Are you fortunate enough to come from a large, close knit family? Is your family spread across the country and only able to gather collectively every few years? Having three or even four generations of an extended family all together can be a very enriching experience filled with memories and enriched relationships that can endure for decades to come. If you’ve been charged with the planning for the event, follow these recommendations from the professional event planner to ensure your family reunion is a huge success. Often planned at least a year in advance, it can take many helping hands to put on a smooth event. Don’t succumb to the temptation of either over-planning or under-planning.
The first step is to set a date and define a budget. Once these two items have been determined, select and book a venue that is large enough to accommo date the anticipated crowd. Many hotels will offer reduced rates for groups booking a minimum number of rooms. Contact your local Visitors and Convention Bureau if the event will be held in a smaller town and you expect a large crowd. They can be very helpful identifying venues, activities and access to a multitude of discounts. Take advantage of their experience, local knowledge and generosity. Send out save the date notices with the venue address and lodging options well in advance to allow family members to begin their travel plans and reserve the date of their calendars.
There are multitudes of activities that can be enjoyed by several generations at family reunions. Consider taking advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupon and discover the history of your heritage from the options available through 23andMe DNA kits. You can provide a link to guests and have them bring their results to the family re-union. If you’ll be securing a catered or having t-shirts printed to commemorate the event, plan these items well in advance to ensure they are secured prior to the date of the event. Best of luck to you in creating a family reunion that will be remembered for years to come. Take plenty of photographs!