Google Launches Wedding Planning Site

Google Weddings launched yesterday, promising to “simplify wedding planning.” Basically, the site just highlights existing Google extensions like Good Sites, Picnik, Google Docs and Picasa, and shows how you can use them to set up a wedding website, share pictures with guests, and organize the guest list. New features include a dozen website designs by wedding planner Michelle Rago, and Google Docs templates for soliciting addresses from guests, coordinating vendors, and keeping track of gifts/registries.

Another bonus to Google Weddings is that chances are, you and your spouse are probably already signed up for it (through having a Google or Gmail account). Other sites like Brides.com and TheKnot.com require both you and your future spouse to have accounts on the website – I can’t imagine a ton of men getting overly excited about their Brides.com account.

Yet another perk for Google Weddings is that they don’t flood the user with advertisements offering to create the “dream” wedding – some couples prefer to plan their wedding without ads for personalized M&Ms candies or cakes that match invitations. Google Weddings has a small photo of a bride and groom kissing at the top of the page, but the rest of the design is clean like the rest of Google’s designs.

Though the design does include a (heterosexual) bride and groom, there are options to change the text within the documents to account for two brides or  two grooms.


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