The digital future

You may be wondering why everything appears to be going digital these days? From the ads, you see, to the coupons that pop-up on a webpage of interest, heck, you may have even initially met the man you are about to marry on a dating app. It is everywhere around you. The answer is because technology has an uncanny way of understanding its audience in superior and more accessible ways than print ever can. When it comes to digital, there are few limitations and a whole lot of efficiencies. That is where the idea of digital wedding invites came from!

Many things have evolved in the wedding industry over time but the same ole searching for endless stationery invites has stayed the same. Researching numerous companies that have a handful of paper waiting to be enveloped, addressed, and stamped tediously eating up time and money when resources could be best served elsewhere. The worst part about the process is that after all that hard work you have to mail it out and hope everyone receives it. The waiting game now begins and at the end of it all you find yourself chasing people down to get a confirmation on whether or not they are coming to your wedding. If this sounds stressful then you now understand how Text The Bride was born! Hello digital wedding invitations!

Text The Bride is one of the first weddings invites companies to use good ole technology to send wedding invitations to something your wedding guest check tens to a hundred times a day, their cell phone. You may think that a digital text message of your Save the Date and RSVP sounds informal but the truth of it all is that it’s just a new concept. The best way to look at it is if someone sends you a text, the words hit you the same as they would a letter except they know when you received it. We are here to talk about all of the wonderful advantages of digital Save the Dates and RSVP’s can change your bridal world for the better!

Wedding plan smarter not harder

Much like stationery invites, the process is pretty much the same. Pick out a preferred Save the Date template and RSVP to match. Update with a favorite engagement picture to showcase and VOILA! your wedding invite idea is created! Now all you need is a list of phone numbers, that’s right, not addresses. The chances of you having a more established list of phone numbers instead of addresses are much higher because they have been stored on your phone over the years. Plus, your friends and family move their place of residence much more often than they would change their phone number. Less time spent going to your parent’s old address book that may or may not be updated. Once those names and numbers are uploaded, you choose your desired date for those to receive the electronic wedding invites and Text The Bride takes care of the rest. That’s right, this can be done ahead of time and no writing out addresses by hand, return addresses, stamping, and running off to the mailbox.

Unlike the stationery route, our service knows that the Save the Date invite and image has been received by their guests. As the due date nears, Text The Bride will also send out a reminder text to the recipients who haven’t responded. That’s right, you don’t have to worry about calling or texting those invitees that didn’t respond to your paper invite. The beauty of technology and digital invites, right! Your Save the Date template and RSVP can be stored in their photo album on their phone to be admired forever and used as a guide for your wedding day as well. Also, all your guests have to do with the digital RSVP is click on the link and answer the bridal questions like any other paper RSVP except they are done when they click submit instead of having to put forth the effort to mail it back. While the bride and groom organize the paper responses our service collects it all on a spreadsheet to send to the couple by the due date. All the information you need is in one spot so the couple can use it as a guide for seating assignments, caterer instructions, and much more.

Going digital makes wedding planning a lot more fun, right! In addition to the standard, Text The Bride provides text message links for hotel options and gift registry so everything the wedding guests needs is provided in the palm of their hand. Everything can be done on the spot! If not then, at the least, the information is in one spot and not forgotten on the kitchen counter. A day of the wedding text is also a great tone-setter for the day! It lets everyone know you are excited to share your big day while reminding them of your wedding details with map directions to the ceremony and reception.

You may be thinking this is too easy and we are here to agree with you! The best part of digital wedding invites is that they are much more affordable. As a newly engaged bride-to-be that has never done this before it’s easy to not take into account the many costs that are tied into this part of wedding planning. In addition to a standard Save the Date and RSVP you must take into account return RSVP cards, envelopes, the cost of shipping, and the most expensive part STAMPS, not once but twice and possibly three times! Crunching these costs will give a different perspective on how expensive invitations can get. Text The Bride provides affordable Save the Dates and RSVP’s so you can add that party bus, floral upgrade, or photo booth you really want. To top it all off, you are doing mother nature favor by taking the eco-friendly route. Going digital is the way to go and we are here to help. We love LOVE and technology!

-Text The Bride

Wedding planning on a budget

When it comes to planning your wedding, wouldn’t it be great to have an unlimited amount of money to throw the biggest celebration of your life? All of your thoughts and ideas can be brought to life despite the price tag and all you have to do is just whip out the platinum credit card and the money fairy will take care of the rest. Ah, what a wonderful thought and…. now…. back to reality. Unfortunately, most of the planning costs money no matter how much or how little. However, there are ways to save coin on things that don’t hold that much importance in the overall scope of the wedding itself. We want to bring some calm to your wedding worries on some tangibles that you might be thinking hold more value than they do in your pocketbook and also your guest’s memory banks.

One of the first steps you will want to take into account when wedding planning is orchestrating a guestlist. This means collecting multiple addresses of those closest to you so that you can spend time creating, waiting, and shipping out Save the Dates and RSVPs. While this is a necessity, the amount of time and energy put forth this early in the wedding process will exceed your expectations especially financially. The costs of stamps will surprise you beyond belief as you leave the invite in the hands of the postal service. The time you take to write out all of the addresses is endless and repetitive as you find yourself having to do it more than once. Keep it simple and look for alternatives to a piece of paper that sits around the house and inevitably forgotten until you remind your recipients to respond. Going electronic/digital will save you time and most importantly money while providing modern-day efficiencies such as gift registry links, guest directions to the ceremony, and whatever additional offerings there may be.


Wedding cake tastes great but can stale very quickly when it comes to the hole it leaves in your wedding budget. While a wedding cake is traditional, it has lost its luster over the years. The cost of a cake can get quite high. It also doesn’t help that many venues have a cutting fee that charges you every slice the staff has to make to serve your guests. This work of art is usually tucked away in a low traffic area of your reception site so you are forewarned that it might not get the attention you hope it to receive. A good alternative to save on costs might be cupcakes, a dessert, or doughnut bar to avoid those cutting fees as well as the cost of the cake in general.

Poppin savings instead of bottles

Another cost that coincides with a wedding cake is a champagne toast. Who doesn’t want to propose a toast to yourselves with a glass of champagne that you bought for the entire party? It all sounds great but much like the cutting fee there is a corking fee that usually goes along with the bottles you paid for and service fees of the pouring that go along with it. The best way to justify not doing it besides the finances is to remember that not everyone likes champagne anyways.

Flowers make everything more beautiful but there is a limit you can place that can definitely save you from going over the top. Flowers can add up quickly, especially when you think of how elegant everything would look by adding blossoms of color on all the little details. Yes, flowers give a nice touch but keep in mind you and your guests won’t remember the pretty combinations of carnations and daisies like they will the music or the food.

Much like the floral décor, the additional details of centerpieces and ala carte items like chair covers may sound like they would make a huge difference on the feng shui of the room but they too hold little long-term value. The idea of chair covers and maximum lighting sounds wonderful and looks great in your head but these items are additional costs that are not necessary and should be minimized. Centerpieces are a nice touch to the table but keep it simple to avoid unneeded expenditures. A good alternative is going to a consignment wedding shop to get bulk décor for much less.

As the old saying goes there is more than one way to skin a cat. So when you are looking at allocating your funds to wedding necessities think about the ad-ons that hold less value than your mind is giving them. Most people will say that they remember the food, the unlimited booze, and the DJ that kept the party going by setting the tone of the night and playing good tunes. Please keep in mind, this is just a guide. It’s YOUR big day, so if something holds higher priority on your wishlist then work around whatever that aspiration might be.

-Text The Bride