- 8 years ago
- Wedding: February 2010
Hi bees, I just wanted to tell you my story so that you might learn from my mistake!
I decided to be “green” and wanted to email the save the dates. It would kill two birds with one stone: it was also serving as the request for people to send us their home addresses. (I am planning on printing nice paper invitations by the way).
So here is what I did: 1. Set up a brand new account in gmail that is for both me and my fiancé. Then I designed a pretty e-card and saved it as a jpeg. My plan was to insert the image, turn it into a link to our website, and BCC everybody on our list all at the same time! easy, right? NOOOOO!
Ok, so I knew that adding an image was going to not work for everybody, so there was also a line of text that said “if you can’t view the invitation, click here” and there was a link to our website. My current home page is the save the date card, just for now.
So first I sent out a test email (always test!) to my 5 other email accounts (don’t ask why I have so many, it’s a long story). Gmail did not even let it get out of the outbox. Because I had put a bunch of addresses in BCC, it thought I was a spammer.
So after much consideration on what to do, and consulting with my man geek, I was ready to send the invitation to everybody. I had to email my message one or two at a time to the 200 people on my guest list!!! And still, it ended up in some people’s spam filters anyway! My geeky man explained that it happened because it A: had an image, B: had a link and C: was coming from an “unfamiliar” email that nobody had received before. Note: many emails did go through just fine, but many did not.
Not only that, but gmail cut me off at 100 messages (because they contained the exact same content). It thought I was a robot generating spam one message at a time. So I had to wait 24 hours to send out the rest of my guest list. AND, for the guests that had bounced back, gmail would still not let me send to them until I changed the text in the subject line (so gmail would think it was a different message being sent).
SOOOOOOOO….. if you want to do DIY e-cards for your invite or save the date: my advice is to find a service that will do it for you (for example: punchbowl.com)
but If you MUST DIY:
1. consider using your OWN email address so that it is “trusted” by your friend’s inboxes (ask your fiancé to send emails to his guests if they are people who you have never emailed before).
2. only send the message to 1 or 2 people at a time
3. use outlook. You can make a pretty message, save it as a draft, right click on it in the drafts pane, and choose “forward” without losing your draft or having the formatting change. It’s a time saver.
4. don’t use gmail! They are so strict about catching what they think is spam. I don’t have suggestions on what to use, but not gmail!
5. you might get cut off after a certain number of messages, so don’t fret. wait 24 hours to send more messages. if you are re-sending a bounceback, change the text in the subject line a little to fool the email service into thinking it’s a different message.
6. you’re going to expect to do a little follow up with some people. landing in a few spam filters can happen no matter how careful you are, and some people will just simply forget to reply. Make sure that follow up message is text only, just in case it was the image that was the issue. OR, send them a personal facebook message! It could say “be sure to check your spam filter for an important message from us” or something like that.
Anyway, that was the tale of my disasterous e-card. I hope my advice is helpful! I’ll never know because I will never do that again!!