Congratulations, you just got engaged. You are about to join in the “soon-to-be-married” club. Truth is, you feel overwhelmed. It’s emotional, it’s something magical just just happened, and you have no words to express it, let alone think about what to do next. But when the dust settles, you have some time, typically the next 6 – 9 months, to prepare for the biggest day of your life. You start looking around for tips, resources, inspirations, and suddenly you feel the need to start tracking all these little details. You can start with Excel or Google Docs, but you want something a bit nicer. A quick search on Google for “Online wedding planning” reveals about 7M results. Quite overwhelming. So where should you start?
You will find that there are different free services that provide wedding planning tools, and they mostly provide the same features in one way or another: checklists, budgets tracker, guests management, and sometimes seating arrangement. Each website comes with its own color, shape, and size, and you will probably have to evaluate them to find out which one you’d like to work with and comfortable with keeping your valuable data for the next 6 months. However, there’s a catch to these free services, you are bombarded with other miscellaneous stuff including an overdose of advertisements. 263 is the number of links on a typical page of TheKnot.com. On OurWeddingDay.com, the homepage has a whopping 343 links. To put things in perspective, Marrily has 1/10 of TheKnot’s number of links, not to mention we’re completely ad-free. The number of links is not an accurate indicator for how good the tool is, but in a way it reflects the nature of the website: is it a tool to help you plan your wedding, or is it also aimed at overwhelming you with a lot of resources you may not need (while also trying to sell you something)?
When I set out to build Marrily, I wanted to offer a different experience, and I want to treat my users better. I asked friends and even paid Facebook to run questionnaires to get to know other people’s experience with online wedding tools, and the responses were almost the same: people want a simple, just-work tool with less commercial fillers. Marrily is designed on this philosophy, and it offers a different experience than the free-but-full-of-ads alternatives. The right way to do it is to design a great premium tool, since with free tools, there is no other way to keep the the service running in the long run other than bombarding users with ads.
I personally invite you to give Marrily a shot. We offer a 14-day trial period, and we also offer unique features that no other sites are offering, such as the seating arrangement and sharing access with multiple users. Not to mention the live chat which you can ping us directly should you need some help getting started. And if you want more time to evaluate, just drop me an email at alexle[at]marrily.com and I’d be more than happy to extend the trial for you.
Plan your wedding happily with Marrily, and don’t forget to smile, you are about to experience the best day of your life. We are here to help you plan your wedding better.