Planning a fun and memorable family reunion can be as exciting as the event itself. You know your family best, so you can play to your family’s strengths and interests to schedule fun events, food, and decorations to make it memorable for everyone in attendance. You need to plan out a few things to ensure a great event, like the venue, food, and lasting memories. However, it should still be fun for you, so be sure to get help from other family members.
Here are tips for planning a memorable family reunion.
Designate the venue area.
Warm weather is generally the best time to plan a reunion because it gives you the freedom of both indoor and outdoor events. Depending on the size of your family, you may need to spread out to make it comfortable for everyone. You can use outdoor flags to designate different events or gathering areas. While most probably think of outdoor flags as garden decor, they can be a fun way to get people’s attention. You can even order a custom flag just for your event.
Another idea is to plan a progressive event so that your family members need to go to multiple locations at different times for different events. The custom flags can help them identify when they are in the right place. You can meet for food at one location, games at a second location, and drinks or dessert at the final location.
Consider hiring a videographer.
There will be endless great moments that you aren’t going to want to miss, but you also don’t want to be straddled with the responsibility of capturing all of the family moments for everyone else. Video production services can ensure that you participate in all of the fun and activities and still get videos to share with everyone afterward. You can work with the videographer on what you want in video content, engagement, scope, animation, and final cut. High-quality videos can be expensive, but the production process can also be complicated, and you want to hire a company with years of experience in video production.
Hire some incredible catering.
Food will always make or break an event. Hire a catering service that has a strong reputation for offering great food and service. The type of food you choose can depend on the kind of event and what your family prefers. For example, catering for an outdoor picnic will be far different from a formal sit-down dinner. Find something that is maybe a little different or engaging, like a pig roast or sushi bar, depending on what you think your family will enjoy.
Remember to take tons of photographs.
You can hire a photographer or create a family photo-sharing account and ask everyone to upload photos they took while at the reunion. This will allow everyone to get pictures from all different perspectives and points in the event. If you use a service like Shutterfly, your family members can then pull from the uploaded photos to create their photo albums, or you can make an official reunion photo album. All of your family members will be able to order their copies.
Once all the plans are made, the most crucial part is to enjoy yourself. Too often, the one in charge of planning feels like they are left working the event. Make sure everything is outsourced to others or professionals. You’ll have a videographer and caterer, so maybe hire a party planner to handle the day-of needs for the event to go off without a hitch. If you can’t hire out everything, talk to your family about sharing in the responsibility so that everyone can have fun and visit.