How to get RSVP's?

sjerinApril 26, 2007

My daughter is graduating from high school and we'll have a little party to celebrate. We'll be inviting @35 kids and several families, and serving dinner (mostly finger-type) food. These days it is difficult to get people to rsvp and I'm wondering if there is a polite way of wording the invitation that will nudge them to do so. I hate the idea of ordering and preparing way too much food because it always gets thrown away (guilt, guilt), but an even worse scenario to me is not having enough! Any ideas?

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The formal wording is:
The favor of a reply is requested by May 16, 2007

The less formal is:
Please reply by May 16, 2007
Kindly respond by May 16, 2007

And then you call them, because some people won't reply, no matter how obvious you are. Also, I would put a date 5 days earlier than you actually want responses by.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 5:47PM
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Many people (let alone children) aren't going to RSVP no matter what. You're going to have to hit the phones like sue36 said.


    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 6:18PM
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I just sent bridal shower invitations and included my phone number AND my email address for the RSVP.

I received WAY more emails than phone calls, so that might work for you. It's very easy for everyone to shoot off an email!

It might help if you complile a list of your guests email addresses because that way you can email those you don't hear from!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 9:09PM
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Great ideas all. Thank you very much!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 11:53PM
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I have MUCH better luck when I include an email address for RSVP (and I know I prefer to RSVP that way instead of phoning!)

    Bookmark   April 30, 2007 at 6:45PM
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Another vote here for E mail and also think of Text responses.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2007 at 2:53PM
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We're a week post-party now, and you all were right: email worked as the best response method. My daughter heard from almost if not everyone and the numbers were fairly accurate. Thanks, everyone!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2007 at 5:18PM
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