Mad how-to skills: Using Google Spaces for wedding planning #Advice#apps#web tools#wedding planning June 3 2016 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Related Post Our big list of wedding planning apps! Part I: inspiration and collaboration tools The days of a big ol' binder for planning a wedding are long gone. The reign of the wedding planning app has taken over. Let's... Read more We love us some Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) for wedding planning. You can create spreadsheets, shareable documents, and all kinds of helpful databases for your wedding planning team to use. Google just recently launched a new service called Google Spaces which functions as a project planning tool for sharing ideas, photos, links, YouTube vids, and all kinds of documents on which to comment and share between your people. I can see so many uses for Spaces in the wedding planning space. Here's how we'd use Google Spaces for wedding planning. Create a Space to start sharing In Google Spaces, you can create separate project planning areas for various areas of your life (and of course, your wedding!). Or you can keep all of the wedding information in one space. In the example above, I created a space for my own "rustic unicorn wedding" (which doesn't actually exist, much to my chagrin! But if it did, boy would we have fodder to get it started). Invite your crew Related Post The electronic wedding hacks: Choosing your online wedding planning tools There are gazillions of planning tools out there, and many of them are web-based. But which ones should you pick? Tribesmaid Sunny has rounded up... Read more Invite your partner, your wedding planner, your mom, your wedding party, your vendors, and whoever wants in on the planning. You can invite via messaging, email, social media, or whatever method makes sense to you. You may want to limit who you invite, just in case momthulhu (or other pushy helpers) start getting overbearing. Here's how to combat that. Start sharing Google Spaces has YouTube and Google search built-in, so you can start sharing documents, links, and other information with your wedding planning team. Everyone can comment and share so all of the necessary information stays in one place. You can also search conversations and even images with their built-in search. They also offer a browser plugin that allows you to share links on the fly as you browse. Super easy stuff. I have a feeling this is where we'll start to see features being added as it matures, too. Download the mobile app Related Post The big list of wedding planning apps Part II: RSVP and wedding website apps We've been talking about the latest wedding planning apps that are taking over for a big planning binder. In part one, we talked specifically about... Read more In addition to being able to use Spaces on your computer, you can install on Android or iOS Google Spaces just launched this month, so lots of things are new. But I can totally see lots of uses for sharing wedding planning ideas between your wedding crew for responses, decision-making, and opinions. You can read more about the features over on Google's development blog or see it in action. Use a shared Pinterest board as the visual "Shit People Suggest" spreadsheet We all know that planning a wedding = a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. Tons of inspiration and easily searchable database, but there's inspiration overload and it can also make you… Read More What web tools are YOU using to make wedding planning easier? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS It's #dorklove at this comic book store and art gallery wedding NEXT The dinosaur shoes you were hoping for Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] Is this Google's take on Pinterest or does Google Space have different functionality? I'm intrigued by the idea of keeping my mismash of thoughts and inspiration over on Pinterest (and letting well meaning helpers share ideas there) and using Google spaces for the things that are actually part of our celebration Reply Currently using pinterest among the wedding party for visual stuff and a shared folder between FH and me for wedding planning details. Google Sheets has a pretty awesome "wedding planner" template that does calculations and stuff (adding totals, calculating total price for something like invites, etc). There's separate pages for comparing vendors, a page for the guest list with columns for STD, invite, RSVP and Thank yous, and a budget estimator. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. 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