Depending on your point of view, technology has either improved or invaded every aspect of our lives. Wedding planning is no different. It is now possible to purchase wedding planning software or obtain free wedding planning software from a variety of sources.
Like all software and technological solutions, wedding planning software is designed to make life easier. In this case, it is specifically designed to take the drudgework out of the wedding process by helping brides and grooms organize everything quickly and easily.
Two key areas the software helps couples manage are making sure everything is done and making sure things are done on time. (Interestingly, some people predicted that this would put wedding consultants out of business, but that is unlikely to happen.)
The calendar feature of the program should allow you to add and edit tasks for particular dates. It should also suggest timelines. For example, if you are entering a date for sending invitations, it would be helpful if the software asks if you would like to enter the deadline for receiving RSVP's. It should suggest the date based on a calculation forward from the date you've already accepted.
In order to be reminded of important dates, the program should have a feature which sends e-mails or text messages to cell phones. That way, it isn't necessary to sign into the software every day. A spreadsheet feature for tracking RSVP responses is necessary. Some free programs are designed for that standalone task, but it would be nice to have it all integrated into one package. The same standards apply for tracking wedding gifts and sending thank you notes.
Since every aspect of your wedding has some cost involved, you need a planning program that keeps a running tally of all expenses associated with the various goods and services you'll be procuring. That way, you can keep an eye on your overall expenditures and you won't get any nasty surprises when the bills come due.
Wedding planning software runs the gamut from free services that you can access online to software that can be purchased and downloaded to CD's you can buy at retail stores. Whichever delivery method and price range you choose, be sure to pick the right one that has the features you need to make your planning process easier.