Family reunions are a great way for extended family to come together. Having family reunions on a regular basis will allow families to connect with each other, show honor to the older generation, renew bonds, and celebrate family roots. Every family has its own way of celebrating whether it’s having a picnic, going on a retreat, having a banquet, going camping, or going on a cruise. No matter what activity is done during the reunion, it will provide each person with a lifetime memory of family love. There is no doubt that planning a family reunion is a lot of work. Take a look at these tips that will help to make planning your family reunion less stressful.
Allow plenty of time to plan
It is never too early to start planning. I would suggest to start planning 1 to 2 years in advance depending on the size of your family. Each person helping can take their time with tasks, you will be able to secure dates and locations early, and you will be able to give people attending plenty of notice. Use a family reunion timeline to help you stay on task.
Get your budget set early
Start by setting up a family reunion bank account. Determine what kind of reunion you will be having and how much it will cost. Make a list of everything that will cost money and estimate the cost for each item. You may have to get some quotes from vendors. Start thinking of fundraisers that can be done throughout the year. Since there is a possibility that the attendance number may change, the budget may need to be reviewed and revised several times. Use some sort of a budget worksheet to help track money.
Get lots of help
Spread work around to different family members so one person does not get burned out. Make a list of everything that needs to be done and ask for volunteers. You can also consult with family members who have done the reunion in the past for advice. Asking all generations for ideas and sending out a family reunion survey can help make everyone happy.
Create a family reunion website
Having a website is a great way to communicate to those attending. Guests can register through the website, making it easier to track names, addresses, and the number of people attending. Create a website that offers additional features such as budget tracking and the ability to take online payments.
Make the planning fun
Gathering in one place with family to plan can be a good time. Each meeting can be held at a different family members house. Cook some food, talk about the reunion, and then bring out some board games. Match people up with tasks they like doing and are good at. Get the whole family involved including the kids.