Reunion Organizer 101

In charge of the big event? Don't miss our Q&A advice on the most common issues at family events. You can stay sane before, during, and after the reunion -- and have fun, too!
Stop the Stress

Are you the one who's been the leader in making the reunion a reality? Along with the pleasure of bringing family members together come possible stress-inducing issues. Don't despair! We've got some great tips for keeping a cool head -- and enjoying yourself before, during, and after the big event.

Q. I'm trying to come up with a budget for our reunion. Any guidelines?

A. You should first make a list of all your potential expenses, according to Edith Wagner, editor of Reunions magazine. Then add 10 percent to offset unexpected costs. It's always better to overestimate than be caught short at the time of the reunion. (You can always return the extra proceeds or bank them for the next reunion.) You might want to open a separate checking account to keep track of all reunion income and expenses. Your initial list of expenses might include: bank account and checks; phone calls; postage; printing; mailing supplies; deposits for hotel, caterer, keepsakes, and tours; registration supplies; awards and prizes; entertainers; picnic supplies; rentals (tables, chairs, etc.); decorations; flowers; daily food expenses; photographer; tips/gratuities; taxes; and post-reunion mailing. Create a budget committee to help research all these expenses and make sure to keep track of every dime that comes and goes.

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