Hot Dog Invitation

As my loyal readers already know, I’m a huge fan of ABC’s The Bachelor. Last night I hosted a premiere party. It was so fun and you are going to love the pictures! To tide you over until I can get those I wanted to share a review of the new online invitation service I used.

There has been buzz throughout the blogosphere about the new online invitation service, Purple Trail. I’ve been waiting for a chance to try it out and my Bachelorette Premiere party presented the perfect opportunity.

An avid evite fan, I was hesitant to stray from the familiar. I decided to take a leap of faith on a small party where I knew I could call people if it didn’t work for some reason. Here is my feedback!

Design

The feature I loved best about Purple Trail was the ability to create a custom design. Evite’s system is kind of clunky and I’ve learned it is just best to go with their premade templates. Purple Trail allowed me to upload a picture that I created in Photoshop and customize the background color to match.

Usability

Filling in all of the party information was simple and self-explanatory. The thing I liked best was how quickly the site loads.

Features

A first time user, I decided to try out some of the “Modules” PT offers. First, I found a video preview of The Bachelorette premiere and embedded it on the invite. I also added a poll of my guests to see which condiments they liked on their hot dogs. (This ended up being very helpful when grocery shopping!) I also added the Google Map which I found worked much better than evite’s mapping solution.

Final Review

All in all, I had a positive experience with Purple Trail. In fact, I just received an email asking if I wanted to post pictures from my event or send thank you notes! I did notice slower responses than I normal but most guests ended up responding eventually. I liked that guests could keep their messages private or make them public.

Would I use it again? For the Bachelorette, definitely. But for an event with more people (especially events with guys) I’d be hesitant to stray from what everyone is comfortable with.

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Free Download: DIY Save the Date

One of my sorority sisters and best friends from college, Alison, is getting married in August and a few weeks ago I recieved her oh-so-cute Save the Date card in the mail. Being the creative and budget savvy bride that she is, Alison designed and printed them herself! This allowed her to personlize the cards exacally how she wanted them and she saved money by only spending 5 cents per card! I love this idea and think it would be a great idea for any party or save the date, not just weddings!

Alison was kind enough to put together a “How-To” for my readers and share her Publisher file so that others can use it as a template! Find the how-to, free downloads and fonts after the jump and don’t forget to check out her blog!

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