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Interview with Caleb White of WedTexts

Bride and Groom

At Wedsure, we’re always watching out for different products and services that may help out Brides & Grooms to be. Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with Caleb White of WedTexts, a service we think any tech savvy bride would be thrilled to use!

Check out our interview below:

Q1) What is WedTexts?

WedTexts is an app that enables engaged couples to share important event information with their guests via pre-scheduled text messages. Some of our couples have equated WedTexts to being their own private Twitter feed for their guests.
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Q2) Why Should Couples Consider Using WedTexts over Email?

With any wedding there are countless details, and there is no better way to share these details with wedding guests than WedTexts. Many guests try to share important information via email, but emails go unread and unnoticed for days (especially during weekends!). Currently I have 1,456 unread emails.

On the other hand, 90% of text messages are read within 3 minutes! When we were building WedTexts, we knew that we wanted all reminders to be read quickly, so we decided to deliver all messages via text. In addition, most people nowadays have smartphones and can get their email on their phone, but we did not want to leave any guest out. If a guest can receive a text message, they are good to go!

Another question that we often get is why can’t a couple just use group text from their cell phone? There are two reasons why WedTexts is better than texting from anyone’s cell phone. The first reason is you can schedule all your messages in advance with WedTexts, so when your wedding weekend rolls around you are not answering any guests’ questions. The second reason is all cell phones cap the number of people you can add to a group text. By using WedTexts we can make sure all of your guests get the same message at the same time.

Q3) How Did You Come Up With WedTexts?

My wife and I got married in New Orleans in June 2015. Many of our guests were coming from out of town, and most of them had never been to New Orleans. So to make sure they knew exactly where to be and when we looked for a solution. We came across other wedding apps, but for our guests to get notified of event details they either had to download an app or be checking their emails constantly. We weren’t satisfied with the current solutions, so we decided to build our own.

We wanted a service that was effortless for our guests and easy for us to use, and just like that WedTexts was born at our wedding. When 3 of our engaged friends asked us about “the texting thing”, we knew we were on to something. Since then WedTexts has been used nationwide, and we have hundreds of couples signed up to use our service between now and the end of 2017!

Q4) Are there any success stories of couples using WedTexts that you’d like to share?

Each time a couple uses WedTexts and their wedding goes off without a hitch it is a success story. When everything goes as planned WedTexts enhances the guests’ experience with helpful reminders. Our scheduled text messages allow wedding guests to enjoy the wedding experience without worrying if they are missing any important information!

All that being said, one of our first couples had an outdoor wedding planned, next to the river. Unfortunately there was a flood the day of their wedding, so they had to re-plan their wedding in 2 days. They also had to communicate these changes to all of their 100+ guests! With 1 WedTexts’ message they were able to let all their guests know the new details of the wedding. When things don’t go as planned, WedTexts can help save a bride and groom’s big day!

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Q5) Where can couples access WedTexts?

Couples can access and use WedTexts via the web at www.wedtexts.com. For any couple that has an iPhone 4S or newer iPhone version, they can also find WedTexts in the App Store. As a special promotion, any couple that signs up by 4/30/16, they will be able to use WedTexts for free! (even if their wedding isn’t until next year!)

10 Tips Essential For Wedding Planning

From making checklists, booking vendors and choosing your wedding party, there are lots of items that need to be planned out in an orderly fashion up until you say those two magical words – “I Do.”

We know that brides handling their own wedding planning can feel overwhelmed and stressed at times, so we’re here to help!

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By following the stress-free tips listed below, you can focus more on enjoying your wedding planning, rather than stressing about it.

Tip #1: Set Your Budget Early And Stick To It!

Fact: Weddings are EXPENSIVE! Just like any other big event, you might find yourself wanting to add all sorts of things you did not plan for in your initial set budget.
It cannot be stressed enough that setting a budget and sticking to it is so important when it comes to wedding planning. If you think you will have “wish list” items closer to the big day, alot for those items in the budget from the start. If you end up overspending on must-have items, you must be flexible and cut back on other things. Knowing that certain things must be paid for will help in curbing excessive spending and exceeding the set budget.

Tip #2: You’ll Have The Time Of Your Life (As Long As You Set A Timeline)

Besides establishing a budget, developing a timeline is the most important thing in regards to wedding planning. Many websites like The Knot, WeddingWire, and others all provide checklists with timelines so you can easily develop and map out a timeline that works with your schedule.

Tip #3: Find The Best Wedding Planning Tools That Work For You

Besides wedding checklists budgets and timelines online, there is a plethora of event planning apps that can help in the wedding planning process. It’s completely up to you which apps you use but be sure to find the best method to track your expenses throughout the process to prevent unwanted surprises later on.

Tip #4: Make Decisions About The Important Details

Once a budget and timeline has been established, now is the time to decide on the major details. The size of the wedding will help to determine how realistic a budget is, so create your guest list and stick as close to it as possible. Once your guest list has been completed, move on to finding and selecting a venue, wedding date and theme.

Tip #5: It’s All In The Design So Design With Quality

When it comes to the design of signs, invitations, programs and save the dates, it is important to reach out to multiple professional designers to find the fit that represents both you and your groom.

Tip #6: Be Smart When Choosing Your Vendors

The vendors you hire become part of the team creating the experience that will be your wedding day so it is extremely important to hire those who have a reputation for being reliable, and are insured. Once you have chosen to hire a vendor, be sure to schedule follow-up meetings and go over what the expectations are for your big day.

Tip #7: Be Good To Your Guests

In the craziness of wedding planning, one thing to keep in mind is to go the extra mile for anyone and everyone involved in helping to make your big day special. Whether it be personalized party favors, or welcome bags for the wedding guests from out of town, there are many ways to show your appreciation to friends, family, and vendors.

Tip #8: Don’t Forget To Relax

Let’s face it: Wedding planning can get very overwhelming with so many vendors and checklists, taking time to relax is important for your sanity. As an added suggestion, it is highly recommended that brides hire a day-of coordinator to pick up where they left off with their planning so they can truly enjoy their wedding day and not worry about logistics.

Tip #9: Anticipate That There Will Be Challenges

No matter how detailed you are in your planning, accept that no wedding ever comes off perfectly. Expect that something may not go exactly as planned, and when it does, you can be prepared to have your day-of coordinator deal with it, or let it roll off your back. Accept that many little items tend to appear on the wedding day you may not expect, such as missing centerpieces, broken zippers on dresses, not knowing where a vendor should be located at the venue, etc. It’s important to keep your cool at all times, and have a back-up plan to your back-up plan.

Tip #10: It’s Your Day! Stop And Take It All In

Take a few minutes to relax, and enjoy the accomplishment of planning an emotional and fun-filled memory in your lives! Events take a huge amount of time, sweat and work to be pulled off, and weddings are no exception. Take into consideration all of the hard work it took to get to this big day and enjoy it!