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The Best Online Invitation Sites

by on August 23, 2017
in Dining & Entertainment, Phones and Mobile, Travel & Entertainment, Tips & How-Tos, Money Savers, Organization :: 33 comments

There's something about a personalized invitation that ups the game of any event. And whether you're organizing a dinner party, a corporate shindig or the occasion of a lifetime, an online invitation site is an efficient way to keep track of who's coming, let guests know of changes, and of course, send out some sensational invites to your friends and family.

Evite.com may have been the groundbreaker in the art of digital party-filling—at 2 billion invitations sent and counting, they're clearly doing something right—but their card designs and platform are starting to look a little old.

The best online invite sites today offer stylish, unique designs along with a wealth of event management tools that help you organize your guest list, communicate with attendees, and handle peripheral items like gift registries, ticket sales and donations. In some cases, you can work with the platforms' designers to create unique designs from scratch. Here are our favorites.

Best overall: Paperless Post  

Paperless Post

You can't go wrong with Paperless Post and its collection of sophisticated, classy designs for events from kids' birthdays to anniversary celebrations, weddings and garden parties. Collaborations with fashion and lifestyle designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Kate Spade New York mean there are plenty of modern, aesthetically pleasing designs to choose for your next batch of invitations, and the fonts on envelopes and card interiors are equally stylish and well-chosen.

There are many free designs for online invites, which can include a Google Maps link, a comment wall, a gift registry and poll questions, as well as a request to be added to a mailing list and a plus-one (or more) option for guests to bring partners or kids.

For professional events, you can set a maximum capacity that will prevent guests from accepting after a certain limit.

All designs can also be ordered as printed invitations, with envelopes addressed and proofed for free, mailed to your home (you do your own mailing).

Love it: All-round great design, in both the invitations and the platform for managing guest lists of all sizes, for both personal and professional events  
But: Cost per invite can add up when you're using premium designs for printed invitations. 
Free online invitations: Yes
Custom designs: No, but you can upload your own design or photos.
Paper option: From $1.81 each
Import email addresses: Yes
Ability to track RSVPs: Yes
Smartphone app:  iOS only
Send updates to guests: No

Best for the frequent party planner: Pingg 

Pingg

If you enjoy dressing up casual events with cute, personalized invitations, Pingg might be for you. Its low-key, cheerful designs, created by independent artists, are organized by category, including BBQs, pool parties and birthdays. You can also upload your own designs or photos to use in the invites.

If you're planning a potluck, you can add a list of food items that guests can then sign up to bring. You can also add a gift registry for birthdays or weddings. If there's a third-party event or other venue involved—or if you'd like to collect cash for a joint gift—Pingg lets you sell tickets and collect donations. The free service displays ads on the invites, which might not be an issue if you're inviting your girlfriends to the monthly movie night; otherwise, you can pay $10 per event (which includes access to a premium design) or $30/year for unlimited events.

Love it: You can set automatic reminders to be sent to guests to RSVP.
But: Invitation designs may be a little informal for special occasions such as a wedding.
Free online invitations: For up 75 guests; includes ads on invites 
Custom designs: No, although you can upload your own designs or photos.
Paper option: No
Import email addresses: From Gmail, AOL Mail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com, OSX Mail app, Outlook, LinkedIn, iCloud, Office 365, as well as .csv and .vcf files
Ability to track RSVPs: Yes
Smartphone app:  No
Send updates to guests: Yes

Best for kids' events: Punchbowl

Punchbowl

Since we last checked out Punchbowl, this functionality-first online invite service seemingly focused on helping people organize potlucks has had a style revamp. Its invitation options include hand-painted and pencil-drawn designs and more minimal prints, and—excitingly, for anyone organizing a kid's birthday­—cartoon character cards featuring Hello Kitty, Spider Man and Elsa from Frozen, to name a few. You can change the font of editable text as well as its color (your choices are limited, cleverly, to a palette of complementary shades), and tweak the envelope's lining, postage stamp and rubber stamp.

The back-end system is packed with features—you can arrange guests in family groups (handy when the guest list include kids who won't RSVP) and set automatic reminders for RSVPs, as well as communicate with guests via the platform. With a paid-for membership (from $4.99/month), you can create recurring events and poll your guests (or their parents).

