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As our lives get increasingly busy and complicated, with more and more demands on our time, taking time out of our packed schedule to see friends has never been more important. With work, family, and the general hustle and bustle of everyday commitments, staying in touch with old friends, colleagues, and schoolmates can be tricky, and it is all too easy to lose touch.
This is why planning a friends reunion is a superb idea. Bringing everyone together in one place ensures that you get to see a whole bunch of your friends in one go and offers an opportunity to make new memories and have new experiences with people you might now have seen in years.
But planning a reunion can be a complicated process. Organizing large groups requires planning and commitment, and there are lots of things you need to think about. So, to help you plan the best friends reunion possible, we’ve put together a few of the most important things you need to do and remember to make the whole event run smoothly!
Prepare the guest list
When you are planning a friends reunion, it is almost impossible to remember everyone who needs an invitation. Whether your reunion is from school, college, work, or another social group, it will be large and dispersed, and it is inevitable that you’ll forget a few people, particularly if it has been a while since you all got together! Making a proper guest list helps organize your mind, and you can send it around to others to give you a hand in ensuring that everyone who needs to be invited is.
Make a budget
At school, everyone might have been more or less in the same boat, money-wise, but these days people will be able to afford different things. So while your most successful friends might push to go all out and book a cruise out of Tampa, you will need to ensure that everyone can afford to join you! A reasonable budget, set and agreed in advance, not only helps to make sure that no one is left out but means that costs don’t spiral out of control during the planning phase!
Social media is a godsend for reunion planning. Platforms like Facebook help you track down old friends you have lost contact with, create a space to discuss details, and ensure everyone is kept up-to-date with the plans.
Offer something for everyone
One of the key elements of planning a friends reunion is making sure it caters for everyone. This is also one of the hardest things to achieve. The best way to do this is to keep things relatively relaxed and avoid really specific or niche activities. You obviously want everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves, but do take into account what people like and dislike, and what the various members of the group can manage.
Have a backup plan
Things can always go wrong, and when planning an event it is always worth having a contingency plan in place in case of disaster. Whether it is a last-minute drop out by the entertainment or unforeseen bad weather, making sure that you have alternative options in your back pocket means that the event will be a success whatever happens.
Arguably the most important thing of all is to communicate well and keep everyone in the loop throughout. Making sure that everyone knows timing, location, costs, and so on will make the day run smoothly and ensure that no one misses out on the fun!