A long, long time ago during the analog ages, planning an event involved mailing paper invitations to guests and anxiously awaiting a reply. Unfortunately we still haven’t concocted a remedy for waiting, but luckily several fun and (more) efficient ways to plan an event have been invented. Even luckier for you, we’ve rounded up 10 sweet sites that will make planning and organizing your next event a breeze. If you have any others to add, leave them in the comments!
Splash’s well designed interface will make even the trendiest event planner drool. A free account gets you an event page, event planning tools, analytics, and mobile check-in for guests. Splash also offers the option of paid pro accounts that offer a custom URL, removal of branding, and email credits. Splash is a great option for throwing your next party.
Eventbrite has quickly become one of the leaders in online event planning and management. The site’s accounts offer an event page, and easy ways to promote, analyze, and manage your event. This is a great option if you are planning free or personal events. Heads up: Free events are free to host through Eventbrite, but paid events are not. Eventbrite charges a 2.5% service fee ($0.99/ticket) plus a 3% credit card processing fee.
EventO is a “full-service event management tool” for any and every sized event. This is a good option if you’re planning events on a fairly large scale on a regular basis. The site is formated for desktop, tablet and mobile. EventO offers event registration, ticketing and promotion, as well as post-event surveys and analytics. Pricing varies.
Planspot positions itself as the marketing answer to event planning. The site focuses on using media to make events happen. Planspot offers a free 14 day trial of their full account and a free account for event promotion. Pro accounts start at $49/month and include media promotion, publication tracking, email credits, social media and basic stats. The $99 account includes everything just mentioned in addition to advanced stats.
DoAttend is a simple and easy to use option for event planning. The site offers free accounts for ticket registration, offering discounts, collecting attendee data, and more. Charging for tickets will cost you 1.5% per transaction plus $0.49 when using PayPal.
Paperless Post is a beautiful option for organizing a personal event. The site gives you the option of ordering and sending snail mail invitations in addition to online invites. The site boasts a wide variety of aesthetically pleasing designs from arts around the web. After sending online cards you can track RSVPs easily through the site. Pricing varies, and some online cards are free.
Pingg offers offline and online invitations and greeting cards for every occasion with online RSVP tracking. They feature a terrific collection of invitations for professional events. The designers and artists behind the cards are featured on the site, and Pingg also offers a number of community resources such as party tips and a directory of all events being hosted on the site. Pricing varies.
Punchbowl offers digital cards in addition to party planning resources including a date decider, potluck organizer, contact import, RSVP management, cocktail poll, message board and more. A free account offers you the basics, while Plus, Premium and Platinum (at various prices) allow for additional services such as adding co-hosts, removal of advertising, priority tech support and more.
This is not Evite’s first rodeo, but thanks to their keeping with the time and updating the site it likely won’t be stepping out of the ring anytime soon. Evite offers a range of online invitations and cards in addition to party favors and supplies. Optional invitation features include tracked RSVPs, polling, allowing guests select which items to bring, and allowing guests to invite friends. Pricing varies.
Eventzilla offers a free account that allows you to create a professional registration page, promote events across social media channels, setup waiver forms, deliver tickets online, send email notifications and manage cancellations. For profitable events you pay a flat rate of $1 per ticket sold. Eventzilla is an easy to use, reputable option, good for any personal or professional event.
Good luck, and happy event planning!