Planning a successful class reunion takes a lot of work on the behalf of the volunteers, particularly the planning committee. When considering how to plan a high school reunion, perception is reality. The more professional you seem, the more likely your classmates are to show up for the big event. So start planning the details early, and your classmates will take notice.
The first (and arguably most important) step to planning a reunion is finding your classmates. Start with social media and professional networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. Create a group for your graduating class on Facebook (if one doesn’t already exist), and spread the word. You can also find and contact fellow university alums on LinkedIn by clicking on “Find Alumni” in the “Connections” tab.
Once your classmates are in one virtual place, you can send out important updates—like Save the Dates and ticket sale announcements.
Set a Date
Once you’ve started assembling your classmates, work on securing a date. Reunion turnouts depend on your classmates’ availability, so get on their calendars early. We recommend using an online survey tool—like Survey Monkey, Google Forms, or Doodle—to ask which dates work best.
Popular times for high school reunions are September and October, because of homecoming and football games, and around Thanksgiving or Christmas, when classmates are already home for the holidays.
Pick a Venue
Next to getting the word out to your fellow classmates, finding the venue is the most important thing to get done. The venue sets the tone for the entire event. So find a venue that fits with your vision, or let the venue determine your direction of the night.
Get The Word Out
This is a task that will be shared to a certain extent by all committee members and each classmate that is planning on coming to the reunion. If anyone on the committee works in advertising, public relations or promotions, have them lead this effort. Common ways of spreading the word include classmate pages, the telephone book, Google searches, ads, flyers, and social media.
After all these things are complete, it’s time to relax and enjoy the fabulous class reunion that you’ve planned! If you have an upcoming party or other special event, tour our Joplin event center today.