After you’ve set a date for your big day, edited the details of your site, and uploaded your full guest list, you’re ready to send your Save the Dates and/or Invitation e-cards.
Let’s start with Save the Dates.
To edit and send Save the Dates, navigate to the Save the Dates icon from your admin dashboard. You’ll be redirected to the Save the Dates page where you can begin to design, customize, test, and send your Save the Dates. (You’ll also notice our default Save the Date design on the right-hand side of the page.) From here, navigate to Design and Send to start editing your Save the Date and making it your own.
Next, you’ll be brought to the Design Card page. You can edit the theme and details of your Save the Date by clicking Edit Theme and Edit Details one at a time.
When you click on Edit Theme, you’ll see dozens of our beautiful themes from which to choose for your Save the Dates. You’ll also notice that as you click on various themes, the Save the Date will reflect what you’ve chosen in the background.
After choosing a theme, click on Done at the bottom. From there, navigate to Edit Details on the right-hand side of your Save the Date.
On this page, you can edit your Save the Date card details such as the Front Card Greeting Message. You also have the option of showing your event website and controlling whether you want to automatically unlock all sections of your site (for those sections/pages that require a code, which you can control from your Settings page).
Note: You can also add links to Save the Dates (and any of your Joy e-cards). Maybe you want to direct guests to the wedding venue, the hotel, a separate wedding-related website, or something else on your Save the Date. You can add the link on the Front Card Greeting Message from the Edit Details section.
To ensure your link is clickable and directs guests to where you intend, add a ‘www’ before the URL.
As you edit the details, you’ll notice your changes will be reflected on the Save the Date in the background. Once you’re happy with your edits, click on Done at the bottom.
When you’ve finished designing and editing your Save the Date card, it’s time to edit the email that will house your Save the Date. From here, you’ll be redirected to the edit email page.
Navigate to Edit Email on the right-hand side of the default/preview email to begin editing the details of your email.
From here, you can edit the Subject, Reply-to-Email, Headline, and Subheadline, and add a customized photo.
If you want to use a customized photo — meaning pulling an image from the internet to use as the featured photo in your email — select Paste Image URL. A new text box called Image URL will appear. This is where you can add your image URL so it appears as the featured photo. Click here to learn how to add a custom image to your email.
Note: If you don’t want to use an image from the internet, you can select Use Event Photo. This means that whatever image you’ve set as your Event Photo on your Photos page will be the featured image that appears in your email. Alternatively, you can keep the Event Photo blank if you don’t want an image in your email.
When you scroll down on the Edit Email page, you’ll see you can also edit the message Salutation and Message Body, checkmark whether you want to use guest name(s), and customize button text.
Check-mark Use guest name(s) if you want your guests’ first names to appear in the salutation. However, please note that if you’ve grouped guests together on the Guest List, the names in the email will be listed in the same order in which they were added to your Guest List. Alternatively, if you don’t want your guests’ names to appear in your email, simply uncheck Use guest name(s) and customize your salutation.
You also have the option to customize the button text. This means you can change the text for the button that directs guests to your Save the Date card. To edit this text, click Customize button text. A new text box called Button Text will appear. This is where you can change the text for the button at the bottom of your email.
Note: If you’ve tested a few button text options, but you want to return to the original text prepopulated for you — ‘Open Save The Date’ — simply click Reset to Default.
As always, you’ll see the changes you make reflected in real-time in the background email! When you’re happy with everything, be sure to click Done at the bottom of the page.
Now that you’ve edited your Save the Date theme, details, and email message, it’s time for the final steps!
Navigate to Confirm & Send at the bottom of your Save the Date page. You’ll be directed to another page that will allow you to add recipients (where each guest will receive a unique invitation), do an optional final check, as well as send and track your Save the Dates.
The next step is to add recipients for your Save the Date cards! When you click Select Guests, you’ll be redirected to a page where you can select specific guests from your guest list by name and/or label in the search box — or, you can select all of your guests by clicking Select All. You’ll see that each guest you select will be reflected in the Selected column on the right-hand side of the page so you can keep track of everything.
Once you’re done selecting the pertinent guests, be sure to click Done at the bottom of the page. You’ll then be redirected to the prior Confirm & Send page.
You’re just about done! But if you want to make sure you didn’t make any mistakes (after all, we’re human!), you can send a test email to yourself to see how your Save the Date and email will look from a guest perspective.
Just navigate to Send Test Email, add your first name and whichever email address you’d like to use for the test, and click Send.
Check your email and Save the Date when it arrives in your inbox, and if all looks good, you’re ready to send your e-cards to the recipients you selected!
Click on Send Now at the bottom of the Confirm & Send page, and you should be all set. You can also check the email status of the cards — i.e. who has and has not opened their Save the Dates — under the last email status column on your Guest List.
Now, let’s move on to Invitations.
Navigate to the Invitations icon from your admin dashboard.
You’ll follow the same steps outlined above by first clicking Design and Send on the Invitations page. From here, you’ll see a very similar page to the Save the Dates page, where you can. . .
• edit the invitation theme
• edit the invitation details
• edit the email that houses the invitation
• add your recipients
• send a test email
• send your invitations
The only difference is within the Edit Details section of the Invitations page. If you click on the front of the default invitation, you’ll see that it flips over to reveal more information. (Save the Dates only contain information on one side. Additionally, Save the Dates allow you to choose whether you want to show your website and unlock your website, whereas Invitations don’t offer those options.)
When you click Edit Details on the Invitations page, you’ll be able to Edit Card Details such as the Front Card Greeting Message and the Back Card Message. Feel free to add any links to your Invitation e-cards (just like with Save the Dates above) and customize these messages while keeping in line with the character limit!
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 and haven’t added it under your settings page yet, 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 Joy URL. 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.
Click on Done at the bottom of the screen.
Then, follow the same steps outlined above for Save the Dates — choosing a gorgeous theme, editing your email, adding your recipients, sending a test email, and sending your e-cards.
Of course, you can also track the status of your Invitations by navigating to the last email status column on your Guest List, just as you would after sending your Save the Dates.
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