Glö Is Guaranteed to Make Your Guest List Less Painful


Because organizing your wedding guests shouldn't make you cry

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

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The wide world of wedding planning is jam-packed with apps and services designed to help you plan your wedding. But few of them tackle one of the biggest wedding stressors of them all: your guests. Managing the guest list for any kind of event is a beast. But then when those people are also your friends and family, and maybe not always the most responsive people you know? Then it’s like a big hairy beast with lots of teeth. But there is hope. Longtime APW sponsor Glö has made it their mission to help make the guest list the least stressful part of wedding planning, with their comprehensive guest management dashboard, wedding website, and online RSVP tool.

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Here are just a few things you can do with Glö:

Manage All The Things: With Glö, you can send out invitations, take in RSVPs, customize your multi-page website with all the specifics of your wedding, and stay in touch with your guests leading up to the event. And unlike other wedding websites that offer RSVP tools, Glö allows you to customize your RSVPs so that you can separate the wedding guests from the people invited to the rehearsal dinner from the folks coming to your brunch on Sunday. And your guests will only see the events they’ve been invited to, so nobody has to get their feelings hurt.

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Send Paper or Digital Invites: Glö offers email wedding invitations, save-the-dates, and even a group thank you, so you can save money and paper in one fell swoop. But what if you actually want paper invites and digital RSVPs? Or only some digital invites (maybe to international guests) and some paper invites (to your grandparents). You can totally do that. Glö even has partnerships with APW stationers so you can send out paper invitations that match the digital ones (which just happen to match your wedding website because they are awesome like that).

CUSTOMIZE YOUR EVENTS BY GUEST: You can add as many events to your Glösite as you want (e.g., rehearsal dinner and reception), but Glö takes it a step further and lets you choose which guests are able to view each event, so when guests look at your events page, they’ll only see things they were invited to (which means, blessedly, none of the hurt feelings that come from realizing you didn’t get invited to the welcome picnic).

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SEAMLESS GUEST COMMUNICATION: Glö has a super easy-to-use messaging tool that lets you communicate with all or some of your guests before and after the wedding celebration. Use it to send last-minute updates regarding the festivities, or more realistically, use it to remind guests to RSVP (and remind them and remind them).

Supercharge your wedding website: Now you can add Glö’s tools to the website platform of your choice (Squarespace, Wix, WordPress, Google Sites, and others that allow custom HTML). Which means if you were having a hard time choosing between, say, Squarespace’s minimal designs and Glö’s software, you can totally have your cake and eat it too.

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Glö’s founder, Taryn, has always made a point of really listening to her customers and then making Glö even better based on what she’s hearing. So it shouldn’t surprise you that today’s post comes with two awesome updates to the Glö software:

  • more design options: Just because you’re sending digital invites, doesn’t mean you don’t care about how they look. So now you can edit your envelope liner color, edit the background of your email, or change the navigation on your invite landing page. And in non-design news, Glö also recently added guides for creating a multi-language wedding website and a Paypal wedding registry.
  • Easier address confirmation: Glö now allows guests to add and edit their own email and mailing addresses, meaning you don’t have to bug your mom for the snail mail contact information for your third cousin. You can just send your cousin a link and he or she can add it themselves when they RSVP online.

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Glö offers everyone who signs up a 21-day free trial (no credit card required). After that, packages start at $19.99 per month, and all packages include guest list management, a website with unlimited pages, and unlimited events and RSVP questions. So if managing your guest list feels like one of those to-do list items that makes you wish you had a butler, or at least a personal assistant, then Glö is basically the next best thing.

check out Glö’s sample save the dates, invites, and group thank you cards—and then get started on a GLÖSITE OF YOUR OWN!

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • Kate

    We used Glo for our wedding in 2014 after I saw a link on APW. Our guests loved it! It totally met my requirements for being spreadsheet friendly, and I still love the little envelope that zooms onto the page so that you can virtually open your invitation. We used Glo exclusively for our save the dates, and then sent a simple snail mail invitation with a link, as well as a virtual invitation, and people were really quick to respond.

  • Yeah, we’re probably going this direction as I don’t want to waste a lot of paper, but we’ll still probably do some custom-designed postcards to match our glo site (sending people to their household’s ?customized URL?). I *think* it should also handle the tricky situation of getting RSVPs for the various groups that need to attend: (1) rehearsal/dinner, (2) family/group photos before wedding, (3) wedding + reception + after party. I mean, how else does one handle some people being invited to all three, and others being invited to different combinations of 2?

    I do foresee a slight issue with the best man being invited to all three events, but his family/children being invited to only the main event. They all form a household, but the 4 kids really don’t need to be at the rehearsal, and especially not the family photos before the ceremony…We shall see. I’ll play around with it a bit.

    • Taryn Westberg

      Hey Iris – I’m Taryn, the founder of Glo. I think we’ll be able to help – even with the tricky situation. Each guest is their own individual in your Glo guest list (vs. being treated as “a household of six”), so you’ll be able to specify exactly which people are invited to each event, even if different people within the household need different permissions. You can even specify if a guest should be able to see the event/RSVP questions, but only be able to RSVP on behalf of other people in their household. This is great for kids only events where the parents are doing the RSVPing, but are not actually invited to attend, gals/guys events, and similar. Be sure to email us if you get stuck! We’re always happy to brainstorm solutions.