Family Reunions started out as a celebration of family both old and new. It consists of fellowship and reflects on the richness of family heritage. It has taken a major shift from a one-day event held in the Local Park or recreational center; families are traveling the world, visiting grand hotels and taking part in exotic vacations. Because of the rapid growth and trend of technology just communicating by phone is a thing of the past. People are now communicating via email, voice conference, personalized websites, or text message to keep family members up to date on activities and event.
Can you remember the last time all of your family was together? Have you thought about having a family reunion? If you have, we have a few tips to help you plan a successful reunion.
- 1. Contact the members of your family and confirm that they are interested.
- 2. Identify the person who is going to take responsibility for coordinating the planning effort.
- 3. Identify the Date. It is important to give your family plenty of advance notice (10-12 months). Summertime is usually the time of year that is most popular, but can often times be quite costly depending on your reunion destination. If you can take advantage of off-peak room rates, then do it.
- 4. Decide of Reunion location, and secure your hotel or cruising is another great option (10-12 months out)!
- 5. Form committees to help get things done. Technology will make it much easier to include family members from all over the United States and beyond.
- 6. Make a checklist with the tasks that must be completed.
- 7. Establish a budget. Remember that family members often have various economic challenges so make sure it is an experience everyone will enjoy.
- 8. Prepare a letter asking family members to “Save the Date” and any other details you want them to have. Think about creating a web site or consider creating a family Face Book page for the Reunion updates. Later you can mail and email invitations.
- 9. Plan your food (consider local caterers, if offsite venue, and dietary menu options for family members).
- 10 Capture the memories by taking lots of pictures, videos, candid shots, and group shots.
- 11. Evaluate the event and get a volunteer chair for the next Reunion.
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Family Reunions are BIG business when it come to travel. More than 1 in every 5 people have traveled to a family reunion in past three years.