Be an Organized Bride with Google Drive

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Be an Organized Bride with Google Drive

For all you brides out there who were your own wedding planner- I may hold the key to making your lives a million times easier – Be an Organized Bride with Google Drive.  When my oldest sister planned her wedding in 2000, she carried around an expandable accordion folder with all her papers filed neatly.  Well, that was great then (and may even work for some people now), but in my experience, the organization that saved me was as easy as:

GOOGLE DOCS

(cue heavenly music & clouds)

*note, not endorsed by Google 🙂

Monumental, right?!  It sounds like such a no brainer, but brides really should utilize Google docs and I will share how and why I did because I used it for 7 months straight.

HOW?

1)       Have one central spreadsheet

As a very type-A individual, I love spreadsheets, color coding, formatting, and really just anything that makes information easy to communicate.  My Google Docs spreadsheet, “Wedding Planning” was my central database of all my wedding details all buttoned up into one pretty package.

2)       Tabs

Arguably, I went a little “tab crazy”, but what can I say, I’m a “thorough” person who likes more information than less.  Here were the tabs that my Wedding Planning spreadsheet included:

  • Investment
  • Questions for Venue
  • Contact List
  • Registry
  • Bachelorette Party
  • Shower Guest Lists
  • STD
  • Table #s
  • DIY Projects
  • Setup Instructions
  • Kids Area
  • Alcohol
  • Shuttle
  • Showers/Thank Yous
  • Donuts/Cake
  • Wedding Party
  • Salon
  • Personal Attendant Duties
  • Flowers
  • Groom’s Lunch
  • Timeline

*I will continue to do more detailed posts on each of these tabs (like the venue) so keep checking back or leave me a comment for specific questions!  🙂

Be an Organized Bride with Google Drive | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

WHY?

1)      Flexibility.  

Oh the internet.  Where would we be without it?!  Since Google docs is stored “on the cloud”, it can be accessed from ANYWHERE.  I personally loved this as sometimes I’d be wedding planning at home, at work (guilty, but perhaps just a little bit :), my phone, my parents computer, so on and so forth.  To be able to access the most recent updates to the spreadsheet from anywhere was so invaluable.   Also, to always be able to update the spreadsheet from any location (vs. having a million post-its and notes in 10 places) was fabulous.  Real world example:  I would often pull up the spreadsheet when I was  shopping at Macy’s for the groomsmen shirts and I could pull up all their sizes on my phone.

2)      Sharing.  

I shared certain tabs of my spreadsheet with my sisters (Bachelorette Party tab) and my (now-husband) to help delegate tasks out.

3)      Sanity.  

Pretty sure brides check-lists of “to-dos” is long enough, I say, why add more stress/chaos to the mix by having all your info stored in a million different places?  I used this spreadsheet almost daily and became very familiar with all the information and where it was so I could utilize it in my planning.

And brides- you should be focused on the FUN parts of wedding planning vs. keeping track of a bunch of paperwork.  Let’s end on a happy fun wedding photo since this post was heavy on information!  (Remember that this is how happy you will feel on your big day!)   🙂

Be an Organized Bride with Google Drive | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

I hope this helps some brides in their planning!

Cheers!

****UPDATE**** – Download the Wedding Venue Comparison spreadsheet here:

Wedding Venue Comparison Worksheet

Happy planning!

mallory

3 Comments on Be an Organized Bride with Google Drive

  1. Monica
    September 20, 2014 at 11:33 am (5 years ago)

    would you be willing to share a template of your docs?

    congratulations on your beautiful wedding!

    Reply
  2. Francesca
    January 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Would you mind sending me a copy of your wedding venue comparison spreadsheet? I see your preview of it and it looks extremely helpful! I would really appreciate it

    Reply
    • Mallory
      January 4, 2016 at 8:47 pm (3 years ago)

      Sure thing Francesca! I have added a link in the post to download the venue comparison spreadsheet. 🙂

      Reply

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