Post # 1
I thought I had my response card down but now not so sure. Started thinking that most families we are inviting have 3-5 people in them. This is what I was going to do:
Please respond by August xx, 2010
We have reserved ___ seat(s) in your honor
___Accept(s) with pleasure
___Decline(s) with regrets
Please initial entrée choice for each guest:
But now think it wont get me accurate responses. What does the “M” stand for anyway? I’m guessing that’s where guests write in their names? My problem is that let’s say I’m inviting my aunt plus her 3 children and husband. How will I know if all 5 of them are coming. I’m hoping they would all initial next to their entree choice but should I also add a line before the accept/decline part to read: “Please indicate how many guests will be attending”
I don’t know if I like how that sounds b/c it’s becoming too wordy and what if people take it upon themselves to add to the number allowed. what if I scratch the accepts/declines part altogether and add:
“_____of__5___ guests will attend” for example
Thanks suggestions are most appreciated! p.s. my entree choices will be changed when we know which specific dishes we will be choosing after the tasting, but there will be 3 options.
Post # 3
i worded mine as Name(s)______ rather than using the M________ because i thought it was more clear. You could try that?
Post # 4
Not sure if this helps, but I found this to be the easiest for me:
(Not sure why the black on the bottom is there – it won’t be in real life!)
Post # 5
Here’s the text from ours. People have done well filling them out.
We look forward to celebrating with you!
Please reply by May 17, 2010
____ of 3 will attend
1 Miso Maple Glazed Salmon
2 Japanese Style Teriyaki Beef
3 Ginger Honey Chicken
4 Tofu Steak
5 Children’s Meal – PB&J and Macaroni
Please note any allergies or dietary considerations.
Post # 6
Thankd for the suggestions everyone!
Vonnegurl- So did you have to customize each response card depending on how many guests were invited? I was thinking about this but if I get them printed somewhere instead of doing them myself then I guess I could just instruct them on the specifics.
Post # 7
I did customize them. I had a lot of different versions, but you could get away with only ever writing “Name” twice (instead of “Guest” for single folks). I needed cards for groups of 2, 3, 4, 5, and just one 6. I had to keep a spreadsheet to see how many of each I needed, but it was worth it to be clear about the number of invitees and know definitively who wanted which entree.
As other Bees mention on reply card threads, people can have hard-to-read handwriting. I also used an invisible ink pen on the back so I could identify whose card it was if the handwriting was too messy.