Necessity is the mother of invention.
That proverb has proved true once again with the launch of Rock Paper Coin, a digital event binder which streamlines the event planning process. Developed by Nora Sheils, owner and founder of Bridal Bliss, and her sister-in-law Elizabeth Sheils, the website revolutionizes how couples and event planners collaborate through an efficient, user-focused digital platform.
"We started working on this at the start of 2018," said Nora Sheils. She was witnessing brides experiencing additional stress trying to keep track of payments, to-do lists and contracts for venues, flowers, photographers and every other detail of planning a wedding.
"We were seeing people struggle with paper contracts, which they had to print out, then scan in to submit," said Sheils. "They don't write checks, we needed a system that took electronic payments."
Sheils said she tried other software, but found nothing that was formatted specifically for the event planning industry, so she began creating her own. The software was built by planners for planners, and allows brides and other event clients to view contracts and make payments on their phones or computers, while providing vendors with a professional and easy way to process contracts, invoices and payments.
Other principals in the business include co-founder Valerie Troyer, account manager Kelly Bebby and software developers Charlie Peden Dylan Stackhouse and Elly Maimon.
"We want to revolutionize how couples and event professionals collaborate through an efficient, user-focused digital platform," she said.
The service is free for clients planning an event. Simply sign up online at rockpapercoin.com/signup.
Vendors can choose to pay a $40 monthly fee or pay for a year upfront and save 17% for a total of $395 per year on the same website rockpapercoin.com/signup.
Rock Paper Coin gives vendors the benefits of the lowest credit card processing fees, planner collaboration, gratuity benefits, and personalized on-boarding and branding options.
The business name is a fun play on words. Rock represents the diamond ring, paper represents the contract, which no longer is printed on paper and coin represents payments.
"It's a play on the rock, paper, scissors game," she said.
Since the software is digital it can be used by anyone anywhere, giving vendors the advantage of unlimited users. Vendors interested in trying the service can do so for two weeks free. Sign up online at rockpapercoin.com or call 503-476-1796.
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