Here's a little known SMP fact...we use Google for everything. We are actually kind of Google obsessed, from their incredibly easy-to-share and even easier-to-use Google Docs to Google Calendar, which we use for our editorial schedule. The team at Google has served Style Me Pretty well, so our announcement today (which is VERY exciting by the way) is even more thrilling for us.
Google Docs has recently (as in today) launched 20 individual Google Docs templates, geared exclusively towards the bride, groom and their adventures in planning a wedding. With these little gems you can not only keep track of your guest list and your budget, you can literally plan your entire wedding in one, uber-organized little place...from booking your photographer to managing and collecting your addresses. Oh, and because these documents live online, you can share them with your bridal party, you can access them from work, you can even edit them using your smartphone. It's wedding planning genius filtered through Google's smart, simple approach.
So you might be wondering where Style Me Pretty comes in. Well, we've teamed up with Google Docs (how awesome is that) to give each of the spreadsheets a dose of what we do best...incredible tips, ideas and inspirations from some of the country's best vendors. And a little bit of pretty of course. So while you're working through your templates, you can read expert advice from such vendors as Michelle Rago, Jessica Claire and Mr. Boddington (full list below). It's invaluable information that people literally pay thousands to hear. To try out these tip-infused templates, check out docs.google.com/wedding.
So. What's a great new tool announcement without an even better giveaway to celebrate! In honor of this incredible launch, we're giving 1 very lucky reader a wedding planning consultation with...wait for it...Michelle Rago! Yep, one full hour to discuss your wedding inspirations with planner to the stars and dear friend, Michelle Rago. Add to that, a $500 gift certificate to Wedding Paper Divas to use for stylish invitations, save the dates, thank yous etc. in any possibly color or design combination and you're pretty much golden.
To enter, leave a comment below letting us know all about the challenges you've faced when planning your own wedding. We'll choose a random winner on March 11th, one month from today!
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And before we let you go, we wanted to share a little bit more about the vendors who have graciously ponied up some of the most practical, valuable tips for the Google Docs a bride could ever ask for...
From tips on album design to working with a photographer to get magazine worthy images, Jessica Claire is our Photography Guru. Heading up Wedding Cakes, we have the beloved little studio behind some of our all time favorite cakes, Vanilla Bakeshop. Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore has provided the perfect advice for brides on hunt for the perfect wedding gown. Rebecca, over at Mr. Boddington's Studio, filled us in on all of the ins and outs of ordering wedding invitations.
Joan Bever, the fabulous catering manager at The Breakers, has provided 5 seriously awesome tips for working with your venue and making sure that you don't miss a thing along the way. Austin Beaver is giving brides and grooms the know-how to book the right band or DJ. Joel Serrato, who we love here on SMP, is serving as our official Google cinematography guru, making sure you don't miss a beat. Nancy Liu Chin, florist behind the most amazing designs, is giving you all of the know how you'll need to make the right decision when it comes to your flowers. And the world renowned catering firm, Creative Edge Parties, is providing catering tips and ideas for food + drinks. Oh and of course, our lovely, lovely Michelle Rago is sharing her wisdom on all things planning related.
You REALLY don't want to miss this stuff people!