Everyone uses Evite, including me, but there are so many things about that really bother me. Sometimes invitations inexplicably go straight into the trash folder. There are so many garish, obtrusive ads on the site and on the invitation itself. I find the interface really annoying in general.
I decided to look into other online invitation sites, to weigh their pros and cons, and found some pretty decent alternatives. Each of the three companies below offer free designs and a much better user experience. There’s really no reason to keep using Evite!
Pros: This site has been around for eight years now, and is well known for its clean, contemporary invitation designs (example shown above). The site itself is also simple and uncluttered, making it a pure joy to use. About a quarter of the invitations offered are free of cost (well, for up to 2,000 guests, but that should have you covered, I hope!), and these offerings appear to be comparable in design quality with the for-sale invitations.
Cons: If you want to choose a for-sale invitation, or you want to customize your free design with extras, you need to purchase “coins,” which start at 20 for $6. This could leave you with unused coins in the end, which is basically money wasted.
Pros: The site offers designs that include popular licensed characters such as Paw Patrol, Disney princesses or Marvel superheroes, so you can easily match the invitation to your kid’s birthday party theme. The interface is highly functional, intuitive and easy to use, and most invitations are free of cost for up to 100 guests, unless you want to include extras such as your child’s photo (upgrade packages start at $1.99 per month).
Cons: My biggest gripe is with the ads that show up on the site and invitation. Still, they are more tastefully sized and placed than Evite’s ads. I also wouldn’t call the invitations particularly stylish, but if you’re designing a child’s birthday party invitation, maybe theme trumps style.
Pros: All of the invitations are created by independent designers, so there’s plenty of different styles to choose from, including hundreds of free options (for sending up to 75 guests). The user interface is simple, stylish and a snap to navigate.
Cons: There seems to be a quality difference between free cards and premium cards. I had a hard time finding a free design that I liked. Also, ads appear on the invitation and website. You can avoid all this by upcoming to a premium membership (starts at $10 per use), but then of course you’re no longer getting your invitations for free.