We know many of your wedding plans are changing, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to share wedding updates with your guests. Joy’s new Change the Date e-cards help you do just that, available in hundreds of beautiful designs to suit your style.
Change the Date e-cards are fully customizable, allowing you to edit every field, even the header text. So whether you want your card to read ‘Change the Date,’ ‘New Date, Same Wedding,’ ‘Save Our (New) Date,’ or ‘Join Our Virtual Wedding,’ the sky’s the limit on making the card your own. If you are live streaming your wedding, you can even include a link to your live stream within the e-card.
Read on for a step-by-step guide to sending Change the Dates, as well as sample wording you can use when customizing your e-card.
How to Send Change the Dates
You can access the Change the Date e-card in two ways — from the Guest List or from the icon on your admin dashboard.
From the Guest List:
Click on the blue “Send Invites & Messages” button on the upper right-hand side of the page, and you’ll see a drop-down to select the “Change the Date E-Card”:
From the admin dashboard:
Navigate to the Change the Date icon under “Cards” You’ll be redirected to a new page, which details everything you can do with your Change the Dates. From this page, click on the purple “Design and Send” button to start editing your Change the Dates:
You will then see the e-card editor open up, with the “Design Card” tab selected at the bottom:
From the “Design Card” tab, you can then click on edit theme or edit details in order to edit the design and text on the card:
When you click on “edit theme,” then you will see all the various theme options you can choose from for the card (which does not have to match your website theme, if you don’t want it to).
You also have the option to use your custom color as the background color on certain themes, by clicking on the “Use My Color” option that appears on the bottom of the theme, as seen in the example below. (If the “Use My Color” option does not appear on a theme, that means that theme does not support the custom color background option).
When you click on “edit details,” you’ll see that you can edit the title, names, date, location, and front of card and back of card greeting messages, and your URL.
If you wish, you can also add links to your Change the Date, or any of your Joy e-cards. (Note: Although links can be added to the e-cards, they cannot be added to the email that comes with the e-cards.)
Maybe you want to direct guests to your personal couples site, the venue, or something else on your Change the Date. You can add the link(s) on the Front Message section, as seen above.
If you scroll down on the Edit Details page, you’ll also see the option to hide or show a link to your event website on your card. If you do include your website link on the card, you can also choose to have the site automatically unlock for guests, or you can turn this feature off.
Note that you can write add a back message on your Change the Date and add any links (just like the front message).
To ensure your link is clickable and directs guests to where you intend, add a ‘www’ before the URL.
You can also add a custom domain purchased through Joy or through a different provider to your ecard.
If you’ve already purchased a custom domain, click “Edit” under “Your URL.” You’ll be redirected to the Settings page where you’ll want to click on “Add a Custom Domain” under Event Handle. You’ll also want to make sure you’ve set that domain up to forward to your Joy site. You can find out more about that here.
If you would like to purchase a custom domain through Joy, click on “Personalize Your URL,” then “Find the Perfect Domain.” This will open up a new tab where you can browse or search for a domain you like. After that, follow the rest of your on-screen instructions. If you’re looking for how to connect your newly bought domain to your Joy site, go here. You’ll also want to visit the Settings page and add your custom domain under “Add A Custom Domain” so it’s displayed on your ecard.
Then, be sure to click ‘Done’ at the bottom of the page to save your changes!
Next, you can edit the email that comes with the e-card, by clicking on the “Edit Email” tab at the bottom of the page:
When you click on “edit email” you will see all the content you can edit in the email, like the subject, headline, subheadline, salutation greeting and the message that you want to include in the email. You also have the option to use a custom image, (learn more about adding custom images to your emails here), include or not include your guest’s name in the salutation and customize the text that appears on the button in the email, (for ex,. ‘View Change The Date,’ or ‘Click to Learn More’ etc, etc). You can also edit the “reply-to email” (the email address that you want email replies to go to).
Remember to click ‘Done’ or ‘Cancel’ at the bottom of the page if you want to save (or remove) any changes that you made.
Last, you will want to send your Change the Date e-card by clicking on the “Confirm & Send” tab at the bottom of the page. On this page, you can edit the guests that you want to send the e-card to, send a test email, finally, send the e-card.
If you decide to edit your guests, click on “edit guest” and you’ll see the options to either manually select guests by their name or by selecting a label. Click ‘Done’ once you have selected your guests:
After sending a test email, if everything looks good, you can click on the “Send Now” button, and your e-cards and emails will go out to your guests! You will then see a confirmation message pop up on the bottom left side of the screen:
To help with ideas, here are some examples of different “change the date” wordings that you can use:
Sample Change the Date wording:
Change the Date
Aubrey & Michael
November 14, 2020
San Francisco, CA
New date, same wedding! We can’t wait to celebrate with you this November.
Love is Patient
Jess & Aiden
Due to COVID-19, we’ve made the decision to postpone our wedding until 2021.
Take care, and please visit our wedding website which we’ll keep updated with new wedding plans.
Celebrate On A New Date
Lisa & Dave
December 5, 2020
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are postponing our wedding for all of our safety. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to celebrating with you.
New Year, Same Wedding
Kelsey & Lianne
New plan: we’re getting married next year, when it is safe for us to celebrate together. Keep an eye on our wedding website which we’ll update as we make new plans.
Save Our (New) Date
Steven & Casey
April 10, 2021
With heavy hearts we are reaching out to share that given the coronavirus epidemic we are postponing our wedding until next April when we can all safely travel again.
Please visit our wedding website which we’ll update with new details and travel arrangements.
New Date, Same Wedding
Sarah & Jared
October 24, 2020
We’re still getting married, just on a different date when it’s safe for us to celebrate together. Look forward to seeing you in Seattle this fall.
Join Our Virtual Wedding
Monica & Cody
May 16, 2020 @ 2 PM PST
While we can’t be together at this time, we are still getting married on our wedding date. Please celebrate with us virtually by joining the live stream on our wedding website!
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