When you are planning a military reunion, you want to make sure that you are able to get a large enough venue and enough food for the number of people that show up. You also want to make sure that you are able to get as many people to show up that are on your guest list as possible . Here are some tips for making that happen.
1. Who Do You Want to Come?
The first question that you should ask yourself is who you would like to come. You might be inviting an entire team or squad, an entire unit, or everyone and their spouses or significant others. The number of people that come is going to significantly affect how much food you need to purchase, as well as how large your venue needs to be. You are going to need to make this decision before you send out the invitations and make an RSVP policy that you can all stick to. For example, if one person says that he or she cannot go unless he or she brings along another person due to anxiety, then you might want to make a special case for that person, but only have a limited number of special cases that you can make.
2. Do You Need to Entice Anyone?
If you are planning on inviting an entire unit, then you might want to make sure that you provide some enticement for people to come. People will not come to a huge group gathering if they are not sure their friends from the unit are going to be there. If you are inviting a large group of people, send out personal invitations, but also include a way for people to say that they are coming in a public way. One way to do this is to send out a personal invitation with a link to a group on a social media site that they can join if they are planning to go to the reunion. This will allow people to see that they will feel comfortable at the event.
Smaller events will only need personal invitations because anyone with questions can contact you individually.
3. Are You Going to Follow Up?
If you are contacting lots of people who live all over the United States, you might need to follow up with each person that does not RSVP in order to ensure that they get the special attention that they might need in order to feel wanted at the gathering. Smaller events can be organized through personal phone calls if you are worried that it's going to be a problem.
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