Family Reunion Planning – Part 1

Have you thought about organizing a family reunion for your family?

It’s not always easy and it can be difficult to know where to start.

Here on the Famicity blog, we’re going to run a three-part blog series on how to plan and organize the perfect family reunion.

We’ll start by explaining what exactly is a family reunion.

What is a Family Reunion?

A family reunion is an event to gather the family for a festive event. It is usually organized for the purpose of building and sometimes repairing links between members of the same family.

On average, family reunions bring together roughly 50+ people of a family which distinguishes this type of event from others such as Christmas, birthdays and other major holidays or family milestones. Allowing the mixing of generations within a family is an opportunity for the youngest or the most remote to learn stories and legends attached to the family.

Family reunions could also be compared to weddings or funerals, with the exception of one important fact: these events focus on the celebration or remembrance of one person while a family reunion celebrates the whole family.

Why Organize a Family Reunion?

Most family reunions are organized to promote and preserve the bonds between family members and to provide the opportunity to the younger generations to discover their family history.

Who Organizes a Family Reunion?

If you are reading this blog, this person might be you or you’ve volunteered to help to some degree.

The first and most important advice that we have to give you: DO NOT DO IT ALONE!

There are a lot of moving pieces to plan a successful family reunion. Doing it by yourself will wear you out and can be overwhelming.  Delegating tasks to volunteers such as catering, accommodation, entertainment, hospitality, transport will surely help you get the results you want for your family reunion.

Involve the help of volunteers early in your planning of a family reunion. This will allow you get the help you need for plenty of time to organize and think about the answers to many questions that will come up such as financing and the When, what and hows.

Also, consider strengthening the sense of ownership and commitment of other members of your family for the meeting. Ask members what they like to do. You will be able to identify the talents and skills of each, and thus establish committees dedicated to specific tasks. While one committee will be responsible for the accommodation, another will be responsible for the meeting, others will organize activities, programs fundraising, catering, hospitality, cleaning, transport, etc.

In Part 2 and 3 of this blog series, we’ll discuss details such as who do you invite to a family reunion, where do you host a family reunion and other important details.

Stay tuned!