So! APW and Glö have been working together for years, to bring all of you excellent RSVP technology, paperless invites, and so much more. The founder of Glö, Taryn, is another female small business owner, which has made it particularly awesome for me to see APWers enthusiastically make her business grow and thrive. It’s been a joy to see years of APW couples embrace the technology Glö offers to make you NOT want to tear your hair out managing your guest list and RSVPs (because, oh my God is that a thing no one ever warned me about…). Plus there are the excellent wedding websites Glö provides, and paper and paperless invite options. And did I mention it’s affordable? Glö offers a 21 day free trial, and after that their prices are excellent (plus, Glö now offers monthly pricing plans!). You can get the Light Package (the website, with events and RSVPs) for $75 a year, and the Complete Packages with Online Stationary start at $109 a year. Compare that to what you’d spend on Save The Dates, plus invitations, plus RSVP cards, plus a website… and you’ll see why tons of readers use Glö (even if they go the paper invite route as well).
But it gets better! Earlier this year, Glö and APW introduced a partnership! We rolled out wedding websites and e-invites by designers in the APW family: Kimi of A Printable Press (See her Glö designs), Eleanor of e.m. papers (See her Glö designs), and Julie of up up creative (See her Glö designs). And, like that’s not awesome enough, when you buy one of these sites through the APW + Glö Partnership page or this post, you support APW’s mission as well (yippee).
But before we dive into the real meat of this post, which is discussing why many of you use Glö products and why you like them, I wanted to remind you of all the awesome things you can do with Glö (because it’s not just wedding websites). With Glö, you can:
- Send Glövites: beautiful email wedding invitations, save-the-dates and even a group thank you. (Here are some examples.)
- Create a Glösite: your multi-page wedding website. You can personalize like crazy by adding photos, a countdown, fancy slideshows, videos, interactive maps, or any other widget. You can even specify which guests can view each page. And yes, now you can have the whole thing designed by an APW designer.
- Add unlimited events to your website (e.g., rehearsal dinner and reception) and select which guests are able to view each event. The website only shows the correct events to each guest, thus preventing hurt feelings. Ta-dah!
- Add unlimited RSVP questions for each event, seamlessly collect responses, and view them online or download them to a .csv file. Guests can edit RSVP responses for their entire household, preventing duplicate RSVPs. You can also update your guests’ RSVP responses online.
- Easily communicate with all or some of your guests before and after the wedding celebration using the easy messaging tool. It’s super easy to ping and remind guests to RSVP or send last minute updates.
Right? Awesome. Glö is like having a wedding invitation list personal assistant, which I’m pretty sure we all want. I mean, I for SURE wanted it. But it’s not just me. Earlier this year, Taryn did a user survey, to figure out how to improve things. And while she was at it, she decided to find out why people were using Glö instead of going a more traditional wedding invitation route. Here’s what everyone had to say about why they decided to go paperless with Glö:
To Save Time And Reduce Stress
I love having everything in one happy, contained, sing-song little place—a wedding website with MULTIPLE events and RSVP questions (yes!), coordinated paperless and paper invites, privacy for my guests, and tons of customizable features to use if my little heart desires.
My favorite functionality is the RSVP and guest management. Glö has been the only way to manage my guests and RSVPs without going crazy. A close second is the ability to easily communicate with all of my guests at once via invitations, email messages, and the website itself.
It made at least one of my wedding tasks effortless. (And fun!)
To Keep It Pretty And Personal
We loved the endless design possibilities—especially being able to upload our own design. (Although we were this. close. to picking one of the incredible designs from your design partners.) Then, we had a blast filling our website with slideshows and other widgets.
To Stay Sane (And In Control)
I love that we can restrict who can see what page and events on our website. Plus I loved the ability to add an unlimited number of customizable RSVP questions.
The guest list household feature is great—we felt relaxed that we could indicate (in a classy way) which members of the household were invited to each event and whether a guest could bring a +1.
Our guests received their invitations immediately (no waiting around for weeks, blah!) and it’s great that we can track who has viewed the invitations.
To Stay Thrifty
Because it’s so affordable. I love that I’m not paying for stamps (or worrying about the mail not being delivered.) I feel rather smug and smart if I do say so myself.
To Go Green
I can look the giant oak tree outside my apartment in its knobby old eye each day and smile.
The bottom line is, there are as many ways and reasons to use Glö as there are people. If Glö had existed when I got married, I would have used an amazing APW designer’s design (I know, I’m bending the past so that I can use things that I helped make happen in the future, and probably creating a black hole in this example, shhh…), used Glö for the websites and the amazing RSVP technology, and then sent paper invites. But others of you use it for totally different things, in totally different ways. And THAT, in sum, is what makes an amazing tool. One that we can each use in a way that works for us. So for those of you stressing about what the heck you’re going to do for your invites, enjoy. Enjoy the organization, the pretty, the sanity, the thrift, the going green, or whatever it is that’s right for you. Plus enjoy supporting an awesome small business owner and APW all in one go. Awesome, right?