Bid Day Planning Tips
Being in charge of Bid Day at your sorority is a big responsibility. Your sorority will be inviting women to become new sisters on a day that can mark the start of lifelong friendships. How can you make this day truly memorable? Here are a few smart tips from the pros at Greek Gear to make candidates feel welcome before they accept the “bid” to join your chapter.
Start Early. The minute you learn the date of Bid Day, grab your calendar and set a date for that first planning meeting. Even months in advance, that first meeting will set the tone for a leader who is in charge from the get-go. Invite your most creative and hardest-working sisters to form your Bid Day committee. If you delegate roles early, your sisters will have more time to plan a truly memorable event.
Create a budget. Ask your active sisters how much they are willing to pay for T-shirts and other Bid Day goodies. Ask your House treasurer to be on your committee to keep you on track and on budget. Make a list of everything you want, and then start whittling away it until you have met your budget. Now you won’t be tempted to add expensive goodies in coming weeks. Most Bid Day events involve small, economically priced gifts that you can find in one place at the GreekGear.com website.
Choose a theme. With your budget in hand, you’ll be less likely to choose a theme that will involve too many expensive decorations and trinkets. Besides, this day is about unity and spirit – not money. Schedule a Bid Day committee meeting to focus just on the theme. Browse through pages of websites like Greek Gear for inspiration. Greek Gear has been the go-to source for custom sorority jewelry, apparel, party favors, decals and holiday gifts since 1999.
Dress it up. Active members and new sisters can wear the same shirts or shirts in the same style, but in different colors. Choose traditional tees or pretty raglan styles with three-quarter sleeves. Or, design your own shirts with custom screen-printing from Greek Gear. Just before the big day, reward your committee members with a surprise thank-you gift of a beautiful lavaliere. Reward yourself, too, with a lavaliere or charm bracelet with a Greek letter charm to remember this special day