WeddingWire


Website: weddingwire.com
Twitter: @WeddingWire
Facebook: WeddingWire
Founder: Timothy Chi

Overview

Wedding Wire is an online marketplace that connects vendors with engaged couples and event planners. The company began as a review service like Yelp, asking couples to review wedding vendors. The company now also includes searchable content on trends in bridal fashion, etiquette, preparation, and all topics wedding-related. Couples use WeddingWire to host their own wedding Web site or manage their budget. [6] The company released three mobile apps in 2014 - WedTeam, WedStyle and WedSocial - that complement its website. WedTeam lets engaged couples source vendors from their mobile devices. WedStyle helps couples curate wedding ideas and post images to get crowdsourced feedback on bouquets, decorations, dresses, etc. WedSocial allows guests to photograph their view of the wedding, keepsakes that the bride and groom can keep. [4]

History

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Wedding Wire was founded in May of 2007 by Timothy Chi, one of the first co-founders of Blackboard, the DC-based ed-tech software firm. In 2005, Timothy and his fiancee were struggling to plan their wedding in Toronto. They interviewed myriad wedding vendors and grew increasingly frustrated with the process. Timothy was not alone in his struggles, and he realized that despite the number of companies that help couples create a vision for their wedding, there was no good company to help them execute the vision. Timothy got three friends to help him flesh out his idea and sketch the technical details on napkins in the living room of his Chevy Chase home. [6] Since it's founding, Timothy has used an employee-centric approach to HR, with employee focus groups, a 'help yourself' kitchen, and an unlimited vacation policy. [7] In 2013, the company launched EventWire.com, a site that focuses on corporate events, anniversary celebrations, birthday parties, and bar and bat mitzvahs. In November of 2014, WeddingWire ranked 88th on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ and 7th among DC area companies on Washington Business Journal’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies List. [1]

Funding RoundDatePaper AmountInvestors
Series BSeptember 26, 2012$25 millionSpectrum Equity
UndisclosedDecember 7, 2011Undisclosed AmountSouthern Capitol Ventures
Series AFebruary 1, 2008$5.5 millionMartha Stewart Living Omnimedia
AngelFeburary 1, 2007$565K