Sometimes, you don’t want to invite everyone to everything — and that’s OK! You can keep private events hidden from any guests who are not invited.
For example, if you don’t want all of your guests to see your rehearsal dinner details, you can set it up so only those invited to the rehearsal dinner will see it.
Using Guest Tags to select guests who should see an event
Guest Tags are really useful throughout Joy: You can use them to create groups of guests that should receive certain messages, be asked certain RSVP questions, and see certain events.
For example, you can show Rehearsal dinner details only to guests that are invited to the rehearsal dinner (and tagged, say, “Rehearsal”).
Once you use Guest Tags to tag guests, head over to your Schedule page from your admin dashboard.
Click on an event that you only want to show to specific guests, like “Rehearsal”. You’ll see an “Event Privacy” section at the bottom. Click on “Edit” to select specific guests that can see this event.
Next, on the “Who can see this?” box, you can determine which guests will see this question. Select “Specific guests with your event password.” Then, next to “Show guests with the tag” click “Select”:
Then click on the tags you want to use, and then click “Select”:
Selecting individual guests who should see an event
You can also just select individual guests by name. Next to “In addition to the following guests”, click “Add”:
Then select your individual guests and click on the “Add” button.
Bringing it all together
Once you’ve selected the tags and any additional guests, you can review who will see the event, then click “Done.”
What will my guests see?
When your guests visit your website and click or scroll to the Schedule page, they’ll see a “Unlock Guest Details” on the Welcome Page and Schedule Page (if you have private events). They will be prompted to enter their first and last names, and then the site will match their entry with their name on your guest list. If a guest is viewing your site on the mobile app, they will be prompted for their names before they can view any of your wedding details. Once matched on the guest list, they will only see the events that you want them to see on your Schedule page.
What if my guests enter a different name than what I entered on the guest list?
That’s a great question!
Here’s an example of this scenario – if Michael Scott enters his name as Mike Scott and you entered his name as Michael Scott on the guest list, he will see a message letting him know he wasn’t found on the guest list and should try an alternative spelling or nickname.
If he tries several times and still can’t find his invite, then he will also have the option to view the public version of the website instead, and in that case, he won’t see any private events that he may be invited to.
If he views the public version of the site at this point, the owner of the event will also receive an email notifying them that a guest attempted to view the site or app, but their name was not found. It will also give some steps of what the owner could do in this scenario:
Tips and Tricks
If all of the events on your Schedule are set to be viewed by anyone with your event password, guests do not need to enter their names to view your Schedule. Only if you have any private events will your guests will be asked to enter their names.
To prevent misspellings or other errors, you can send eCards through Joy! Each eCard contains personalized links for the guest, so they won’t have to enter their name.
Before setting up your schedule, set up your Guest Tags. This has many benefits:
- If you forget someone or want more people to be able to see an event, you can just add the right tag to them.
- If you want to send an email only to people who are going to your Rehearsal, you can use the same tag to select recipients of the email.
- If you want to invite the same group to multiple events, tags are handy. Instead of having to select those same 30 people each time, you can just apply the same tag.
I’m inviting my “Wedding Party” to an event. I want to invite another friend who’s not in my wedding party. Can I do that?
Yes, you certainly can! See “Selecting individual guests who should see an event” above.
How can I collect RSVPs for my private events?
Check out this article to learn how to set up your RSVP questions for private events.
Do guests get a personalized schedule?
Yes. After they type in their name, and if they’re found on the guest, they’ll see their own personalized schedule.
I got an email saying that a guest who wasn’t on my guest list is looking at my website. What does this mean?
That means that the guest did not match their name accurately with the name on your guest list, or a guest that was not invited or listed on your guest list tried to view your website. If their name does not match what you have on your guest list (or they are not listed on your guest list at all) we will not show them any of your private events and they will only be able to view the public version of your schedule page. (You will also be notified via email if they choose to view the public version of your site).
How can I see who is invited to each event?
From the Schedule page on your admin dashboard, click the event that you want to view the invitees for and you will then see an “Event Privacy” box that shows who is currently invited to that event. You can also click on “Edit” to see the audience selector, and click on the tag(s) to see which guests are tagged with those tags:
I’m not able to select any tag or guest.
Make sure that you’ve added guests to your guest list and tagged your guests.
Is there a way to see what each person is invited to?
Not yet. For now, if you have used tags, review the tags on each guest on your guest list to help make the connection between the guests and the events they can see.
Why do I still see everything?
Are you the wedding owner or admin? If so, you will see all events, even events set to “no one.”
Can I preview how this will work as a guest?
Yes, you can! But please note that you should do this in an Incognito or private browsing window since when you’re logged in, you’ll always be viewing as yourself and the site will recognize you. (From a browser like Chrome, you can head over to the ‘File’ option in the top toolbar and select “New Incognito Window”). Once you are in a new incognito window, click ‘Find My Invite’ and enter the name of a guest to see how the schedule will appear for them.
Still have some questions?
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