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Sending Evites

Posted By On March 23, 2007 @ 2:17 PM In Using The Internet | Comments Disabled

Q:
You featured a Web site a few weeks back called Evite.com and I wanted to use it for my family’s Easter gathering, but I’m not really sure how to do it. Can you help? Please!

A:
Oh, that sounds like so much fun! Whenever you’re planning a party or a get together, you know it’s going to be a good time, especially if you’re celebrating something really special. So, if your event is special, shouldn’t you have an even better way to invite everyone? Yeah, I think so too! Well, that’s what we’ll go over today by using the Web site of Evite.com, which can be found right here [1].

Okay, so what does Evite do? Its main purpose is the invitation side of things. You can use their site to send out invitations for your events via e-mail. Yep, that’s right, everything is done through e-mail. And let’s face it, that just makes everything so much more convenient. You don’t have to worry about buying invitations, addressing the envelopes or spending all that money on stamps. You just enter in the e-mail addresses of your friends or family and the same invite goes out to everyone. It really is just too simple. So, what do you say we design an Evite for the person who asked this question’s Easter celebration? Sounds good to me!

First, go to www.evite.com and on the very first page, you’ll see a box that says “Send Free Invitations.” Right there is where you can pick the theme for your event. Since Easter is coming up very soon, they have an option for that at the very top. Click on that and then hit the button that says “Create Invitation.” The next page will then show you some different designs that you can choose from. A lot of them are very cute, so if you see one you like, go ahead and click on it. You can also click on the View Larger button to see a better view of it. I personally like to design my own evites, so I’m going to use the Design Your Own choice for this tip. But, you choose what you want!

If you’re going along with me, the next thing to do is choose your background layout. They have like 36 choices, so just scroll through them and pick the one you like the best. I actually chose the Polka Dots design on the very first page. It looks so Springy and the polka dots look like little Easter eggs! Now, you can also upload your own background image if you’d like to do it that way. Just click the button next to “Upload Your Own Background Image” and hit the Browse button to find your image. Otherwise, select the design you want and then hit the Select button.

The next thing you’ll want to do is choose an image for your evite. They have 109 to choose from, but I couldn’t really find a cute Easter one, so I just opted not to have a main image on my invitation. If you find one you like though, go ahead and add it. When you’re done, just hit the Select button. Next, you can choose some accent images, which will go on both sides of your invitation. For mine, I chose the little yellow chicks, because they’re perfect for Easter. Plus, they look cute against the polka dot background! Choose what you want and hit Select.

Now comes the best part: choosing the colors. You can choose your colors for the text on your evite, the event title color, the text link color, the reply box color, the header color and the header bar text color. So many options! Just choose which item you want to change and then select a color from the palette on the left. It’s as easy as that! I chose a light blue color for my text, a purple color for my title and so on. Make your selections and hit Finish.

Next, you get to enter in all of the details for your event. Put in your event title, the host’s name, a telephone number, the location of the event, the date and the start time. You can even type in a message to your guests if you want. Another great thing about Evite is that you can include a map to the location of the event. That way, if all of your guests don’t know how to get there, they can just look at the map and find out.

When you’re done, click on the Add Guests button. You can then type in the e-mail addresses of all your guests. Just make sure you separate them by commas or hit the Enter key on your keyboard after each one. There are some other things you can customize on this page too, so just read over everything and make your selections before you finish up. When you’re all done, click on the Preview Invite button to see what your evite is going to look like to your guests. If you’re happy with it, click Send Now or if you’d like to make some changes, go ahead and do so.

You will be asked to register with Evite.com, but it only takes a couple minutes. Your invitation will then be sent out to your guests and you can wait to hear back from them as to whether or not they’ll be able to attend. You can then go and get started on another evite right away. Maybe a birthday or maybe even one for the final game of March Madness. Evite has them all!

Now, just a couple more things. If you chose one of Evite’s designs at the very beginning, it will take you right into filling out your information and adding your guests. You’ll go past a lot of what I talked about for designing your own. Also, if you want to preview your evite at any stage of the process, just click the Preview button and it will come up on your screen. That way, you can see what it’s going to look like for sure and you can make any changes right away, rather than later. And one more thing. Evite does not get along well with the Back button on your browser, so try not to use it. If you do, you may have to start all over, so just try to use Evite’s own buttons, arrows, etc. and you should be fine.

Okay, I think that’s all I have for this one. I hope you have fun creating your very own invitations and I hope you have even more fun saving all the money you will by using this Web site. You can’t beat free, can you?! Enjoy your celebrations!

~ Erin


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