Apart from email invitations, many of our hosts also use text invites for their events. It's a really handy way to invite guests who like to communicate through text messages!
We make it easy for you as a host to send special digital invitations for your events using text messages (SMS).
When you use PartyLabz to text message invitations, your guests will get an SMS with the invite message and a personal link to your event website. By clicking the RSVP link, guests will go to your RSVP website where they can see more info about your event, RSVP online, join polls, sign up for lists, and more. If they prefer, guests can also reply to the text invite, following the instructions in the default text. However, using text to RSVP doesn't support custom questions, polls, and other special features.
Here is an example of what an event website could look like:
This is how the text invitation will show up on the recipient's phone:
Keep in mind that the preview may or may not be shown on your smartphone, depending on your settings or the type of phone you have.
This is how it looks when the guest responds to the text message to RSVP:
To send text invites with PartyLabz, just follow these easy steps:
- Create an event website from the home page or "My Events" page.
- From the "Dashboard" go to the "Guest List" page.
- Add guests individually or in bulk from Google Contacts or a CSV file.
- Click on the "Invite" button and select "A text invitation".
- Choose who you want to invite, write the invite message, and pick a page guests will see when they click the RSVP link in the text invite.
- Use variables like %Name% for personalized messages. See below for more information.
- Confirm guests' consent and click on the "Send" button.
If you're inviting people in batches, just follow the same steps and choose "Whom a message has not yet been sent" each time. This way, you'll make sure you're sending text invites only to the guests you've added recently.
PartyLabz gives you different variables to personalize your online invites. These variables get replaced with specific details when your guests get the invitation. Here are some of the supported ones:
- %Name%: Guest name
- %Title%: Replaced by your event title.
- %Guest_Link%: Replaced by a personalized RSVP link with a guest's unique ID.
- %Host_Name%: Replaced by the name of the event host.
- %Address%: Replaced by the full address of your event.
- %RSVP_By%: Replaced by the date by which guests must RSVP.
- %Event_Public_URL%: Replaced by your event website's public URL.
PartyLabz is continuously working on adding more variables to enhance your customization options. These variables allow you to create invitations that feel personal and tailored to each guest.
At the moment, PartyLabz doesn't send reminders through text messages to guests with only phone numbers for RSVP or upcoming events, as reminders are currently only available through email.
You can personalize the RSVP confirmation that our system sends to guests via text messages. To do this, go to the "Custom Messages" page, locate the blocks that start with "SMS RSVP Confirmation when..." and click "Edit" for the confirmations you want to customize.
Text Messages Addons
To send text messages, you have two options: upgrade your event to the PRO plan, which includes a limited number of messages, or purchase a text-message add-on. Each add-on allows you to send 100 messages, with each message having a length of up to 280 characters. You can choose add-ons for text messages to the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom, or Australia.
To buy an add-on, go to the "Upgrade Event" page, and choose the type and quantity of add-ons you want to purchase:
You can always check the number of messages you've sent and the countries available for sending on the "Addons & Transactions" page:
This page also displays a list of phone numbers that can be used to receive responses through text messages or phone calls. These numbers are also used to send text messages, and recipients will see one of them based on their country.
Remember, if you have fewer available messages than the number of recipients, no text messages will be sent. In that case, you'll need to buy another text message add-on.
As you can see, PartyLabz makes inviting people easier and more flexible. It's not just convenient but also lets you customize things. Whether you're having a small get-together or a big event, PartyLabz gives you the tools to make your invites special and keeps your guests involved from the first invite to the final RSVP.