S&S has fallen in love with myWedding RSVP, a creative and modern alternative to traditional paper-based rsvp services. Husband and wife team Lisa & Ryan Johnson, Ottawa-based web designers, tell us about the benefits of online rsvp’s and why they work for every bride.
Tell us a little about yourselves.
My name is Lisa Johnson and I am the founder of myWedding RSVP. I am from Ottawa and web design/development has been a big part of my life for the past 6 years. I graduated from the Interactive Multimedia and Design program at Carleton University, which is where I met my husband, Ryan Johnson. After graduating in 2010, Ryan and I started our own web design studio, pixeledstudios. While this company is going strong, we are always thinking of new and innovative projects on the side.
What was your inspiration behind creating myWedding RSVP?
Ryan and I got married in July 2011 and because of the Canada Post strike going on at the time, I was looking into doing an online rsvp for my guests. I did a lot of research, but I could not find any rsvp system that I was happy with. Most of them were covered in advertisements, poorly designed, and/or did not have the functionality I needed. Ryan and I, being web designers/developers, decided to create one ourselves. Our guests absolutely loved it! We received so much positive feedback about it. Since then, we have been growing it and sharing it with other brides and grooms! What makes us different from other rsvp websites is that we work with the bride and groom to tailor the site specifically to their needs, including incorporating their wedding colours and style. We focus on the beauty of the website and we keep it clean and simple with no advertisements.
Why choose myWedding RSVP over paper-based products?
The amount of organization that myWedding RSVP provides to the bride and groom is one of the biggest benefits. It is so much fun for the bride and groom to login to their site and instantly see everyone’s response, meal choice, comments, etc. all in one place! Statistics on the number of guests attending, not attending and awaiting reply are all provided as well. After using this online rsvp for my own wedding, I cannot even imagine the hassle of collecting rsvp’s from the mail and sorting through them. The convenience is truly endless.
Another big benefit is that brides will actually save money by using this service. I can promise that the amount of money spent on return envelopes and stamps will exceed the price of our service. And for all you “Go Green” brides out there, it doesn’t get much greener than this!