*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
So, you’re newly engaged. Or maybe you’ve been engaged awhile, but your wedding is this year, and you’re realizing that it’s finally time to get down to business. Once you’ve moved out of the “WHEEE wedding! Let me pin All The Pictures!” phase, and are into “Oh. Shit is getting real.” At this point your goal is simplify and keep yourself sane. In indie wedding circles, it can sometimes seem like the cheater’s route to do things to make your life easier (see the conversation a few weeks ago about hand crocheting… what turned out to be seventy-five feet of trim to save a bit of money). I’m here to tell you: it’s not. And unless you’re eloping or having a teeny tiny wedding (bless you) or are a saint, one of the things that’s going to make you the craziest the quickest, is managing your guest list. And that’s where long time APW sponsor and woman-owned small business Glö comes in.
The guest list is a multi-headed monster. First, you have to gather all the names and addresses (which sadly, no one can really help you with, except maybe your mom). Then you have to handle (usually multiple) mailings, and finally try to track down all the RSVP information and record it. The last step is the most frustrating part, and not just because people have a tendency to not RSVP (WHY GOD WHY?). It’s also because you may well be trying to collect information on multiple events. (Examples include: Bridal shower, Bachelor(ette) party, pre-wedding BBQ/rehearsal dinner, oh-yeah-the-wedding, day after brunch.) And not only are people bad at RSVPing, they’re bad at RSVPing with the correct information. (Don’t get me started on the number of responses we got marked “yes” under “number of people attending.” Head desk.) So now you’re tracking RSVPs and you’re calling your relatives on the phone, and you’re wondering WHY, in an age where there is an app for everything, is the wedding industry so behind the times?
Meet: Glö. The company that’s going to make your engagement a lot simpler (if, like me, the guest list RSVP mess is your worst nightmare).
Glö does so many things that it’s hard to narrow it down to just one, but let’s start with this video (which if you’re pondering getting any kind of wedding website, you should watch tonight at home with your partner, because a Glösite is basically a wedding website that also washes your dishes).
- Glö starts with email wedding invitations, save-the-dates, and even a group thank you, but you don’t have to be looking at virtual invites to use Glö. You can send email Save The Dates and paper invitations (they even sell designs that match their websites). Or you can go paper all the way and use Glö to email your guests and manage RSVPS.
- You can upload a design, or choose from one of their gorgeous preexisting designs (now featuring even more designs from APW designers!).
- 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 specify which guests can view each page.
- Add unlimited events to your website (e.g., rehearsal dinner and reception) and select which guests are able to view each event. GET THIS: when guests look at your events page, they’ll only see things they were invited to (magic).
- 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.
Plus, Glö has added a bunch of new features for 2014. Taryn, Glö’s founder, is pretty much the APW icon for customer service (she answered customer service emails from her hospital bed after giving birth), and she’s always working to improve. For starters, Glö’s new sparkles include:
- Over fifty-five new fonts for the websites and invitations
- Use a full screen design on your website (no longer limited to the width of the text area) and make the design in the text area transparent
- Add photos directly to your invitation designs (vs. needing to upload a design with a photo on it)
- Track which guests have viewed your website if you’re sending paper invitations (before this feature was only available to those sending email invitations and messages)
- Receive an email notification when a new response is received
- If you are sending paper invitations, your guests can log into protected pages on your website by searching for their name or email (email invitation guests continue to be logged in automatically)—you no longer need to have an email address saved for a guest in order for them to log in
Plus Taryn says, “We have many more slated in the coming weeks. And if there are specific things that Glöbies would like to see, they are always welcome to email ideas to me!”
In short, if you’re getting started with the serious phase of wedding planning, and you wanna stay as sane as you can: sign up for Glö. It saves you money to buy more fun things like wine, and it saves you time to think about pretty things, like decorations.