Love it: If you want to shrink your carbon footprint, Punchbowl will donate a part of the proceeds from certain designs to reduce paper production.
But: The details section of invitations aren't as sleekly designed as the "front."
Free online invitations: For up to 100 guests; includes ads on invites
Custom designs: No, although some designs allow you to upload your own photos.
Paper option: No
Import email addresses: From Gmail, Yahoo!, Outlook.com, AOL Mail, Evite and .csv files
Ability to track RSVPs: Yes
Smartphone app:  Android, iOS
Send updates to guests: Yes 

Best for big events: Greenvelope

Greenvelope

If you're a firm believer in the etiquette of thoughtful handwritten invitations, Greenvelope is should be your first stop. Its hundreds of designs span moody watercolors, quirky hand-drawings, elegant minimalist images and more classic romance illustrations, many with templates for a suite of save-the-dates, invitations and post-event thank-yous.

There's a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate dashboard where you can set up RSVP tracking and customize your invites with survey questions (useful if you're doing a professional event), a gift registry, ticket-selling features or donations. There are tons of features especially suited to weddings and big events, with options for guests to enter names of plus-ones (or more), the ability to address invites by group (for example, family or couple), and a summary of open rates and responses.

The platform also caters well to multi-event agendas—there's a dedicated section to add each event and its venue with a description, time and Google Maps link, all of which are included in the details section of the invite itself. However, guests can't respond separately to each event. So if someone could attend the wedding but couldn’t make it to the rehearsal dinner, there’s no good way to let the host know.

Greenvelope donates part of every sale to Mountains to Sound, a nonprofit organization that maintains forests.

Love it: Snazzy envelope-opening sequence, plus plenty of event organization features from plus-one (or more) management to gift registries, ticket sales and donations 
But: Preset fonts inside the cards can be bland, especially compared to the stylish external fonts.
Free online invitations: For up to 10 guests in trial mode
Custom designs: An in-house designer can customize or create a new design from scratch.
Paper option: No
Import email addresses: From Gmail, AOL Mail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com, OSX Mail app, Outlook, LinkedIn, iCloud, Office 365, as well as .csv and .vcf files
Ability to track RSVPs: Yes
Smartphone app:  Android, iOS
Send updates to guests: Yes 

One to watch for: Minted

Minted card editor

Mainly intended for weddings, Minted's designs are sourced from a diverse community of independent artists and printed on luxurious cotton paper. You can pick a card design only, or go for the free wedding website as well, where you can post the details of the big day (or long weekend), track your RSVPs for separate events, and add a gift registry. The website designs are all from artists who've won competitions organized by Minted. Choose your favorite look and customize it with your wedding details, and then you can (if you want to) order the matching printed invites, which include addressed guest envelopes (you do your own stamping and mailing).

Minted recently launched its online invite feature in beta, where you can create free online invitations for other occasions—dinner parties, bachelorette bashes, holiday parties. Guests are treated to a sleek, scrolling, animated invite when they click on the link. Along with the event details, hosts can include a Google Maps link, survey question, and an option for guests to bring a plus-one (or more). As with the e-vite heavyweights, you can set RSVP reminders and event reminders to be sent automatically.

Love it: Modern, understated and genuinely stylish designs that are a treat to open virtually and in real life
But: Wedding invitations are print-only and guests can only RSVP online if you've created a wedding website.
Free online invitations: Until December 31
Custom designs: You can work with a designer to amend designs or create new ones (print invitations only).
Paper option: For around $2.34 each with a print run of 100
Import email addresses: From a spreadsheet only
Ability to track RSVPs: Yes—but wedding invites can only be tracked if you use the wedding website.
Smartphone app: No
Send updates to guests: Yes

Updated on 08/23/2017 with new service and pricing information

[image credits: Punchbowl, Paperless Post, Greenvelope, Pingg, Minted]



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I like this one

From Lisa Noel on April 05, 2015 :: 7:30 am

I like this one http://BDare.com, it’s for mobile phones but it’s not an app so the invites do not need to download any thing just open the link. it’s a mobile site invitation sent as a link really light ,fast to create & it free

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for longer texts

From W Smith on December 25, 2015 :: 6:08 pm

For longer text I am also using http://www.text-invite.com/ to find inspiration. The text quality is very good and it is free on-line content related to party’s invitations.

