By Lori Mork
Plan your event more than a year in advance, especially with a big group, since everyone has different levels of job flexibility.
Think about who will be coming, then look for the most convenient times and dates for everyone.
Also, keep in mind that everyone has varying budgets, so consider costs when making plans.
Make sure not to overschedule or micromanage, but do be sure to send reminders to everyone so they don’t miss important deadlines. You can also do the research needed for the reunion, but allow others to give suggestions.
Don’t make participation in scheduled events mandatory and remember that everyone has a different idea of how to spend their time. Do schedule one or two group events, but give everyone time to enjoy as they wish. You can also give people a list of activities that are available in the area during the time the reunion will take place.
You can come up with a unique souvenir or two, but don’t go overboard. One possibility would be souvenir T-shirts for the kids or possibly a family photo album for each family, a family cookbook or even a genealogy booklet.
Create a souvenir
You can create a unique souvenir for family members during a reunion by having everyone download their photos from the event to one computer or laptop as they are taken. Add in each person’s contact information, then download everything onto flash drives to take home. You can even have custom imprinted flash drives made as a keepsake.