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How to Make Planning a Family Reunion Online Simpler

Posted on Monday, May 29, 2023
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by AMAC, D.J. Wilson
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Most people hesitate to coordinate events because there is stress involved in making, sending, and tracking invitations. No more! Take the stress out of it. Send personalized digital and text invitations using the Evite app (or another invitation app of your choosing) – where guests can respond online (yes, no, maybe) so you can get a clear headcount. You may also use it to follow up with invited guests who are undecided.

Mistakes can occur when we try to do everything in our heads. Avoid brain overload by using digital payment and tracking tools. Secure and PCI-compliant apps such as Cheddar Up include event registration, collection pages for payments, waiver forms (if desired), t-shirt ordering for the group, and more! Plus, data may be set up and automatically exported to Excel if desired.

ARE THERE ANY ONLINE TRAVEL RESOURCES FOR PLANNING A FAMILY REUNION?  

Yes! There are a bunch! Here are a few travel-related resources:

Reunion guests should make use of travel websites such as Google Flights or Hopper (an award-winning mobile app) to predict the best time to find the cheapest flight fares, compare travel costs, and receive alerts for price drops. FlightAware is a great resource for those picking up family at the airport. Not only does it allow users to track aircraft in flight, but it also notifies folks of arrivals, delays, and weather-related issues – and saves time and aggravation.

GasBuddy is another travel app for those taking a road trip and hoping to find the cheapest gas prices in the area.

WHAT’S THE EASIEST WAY TO BOOK HOTELS ONLINE FOR A FAMILY REUNION?

To make things easy, especially since budgets vary, let family members book accommodations on their own. Using online resources, the task couldn’t be easier. Booking.com is an example of a fantastic hotel booking app that also includes vacation, home, and apartment rentals. One may simply search accommodations by location to compare prices, amenities, ratings, and more. Reservations may be easily made from the app and customer service is available for those in need. App users can also get hooked up with car rentals, attractions, airport taxis, and more.

CAN WE USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO PLAN A FAMILY REUNION?

Absolutely! Social media promotes communication. Use it to let family members know what’s happening so that everyone stays in the loop. Create a private online Facebook group exclusively for family members – and keep everyone up to date on the reunion details. Following the family reunion, encourage everyone to upload photos to Facebook to share memories of your special event.

BEST TIP FOR PLANNING A FAMILY REUNION ONLINE

Family reunions are all about involving everyone and having fun from the initial planning stage to the full-blown fabulous event! To maximize attendance – get everyone involved in the online planning. Create smaller groups that work together and divide tasks so that everyone has something to do. Encourage family members to contribute fresh ideas and provide valuable input.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Remember that with family reunions, the more the merrier. Using online resources not only encourages attendance but also melts away the stress associated with event planning.

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