According to TheKnot, a popular wedding planning website, the average cost of an American wedding in 2014 hit the mind-boggling number of $31,213 (though their numbers include the cost of the engagement ring). Any event with a budget to the tune of 30 grand inevitably becomes a complicated planning endeavor, with hundreds of tasks and projects, all of which add up to piles of cash leaving your wallet.
One of the big expenses that figures into that sum is a wedding planner, which isn't surprising: for many people, their wedding is the most complicated project management exercise they'll ever be involved in. I, on the other hand, consider project management one of my professional competencies. As my fiancee and I work to plan our wedding, I've found that we've been able to apply many of the tools I already knew and loved, and those tools have allowed us to reduce our stress levels, minimize our own amount of work, and save a good bit of cash.
While we looked at the fancy "official" wedding tools (like TheKnot itself), all of them seemed to have some fatal flaws. They make assumptions about what you want to do with your wedding and subtly encourage you to do more than you might care about (and therefore spend more money). But the biggest issue with common wedding planning tools is this: they assume one person (generally the bride) is handling all the wedding planning, and offer minimal opportunities for collaboration. Frankly this is just antiquated nonsense in 2015, so we rolled our own. Here's how.