Family reunions used to be very basic and not much planning was needed. They were almost always help at somebody’s house and the location would rotate. And they were fairly economical, too.
These days there is much more to plan and it usually involves spending more money than those early ones. It’s ironic that as our lives are far busier, we end up taking on planning a reunion that takes more of our time.
Between getting everybody’s t-shirt sizes for groups with the family reunion design, to hiring a photographer, it seems to be a lot to handle. Not to mention expensive.
Well, it doesn’t need to break the bank. Here are some ways to keep the costs under control and still have an amazing reunion.
Talk about the budget
Money is almost always the most unpleasant part of planning any kind of event. That’s why it pays to have the money conversation very early in the planning process.
You can manage people’s expectations by letting everybody know that funds are going to be limited. Then, people that might have something special needed may be tempted to throw in more money to make it happen.
To understand the budget, you have to figure out what kind of reunion is going to happen. Obviously, a Vegas reunion with hotels and event locations needed is going to be very expensive. So, take that off the list.
You’ll need to have realistic expectations if you want to have a budget family reunion.
Being on a budget doesn’t have to mean a bare-bones basic reunion that nobody enjoys. It just means you have to get creative to make it unforgettable.
For instance, there are many cruise companies that run cruises to nowhere. They do short two or 3 day cruises out to sea and then just turn around without stopping at any ports. Usually it is to promote a new ship. These are cheap and short so they can be a great way to have a unique family reunion without spending a lot of money.
If your family are outdoorsy types, then a camping family reunion can save a lot on costs. Staying in a lodge is still fairly cheap if you have people that don’t have tents and don’t want to buy one just for a few days. Plus, being out in nature adds to the fun of the reunion.
Then, look into off season rates at more expensive types of venues if you really want to go all out without spending a ton of money. Between lower rates for the off-season and group rates, you can find some real bargains.
You may actually be able to get people that aren’t even going to the reunion to chip in for a fundraiser.
Host some yard sales, or some kind of event where you can raise money. Ask for local sponsors to donate products or even a venue in return for advertising.
There are a lot of ways to raise money without asking the attendees to chip in more money.