Monday, September 28, 2009 at 11:54 PM - Response #1
Malissa, I can certainly understand your anxiety about this. I didn't find anywhere where you gave a definitive deadline for sending in the money. People are really flaky unless they have deadlines, warnings and nagging and so they lag. My classmates are no exception and it gets very frustrating. I am BIG on the nagging part. It is important that we have headcounts and the cash in hand so we can plan. Lots of people don't understand that, so you have to become a little ruthless and remind and NAG alot.
At this point, because it is so close, you most likely won't get much more in the way of money...lots of people paying at the door. Of course, you must have had to have given a firm number to your caterer( not sure the agreement you have with them).
That IS the way it is. You made it clear that the $30 at the door did not include dinner..and there is not much more you can do at this late date. Maybe have a plan B....hhhmmmm, a suggestion as to where else they could eat? Have your registration people simply explain the situation. "I don't seem to see record of your payment/dinner reservation, but....
I wish you the best. Planning these things are fun, but can be stressful. Relax and try and not worry. Your info was clear and if people don't read and acknowledge what they need to know, it's not on you. Things usually work out somehow.
You have done a great job and I wish you the best....Bonita