Family reunion planning can be incredibly stressful, especially if you have been designated with the task of figuring out the majority of the details by yourself. Some families select one member each year to find the best location and set up all of the arrangements, and others work together to plan out the details and share responsibilities. No matter which category fits your family best, planning your next reunion can be much easier if you create a detailed checklist for yourself. This will ensure you never forget the most important aspects of the trip.
Timing is Important
The first thing you should add to your checklist is timeframes in which you need to complete certain tasks by. For example, booking lodging that is spacious enough to accommodate a large group of people might need to be arranged a year in advance or even longer. If you wait until the last moment to arrange accommodations, you might discover that there are far less options available because vacation lodging tends to book quickly.
Assign Responsibilities to Others
Create a detailed list of responsibilities that each family will be responsible for during the reunion. You can assign which family will be responsible for cooking meals each day of the trip and which family will need to clean the kitchen after dinner is over. You can also let each family plan an activity for the rest of the group each day. This will make your job much easier, and will make others feel like they have an important role to play as well.
Consider Outside Resources
One of the easiest ways to efficiently plan your reunion is to consult with experts who specialize in reunion planning. This will free up your schedule to still be able to focus on your other daily activities while allowing the opportunity to offer your input to someone else about which aspects of the trip are most important to you.
Organization does not come naturally to everyone. Fortunately, as long as you practice good communication with the rest of your family, your family reunion should be a successful event that will create lasting memories for all who attend.
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