There's more than meets the eye when it comes to using SMS for your wedding invitations. Learn why texting could be the perfect tool for your big day!
The average cost of wedding invitations sits between $400 and $650 for most couples. By the time you factor in postage costs (for the invites and the RSVPs), you’re looking at over $1,000 for a few pieces of paper!
As wedding-related costs skyrocket, it’s no surprise that cost-conscious brides and grooms are seeking out budget-friendly solutions. An increasingly popular trend among millennials is the text message wedding invitation.
Naysayers may call it edgy, we call it misunderstood. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to wedding text messages. Get ready to text “yes” to this innovative new approach to your nuptials.
How to Send Wedding Invitations Via Text Message or SMS
When we say wedding text message invitation, we’re not referring to a bride texting her friends and family to ask, “Do you want to come to my wedding in March?”
Instead, we want you to picture a sophisticated system of text messages from a unique number completely tailored to your wedding.
Similar to the experience of a wedding website—except instead of a web page, you send bite-sized content to your guest’s cellphones.
Instead of trying to fit all the information about your special day into one envelope, you can use bulk messaging to share with all of your guests in one click.
When you use SMS software to handle your wedding innovations, you can do things like this.
Create a Wedding Keyword & Autoresponders
Create a specific wedding keyword unique to you and your spouse. When guests text in that keyword, they’ll receive the initial invitation.
From there, you can create a series of autoresponders set to go out at scheduled intervals leading up to the big day.
Texts like: what to wear to your wedding if it’s outdoors, directions to the venue, hotel information for out of town guests, and so much more!
Fun Fact Triggers
With the triggers feature, you can add some whimsy that brings your wedding texts to life. For example, invite guests to text things like LOVE into your number to receive the story of how you and your partner met. Or perhaps use the trigger PHOTOS to automatically send them a link some of your favorite engagement shots.
No matter what you choose, these automatic responses are a great way to invite your friends and family into your love story.
Send Trackable Links to Guests
These days, wedding registries and wedding photos are accessed almost entirely online. This makes it easy to simply text links to your pages directly to guests’ phones.
Set Up Templates For FAQ’s
If you’ve ever planned a wedding, you know how frustrating it can be to answer the same questions over and over again for hundreds of guests. It’s your special day, you deserve a rest! Set up templates with the answers to your most common inquiries and thank yourself later.
You can handle all your catering needs with one single text. Simply set up a text-to-vote poll! Have your guests reply with their selection. Then invite them to text you any additional dietary needs or restrictions. The poll will update in real-time. By the time the deadline to vote rolls around, just look at the results and give your caterers the final numbers for each dish!
50 days until the big day! We hope you’re getting excited. Please reply with what you would like to eat at the reception:
D. Eggplant parm
Benefits of Using Text Messaging for Wedding Invitations
A decade ago the thought of having a wedding website was unheard of. But now, the billion dollar industry run by The Knot and WeddingWire have made it simple. We believe texting will be the next big thing.
If you’re on the fence, consider just a few of these reasons for using SMS invitations:
- The cost: We mentioned earlier the hundreds of dollars you spend with paper invites, but texts cost only pennies to send. And all incoming SMS messages are free!
- Easy to track: With paper invitations it’s all too easy to lose track of an RSVP card. But with texting all your RSVP’s and relevant communications are saved in one central location (your dashboard).
- Wedding planner level organization: Wedding planners are expensive, but the extra hands make them worthwhile. But with features like autoresponders, triggers, and templates, you get all the extra “hands” you need with only a fraction of the price.
We have had a number of happy couples utilize SimpleTexting during the wedding planning process. And both the couples and their guests have been impressed with just how much opportunity there is to connect with texting.
While a paper invitation is more formal, a text is a conversation. And for a day built around your loved ones, something as intimate as a conversation somehow seems more appropriate!
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