In this day and age, we rely on technology for almost everything. It helps us plan our meals, parties, and home decor, so why not help plan our weddings too! There are so many great ideas out there to help make your life easier, especially when planning something as stressful as a wedding. If you read any of my previous blogs, I told you how I was a DIY Bride on a budget, so anytime I find something that I think is useful for other brides taking this approach, I want to share it with you. I came across two great websites that I wish I knew about when planning my wedding!
One company I came across is called Wedivite. (Wedivite.com) This company lets you create free digital wedding invitations. I took the Evite approach for my wedding invitations, but this blows them out of the water! Wedivite offers so much more then just invitations. Not only does this provide you with an extremely inexpensive and earth friendly way to send out your invitations, your guests can RSVP directly, suggest songs, send gifts, get directions, share photos and sign a guest book. The website almost doubles as a wedding planner as well, even letting you design your seating arrangements for your reception! It helps keep everything organized in one spot and you don't have to worry about rummaging around trying to find lost rsvp's. By sending out your invitations digitally, it also helps with gathering all your rsvp's more quickly. I can't tell you how many times I've seen people posting on Facebook asking for guests to please RSVP for their wedding! This takes the embarrassment out of that situation and gives you less stress.
Another company I found is called WedTexts. (WedTexts.com) WedTexts is the only text message notification system designed specifically for weddings. This is an incredibly cool service that allows you to pre-schedule text messages to everyone involved in your wedding day. You can set up text messages to be sent to all your guests so they have all the information they need such as, directions, hotel information, schedules for your wedding party, or just answering any last minute questions directly related to your wedding day. This would be extremely helpful for any guests who are traveling. I definitely would have used this service for my wedding day. One of the reasons I decided to go with a digital invitation was because I didn't even have all the details set before I sent them out so I could add or change things as they occurred. So, this is perfect for the DIY Bride who is flying by the seat of her pants...or dress.
Both of these companies have great websites, so I urge you to check them out! Wedivite offers a demo invitation online so you can get an idea of what it will look like and WedTexts had an amazing video on their Facebook page showing you how it works. I know most people will still want to take the traditional path of printing out and mailing invitations, but in my opinion taking the digital route just makes so much more sense. You save so much time and hassle and most importantly, MONEY! I'm all for enjoying your wedding day to the highest capacity and if something as simple as sending out a digital invitation or a text message can help you achieve that, then I'm all for it!