Partiful Event Platform: Review and Comparison (2023)

Partiful is a new events platform and party RSVP website that Gen Z loves.

You can use Partiful to host a party, collect RSVPs, send reminder messages, and more. It is a free service as of December 2022 with no charge to use.

In this article, we’ll outline best practices for how to invite someone to your event or party using Partiful. I’ll also discuss the Pros, Cons, and compare Partiful to other event platforms like Eventbrite, Evite, Paperless Post, and more.

Why you should trust me: Hi! I’m Nick Gray. I’ve hosted hundreds of parties and I’ve used almost a dozen different event platforms. I’ve even written a whole page of my reviews.

About Partiful

The Partiful platform is based on a website and text messages. There is no app to download.

I’m being honest when I say this: Partiful is perhaps the easiest possible platform to register for events on. They make it extremely easy for someone to RSVP to your party.

There are no emails to track down, no annoying app to download, and no computer is needed. Just use your phone to go to their website at www.Partiful.com and you’ll use your phone number to register.

Feature article in The New York Times (2022)

Here’s what The New York Times had to say about Partiful in September 2022:

Partiful is far from the first digital invitation method, but it is vying to become the most relevant to young people.

The service, which is free to use, is gaining popularity among people in their 20s who live in big cities and who say it is more streamlined than group texts or Instagram stories, more casual than Paperless Post and less embarrassing than Facebook, which has lost its grip on people under 30.

CONTINUE READING ON THE NYT SITE

How to Use Partiful

Using the Partiful platform is very straightforward.

To sign up, you just need your phone number and event details.

I’ll include screenshots and suggestions for signing up and hosting your first event on it here.

Partiful homepage with the headline saying Highkey parties, Lowkey planning and a big red button to create your party page
Screenshot of the Partiful home page in November 2022

From the get-go, it’s easy to see where to create a page for your party. Start by clicking on the big red button to create your party page.

Then you will fill out your event details, including:

  • Event name
  • Date and time
  • Host’s name
  • Address / location
  • Max number of people
  • Entrance fee (if any)
  • Description of your event
  • An eye-catching photo!

Nick’s note: One of my critiques about Partiful is that the design is sometimes over-the-top hip, to a detriment. For example, there are these bouncing bubbles all over the page that I sometimes find annoying.

Creating a New Partiful Account

To save your event page and create an account, you will be asked to input your phone number. This is what you will be using as a log-in as well when updating your event.

Enter your phone number to sign up for Partiful

How to Share Your Event

As you review the entered details, you will also be given options to add the event to your calendar.

There is also an easy menu to share the event via various ways so your guests can RSVP. This includes:

  • Copy link
  • WhatsApp
  • Facebook
  • Email

Pros and Cons

Here are the things I like and don’t like about Partiful.

Likes

  • Super simple to sign up
  • No ads, no spam
  • The fastest platform to go from link to RSVP
  • Works GREAT on mobile (perhaps the best)
  • I LOVE how they allow guests to easily add their Instagram and Twitter social links

Cons

  • Entirely text message-based, which makes Guest Bios hard to do (see Hacks section for a work-around)
  • No way for guests to reply to the host reminder messages
  • The designs are sometimes “too cute”

Partiful Tip for Reminder Messages

Using detailed party reminder messages is a key component of my 2-Hour Cocktail Party formula.

I’ve found that sending three reminder messages with lots of information helps to drastically improve attendance at my parties. However, on Partiful, you’re a bit limited with the text character input – and that makes doing Guest Bios impossible.

One workaround that I found with helping Sydney with his picnic party was to create the Guest Bio as screenshots, and then attach the Guest Bios as images within Partiful.

If you’re using Partiful and you want to send Guest Bios, you can type them up in Google Docs, and then make screenshots. Make sure you take the screenshots on your phone, and crop them a little bit, so that the images are formatted in 9:16 for cell phone viewing.

Conclusion

If you want a fun, easy-to-set up RSVP page that focuses on text message communication, Partiful is great for you.

It is a free platform which is extremely easy to use.

For other options on platforms, read my list of suggested party RSVP platforms. I personally recommend Mixily but I think I’m going to give Partiful another try soon!

Do you have additional Partiful tips and tricks? Send me an email and I’ll add your notes to this page.

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About the author

Howdy! I'm Nick Gray. Most people know me as the Founder of Museum Hack. I wrote a book, The 2-Hour Cocktail Party, about making new friends and building big relationships through small gatherings.

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