New Glö Designs From APW Designers!


One of the best things about working with a small business from its earliest days is that I get to sit on the sidelines and witness all of the ways the business grows and expands to provide an even better service for APWers than when it started. In fact, sometimes I’m even allowed to yell encouraging suggestions from the sidelines, which is even better. The shining example of this is, of course, Glö, which started out as a service for paperless wedding invitations and wedding websites, along with the most streamlined RSVP management system this side of anywhere, and has grown to add stunning designs from APW designersEarlier this year we announced that one of those changes was a partnership between Glö and APW, which introduced wedding websites and e-invites by designers in the APW family: Kimi of A Printable Press (See her Glö designs) and Eleanor of e.m. papers (See her Glö designs). Working with Taryn over the last year to make this collaboration possible was about as good as it gets: making APW sponsor businesses even better for APW readers.

Today I’m thrilled to introduce the newest designs from this collaboration. They are so pretty I kind of want to throw myself a party just so that I can send out Glövites. Because let’s be serious. You guys each have a particular aesthetic (quirky, artistic, sometimes minimalistic, but always stylish) and the world of paperless wedding invitations, RSVPs and wedding websites hasn’t…um…quite caught up yet. But Glö, along with the APW designers, consistently raises the bar on paperless invites, bringing you a new crop of fresh, affordable designs every season. And the newest designs from Glö are themed for fall and awesome. Like this luscious monogram from e.m. papers. Side note: Can I get a fist bump for a fall-inspired invitation design that features something other than falling leaves?

Or this sophisticated nighttime twinkle light design from the always-excellent A Printable Press, which suddenly has me wanting winter to come sooner.

But before I get too carried away gushing about these amazing designs, I should remind you that Glö has so much more to offer than just a fabulous design aesthetic. In fact, I can’t think of a single wedding invitation need that you can’t fulfill through Glö (including matching paper invitations so that you can snail mail an invite to grandma in the same design as the e-mail invitation you sent her daughter). With Glö, you can also:

  • Send Glövites—beautiful email wedding invitations, save-the-dates, and even a group thank you. 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 even 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. 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.

Now, before you start thinking, “With everything it provides, Glö is probably prohibitively expensive for me to use,” let me stop you right there. Because Glö is not only a super customizable service, it’s also super affordable. You can get the Light Package (the website, with events and RSVPs) for $75 a year, and the Complete Packages with Online Stationery starting at $109 a year. Or if you only need a few months worth of services (heck yes, short engagements!), they even have monthly pricing plans. APW designs for your website are purchased individually for $20 (and are worth every penny). The best part? Glo offers a free 21-day trial so that you can experiment with their services yourself. Though don’t say I didn’t warn you. Once you get your hands on these tools, you’re not going to want to let them go.

Glö keeps getting better year after year, in ways both big and small. (Taryn even told me that they recently changed the name of their blog from glo-bride.com to readytoglo.com, fulfilling a desire to be as gender neutral as possible. Proving yet again that she is your people.) So what are you still doing here? Go check out Glö‘s new designs, try out their free 21-day trial, and then go buy yourself a nice pair of shoes with all the money you save on postage by going paperless. You’ll be happy you did.

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  • Brefiks

    We used the A Printable Press twinkle light invite and got so many compliments! I never thought of it as wintry, but I agree, it would be great for that too.

  • I have no party in my near future and I got married almost 7 years ago…but I SO wish I had one to be able to use the oh-so-beautiful sophisticated nighttime twinkle light design. I checked A printable press a few months ago and that design left me drooling…now that I think about it, we got married in winter so maybe we should throw a 10 year anniversary party 3 years from now so I can use those invites ;)

  • Glosite in general is AMAZING. There’s so much you can customize and the rsvp management is so darned smart! I was able to send invites to a wedding and 2 afterparties in 3 different states, direct people to the same site without making anyone feel bad for what they were/weren’t invited to, and not tear my hear out.

    Glosite ROCKS SO HARD.

  • Maize

    I am currently using Glo and I love it. Taryn is AMAZING and emails me back right away when I have any questions. I created our own background since I had something in mind. It’s a wonderful alternative to paper and it’s SO affordable! Practically all of my family lives outside of the US so now I dont have to worry if they actually recieved the invite (mail to Argentina doesnt always get there)

  • Nicole

    I found Glo through APW and couldn’t be happier. Taryn answered my question within an hour! (Turned out to be an internet explorer plug-in issue.) My fiance and I are eloping this weekend with a small party of 8 friends. The ability to choose who sees what page is invaluable. We put travel info on a page viewed solely by those 8 friends (4 of which are out of state) and plan to use the rest of the site as an e-wedding announcement for other friends and family to view the ceremony pictures. We don’t have any firm post-party plans yet, but when we do, we’ll use Glo to send the invitations.

    I cannot thank Glo and APW enough!

    • Rosie

      Hearing about people eloping always makes me excited! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  • Echoing what’s been said here: glo is awesome! We actually just showed the grandmas their invites over Thanksgiving (Dec 30th wedding) and had them RSVP that way. It’s super slick. I especially love being able to send brief reminders and an FAQ in the days leading up to the wedding.

    The printable press additions are awesome. Wish I would have had that. I designed my own invite and page. All I suggest is that there should be more wintery designs.

  • Thank you everyone for the lovely comments! I’m so happy that YOU’RE so happy with Glö. APWers make running the site so worthwhile. Frankly, Glö is what it is today because of all the thoughtful comments and feedback we’ve had from APW Glöbies, Meg and the APW elf team. I love, love, love to hear from everyone – so be sure to get in touch if you have thoughts or questions