Technology has infiltrated pretty much every part of our lives—and weddings are no exception. From wedding websites that spread the word and online registries that make gift shopping seamless to the way Pinterest and Google Drive have reinvented the planning process, it’s everywhere we look. There’s a good chance you’ll even do some of your planning on the go, right from your phone! If apps are making your life easier, you might be considering turning to a wedding app to help your guests out, too. But do you have to have one? Here’s what our experts have to say.
Weddings these days are an intersection of modernity and tradition. Some couples love the convenience that a wedding app provides, while others aren’t so tech-savvy and would rather stick to other ways of spreading the word (which is where invitation inserts come in handy!). Not sure where you fall on the spectrum? Here are a few things to consider.
If You Want an App
Looking for a wedding website with an app? There are all sorts of features to consider, from password protection to page customization. Seek out one that’s easy to navigate and well-organized so guests can find what they’re looking for in the swipe of a finger. A menu is a must, as is clear labeling. Look for an app with individual tabs instead of a single scrolling page, which will be easier for your guests to use. While you’re browsing your options, look for upgrades like custom log-in information (vs. a numeric code) that will make your guests’ experience easier.
Want your app to really work for you (and even save you some money)? Choose one that includes an in-app RSVP function where guests can let you know if they’ll be coming to your big day. Heck, some of them even have planning tools like to-do lists and budget trackers on the back-end, so you and your partner can use the app to get the planning done! And of course, pick one that’s compatible with multiple phone platforms so all of your guests can get in on the fun!
If You’re On the Fence
Not sure you want to make your guests download something just so they can get the details for your wedding? Well, you’re in luck. Many wedding websites that offer coordinating apps also include mobile-friendly templates so your guests can use their phone’s web browser instead of taking up precious megabytes. Again, easy browsing is key. Make sure that mobile layout is as user-friendly as possible (no zooming or scrolling left-to-right required), and that information doesn’t overlap or get cut off. Whether you’re using the app or not, if the site offers a free trial, check it out! Click and scroll the way your guests will to see if it’s a good fit for the information you’re trying to share.
If You’d Prefer Paper
Of course, you don’t have to go digital. If you’re a little more old school, you can definitely stick to paper. You’ll just need to be a little more organized on the front-end. Make sure your room blocks, travel information, and weekend itinerary are ready before you have your invitations printed, because you’ll need to include those details on inserts. Don’t forget to leave extra room in your budget for the additional printing and mailing costs!
When it comes to your registry, your parents and the wedding party will be the ones spreading the word, so be sure they know where to send your guests. In this scenario, though, there’s no easily-accessible record of the specifics that your guests can turn to if they lose their inserts, so be prepared to get texts or phone calls with questions.