. It syncs easily with your smartphone as well!
Use Google Forms to Collect Wedding Details and Data
Finally, Mr. M and I are going to collect addresses through a Google Form like this one. We’ll link to a secure Google Form via our digital save-the-date and request guests to fill-out the form. Then, we’ll have all of our addresses in one place in the same format, making the task of addressing envelopes much easier!
Share Google Maps with Your Guests
Google maps also come in handy when planning your wedding. You can create a custom map to share with out-of-town guests highlighting wedding event locations and other favorite local spots! You can even embed the map into your wedding website for your guests to reference when they make their travel plans which is super helpful!
Google Apps are a FREE Hack for Wedding Planning!
Did I mention all these apps are FREE? These Google apps are definitely a budget-savvy way to stay organized while planning.
How have you utilized technology to help with the wedding planning process?