Nowadays, I am finding that I am receiving quite more email invitations than I use to. However, when it comes to the “big day events” such as weddings and bar mitzvahs, paper seems to be rule of thumb. With such great online invitation websites such as Pingg and Paperless Posts, you can have your cake and paperless too. (And did I mention how much you can save?)
I have been playing with both Pingg and Paperless Posts for the last couple of weeks since I too have a “Big Boy” event coming up. Yep. The fourth bar mitzvah. And yes, Kemosabi, the last bar mitzvah. (Many of you might remember the 3rd Son’s Green Bar Mitzvah.) I used Pingg to send out my “Save the Dates,” and I found it to be extremely easy to use. (Next post, I will talk about Paperless Posts. I am spreading the love around between the two sites.)
What I love about Pingg
What I love about Pingg is the ease of creating an invitation and sending it out. The Company offers free as well as premium online invitations for any occasion. In addition, for a $10 fee, you can send your invitations advertising free as well have your own website where you can upload your pictures and videos.
Additionally, how many of you have spent a bundle on paper invitations? Once the party is over, where do you think your hard earn cash invitation goes? In the trash. Most people probably don’t even recycle it. Pingg’s low cost options allows you to spend more on other items and be environmentally savvy as well.
Pingg has the gifts covered as well. You can attach a links to your registry such as at Amazon.com, Macy’s, and Pottery Barn. Perhaps, you are seeking a group gift for your event or money donations for a charity? Your website could feature a Paypal account.
I made a short video so you can see what Pingg offers.
My Experience Using Pingg
I selected my “Save the Date” Invitation. The editing tools couldn’t have been easier. Word of caution. If you are a Chatty Cathy with invitations, Pingg limits the amount of text you can put in the invitation. (As many of you know, this is not an easy feat for me.)
To send out the invitations, you will need to download their prepared “cvs” file to enter your invitees’ emails. You can also enter the emails and names manually. Once I uploaded the excel cvs file, I sent out the cards. The cards arrive in my recipient’s email address as an envelope! (See the picture below) When you click on the “open,” out pops your invitation.
The beauty of Pingg is I could see who opened the emails and whose emails bounced. Pingg not only told me when my invitations went out but actually notified me to fix the bounces. Changing email addresses was a snap in their dashboard.
What about Relatives who don’t have Email Addresses?
I hear this questions all the time when I talk about online invitation services. Pingg offers a postage option. They send your invitation to your non-email recipients for a fee
“Have pingg address, stamp and mail invitations directly to your guests. Send to your entire guest list or to a select few. Continue to collect their RSVPs online via a unique RSVP code found on each mailed invitation. All invitations are sent by first class mail, domestically and internationally, and arrive within 7-10 days.
- Postal pinggs:
- are 5×7 folded cards protected by clear envelopes
- includes printing, stamping & mailing
- $2.50 + postage”
Since older folks may not have access to a computer, you could easily put a phone number on the bottom of the invitation.
Did I opt for the Premium Package?
The premium package is $10 and this enables your invitations to be sent without advertising. In addition, you can choose a premium template. The $10 fee is per invitation set.
Would I use Pingg again? Absolutely! I love the ability to send to my guests an email and written invitation. And by the way, some of you have still not opened my save the date. You know who you are.
Join the Conversation:
- Have you used Pingg or any other online invitation service?
- What was the reaction from your guests?
- What was your experience with Pingg or online invitation services?
- Did your service offer to send written invitations?
- Would you use an online thank you?