With the continuation of our Family Reunion Planning blog series, this blog will provide important planning details such as who do you invite to a family reunion and necessary scheduling aspects to consider.
In January, we started the Family Reunion Planning series to help people get some ideas, tips and tricks for pulling off a fantastic event for bringing families together. In case you missed it, you can find that blog here.
Who Do You Invite to a Family Reunion?
There is no real definition of the family circle. You can have multiple variations for who you decide to structure a family reunion around.
A few questions you can ask yourself about who should be invited are:
- Do you want to group the descendants of a common ancestor who lived in a specific decade(s) or century?
- Do you include all of the cousins of a single generation and their families?
- Do you include every generation of a grandparent or common great-grandparent?
- Maybe you only want to include those people with the same last name?
This short list of criteria clearly shows that a family reunion can have multiple family variations.
How Often Do You Reunite Your Family?
Nearly 50% of families organize their meetings annually, and 25% organize them every two years. It goes without saying that the longer the time interval between two events, the more the organizers can breathe and the more it will make the family reunion rare and exciting!
When to Schedule a Family Reunion
Seasons are of course a determining factor in choosing the time of year to reunite your family. It is obviously necessary to favor dates for which the most people can make themselves available. If you organize your family reunion in the middle of winter, you risk kids being in school and compromise long-standing Christmas or holiday plans! Most family reunions take place during the summer school holidays.
Finally, avoid the poll of asking everyone what suits them. Although this is a good intention, you will see that few dates will coincide and it will be impossible to satisfy everyone.
NOTE: Be sure to announce the date of the next family reunion as early as possible. It takes time for each member of the family to organize, save money and block their calendar for this event. You could make the dates of your family reunion coincide with an important family event, such as the birthday of a grandparent or when the family immigrated to the United States.
How Long Do Family Reunions Usually Last?
According to one study, 70% of respondents reported spending two or more days at their family reunion, typically a Saturday and Sunday.
In the case where you have guests traveling for the event, it is advisable to extend the duration of the family meeting up to one-week maximum.
Stay tuned for the final installment of Family Reunion Planning. In the final installment, we’ll discuss where to plan a family reunion.