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With This Mobile Invitation, I Thee Wed

I was trying to find a mobile topic that I had yet to address and with my brother getting married this summer, I have had wedding on the mind. So, I did a quick search (mobile wedding apps)  and couldn’t believe what I found. While I have yet to receive one myself, people are actually sending out mobile wedding invitations.

Mobile Wedding Invitation enables you to send your personalized invitations to guests anywhere in the world! It advises that you will never run short of invitations, as they all you to send your link to as many guests as you would like. They promise you will also save time and money on postage. Not only that, but this solution is eco-friendly (no paper, printing or postage). Your order will take 7-10 working days. Your mobile invitation will remain live on their servers for 18 months unless earlier removal is requested. They do not allow search engines to index your site for privacy reasons.

Here is a link to a QR code that you can scan and experience the invitations on your phone before purchasing.

I don’t think this is a terrible idea, I just don’t know if it is for everyone, at least yet. I think this depends heavily on your generation. It would allow your guests easy access to all the information they need on the day of or days before your big day. In talking about this idea to my friends, many thought it was a very impersonal and cheap way to ask your guests to spend money on gifts and travel to your wedding and they may reconsider attending or sending a gift (thinking why couldn’t they put forth the effort to mail a real invitation).

This site, while focused all on mobile, has failed to optimize their own site for mobile. Ha! I do feel if you are truly trying to sell a mobile experience, that you should have a mobile site.

Suggestions for this mobile site:

  • Reduce the amount of content
  • Single column layout will likely work best
  • Present that navigation differently
  • Minimize text entry
  • Design for touchscreen and non-touchscreen users
  • Take advantage of inbuilt functionality

Also, they claim eco-friendly, but they are likely not factoring in the costs of hosting these invitations, the data plan usage or phone battery usage to view this invitation. Those all take power to run and host.

I wonder what will be next, getting a wedding invitation via a Facebook event. I wouldn’t put it past the Smartphone Class!