He looked like every other pigeon I’d seen in my life. He had slightly ruffled feathers and beady, round eyes that stared with suspicion. But this pigeon was special. He was dead, stuffed, and on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
The pigeon’s name was Cher Ami (which, for the other plebs like me who barely passed French 101, translates to “Dear Friend”). He was a carrier pigeon during World War I. He played a pivotal role in the Battle of Verdun and helped save 194 members of an Infantry Division.
As a writer, a lover of animals, and a fan of letter-writing, Cher Ami made a huge impression on me when I came across him. I think of him every time I think of the importance of letters, notes, and messages.
Listen, I know you’re thinking, “Why am I reading about a carrier pigeon and World War I on a blog about wedding planning? Did this lady stay up way too late watching Ken Burns and drinking a thousand La Croix’s spiked with gin?” to which I’ll say, “Stop looking through my blinds!” But I get it. I’m here for your confusion. I’m clutching a metaphor out of the jaws of an emotionally weighty historical fact—but bear with me.
Because listen. Letters, messages, and notifications will never go out of style. They matter. They are important in our day-to-day lives, they are important in times of struggle, and they are important when it comes to navigating the potentially chaotic times of wedding-planning.
When Mr. Darcy poured his heart out to Jane, he did that shit in a letter. And when Harry Potter was notified he’s been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the owls bestowed this news in a letter.
One of the best things you can do for yourself, for your guests, and for your wedding as a whole is provide clarity. How can you easily achieve clarity? Through communication!
There’s no such thing as over-communication
Provide them with messages! Send them notifications! Keep your people informed!
Joy is here to help you with your communication, particularly when it comes to helping your guests stay informed on details related to your wedding.
You can choose to send a wedding-related notification or message to your guests as either an email or as an in-app notification. There are built-in reminders for guests for key events, information, and even things such as shuttle schedules. These messaging options and reminders are simply one more way the team at Joy is striving to support you in making your wedding —and your experience—easier.
Look, I know your wedding app messages and notifications are not going to land you in a display in a Smithsonion Institution. But when you need inspiration on why communication and messages are so important, simply remember: écrire avec d’amour, cher ami. Write with love, dear friend.