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How to Improve Your Invitation Response Rate

How to Improve Your Invitation Response Rate

More and more individuals, organizations and event planners are using email invitations for events. Online invitations are an excellent way to manage and get event information out quickly. Email invitations are also cost effective and an eco-friendly way to manage your event. But, how to you make sure your invitation does not get lost in inboxes? And, how do you improve your invitation response rate? What is response rate? Response rate is the percentage of people who respond to your invitation. Should you be concerned about low response rates? Absolutely. Getting guests to respond to your online invitation is the first task to a successful event. Follow these six simple steps, and I am certain you will get the rate you desire. Your Guest List Be sure to have a current guest list. An outdated list will definitely decrease your response rate. Make sure email addresses are current and accurate. Also, be sure that those on the list have requested to be included and/or are expecting an invitation. If you are sending to someone who …

4 DIY Christmas Advent Calendars

Tis the season! Christmas is right around the corner, and one of the easiest thing you can do for you and your family to ring in season’s cheer is by gifting! Advent calendars are a popular and cost-effective way to get excited for the Christmas holiday. We put together 4 of our favorite DIY Christmas Advent Calendars that are SO easy to make. All you have to do is determine what you want to put in them – but we’ll leave that up to you. Hope you enjoy these adorable advent calendars and let us know in the comments below if you end up making any of them. Shoe Organizer   If you don’t already have an unused shoe organizer lying around, all you need for this advent calendar is a numbered stencil set and gold fabric paint! What we like about this advent calendar is you can place gifts of a variety of shapes & sizes in the slots and the calendar will still look great. This allows you flexibility when choosing and wrapping …

Class Reunion Online Invitation

How to Sell Tickets to a Class Reunion

Have you been assigned the role of planning your school’s class reunion? With finding the money, a venue, decor, promoting the event, choosing a caterer, and more – it can be a bit of a headache. While the logistics of the event can be complicated, don’t let selling tickets to your class reunion cause a problem for you! Sendo Invitations allows you to customize online school reunion invitations. Plus, you can send it to your classmates and manage their responses online. Additionally, you can use it to sell tickets! It’s an easy way to collect the money you need to host the event. Here’s how to go about using Sendo to sell tickets to a class reunion: Set Early Bird Ticket Prices Often times there will be 2 busy periods when tickets are sold: right when they go on sale and the week before the reunion. To incentivize your classmates to buy tickets earlier, consider offering an early bird ticket price. This will allow you more accurate estimates regarding food, drinks, and other party provisions. …

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How to Organize The Perfect Soap Box Derby

A Soap Box Derby is fun for a whole community! It gives parents and children something to work on together, and is fun for everybody to watch! A soap box derby also draws kids and communities away from the electronic world and back into the physical world together. Our Town, Woodside California holds an annual Woodside Soapbox Derby. Soap Box Cars: Soap box derby cars need to be assembled by hand. A great way to make your soap box derby fun before the race is to have build days. Build days all participants in the race are invited to come build their cars together. It’s a great way to build camaraderie and have fun assembling your car.  It also gives people access to help and troubleshooting as they assemble their cars. The most personalized aspect of soap box derby cars is their decorations. This is where children can get creative and really own their cars. Don’t be afraid to add things onto the car. We’ve had a car that was decorated to look like a …

Wedding Planning

Ten Commandments to Follow when Planning Your Wedding

Planning your wedding? Recently engaged? Congratulations! We have put together the ten most important commandments to follow when planning your wedding. I have to admit that regardless of all the advice (both good and bad!) that I received leading up to the big day, one thing is true: Once you set that date, time really does fly. There’s so much to do! Find the right wedding invitations, set up a cake tasting, drop those pesky ten pounds, look for the perfect dress (as well as beautiful accessories!). It’s so easy to get lost in all the planning and forget what the day is truly supposed to be about. At the end of the day, it’s just a party – and all parties eventually come to an end. The marriage itself is the important thing to focus on. But it’s okay – here are ten things to keep in mind when things start to go crazy. 10. Start Early There’s no harm in a little early planning. My fiance and I had been together for five years before …

Cash Bar Vs. Open Bar: Wedding Etiquette

Wedding Etiquette: Cash Bar vs. Open Bar

Engagement season is in full swing, and wedding planning seems to start immediately after! After brides & grooms finish celebrating their engagements, one of the first steps in the wedding-planning process is to set a budget for the wedding. One of the larger expenses, believe it or not, is typically providing alcohol at the wedding! For this reason, the old cash bar vs. open bar debate has always been a hot one. While couples can save thousands of dollars with a cash bar, couples often worry that their guests will be disappointed when they learn they’ll have to pay for drinks themselves. A cash bar is where wedding guests are required to to pay for their own “spirits.” Couples often use cash bars to reduce the cost of the reception, but still typically provide a glass of champagne for toasts at no charge. An open bar is where the bride & groom pay for all costs associated with the bar at their wedding. This includes the bartender and typically a full-service bar. With an open bar, …

Plan a Fundraising Event with These Simple Tips

Plan a Fundraising Event with These Simple Tips

Before the digital age brought tools like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the only fundraisers were campaigns and events. While the Internet has changed the game in terms of fundraisers, events still have purpose. They bring people together for a common cause and can often yield results more effectively than an Internet campaign. But how do you plan a fundraiser event? Get inspired with these simple tips. Goal, Budget, Purpose Much must be taken into consideration before you can even shop for a venue. First, set a goal. Consider what you’ve seen in the past at similar events and set a range of income that you expect to see from this event. Consider the lowest amount you might raise, as well as the highest goal. Is the event worth it even if you only achieve your lowest estimation? Yes? Then it’s time you set a budget. The larger your budget the more money you’ll potentially raise. However, a large budget doesn’t guarantee success, which is why purpose is so important. People don’t donate to causes or startups …

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Invitation Wording for when Guests Pay for their Meal

How do you word an invitation to an event where guests pay for their dinner? I received this question from a Sendo reader… Amanda Asks… “I am planning a small (20 or less)retirement party for my mom at a restaurant but guests will be responsible for paying for their own dinner – how do I indicate this on an invitation?” Anyone have any suggestions? Comment to this post to help her out! It would be great to hear what you guys would expect to see on an invitation and how you would respond to some of the other suggestions mentioned When Invited Guests Pay for their Meal The proper term for this is No Host. Some social circles would immediately recognize and understand this term, whereas others would be confused. And if it’s a retirement party, some invitees may not be so quick to jump on Google to figure it out. Considering the informality of the event, keep invitations to something simple. You don’t want to spend $100 on invites that tell people they need …

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Flower Fairy Lights DIY Tutorial

If you love fairy lights then you will love this easy tutorial for creating flower fairy lights from egg cartons! Supplies for making Flower Fairy Lights – different colored cartons (or  you may choose to paint them yourself) – scissors – wire Step 1. With a pair of sturdy scissors, cut away excess cardboard surrounding the cup strips. Round the edges of the egg carton strips to imagine the petals. Make three of these egg carton ends and insert them into each other. The innermost need not be cut into four strips. Step 2. Insert the wire into the hole in the middle and fasten them by pinching the wire together. Make sure it hangs a long wire out from the hole so that the downside in this way can pin the flower on a branch. Step 3. Starting at the cup opening, make a short slit into each side of the cup.Then simply insert one fairy light into each “flower”. They are not attached to anything. Happy creating! xx Amici Events xx