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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.
WedTexts Logo

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!

wedding reception

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!)

Top 6 Tips To Save Big On Your Wedding Flowers

For many brides, wedding flowers and bouquets are the hardest area to budget for as there are so many factors that impact the price.

Below, Wedsure by R.V. Nuccio lists out 6 top tips to keep the cost of your wedding flowers within budget, without sacrificing your vision.

1) Choose An Eye-Catching Venue For Your Wedding

Look for venues that are visually appealing and interesting wedding locations. With lots of built-in charm, and interesting architecture, there will be less need for grand floral
decorations. Look for botanical gardens, country inns, or historical churches as possible wedding venues. These locations are sure to provide unique areas for your guests to explore.

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2) Save Big By Going With Seasonal Flowers!

Locally grown, seasonal flowers are a great way to save a significant amount of money when it comes to your wedding flowers and floral arrangements. If you love any particular flower that is not seasonal then go you can just have a bouquet with your favorite flower to carry with you to the altar.

3) Use Other Natural Plants To Supplement Your Wedding Flowers

Look for small herbs, as well as twigs and leaves, along with other natural supplements that can complement your bouquets and table centerpieces. Appropriate usage of these
supplemental plants will add additional depth as well as an attractive texture of different
colors to your wedding flowers.

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4) Make It Clear What Your Budget Is

It is smart to be very specific about the budget you have set for your wedding flowers as well as clear about the various different types of styles and colors you prefer. If you ignore the budget; it is possible that you may end up with bouquets and centerpieces that are out of your budgeted price range.

5) Keep the Floral Arrangements Simple and Elegant

When hiring the florist for your wedding flowers, remember that you are not just paying for flowers. Instead, keep in mind that you are actually paying for the stunning floral
arrangements that involve florist’s time and creative craftsmanship. As a result, in order to cut down on costs, you could opt for simple and loose arrangements that would provide a classic and balanced look to go with your venue.

Daisy Wedding Bouquet

6) If possible, DIY!

Lanterns, candles, mugs, or even books can help to scale down the need for floral
arrangements. Sometimes a day of crafting can really help save money and alleviate the need for additional floral centerpieces.

DIY Mug Wedding Flower Centerpieces

10 Questions You Must Ask The Limo Company For Your Wedding

Planning the details of your wedding day is both
exciting and stressful. Catering, decorations, and
attire – all must be carefully considered and
determined well in advance. And then there is the matter of transportation – in a stylish limo. Unless you are an expert, it may be difficult to pull all of these pieces together into a seamless, classy event. So we compiled this list of 10 basic questions for you to ask your limo company – before putting money down!

pink hummer limousine

1. What training requirements do you have for your drivers?

Most states require limo drivers (their official title is chauffeur), to have a chauffeur’s
license or permit, in addition to their regular class D driver’s license. If your limo ride will take you across state borders, the chauffeur is required to have a chauffeur’s permit in that state, as well.

2. What attire will the driver arrive in?

Many companies require a certain dress code for the chauffeur, as they will be publicly
visible when they arrive at your event. . Limousine drivers should be professional and dressed appropriately. There are, unfortunately, all too many horror stories of casually dressed, disgruntled, or even intoxicated limo drivers who have turned up to try to escort a shocked wedding party to their reception.

3. What models do you offer?

There are many different kinds of limousines – from the basic stretch limousine to an SUV-based model. Inquire about the make, model, and year of the limos offered by the

4. Can I request a certain model?

Often, a limousine company will offer several different models under the same price blanket or passenger capacity. If you have a preference, be sure to specify which model you would prefer to use.

5. How many people can I bring with me?

Limousines come with a predetermined passenger capacity. Be aware, however, that this number represents the maximum capacity – not always the most comfortable. It may be
better to reserve a limo that is for larger groups than yours, leaving you room for personal space and personal belongings. Why cram together when you can enjoy luxury?

6. Do you charge services by mileage or by the hour?

The answer to this question will determine whether you cruise the highways during your joyride or whether you stick to driving slowly through town. Asking this question before planning your route will help prevent disappointment later on.

7. What does the limousine company’s insurance policy cover?

Discovering what is covered by the limousine company’s insurance policy will help you in the event of a fender bender or more serious accident. Who’s insurance will be liable in case of a personal injury and whether additional insurance will need to be purchased are all good questions to ask.

8. Do you guarantee your services?

What happens if you are entirely unsatisfied with the services you received? (Refer back to question #2) Limousines are an expensive luxury, and anything on the fault of the driver or chauffeur that compromises the class status of this event should be guaranteed against.
Connecting with a manager ahead of time will establish a point of contact, in the event that the services you receive are sub-par.

8. Are food and drinks provided?

Some limos come stocked with champagne and food – others do not. Find out whose
responsibility it is to make sure all of the components are present for a merry drive. If the limo does not come with food or drinks, inquire as to whether you could order some ahead of time to have it stocked and paid for separately. The less details you have to worry about on the big day of your event, the better!

