6 Ways to Send Party Invitations Right From Your Phone

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Is your calendar looking as packed as mine with holiday functions to celebrate with friends and family? Party Planning 101 states it's good habit to prepare invitations with the "who", "where", "when", "what", and "how" for any planned gathering during Thanksgiving, New Years, or for your winter holiday party. Although it's undoubtedly thoughtful to send signed and sealed cards, sending invites via smartphone can prove more efficient and effective for hearing back with responses...

iOS

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Left: Red Stamp - Right: Paperless Post

Red Stamp
Do you have family members who stand by good old-fashioned paper? Red Stamp is the best of both worlds, allowing users to create memorable and personalized invitations using their own photos or stock designs that can be sent by e-mail and printed post card (ranging from .49 cents - $1.99 each). Red stamp has a good deal of basic, free templates while premium designs are available via in-app purchase. Free

Paperless Post
One of the benefits of a digital invitation services like Paperless Post is they can offer RSVP confirmation features, helpful when you're planning and taking tally of preparations. Although card creation isn't available for the iPhone (yet), Paperless Post lets users communicate with invitations designed and sent from the iPad or desktop. Using the app it's possible to see who has opened their e-mail invitation and who responded to the RSVP from anywhere, a helpful convenience when you're busy running everywhere in preparation for planned holiday festivities. Free

Android

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Evite

Evite
Another long standing party planner service that does a bit of everything, the popular website service has been shrunk down into app form, thankfully including invitation management functions for on-the-go review. Users can create invitations for a variety of year round events, send them out with either e-mail or post, and keep close control of guests' RSVP responses. It's basically everything you know and like about using Evite, but for the Android (or iOS) device. Free - (Also available for iOS)

YappBox
And now for something different: YappBox is a more unique, hands-on approach to party and event management, offering users the option to create a smartphone app of their own using the YappBox website, including mobile app invitations with scheduling, photo sharing, and news updates. If you're looking for more control of "what" attendees see and "how" people interact with your invite, YappBox can be a powerful invite creation tool. The app itself unfortunately doesn't offer app creation, but allows users to review the final result done from the website, including map directions, event itinerary, up to date Twitter feeds, and more! Free - (Also available for iOS)

Windows Phone

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Left: Party E-Invite - Right: Greeting Cards

Party E-Invite
Party E-Invite for the Windows Phone platform is a polished and straightforward offering focused on the creation and sending of electronic invitations. Users can create an event, fill in information fields pertaining to their social event, build a guest list, and finally send the invitation via e-mail out to individuals using their phone's contact list. You won't find design choices or templates, but you will get RSVP feedback through Toast notifications and viewable in realtime via the Party E-Invites Live Tile. $1

Sendtiment Cards
Sometimes simple is the best approach, and Sendtiment Cards abides by this philosophy with several minimalist templates for occasions such as Holiday gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other invitations. Many of the 200+ designs are elegant, if not a bit no-nonsense, but all can be sent by e-mail, text, Tweet, Facebook, or even using Instagram from your Windows Phone contacts list. $1

(Image credits: Jason Rodway; Red Stamp / Paperless Post; Evite; Party E-Invite / Sendtiment Cards)

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