For those who are married, you would know that planning for a wedding is no easy feat. After all, there’s a reason why most weddings take an average of 9 to 12 months of preparation time.
With work and other commitments to take care of, couples often choose to do away with traditions or simplify whichever process they can without incurring the wrath of parents and in-laws. For those who can’t do either, technology offers you a third option – automate.
Developer Bryan Chen knew exactly which shortcut to take when he decided to build his own RSVP system and opted for e-invites instead. He wanted to save on paper and postage costs as well as eliminate the numerous phone calls required to get mailing addresses and RSVP follow ups. Because they played a passive role in this process, Bryan and Ailin were able to focus on other things.
Here’s how it worked.
- Guests receive a rebranded SMS from BryanNAilin with information to RSVP.
- Guests can access the beautifully designed website and read about their love story.
- Guests can then take their time to decide if they would like to attend and RSVP whenever they want to.
- Closer to the date, an SMS will be sent to remind guests who have not RSVPed to do so. Guests who have indicated their attendance will receive an SMS reminder of the time and venue of the event. To avoid spamming his guests, Bryan took care to limit the rate SMSes were sent.
The result: A completely automated RSVP and follow up system. Bryan and Ailin could log in anytime they want to see the guests who have responded and the number of people attending. Another advantage of e-invites is also not having to worry if their mail has gotten lost or delayed.
How long did it take for you to set it up?
Set up the whole site? One work week. But this is on top of the fact that I have a day job. The Hoiio API integration was the quickest – that took about a couple of hours. The documentation provided was more than sufficient for beginners.
There are so many SMS APIs out there, why did you choose Hoiio? (Not that I am suggesting you use them of course :) )
To be honest, I didn’t bother checking out other services. I had used the Hoiio API once before for another project. In that project, I had found a limitation of the API that prevented me from doing exactly what I had wanted. I sent an e-mail, and within a few weeks, that feature was made available.
The one thing that sets a developer’s skills apart from all other professions’, is the universality of the skill of coding. Not only is it used to build powerful security systems and fun games like Candy Crush, code can also be used to solve problems we face in our daily lives. As engineers ourselves, we are glad that our APIs have helped made a fellow developer’s wedding preparations much smoother.
On behalf of the team, we wish Bryan and Ailin a happy fulfilling marriage. :)