HOW TO: Organize a Party Via Facebook
August 16, 2011
Guide to Facebook for Parties
Facebook…we love it, we hate it, sometimes both at the same
time. When it comes to publicizing your event – be it birthday, retirement,
baby shower, or wedding – you’ll have to consider whether or not to make a
Facebook Event for it. Here’s your guide to Facebook for parties.
There are several kinds of privacy settings for Facebook
events, mainly public vs. private. Public events will show up to your guests
and their friends will see their RSVP status. Private events, on the other
hand, will not show up in searches or news feeds for anyone not invited to the
party. There is also the issue of whether to allow friends to invite their
friends as well.
While public events with friends allowed to invite their friends
work for a baby shower or retirement party, an intimate family event or
bachelorette party should be kept private and guests only invited by the admins
of the event.
A third alternative is to send messages via Facebook or
straight-up emails to the invited guests to avoid the limitations of Facebook
For casual parties, allowing guests to RSVP via Facebook’s
feature is fine. However, larger events or events providing food may want a
more definite headcount and not everyone holds true to their Facebook RSVP.
State how guests should RSVP outside of Facebook right up
front in the event’s description, whether it’s by Facebook message, email, or
Rules of Etiquette
Lastly, you’ll want to keep proper etiquette in mind. None
of us like to abide by rules, but the rules were created for a reason and most
still hold true.
While email can be considered a faster way to get the
message around, announcing major life changes via a Facebook event is still too
casual and excludes friends and family that may not be on social media sites
For a wedding or event of equal significance, an invitation
through the post is the proper way to invite your guests. A Facebook event
invitation to a wedding is considered taboo, even with the rising cost of
postage and how long it might take to reach them.
The same rules of etiquette hold true for a divorce or
funeral – tell them in person or at least over the phone. Online is simply too
impersonal and broad for emotionally-charged changes.
Once you take these guidelines and tips into consideration,
it’s time to decide whether a Facebook event invitation is right for your party.
Once you’ve made up your mind, relax! See more helpful event-planning tips at Windy