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December 15, 2013


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Cathy Miller

Makes one wonder if they really want us to attend. ;-)

Equally frustrating is a wrong phone number or email address.

The devil is in the details. I guess you could view this as job security, Lynn - or at least fodder for blog posts. :-) Wishing you a happy holiday season.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Cathy. Yes, I wondered too. But I think the issue is people simply moving too fast.

I agree with you about errors in phone numbers and email addresses. And the situation can be worse when that information is NOT included.

Happy holidays to you too!


George Raymond

Of course you don't want to discourage people from providing the day of the week: "Tuesday, January 7" is more informative than the naked "January 7" that many people seem to think is enough. Once people are in the habit of also providing the day of the week, it serves as a carelessness detector.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Excellent point, George. I am glad you matched the day and date correctly!



Hi Lynn,

Thanks again for the reminder to proofread (and then proofread again!) before sending anything out. Always good advice, but especially timely during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

I'd also like to add that, to make it easier for invitees to respond, party planners should include more than one way to contact them in order to RSVP. For example, it is much easier for me personally to write a brief e-mail to let a hostess know of my plans to attend a party, than it is to pick up the phone to make a call. Maybe that's just the way I am, but I appreciate being able to respond in the way that is most convenient and comfortable for me.

I like your new profile photo above, Lynn. It exudes the warmth and approachability that already comes through in your writing.

Happy Holidays!


Janna Shagina

I believe it happens because people use previous invitations to create new ones. I've seen a previous year on invitations as well.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Leigh. Thank you for your good suggestion. I should write a blog post about giving people various ways to respond. I was recently invited to a party through Evite, and I could not attend. However, I did not want to decline online. I sent a private email with regrets instead.

Thank you so much for your compliment on my photo. I had it taken for the back of my book.

Happy holidays to you too!


Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Janna. I believe you are correct. Often the wrong information appears on invitations because people are using previous invitations to save time.

A previous year? That IS bad form.


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