I recently sat down with Caleb White, Co-Founder of WedTexts. WedTexts, a communication app, is based in Columbia, SC. I have been recommending this app to all my engaged couples because I know it will be super handy during both their planning process and during the wedding weekend.
SGP: What exactly is WedTexts?
CW: WedTexts is an app that allows engaged couples to communicate with all of their guests, or groups of their guests, via pre-scheduled text messages. If everything goes as planned WedTexts becomes the modern day weekend itinerary letting your guests know when and where events are taking place. Couples can schedule this type of message weeks in advance, giving them one less thing to worry about during their wedding weekend. If things don’t go as planned, then WedTexts can help save the day. When plans change, couples can send out real time updates letting guests know new event details. This was extremely helpful for one of our couples that had to re-plan their entire wedding in 2 days due to a flood. With one WedTexts’ message to their guests they were able to keep everyone in the loop! In short, WedTexts is the easiest way to WOW your wedding guests!
SGP: How did you come up with the idea for the app?
CW: I can’t take the credit for coming up with the idea of WedTexts. My wife and I got married in New Orleans in June 2015. Because she is from Connecticut and I am from South Carolina, we were nervous about all the logistics surrounding events for our family and friends who had never been to New Orleans. (In addition, I think she was nervous about all my college buddies making it to the wedding on time.) Anyway, 5 weeks before our wedding she recommended that we use the software my company had been developing to send scheduled text messages to keep our guests in the loop throughout our wedding weekend. So that’s what we did, and WedTexts was born.
Our loved ones were traveling from far away, so we wanted to show them a good time in the Big Easy. To do this, we had events Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We scheduled at least one text message each morning (around 10am) letting our guests know the events for that day. For example: that Thursday we had a crawfish boil, so Thursday morning we sent a text to everyone saying, “Thank you for spending the weekend with us! If you are in town we are having a crawfish boil @ 5pm @ The Fly! bit.ly/23Z7WT7″ Our guests loved receiving the messages! Three of our engaged friends asked us about the “texting thing”. All three of them have used it along with couples across the country. I am very grateful for my wife!
SGP: Could the app be handy for communicating with people other than wedding guests? Vendors?
CW: Yes! Many wedding planners and photographers have expressed interest in using WedTexts. Wedding planners are excited to be able to communicate with all the wedding vendors and the wedding guests to make sure everyone knows the crucial details. Photographers are very eager to use WedTexts to round up the wedding party and family before weddings for pictures.
SGP: Where do you see WedTexts a year from now?
CW: We are humbled and excited each time someone signs up for a WedTexts account. The most exciting thing about being in the wedding industry is helping couples make their special day their own. We built WedTexts with this in mind. You are able to put your own personal flair on every WedTexts’ message you send to your guests. We are excited to see all the ways thousands of couples will make WedTexts their own. A year from now, we think we will be fortunate enough to be a part of thousands of couples’ weddings across the country.
Thanks, Caleb for telling us about WedTexts! I’m excited to see what’s to come. For more information about WedTexts, check out www.WedTexts.com.
Sarah Goldman is a wedding, engagement, and family photographer in Charleston and Columbia, SC.