Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)
So people who I graduated with started emailing me about whether I was planning our 10 High School Reunion. I wasn’t the president or VP of my school commitee… yet for some reason everyone keeps saying my name for planning the HS reunion.
I really don’t mind, cuz I love organizing stuff… but I am clueless on what to do. I want to have a kick ass reunion, that will make all the previous years look back and say “wow, we did a crap job” lol kidding.
So if any of yous organized your HS reunion, or have awesome ideas… I would be forever grateful! I was thinking lots of balloons on the ceiling with dangeling ribbons and maybe a photobooth with pompoms, football gear, and other acting props.
I would love to do a 10 years later Grad book… but maybe im going a little too far. lol
So please… any ideas is better than nothing. Thanks a bunch
Post # 3
One suggestion is to have nametags with the senior year photo on one side of them. That way people will “recognize” each other!
Post # 5
RETRO!! I know it’s cliche, but that’s the most fun – songs from back in the day, set up a redo of the senior prom photo stand…Agreed with the yearbook photos on the name tags, and I love the grad book idea!
Post # 6
I planned mine. I used a local company called Reunion Specialists which did nearly everything for me. They found all of the graduates, sent all of the invitations, booked the hotel, collected money, everything. This way I didn’t have to spend any money out of pocket especially for the venue which would have been expensive.
I asked for everyone to send me pictures both from high school and now and I made a slide show that we played throughout the night which was fun. We also had a questionnaire to fill out during the night and people got awards towards the end.
It was kind of stressful; I can’t imagine having done it without the company (they make their money off of ticket sales).
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Post # 7
Ooh…I just read Layla’s post. Yeah the dj we used let all guests vote for songs from our high school years to play throughout the night. That was lots of fun.
It wasn’t very hard to recognize people though…weights changed a bit, but everyone was pretty recognizable. And I had a very large class, almost 500…
Post # 8
I just helped plan mine that took place this past November (like you, I wasn’t a class officer, but somehow ended up doing most of the work!). It was really stressful, but kind of fun too, I like to plan things.
One thing that I made was collage placemats to put in the middle of the table with pictures from our senior yearbook. Everyone really seemed to like those. I made all the pictures black and white and they looked really nice. We had a quiz about our senior year too, most of the questions were from our yearbook so we didn’t have any biased questions. We gave those out at the beginning of the night so it was a good way to get people talking. We also gave out prizes for who travelled the farthest, who had the most kids, etc.
The most stressful part was probably finding everyone. Facebook really helped with that, I made a group page on there as well as making a site on blogspot where I posted all the info and asked everyone for contact info of anyone I couldn’t find. There were only a few people that we couldnt find a current address for but we just used the addresses that we had in our yearbooks, and I only received a few back.
Post # 9
Mine was sooo boring! The dance floor was too tiny for the size group we had. In fact we had to take our group photo with all the girls on the dance floor first and then all the guys. The photographer photoshopped the two groups together. So I didn’t buy a picture. There wasn’t enough tables and chairs for everyone. It was really expensive given the fact that I didn’t have a place to sit and only 3-4 couples could dance at a time. The price was $60/person.
They did have an informal meet and greet the night before at a local bar and I didn’t go to that because I thought more people would attend the formal event. I heard that more people went to the meet and greet and had lots of fun.
One thing I did like was the photographer would call out groups and take a picture. For example, the cheerleaders, drill-team, soccer teams, etc. I’m glad they did because I may not have known some of my friends were there.
My Fiance went to his 10 year and had a blast. They had their’s the same night as the Homecoming game. They all met up before hand for happy hour and they had t-shirts for sale in the school colors etc. So they all bought shirts and went to the game together. The next day they had a picnic were people could bring their kids.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)
Thanks for the tips…
I think this will be as huge as planning a wedding… sigh. (without the budget) lol
Post # 11
The only comment I have is a “do not” – which is do not make the tickets overpriced. I didn’t go to mine because it was held in a ‘rinky-dink’ restaraunt in my hometown and yet it was $60/head not including even ONE drink ticket. Wasn’t worht the cash to me when I still see my friends from high school once or twice a year.
Post # 12
I did my 5-year reunion and people have already mentioned 10 to me but I’m feeling old with that one (2011) so I try not to think of it. 5 was a lot of fun, we basically rented out the private room at a local dive down the street from our old high school and provided beer and trays of appetizers. We charged $20 per person and it covered everything. Of course, people bought mixed drinks and shots at the bar, by the end everyone was trashed but everyone also had a lot of fun. It was mostly class members who attended with a few dates. I think we’ll need something a bit more classy for our 10 year reunion though. I love the suggestion from a PP to recreate the prom complete with a photographer and retro music.