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One more option for invitation web-site

From John on April 23, 2015 :: 6:17 pm

I would like to share one more online invitations web-site with RSVP and simple gift registry features: http://www.partylabz.com

The service is simple and works well on desktops and mobiles. Although it has not many features but does its job quite well, and most important - it does not require registration.

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phildora's pvite

From Natasha on July 05, 2015 :: 10:42 pm

I found this mobile party invitation callled
Phildora, which is pretty cool.

http://www.phildora.com
I used it to host a part at my place and it was pretty easy esp that it is all mobile and I can send invitations directly to my phone contacts.
and theyccall these invites as pvites.. haha.

try it fellas.

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I want to send one

From Karen on October 21, 2015 :: 6:19 pm

I want to send one invitation to a large list of people offering them the option to attend on of two gatherings.  I’d like there to be an option: click this to accept option A and click this to accept option B.  Then I’d like rsvps to be tracked by option accepted.  Do you know of a site offering this functionality?

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Did you ever find a

From Lisa on February 03, 2016 :: 3:53 pm

Did you ever find a program/website that would be able to do this?  It’s exactly what I’m looking for as well!

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Responses

From Joel on July 04, 2017 :: 3:46 pm

Looking for multiple RSVP options

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Just printed cards?

From Cheryl on November 23, 2015 :: 12:07 pm

Does Carda.co have ecards as well as printed ones?

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Another option

From Katie Motz on November 26, 2015 :: 12:28 am

This list is pretty good - I’ve used Paperless Post in the past.

As another suggestion: I recently stumbled across RSVPify ( https://rsvpify.com/ ) for planning some of the own parties/meetings.

The one complaint I have is that they only offer 100 free RSVPs… but the plans are relatively cheap, so I ended up picking up a subscription. I’d say they’re worth a look.

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RSVP online

From Theo on December 04, 2015 :: 2:17 pm

Surprised this didn’t make the list, totally free and you can share photos online. Reminds me of a Instagram meets RSVP tracker. Check it out http://www.eventrii.com

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This list is very useful.

From Yamuna on December 08, 2015 :: 8:13 am

This list is very useful. Thanks for sharing! I would like to introduce a new tool Inviter(https://inviter.com/) - it is a video invitation & video greetings tool. You can create & send video invitations easily & track your guests RSVP’s also.

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web app for weekend of events

From Bob on January 11, 2016 :: 12:23 am

I am looking to send e-invitations for a birthday weekend.  Lots of family will come into town, so there will be multiple events through the weekend.  Any ideas on best web invitation/tracker?

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Try inviter.com platform

From Yamuna on January 25, 2016 :: 4:51 am

You can easily track your guests RSVP details with video invitation & you can also send reminders to them.If you want more details please ping a message to me.

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I just want to say

From Nirbhay Shukla on January 15, 2016 :: 5:20 am

I just want to say that I like your posting. In fact I am using your site regularly. Your articles are very effective and i am very thankful to you for sharing this site with knowledgeable content .

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Another one

From Justin Soong on February 05, 2016 :: 3:36 pm

checkout invitespring.com

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need help

From angelle sanogo on April 07, 2016 :: 4:48 am

Can some one help me with any email initaion site, like toluna email invitaion?

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Easy Entertainment

From Annie Frances on May 25, 2016 :: 5:22 pm

It seems that everyone is doing things online lately.  The clients at my job give us certain benefits by giving us tickets to different entertainment events like basketball games.  They’ve started using an app to invite everyone and share information easily.  Good post, thanks. https://invitemanager.com/

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Website for affordable invites

From Bonnie on July 01, 2016 :: 2:18 pm

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Best Guest List site

From Tom Psillas on July 10, 2016 :: 3:51 pm

https://www.AllmyNeeds.com is releasing a killer app for guest list and invites, along with a super guest registry.
I previewed it in beta and it is cool. I think it opens to the public in mid August 2016.
These guys are a hub for all services, including wedding DJs, photographers. My daughter found her babysitter there.

