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Evite: Love It or Hate It?

Now that the holiday season has started to unfold, my inbox is quickly filling with lots of invitations to festive events and fabulous parties. The majority of these invites are evites. I understand how evite is a quick and easy way to invite friends/family to a party, but I just don't get their mass appeal.

I hate how everyone invited can see who will or will not be attending the shindig. I despise how one is expected to leave a fun comment about the soirée. I find their images generic and their reminder emails annoying. Always a fan of handmade invites, I guess what it comes down to is I hate evite. Am I the only one? What do you think of evite?

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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
leluxe-can you imagine that!!
cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
This has been a recent source of conversation and debate around here. Although I think it a good option not only for the convenience and ease of contacting and responding... but also in keeping my efforts to reduce waste (they "save the trees" so to speak). However, I do think it lovely to send a real snail mail invitation when hosting something special. I feel the same way about giving and receiving hand written (or at least hand signed!!) holiday cards and hand written thank you notes.
gbrsgirl gbrsgirl 9 years
I love them for casual get togethers. of course for a formal event I would sent a paper invite. But I find alot of people don't check their mail as regularly as their e-mail these days, so I think this is a good option for some people.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
As long as noone uses Evite for wedding's....i think its fine. haha
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
my boyfriend uses evite and one of my co-workers does too. I don't think you are REQUIRED to leave a comment, obviously. If you can't attend and want to say why, then you can leave a comment. And if you want to make sure that you will know someone at the party, then you can see who will be attending. It's been a long time since I threw a party that required actual invitations or e-invitations, so really, either one is fine with me. If I'm doing a themed party, I would probably make up themed cards, but if it's just a casual get-together, why not send the e-vite? Everybody is on email anyway.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Never tried them OR heard about them!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
I just used Evite for two of my birthday parties (one family, one friend). This makes it much easier to keep track of sine the two are on the same day. The most important thing to me though, is cost. I'm a single parent and don't have anything to spare, so when I can save I will. This is a BIG savings! I agree with others though, that for a really big event like a wedding or shower that this wouldn't do. I view it as something used more informally. I love it.
Food Food 9 years
Party and I disagree about this one, I actually love evites! I usually make my own image in photoshop and send it out. It's the easiest way to keep everything organized. I wish I had the time for real invites, but I usually end up planning parties at the last minute.
haute77 haute77 9 years
evite is only good for casual events with tons of people. i prefer invitations.
emalove emalove 9 years
I think they're fine for less formal events with friends.
elle-j elle-j 9 years
If it is casual, and a lot of people, I think evites are wonderful. For something special, I would of course opt for a hard invite.
maddyme maddyme 9 years
I have always viewed Evite this way: Evite is a great thing for parties that you don't care about 100%. In this day and age, there are still some people who could care less about an invitation sent through email and do not take this kind of invitation seriously. I personally feel (and have noticed) if you want your event to be a success and want people to take your invite seriously, it must be sent by post. For added responses, use the Evite as a back up and reminder tool. One thing I have noticed from throwing a few co-ed baby showers: Men will respond to the Evite, but not the paper invitation, and women will respond to the paper invite more readily than the Evite.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
evite is awesome! i've been using it since my 18th birthday party. it's great because you know everyone checks their e-mail on a regular basis & there are no worries about invites getting lost in the mail. plus, i find people are more apt to rsvp when they don't have to pick up the phone. all of yum's complaints are easily fixed by using your own images & changing a few default settings.
mollywog mollywog 9 years
I think they're nice for casual things, but not for nice parties or dinner parties.
MsMO MsMO 9 years
I think it's fine, a lot of people are busy with children, spouses, jobs, volunteer work and to actually sit down and hand do an invitation, the world is a busy place and I feel happy just to be invited, to see somebody included me makes my day. Also I can mentally prepare for who else was invited. Sometimes having a heads up is nice. I feel no pressure to leave a witty comment. I just mark yes, no or maybe.
michichan michichan 9 years
hah, they may make thanks for he evite cards.
musicmixer musicmixer 9 years
Party I'm not so into them either. I feel so much pressure to add a witty comment that I just procrastinate responding to the last possible moment and then end up saying nothing. I mean how many times can I get away with "Thanks for eviting me."?
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I think it's a great tool to use for quick get togethers. It makes things Very easy and helps the host have less stress. AND it's free and more eco friendly. Since my mom is a mail carrier, I'm supposed to say Send Mail! haha but I tend to use evite more often. But I do mail letters to loved ones all the time.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
It depends. It's easy for last minute informal get-togethers like playdates or just a quick dinner gathering amongst friends. It saves trees, stamps and time. But for more formal parties, I like to send out real invitations.
michichan michichan 9 years
Good point,, but they look so good in scrapbooks.
looseseal looseseal 9 years
Looks to me like something that saves trees.
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 9 years
I tend to side with scorpstar77 and julieulie.
Marci Marci 9 years
I agree with party about not liking knowing everyone who is going to be at an event. Half the fun of going to a party is guessing who might be there. I can see the evite appeal, and I also think for some things they're a perfect, but I don't really care for them as the norm.
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
i love them for last minute things...we do them in our office a lot for weekly football parties to figure out who's hosting and who's bringing what...but i don't know about big parties.
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