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So we usually send paper invitations around September 15, and start a Facebook event once we know they have all arrived so people can RSVP, we can post updates, get people excited, etc.

Every year though, around this time, I start seeing people RSVP to Halloween events and I wonder if I'm waiting too long. Is mid August too early to send invitations? It feels like it, but I don't want to miss out on guests because I was too late. Thoughts?
 

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That's a good question. I think we typically send out invites about a month before the party, but I've been telling my wife she probably needs to send them 6 weeks out. We've had good friends not be able to make it due to stuff they've already scheduled for, like concerts, etc.

Speaking of Facebook events, I've been thinking I should create an FB event for the party and the charity fundraiser, but what's the advantage of making one? I haven't ever made an event on FB, so I don't know what the advantage to doing so is.
 

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last year we moved into our new house on august 19, and i remember we were already moved in when we made the facebook event (which is all we do--no paper invitations) so it was probably late-august when we did that. i don't recall anyone who had already made plans, other than work schedules that were already set and that sort of thing. i'd say late august/early september is a good time in my experience.
 

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That's a good question. I think we typically send out invites about a month before the party, but I've been telling my wife she probably needs to send them 6 weeks out. We've had good friends not be able to make it due to stuff they've already scheduled for, like concerts, etc.

Speaking of Facebook events, I've been thinking I should create an FB event for the party and the charity fundraiser, but what's the advantage of making one? I haven't ever made an event on FB, so I don't know what the advantage to doing so is.
we only do a facebook event, because it seems that's all people check anymore. it's catch 22 for me--it's by far the easiest and least expensive way to get the word out, but the problem is that people tend to delay responding until very close to time. we may make the event page around the end of this month, and if we send it to, say, 60 people, 40 of them will still be in the "invited" (but no response yet) category by mid-october.
 

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We have the same issue with Evite.com. Many people don't RSVP for weeks.

Other than the invite itself and the RSVPing, are there any other advantages to a creating a Facebook event page? In addition to our party, we also have a charity fundraiser for local school music programs, and I'm wanting to really get the word out this year. Last year we raised over $600, but I'm shooting for $1000 this year - which I know is going to take some social media marketing.

we only do a facebook event, because it seems that's all people check anymore. it's catch 22 for me--it's by far the easiest and least expensive way to get the word out, but the problem is that people tend to delay responding until very close to time. we may make the event page around the end of this month, and if we send it to, say, 60 people, 40 of them will still be in the "invited" (but no response yet) category by mid-october.
 

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Other than the invite itself and the RSVPing, are there any other advantages to a creating a Facebook event page? In addition to our party, we also have a charity fundraiser for local school music programs, and I'm wanting to really get the word out this year. Last year we raised over $600, but I'm shooting for $1000 this year - which I know is going to take some social media marketing.
the main advantage i think is the ubiquity of facebook--dang near everybody has a facebook account, and it's usually easier finding everyone there than tracking down everyone's email or mailing address. it lets you do the invitation, keep it invite-only or expand it to a more public event depending on your preference, and it lets you get the word out about anything (updates on the party itself, the fundraising aspect in your case, etc.) easily and quickly. as far as any dynamite selling points, i'm not sure there's much other than the overall convenience aspect.
 

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What is up with people not RSVPing for anything anymore? Is it because they wanna keep the date open & if nothing else better comes up then maybe, what the heck, we'll go to THAT party?

It also seems the folks that don't RSVP in the proper amount of time would be uber P.O.'d if you did the same to them.

I have never understood that bit of rudeness. I don't care if it's paper or online, just give me a hint. Though I was taught waaay back in the day by so Tuppeware lady to expect half of the number you invite. If you invite 50, 25 will show up, 60 then 30, etc. I don't know if that's still true but it's the rule I've always played by.

Unless it's a wedding then you call those ungrateful fools that don't RSVP because you gotta give some places a head count & then you pay for 150 even if 50 show up.
 

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We have a lot of "regulars" that come every year, but the FB RSVP process is completely unreliable. We can't even get a ballpark estimate. We use it more to post pictures of select decorations and games to keep it fresh in peoples minds, get them excited.

Maybe we'll send closer to Sept. 1 this year just to be sure. Thanks for all your help!
 

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I haven't had many Halloween parties, but for what few I have had, I've always sent out invitations by late August. Most people probably have "other plans" made by mid September, so sending out invitations in mid/late August is probably a good idea.
 
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