Evite is a web based event planning service that provides users with a number of convenient tools. The application allows users to create a new event for any occasion. The user builds a site that is customized to the event. Evite templates include designs intended for baby showers, wedding showers, birthdays, housewarming parties, backyard barbecues, family gatherings, house parties, summer parties and any other kind of event a user might want to host. Users can send out email invitations through Evite, which can help the user save on the cost of party supplies. Invitees can RSVP through the Evite event page with a yes, no or maybe and include a note to the host on the page. The Evite page lists all relevant information for the event, such as where it will be held, when and what it is for. Evite keeps a count of how many responses are left so the host can easily determine how much food and supplies are needed. Evite has added a mobile version for iPhones. The site also links users to the American Greetings ecard store.
Evite was founded by Josh Silverman in 1998. The site was acquired by conglomerate IAC/InterActiveCorp in 2001. Liberty Media acquired Evite.com in 2010. Evite is currently the largest online service for planning social events.
Evite allows users to organize and keep track of event attendees online. The application is easy to use but provides a number of helpful tools that allows the user to save a great deal of time in their planning efforts. The email invitation feature is also a way for party hosts to save money in the planning (and save a few trees in the process). There are lots of complaints of Evite users because Evite is not improving over the years. The biggest complaint is that invitation emails still don't contain all the info for the event. Users have to go to the website, which is stuffed with ads, to look for all the details.
The Evite website uses cheerful colors and a simple layout that gives it plenty of personality. A bright green header and navigation bar complement the stylish site logo. Evite also incorporates banner advertisements in its layout. These inevitably help pay for the free service, although they have a way of making the layout look a little busy at times when lingering beside the colorful event page layouts.
Evite welcomes all visitors to create an account for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for using the site. The user can host as many parties and events as they like through Evite. Users can access the American Greetings ecard store through Evite, which may require a fee based on which cards the user sends. This is completely optional and not a requirement to maintain an account.
Evite is a helpful tool for anyone who hosts a party. Whether the user is hosting a one time event or frequently has guests over for dinner or gatherings, Evite can help them save time and money on the preparations. But Evite is not the most innovative and easy to use service for this purpose. It has the advantage of being the largest event planning service on the web.