When Chris Bentivegna and his girlfriend Ashley began preparing for a close friend's wedding, they realized there was a lot they didn't know. They didn't know about the gift registry, the location for some of the events, and what hotel was hosting out-of-town guests.
"That's where the thought came: Wouldn't it be cool if they had an app for this wedding?" explained Bentivegna. "That's where the whole idea started."
TIE THE KNOT
The idea is now a new, free app for iPhones. It's called Tie The Knot.
Bentivegna, a University of Florida engineering graduate, has developed other apps for companies, but this is his first independent app. It helps the couple create a website that automatically builds a personalized app.
Whoever the couple allows access gets a total connection from their smart phone to all of the wedding information.
CAN YOU GIVE ME DIRECTIONS?
Tap "where to stay," and the app will provide driving directions and the phone number of the hotel. It can link users directly to the gift registry, where they can purchase gifts through the app. You can even suggest songs to be played at the reception and blog back and forth with the bride.
HOW TO TRY IT
You can go to www.tietheknotapp.com and see a sample wedding that shows you how to do it. In a few months, Bentivegna will put his app to the personal test when he marries his now-fiancée Ashley.
"It will help us make this app even better because I'll be using it first-hand and getting all this feedback from our friends and family," added Bentivegna.