Saturday, July 12, 2008

Weddings Bring out the Inner Geek

I recently read this post from the official Google blog online. Being the nerd tech savvy guy that I am, I immediately thought "what a great idea" and began to look for ways to implement Google into our engagement. I have been a Gmail and Google calendar user for quite some time now, but I hadn't ventured too much into some of the other services. Now we've started using Google Docs to store our budget, guest list, and other information online (after all, if it can't be put in a spreadsheet, it's not really worth writing down, is it?). That way I don't have to worry about emailing the most up-to-date copy to myself or making sure I have my thumb drive with me. We have obviously started a blog to help share information with everyone. There are many good, free blog platforms out there, but since, I've already drank the Google Kool-aid, I figured it would just be easier (and might have better integration) to just sign up for their blogger service. Hopefully, the blog is useful and beneficial to you. I have already posted a map (under the Wedding Links section to the right) of the Rogers, Ar area with the church, some hotels, and a few shopping areas located. If you have suggestions for other items, please let us know. I hope this didn't turn out to be too much of a Google advertisement, but I wanted to share some of the tech side of the wedding with you. It helps keep me more involved in the planning process, at least. Don't forget you can subscribe to our RSS feed and always be notified when there are new posts.


Chris S. said...

Hello! I thought one of the useful things was to keep all of the guest information in a spreadsheet, ready to be used for addresses or to check on things. And definitely for keeping track of who responded to invitations and how many are attending. Take a look at the public part of our spreadsheet for an example:

There are other services out there that host documents too, and it seems like it's becoming more common. I think there's a site called Zoho that does something similar to Google Docs.

Google notebook was really easy to use, especially with the Firefox extension. With that there's no need to open a new tab or window to get to it if you have a random idea to jot down. We shared a notebook with each other, so it was great for communicating ideas.

Here are some more ideas. I hope something helps! :) Good luck!

P.S. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Except for a couple of snags, I enjoyed planning our wedding. Just remember to have fun!

Chris S. said...

Hey, that countdown thing is really neat, where did you get that?

Jason said...

Hello fellow geek. I thought you'd get a kick out of how this google employee proposed. ;),-122.083082&spn=0.008946,0.020599&z=16&layer=c&cbll=37.420887,-122.083965&panoid=0JwQNpGw9ctY-fZ7BA0_dA&cbp=1,6.385842491873461,,1,9.789184299225807&source=embed