It can’t be denied, we’re the Internet generation! When planning a family reunion we can no longer rely on old-fashioned paper invitations to get the word out or spend hours doing the paper-chase around town to pick up party supplies. Of course the convenience of the internet will save you time in reunion planning, but for the generation that can’t remember life without a smart phone the internet is the only way to get their attention and increase their involvement in your next family reunion!
For your next family reunion sample the online services from these popular websites.
Electronic Invitations: Kick off your next reunion with an attractive invitation delivered via email. Sites like Evite not only allow you to send invitations to a large mailing list, but also provide your guests with the ability to RSVP online and for you to track their responses. With the promise of postage hikes in our future, an electronic invitation will save you more than time-you’ll save money!
Collect Contributions: There’s a way to avoid hearing “The check’s in the mail.” Whether you are collecting a per person contribution or per family donation, online payments through companies like PayPal will make it easier to get paid faster.
Order Custom Favors: Everyone wants to walk away from a reunion with a souvenir. If you are planning to create a t-shirt or coffee mug then you should visit CafePress where you can use photos and image files to customize and then complete your order online.
Photo Printers: Don’t you just hate it when Uncle Jimmie or Cousin Sue (the names have been changed to protect the innocent) take photos and then return to their home state along with any hope of sharing the photos! Encourage a nightly photo roundup where photos can be downloaded to one photo service account at Shutterfly, Snapfish, York Labs or other website. Have one account, but invite everyone to share the photos and order their prints from the service.
Share a Family Tree: Family reunions are often where we trade genealogy information. Why not start a family tree that you can share with others. Geni has been voted one of the 50 Best Websites in Time magazine and a CNET Best Webware winner. Geni is perfect for sharing a family tree with a reunion group because there are no membership fees.
This year your family reunion can be easier to plan and you’ll find greater success when you tap into the services offered online.