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Thank you!

From kent on October 09, 2016 :: 6:46 pm

Thank you, this post was very helpful and introduced me to several new sites I didn’t know about.

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Please give me links to FREE evites for holidays with a food check list of what they are bringing th

From GG on November 03, 2016 :: 3:20 pm

We are looking for a list keeper of something that is being planned by one set of grandkids for Christmas to invite 40 people and have them bring specific needed items from 2 lists (say list a and list b).  This way individuals can be instructed to choose any one item, and families can be instructed to bring an item from each column.  Young grandkids are putting this together so they don’t have a readily available budget.  Adult supervision will be given.  Do you have some easy free sites you can suggest?

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This is very neat, I create invites and other items

From Elaine Johnston on November 06, 2016 :: 6:29 pm

I love creating printable items for all occasions. Fall and Christmas are topping my list of items right now with it being November. I do charge for my items, they are all custom high quality digital files that can be printed, e-mailed or used on social media. Printables from invites, announcments, photo cards, picture collages, banners, any size or styles, from small to very large. For personal or business items, I create everything. Invites and Delites is the name of my shop and can be found at http://www.InvitesAndDelites.com . Turn around time is quite quick for custom work.

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Open Invitations

From Bhavin on November 23, 2016 :: 11:39 am

http://www.countus.in is another great option. Compared to evite (which is what I have used mostly in the past) - it gives you a single link shareable anywhere as an invitation and has single click sharing integration with WhatsApp, SMS and Email (no need to import contacts). I personally like sharing over WhatsApp or SMS since the response rates are faster / higher.

Creating an invite is also fairly quick - takes me less than a minute since it’s one form with 4 or 5 fields.

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RSVP Specific

From Ridd on December 07, 2016 :: 4:04 pm

Does anyone know of a good site to use to send invitations when you want to personalize how many people you want to invite per email address? For instance, I want to invite 4 people in one family and only 2 people in another family. Is there any sites that allow for this customization?

I don’t have email addresses for every member of each family so I can’t send them individually.

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Another good online invitation option

From Jennifer on December 13, 2016 :: 10:41 pm

Another good online invite option is Sendomatic http://www.sendomatic.com. Good for personal or business events - they have a free option and invites can also be sent by text message.

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I really liked Twingle App

From Carol Hilton on January 16, 2017 :: 10:56 pm

For a recent potluck event I hosted, a friend suggested using an app called Twingle.  The app was great to send invitations and track RSVPs,  but what worked out really great for my event was the potluck feature.  It was easy to setup and I was able to track who’s bringing what.  Really useful app for potlucks.  You have to download the app to view the potluck lists, the app is available on IOS or Android.  You can also download from the app from their website http://www.twingle.com

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Another Site

From Andrew on January 18, 2017 :: 12:00 am

You can also try https://www.justrsvp.me. It’s quick to set up, and lets you limit +1s that will be attending with the invited guest.

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me too!

From Theresa McDermott on January 29, 2017 :: 12:57 pm

I need this too!!

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Where is the tracking on multiple events?

From Theresa McDermott on January 29, 2017 :: 1:00 pm

Anyone find a service that allows people to accept/decline certain parts of the invite?  Yes I will go to the park but no I won’t go to the dance party…something like that?

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I have same question

From Joel on July 04, 2017 :: 3:48 pm

Multiple RSVP’s for related functions

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I'm also looking

From Joel on July 04, 2017 :: 3:50 pm

for multiple event rsvp options

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No E-Mail list to use. Just want a Count

From Ron Christensen on March 06, 2017 :: 5:56 pm

We are helping to put on a Celebration Of Life Service for a very popular Lawyer in our town. We do not have E-Mail addresses to send the invitation to. In fact, we really don’t want to send an invitation. Is there a website that does not require the RSVPer to download an App? We would include the URL on all our correspondence and hope that people would sign in and let us know they are coming. The idea is to get some kind of count of how many people are planning on attending.

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phildora

From Sani on August 04, 2017 :: 2:39 pm

there is an app called phildora. It has such cool gif based invitation templates and amazing features.

Your guests need not download the app to rsvp. They receive an SMS with the invitation link.

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