Post # 1
So, I’m on the planning committee and I’m trying to gather information about what most people expect/enjoy about high school reunions. I was planning to suggest hosting it in a nice banquet room in one of the hotels in my hometown. However, the classes the last two years have done very informal reunions – one held their reunion at a local baseball game, and we’ve heard rumors that the other class is planning to host a very informal, family friendly event (possibly at a Chuckie E. Cheese?).
Both of my sisters (who attended the same school) had semi-formal events like we were planning. However, two different people (on our Alumni page on Facebook) have already requested that the bid price be as low as possible and that the event be very informal.
Any opinions or past experiences in this area would be appreciated!
Post # 3
Mine was yesterday so it’s fresh in my mind. It was in a hotel ballroom with a buffet style dinner. The hotel ballroom really drove up the price which we all agreed was absurd ($80) No one really wanted the dinner or the hotel ballroom. We would have all prefered something more casual and cheaper.
DH’s reunion was 2 years ago and it was perfect. They rented out a club early in the evening before the club got going. there was champagne at the door and some drink tickets included in the price. appetizers and dessert. The price was like $30. This was the perfect balance of nice but fun and not too expensive. After the club opened to the public we all stayed and had a great time dancing.
Post # 4
We had ours over a long weekend. Saturday night was a catered dinner at a golf club with music and dancing to follow.
Sunday we met for a barbeque picnic. This included families. It was casual with games for the kids and adults and was anice way to renew old acquaintances and fun to see those who already had kids.
Some people got together for brunch the next am before driving home but that wasn’t an official event.
Post # 5
Keep it cheap and affordable so that it is accessible to everyone. No offense, but I really didn’t like most of the people I went to high school with. If it looked like the reunion was going to be a popular kid reunion, I would not have gone.
The challenge with these things is there seem to be two camps of people. People who moved on from high school, and those who never got past it. Create an event that serves both of them and you will likely get a good turn out. We did a golf course appetizer cocktail reception that was like $25 and everyone who went said “I almost didn’t come, but I am glad I did!” That is what these things should be about–reconnecting with people from the community you grew up in and seeing people you haven’t been in touch with. It shouldn’t require expensive buy in because that keeps a lot of people who are waffling away–and they the ones you want to show up!
Also, where I live no one has kids before like 30. So our reunion didn’t need to be kid friendly (though a very small number had kids). If you live in an area where everyone gets married at 23 and has kids by 25, this is something to take into consideration when planning.
Post # 6
My 10 year reunion is scheduled for the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Our reunion is not going to be child-friendly, even though about half the class has had children. It’s going to be held at the lodge of a local ski resort, one of our classmates is a pro-DJ now, so he’s been hired (at a discount) to provide the entertainment, and there will be snacks, but not a meal. A cash bar will be available. Ticket price is $25/person & $50/couple. (Because they’re trying to build a “slush fund” so the next reunion doesn’t have to start from scratch.)
Last year’s class had a more formal event; in a ballroom with a catered dinner, but no one from the class of 2001 expressed interest in that type of event.
Almost all of the planning and notification has been done through facebook – which has been a pain, since there are some people who don’t use facebook at all, and there are certainly people that the planning committee didn’t keep up with, so they weren’t able to find on facebook. This week one of the girls sent out a frantic message with a list of 30 names of people she hasn’t been able to contact. But nothing was listed in the news paper yet… It’s just been disorganized! There’s no intention of sending an actual invitation, just the facebook event and an expectation that the entire class RSVP to that. My biggest advice would be to attempt to contact people individually – even if it’s by email. Facebook is impersonal.
Post # 7
My 10 year reunion was at an art gallery in the downtown section of our city. It was pretty formal and it was an interesting setting. But I did go to a rather rich, snotty school. Something less formal would be ok too.
Post # 8
Ours was at a local bar/club, started at 6pm. $5 to get in with 2 free rail drinks, and they allowed our group to have happy hour prices til 8 (ends at & normally). We got a room that was just for us, with appetizers, and it was a great time. We wanted to do something nicer, but no one really had the money, so this worked for us
Post # 9
Mine will be next year, but what a lot of the classes from my area have done is go to a popular restaurant that has an outdoor bar area and has live band on the weekends. They go early that you can eat pizza and hang out and then go out to other bars I don’t afterwards. I don’t think I would pay a lot to go to a class reunion. I talk to most of the people I would want to and see others on facebook so to spend $80 for a fancy meal probably wouldnt happen.
Post # 10
I didn’t go to mine because I didn’t find out about it until a couple days before by stumbling upon a website linked to be a friend of a friend on Facebook. Even though my FB clearly listed that I graduated from that school in that year, I was never contacted by anyone. The website said that it was $50 at some bar that I hadn’t heard of (that, I don’t think, was in the same town as the school itself) and looked like it was attended by only a dozen or so people, none of whom I knew or remembered at all (which is fair since most of my friends were in the classes above or below me). I have no idea how it went.
Make sure you go out of your way to find people to invite them. Even if you can’t mail them anything because you have no address for them, FB messages and email makes things so much easier. $50 seems steep for an event at a bar with people you don’t know. Try to keep it cheap. Other than that, the aove suggestions sound great. Good luck.
Post # 11
Ours didn’t have one and I’m still mad about it. I wanted to go.