FAQ's About Reunion Planning
Listed below the most common questions asked by reunion committees. If you need more information or have additional questions, then please don't hesitate to contact us.
How far in advance should we start planning the reunion?
Your date will be at least 6 months from today. This provides us enough time to receive your research materials, secure a venue, locate your classmates and notify them 3 times. This will allow your classmates to make the proper travel arrangements, thereby maximizing attendance at your reunion.
Great Reunions can perform on shorter notice due to our staff size and vast resources, however we recommend that you get started as early as possible to get your date and location - they book up quickly.
How much money does the Reunion Committee have to come up with?
If your class size and school reunion attendance history meets our criteria, no upfront deposit will be required. However, if your class profile is outside of our acceptable risk tolerance, an upfront deposit or fee may be required to limit our risk.
How is the ticket price determined?
The ticket price has four main components. A significant factor is the cost of the facility where you will hold the reunion. The nicer places simply cost more. Another factor is the meal you will be served. Again, that amount goes to the facility where the reunion will be held, usually a hotel. A third portion of the ticket price goes to cover other expenses at the reunion. These items include decorations, event staff, bio-book, and disk jockey. A final portion of the ticket price covers all the other expenses related to putting on a reunion. These activities include data entry, classmate research, multiple mailings, public service announcements, web site management, and customer service.
What is the typical ticket price?
Your ticket price will typically range from $89 to $99, depending on your class size, type of reunion (10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 year) and selected venue.
How do we locate all our classmates?
Great Reunions will locate your classmates for you. We maintain a sophisticated, comprehensive, and up-to-date database containing names and addresses of nearly everyone with a public address. We search the entire nation automatically, some 20 billion records. With an active Reunion Committee we will contact 90-95% of your classmates in some form or fashion: direct mail, e-mail, web site, newspaper, radio, family, friends, school, etc.
What is the Reunion Committee responsible for?
Your class reunion committee members can be involved as much or as little as they want to be. While Great Reunions is completely capable of handling all the tasks involved in conducting a reunion, the more involved committees do create Great Reunions! In working with Great Reunions, we will ask that the committee to provide us some information about your class (usually available in your yearbook) and some details they would like to include in the reunion night program. The committee members also participate in planning the event by personally contacting classmates, and gathering memorabilia (football jerseys, old photos, etc.) to display at the reunion.
What is the minimum class size you will service?
Your class size must exceed 350 or you will be asked to combine with multiple years.
Do you do 5-years and 15-year reunions?
We do not do 5-year and 15-year reunions because our experience has demonstrated that they are not well attended.
Do you do multiple day events?
We only do 1-day events, as multiple day events are unsuccessful, too risky and too expensive for the majority of your classmates.
Do you do destination (cruises, Hawaii, etc.) reunions?
We do not do “destination” reunions. The vast majority (90%) of our reunions are held within 12-15 miles of your high school. This geographic limitation increases the attendance dramatically.
Who chooses where the reunion is located?
The reunion committee for your class will make this decision. Great Reunions will assist them in making the decision, including identifying a variety of locations to consider and the associated pricing.
Why should we use Great Reunions?
This is discussed in detail in the advantages section.