9. Will we need to set our route ahead of time?

It is a good idea to set a route ahead of time, although most companies and drivers are more than willing to be flexible. If there are certain destinations that you would absolutely like to hit along the way, be sure to give the names and addresses to your driver so they can look up driving routes ahead of time. Once again it is important to know whether you are being charged by time or by mile if you are planning a route.

10. Do you have a contract?

For every business transaction, it is important to have a written and signed contract before the money changes hands. This will help you to know what is expected of you and what you can expect from the limousine company and the driver. Even if it is not the policy of the company to utilize contracts, you have the freedom to request that they do so in your case. No one wants to be unpleasantly surprised by a waived liability or unexpected charge during their evening of fun and relaxation.

With these 10 basic questions, you can confidently begin calling around to find the perfect limousine to add to your plans!

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!

Bride Laughing at Groom

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!

Top Wedding Insurance Claims of 2014

Life happens and even the best laid plans, like those that are laid when planning a wedding, can go awry.

Released last Friday by Travelers, and as shown in the chart below, the top wedding insurance claims of 2014 were as followed:

Wedding Insurance Claims Pie Chart

Wedsure has 9 optional wedding insurance coverages available to help couples protect
themselves from financial losses caused by problems with vendors, special attire, special jewelry, photography and more. Couples can also purchase liability coverage to protect themselves in the event that they become legally responsible for bodily injury, personal
injury or property damage caused by an accident during their wedding event.

Keeping That “Special Day” Special: Preventing Wedding Scams

By Bruce Kennedy
September 24, 2014

As nearly anyone who’s ever tied the knot in the U.S. can tell you, most weddings aren’t cheap.

According to The Wedding Report website, the average cost of a wedding is now around $25,200 — before the honeymoon expenses. Given those costs, you can purchase insurance against nuptial nightmares like bad weather, illness, gift theft or even a last-minute change of heart by one of the spouses-to-be.

Many of those policies also protect against a growing problem: wedding fraud.

Some of those scams involve bogus photographers and videographers who never deliver the paid-for pictures or videos and then refuse to issue refunds. Similar problems can arise with fake florists, reception musicians or DJs who don’t live up to expectations or fail to show up altogether.

And then there are situations like the one facing Speshelle and Tony Garcia. The Pasadena, California, couple were married a decade ago in a courthouse wedding, but decided to treat themselves to a real ceremony this year. They worked with a wedding planner, Rosetta Smith-Cooper, who helped them arrange a beachfront vow-renewal ceremony.

“She was very attentive and, you know, communicated very well,” Speshelle told CBS
affiliate KCBS TV — “emails, phone calls, text messages, everything.”

But then Smith-Cooper disappeared with the $5,000 meant for the wedding’s vendors.

“Due to an ongoing health issue unfortunately, I will not be able to move forward with your wedding on Sunday, Sept. 28th,” Smith-Cooper emailed Garcia on Monday. “As per our contract I will provide a full refund of monies paid to date. If you would like me to locate a wedding planner that can step in please indicate so.”

But when Garcia tried to salvage the wedding by contacting the intended vendors, she found out that none of them had ever been paid by Smith-Cooper.

“I contacted the photographer, I contacted the officiant and I spoke to them and I said ‘Please, would you do this regardless of whether we get paid or not’,” caterer Christina Mastikian said.

Fortunately for the Garcias, their caterers agreed to do what they could to help the wedding ceremony go forward, free of charge.

The Better Business Bureau advises brides and grooms, along with friends and family
involved in the wedding, to stay observant and selective when choosing wedding vendors and planners.

Among the BBB’s tips is to research your vendors and compare prices, then get all the
details in writing. Also stay on top of the vendors in the weeks leading up to the event to
ensure they’re on budget and on schedule — and consider purchasing wedding insurance.

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Top 4 Wedding Mishaps of 2013

With the average price tag of a wedding now close to $30,000, it is no surprise that even with months (sometimes years) of planning, life happens and plans can be thrown to the wind.

We here at Wedsure know that while insurance is not the first thing on most couples’ minds in anticipation of their big day, it should be considered at some point in the wedding planning process. The reasoning behind is best summed up by author Angela Thompson.

“You wouldn’t spend $30,000 on a car and not insure it,” said Thompson, author of Unveiled: Secrets of the Wedding Industry. “Why would you spend $30,000 on a wedding and not buy wedding insurance?”

Below are the top 4 wedding mishap insurance claims of 2013:

Bride in Wedding Dress with Groom1. Vendor/Merchant issues: This happens when a vendor such as a caterer or DJ, that was contracted for a service fails to deliver. Just a few of the common mix-ups include
reception facilities falling short of their duties, limousine drivers failing to arrive, and caterers who missed the event completely.

2. Weather: Mother Nature was quite the party crasher in 2013. Forest fires, tornadoes, and thunderstorms all
interrupted many brides special days over the past year.

3. Damage to Property: When the drinks are flowing, rowdy wedding guests can end up damaging parts of a venue, leaving the bride and groom to pay for repairs.

4. Bad health: Food poisoning and many other unforeseen illnesses and injuries have
prevented couples from walking down the aisle, and family members from attending
ceremonies and receptions.

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