By now, I think I’ve covered every which way that the tools that Microsoft Office can be used to help anyone and everyone reach their fitness and dietary goals (or have I?!). Allow me now to switch gears, and focus on a new use I have found for Office, for another major life event that is coming my way very soon. Of course I am talking about marriage, and in this post I will cover the ways in which Microsoft Office (and all of its extensions) is helping my fiancé and I plan what I only hope will be the wedding of the century. 😉 It’s a tough job, but somebody has got to do it!
Budget, Meet Excel
When Anthony and I first got engaged, the second thing that everyone asked us (the first obviously being whether or not we have set a wedding date) was whether or not we had formulated a budget yet. Being in a position where we are practically funding this entire wedding operation ourselves, it becomes imperative for us to track projected spend vs actual spend on anything and everything wedding-related. Goal in mind, one of the first executive decisions that Ant and I made was to create a budgetary spreadsheet in… you guessed it… Excel! While our budget has inflated to astronomical proportions (trust me, it’s rather painful), we can at least feel confident in knowing that we can always revert back to our budget when making all kinds of important decisions. Like, you know… cream or ivory placemats.
This is a snippet from our budgetary spreadsheet, which is obviously missing our actual numbers. Those have been omitted because, well- if I don’t publish it here on the web then it isn’t real, right?
Vision Boards are handy, but OneDrive and OneNote are where it’s at.
When it comes to mobile cloud storage, OneDrive has truly become the be-all and end-all for storing everything from pictures of me trying on gowns, to that cute d.i.y idea that I saw on another blog. Images and ideas that catch my eye are easily uploaded from either my phone or computer, and saved on my personal storage cloud for easy accessibility, no matter where I am. If I wish to, I can easily share files, photos, and folders with the click of a button.
And speaking of mood-boards, OneNote has introduced a feature called the OneNote Clipper, which allows me to save virtually anything from the web into my OneNote notebook with the push of a button on my toolbar. This is becoming especially useful for planning the minor details of our reception, and the honeymoon!
So, Who’s Invited?
Another bear that the Mr and I have had to tackle is the guest list, and everything that it entails from mailing invites, to seating charts. What we did was create two additional tabs to our budgetary spreadsheet- one detailing those who will be invited to the engagement party, vs those who will be invited to our actual wedding. We are keeping track of everything from headcount to r.s.v.p.s, and have every intention of running a mail merge on addresses to save us the trouble of having to hand-write over a hundred invitations. Finding easier ways to do tedious things- just a day in the life of a Microsoft Office Champ!
I’m coming to find that there really isn’t anything that Microsoft Office can’t do when it comes to keeping all aspects of my personal and blogging life both clear and organized. Whether I’m planning my workout for the day, or my wedding for next year (!!)- there is always a grab bag of tools at my disposal, and that just works for me!