Self Invite

karamaeJuly 30, 2007

Here's the situation...

My husband and I are DJs and do karaoke on the side. Every year we host a party right around memorial Day and Labor Day where we invite our customers who have supported us over the year. This past Memorial Day I recieved two phone calls. One from a woman that I really can not even stand asking if we were having a party (I told her no) and another call from some one who had been a regular customer for sometime but we have not seen in a year. Due to the fact that we were hsoting this party elsewhere I made my husband tell this person that we had limited parking available and could not invite anyone else. I did not want to hurt this persons' feelings but come on!! We supply all the food, all the drinks (alcoholic and non), so it's just a free party and all of a sudden people are crawling out of the woodwork the day of. How would you handle this when Labor Day rolls around?

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Sounds to me like you will have to start hiring a bouncer! LOL!
I would make it clear that people need to bring the invitation with them....and have a list at the door....and when a rude person calls tell them..."Ooooh! So sorry! We are at our limit for guests."

    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 10:01PM
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LOL. Tell all the uninvited that it's a 'private' party !!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2007 at 8:30AM
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I think if it is a formerly loyal customer whom might send you some business again, you may need to suck it up and let them come. But when they call, I'd certainly make the point that they may have been automatically removed from your database since you can only invite current customers, oh and by the way do you guys have any events coming up sort of thing.

I'd definitely spell out on the invite that this event is a thank you to our cutomers who have made the past year a success/invitation required for entry.

The nature of your business probably means you can't alienate people too much, but if they cross that line to just being a mooch, I would absolutely use the "limited parking" type lines suggested by the others.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 12:54PM
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I wouldn't use the limited parking excuse, they just might get a ride to the event and be dropped off.

Tell them that there is a certain amount of customers that you and your husband can host which you have already met.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2007 at 2:49PM
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