Ask any bride and she will tell you that planning her wedding day was one of the most stressful things that she has ever done. Even if the wedding day itself went without any hitches or the groom actually helped.
The list of tasks before the big day is endless from digging up the band you had your first dance to in college, to finding a wedding dress that doesn’t make the bride feel fat. Wedding planning is a nightmare.
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Google, one not to be shy about getting involved with the hard grafting has come forward to help you plan your wedding, by creating Google Weddings. This is Google’s way of highlighting the potential of Google Apps not just for businesses but for individuals looking to organise their lives, or indeed a special day.
Google Weddings is a number of Google Apps that have wedding-specific templates. Google Sites, Google Docs, Google Forms, Picasa and Picnik. They even had renowned Wedding Planner Michelle Rago leave tips throughout it.
Google Sites comes with 12 wedding themed templates for your wedding website. Then Picnik allows you to edit a romantic photo and apply one of the same 12 templates so that you can create matching ‘save the date cards’. Sadly the templates feel rushed and not as creative or wedding-themed as they could be.
For the nitty gritty details Google Docs is the most helpful, it has a list of handy templates; Wedding planner, Address book, Guest list, Budget planner, To-do list, Seating chart, Reception menu, and Music list. There is also mention of Picasa too, but no themed templates here just suggestions of collecting and distributing your photos using it.
Additional to all of this, Google is hosting a wedding sweepstakes. The prize is $25,000 presumably so that when you do win, you don’t have to use any of the services mentioned above. You can just hire someone like Rango to do all the hard work and planning for you.
This is not as extensive as other wedding panning websites, however it’s a great way to showcase how Google and it’s apps can be used.