There’s nothing quite like family!
Whether you’re a tight-knit clan of a few relatives or have more cousins than you can count, spending time with family can be a wonderful way to take a break from your usual routine.
Every family is unique and full of rich history, plenty of stories, and (of course), no shortage of laughs!.
Whether your relatives live down the road or are spread across the globe, coming together can be a challenge. With busy work schedules, schooling, and other commitments, it can be easy to let visits fall by the wayside. Organizing a family reunion can serve as the perfect chance to reconnect, catch up, and unwind. If you’re planning on bringing the ‘crew’ together, but are unsure of how to get started, follow our simple guide to family reunions below!
Start On the Right Foot
Before you start sending out invitations and rounding up the troops, it’s best to take a step back and iron out a few main details that will help inform the rest of the planning process. Questions/Details to consider are:
Questions/Details to consider are:
What Is Your Reason For Gathering?
How Large is Your Family? Where Are They Coming From?
When inviting your family, it’s also important to consider where everyone is located for a few reasons:
1. You’ll want to send out invites with plenty of advance notice if you have relatives traveling a considerable distance.
2. Even if everyone is located nearby, it’s best to choose a venue that is easy to get to. Make sure you include clear travel options and directions in your invite to avoid confusion (and disappointment!)
What is Our Budget?
Who Are Our Core Planners?
Once you’ve done your homework and have covered these core areas, it’s time to jump into full planning mode. Learn about your next steps below.
Venue, Venue, Venue
When it comes to selecting your venue, there are quite a few factors you’ll want to keep in mind. ideally, you’ll want a space with plenty of room for the whole family, but additional items to consider are:
- Location: is your venue easy to get to? Are there special considerations (i.e. transport to and from the airport) that you need to factor in?
- Amenities: Will you have plenty of heat and air conditioning to keep your guests comfortable?
- Parking options
- Access to audio/visual components for slideshows, etc.
- Catering options (more on this later)
- Accessibility for guests who may require access to an elevator or other considerations.
Work closely with any on-site coordination staff that your venue may offer as a way to handle day of details like event set up and teardown, decor requirements, and more.
- Their previous experience/Reviews from customers
- If they are able to accommodate any dietary restrictions
- Consider asking if custom menus are available if you’d like to offer food that reflects your family’s background.
- If your gathering is relatively small, you may even want to consider treating your family to a memorable Chef at Home experience!