1 - I determine how many cards intend to offer each participant. I have not ever charged or solicited donations for cards, but I have accepted donations if people have offered.
2 - I assume I’ll get ten participants, this then gives me a base number of cards to have on hand (5 each x 10 participants = 50 cards, etc.). I’ve usually gone with ten cards per participant. I usually bump that up some so i have some extras of my own to send , and have some flexibility in the number of attendees i can support.
The trade space here is cost/leftover cards and tediousness.
Cost goes up with more cards (but price per card drops), unless you charge for them
A large number of leftover cards can be hard to get rid of.
Too many cards can be a beast if you are trying to get them all signed.
RSVP and actual attendee numbers are rarely equal; almost always you will not get all of the people who RSVP. Life gets in the way…
Here’s a rough example from the last face-to-face meetup I hosted:
I printed 200 cards with the intent of giving each attendee ten.
I got 12 participants, two of whom wanted less than ten cards and one of whom wanted 20.
All 200 hundred cards got signed by all participants which took a little over an hour.
Yes, always! I set a deadline for ordering and then I order the desired number of cards (rounded) with the printing company. Most German postcrossers do it this way.
Yes, everything else is against the guidelines (at least when they have the logo). As I only order the desired number, I can’t tell what the price will be in the end (ordering more cards makes the individual card cheaper). In the German meetup subforum you will often see something like “25 cents / card max, depending on the total amount” or similar phrases.
Meetup customs heavily vary from country to country. Check what’s common in your area. For German meetups most often the cards are send in advance (or at least offered to send them in advance), so the attendees may prepare them ahead of the meetup.
I have downloaded the Meetup Logo and instructions. I have a card design worked out. Now do I need to get it approved before printing up my cards? And do I need to get it approved before posting the Meetup in the Forum? Thanks for any help you can offer.
You can post the meeting here in the forum and also show the picture of your designed card in the topic.
mundoo will check the picture and If something does not correspond to the logo guidelines, then she writes it in the topic.
If everything is ok, she will write the meeting in the calendar on the main page and then you can print the cards.
I just opened a new topic for a very firest meet-up on Sept 30th in Neustadt (Palatinate region). How can I get this event listed with a blue pin on the world map/calender at Postcrossing > Explore > meetups ?
All meeting topics are checked by @mundoo and if everything is in order, i.e. all details are complete, the meeting cards comply with the rules and there are no other complaints, then she adds your meeting to the calendar.
Any questions she may have for you should be answered quickly if possible.
@mundoo does go through all meetups threads. If it’s OK, she’ll add it to the calendar. If not, she’ll let the host know what needs to be fixed. So there’s no need to ask here to get a meetup added to the calendar.
That there is! See attached. Click on the pencil (edit) on the title of the Meetup, then click on the date/time field, finally click on the Maximum Guests field (or use the up and down arrows in increase the number of attendees. You can also use this pane to remove attendees if needed, or modify the date.