Trends in Family Reunions
Online registration via a family website or Facebook group. A family website can be created for next to nothing. Purchase domain name like RobinsonFamilyReunion.com or TheSmithFamily.com from a website like GoDaddy.com or Register.com for less than $20. Then make use of free website services like web.com or WordPress.com to post family updates, pictures, contact info, birthdays, etc. Engage younger family members who may be web savvy to be responsible for updates.
Family Photo Booth. Hire a local company or enlist a skilled family member to set up a photo booth on-site at one of your reunion events. These photos make great keepsakes for attendees and they are also perfect for posting to Facebook or to the family’s website.
Fun photo displays. Check out this great example from Rialee Photography of fun ways to post and share memories on-site at your reunion.
Photo from http://rialeephotography.com/
Genealogy: Make use of services like Ancestry.com to trace your family’s history. Bring a large printout to the reunion and have relatives help you fill in any missing information.
Money Saving Tips
Evites for registration. Evite.com is a free RSVP service. Create an invitation, email it to attendees and allow them to RSVP online. Evite provides them with maps, email reminders and even allows invitees to post comments about the event.
Consider non-holidays. Try to avoid planning your reunion for Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day weekend. Caterers, photographers and other vendors tend to charge more at these times.
Make your own decorations. Use family photos and discount stores instead of having decorations custom made. Or, enlist a crafty family member to handle making cost effective centerpieces, photo displays and keepsakes.
Check out a list of family reunion freebies from Reunions Magazine.