Dana Oshiro is a Canadian writer and the senior analyst and publishing strategist for NetShelter Technology Media‘s 200+ gadget, mobile and IT bloggers. She writes regularly at Villagers with Pitchforks, tweets as @suzyperplexus and connects with others via LinkedIn. When I began planning one of the happiest days of my life, I felt like a failure.

I’m just not one of those people who had dreamt of getting married since the age of four. So, when a friend forwarded me her Pinterest inspiration board, I panicked. How could a mere mortal like me possibly collect 300 antique milk bottles, fashion an all-feather headdress, design a signature cocktail for 200 people, and still find time to do my job? SEE ALSO: 10 iPhone Apps for Planning the Perfect Wedding Then I came to my senses. Martha Stewart or Real Simple wasn’t going to suck me into a downward spiral of shame.

With the help of a few friends and new brides, I’ve amassed a list of digital (and practical) resources. Here’s what we came up with to make it out of our weddings alive, on budget and in love.

1. Collaborative Planning Many wedding planning tools don’t offer a collaborative, real-time editing feature.

In other words, they assume one person is planning everything — not always the case. Meanwhile, DropBox and Google Docs let you share contracts and spreadsheets with ease. Use these tools in combination with Google Tasks or Remember the Milk to create calendar reminders.

2.The Venue Let’s get real — the venue can wreak havoc on your budget. Site rentals may not include furniture, linen, staff, security, liability insurance, corkage and cake-cutting fees or gratuities. Glamour compiled a list of questions to help you uncover hidden costs. Also, check directories like VenueTastic, Eventective and Here Comes the Guide for quotes. There are also a number of location-specific venue directories, including DailyAisle for the Bay Area and LeadingSpaces for New York.

3. Invites and Next Steps Pingg and Paperless Post are great electronic invite services. Afraid your Internet-challenged relatives might miss the memo? Check out Ink Garden, Moo, Minted and Etsy for a wide range of print designs. Once the invites are out, collect RSVPs via email or through a Google Form linked to a website. Rather than using a more expensive wedding service, our brides chose Virb and Tumblr to customize their wedding sites.


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