High School Reunion Photo Booth Ideas

We love when classes decide to have a photo booth at their high school reunion. The fun props and the instant gratification of a picture printout only adds to the already festive party atmosphere.

If your reunion budget allows, you can hire a company to bring out their camera, printer, background and props, usually at the cost of $300 to $700 for the evening.

For reunions wanting to save a few dollars, you can set up a camera, purchase props at a thrift store, and have committee members volunteer to take shifts snapping the pictures. Even better if you can enlist the help of someone’s spouse or high school aged kid. Instead of printing out the photos, upload them to a Facebook page or hashtag the pictures for Instagram.

Check out some of our favorite props from the Mr. Pickles Photo photo booth at the Parkway Central Class of 2004 10-year reunion.

Classmates had a great time with the props and the pictures, taking more than 100 photos during their reunion.

Another easy prop idea is to create a photo frame using foam core or an old picture frame you find at a garage sale.  Thanks to our friends at Reunion Specialists, a San Diego based reunion planning company, for the idea (and the PHS 20 Year photo).

Looking for more photo booth and photography ideas for your high school reunion?  Visit our Photo Booth and Photography Pinterest Board.  It is loaded with creative ideas for your reunion.

 

Does the Reunion Ticket Price Matter? – Part II

High School Reunion Truths-7
Last year we wrote about reunion ticket price and how it really just doesn’t make a difference in the number of classmates attending the reunion. So, I decided to take a look at our 2014 reunions to see if the same holds true a year later.

In 2014, four reunions exceeded our average reunion attendance by at least 7%, and some by as much as 11%. These percentages may not sound like a lot, but they are the equivalent of 31-49 additional classmates and guests attending the reunion, enough to make you take notice that the reunion did something right to have such a great turnout.

 

Looking at what it cost to attend these four reunions, three of the events had ticket prices higher than $70 per person. Classmates wanted to attend the reunion and were willing to pay the ticket price.

For the reunion with the lower ticket price, it cost $55 per person to attend. But if you compare that class’ attendance to that of the same school’s class of 1993 reunion attendance, the class of 1993 actually had 5 more people attend with a ticket price at $72, or $17 per person higher.

We also saw the same thing with a class of 2003 and a class of 2004 reunion comparison from the same school. For the class of 2003, the ticket price was $89 per person. For the class of 2004’s reunion, the cost was $50. Yet we saw 22 more classmates and guests attend the reunion that cost $34 more per person.

Of course, reunion attendance is based on a number of subjective and sometimes uncontrollable factors, such as the closeness of the class when they were in high school and how far classmates have to travel to attend. But it is definitely not based on ticket price.

Here are a few other reunion truths worth sharing:

High School Reunion Bucket List

A high school reunion can be much more than the cliched events we see in the movies. Check off a few of these reunion bucket list activities during your reunion weekend to make it an especially unforgettable event.

Reunion Promo Cards – Our Friday Freebie Give-A-Way!

Surviving Your High School Reunion

Reunion committees are gearing up the planning for their high school reunion in 2015.

To help, we’re giving away our two reunion promo cards: How to Survive Your High School Reunion and 25 Reasons to Attend.

We’ll even send them to you for free.
Wondering what to do with a promo card? Here are 5 ways you can use our reunion promo cards when planning your reunion:

Reasons to Go to Your High School Reunion1) Hand the cards out at a reunion planning committee meeting. They are a great way to start a conversation about how to encourage your classmates to go.

2) Send a card to a classmate not sure about attending your reunion. Use the 25 Reasons to remind her why she won’t want to miss this event. Add a personal note to let her know the #1 reason she should attend is because you want to see her there.

3) Share How to Survive Your High School Reunion with a classmate nervous about going. Thinking a bit about your reunion ahead of the big even can build excitement while simultaneously easing anxiety.

4) Post the ideas on your reunion Facebook group, Twitter feed, website or send with your reminder e-mails.

5) Use the cards to help create your own lists about your reunion. Add your own personal reasons why you are going, or share tips about the high school reunion you are planning for your class.

Let us know how many promo cards you would like by sending an e-mail to cyndi@varsityreunions.com. Be sure to include a mailing address and we’ll ship them out right away.

We hope the promo cards are a fun and helpful way to promote your high school reunion. Please share any ideas you have for why to go or how to survive in the comments section below.

UPDATE:  Thanks to the great interest in our reunion promo cards, we’ve run out of How to Survive Your Reunion. But, we still have plenty of the 25-Reasons to Attend.  Let us know if you’d like a few copies!

Remember the Memories

Remember all the stupid things you did in high school in the name of fun?

Sneaking out of your parents’ house, mailbox baseball, toilet papering, keg stands?
Check out what happens when a bunch of guys pay tribute to their high school years.

Click on the video below:

When was the last time YOU partied like a high schooler?

High School Reunion Wisdom?

It Doesn’t Get Better from Jason Headley on Vimeo.

How to Use Facebook to Promote Your High School Reunion

How to Use Facebook to Promote Your High School Reunion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook is a great tool to promote a high school reunion and build excitement about the event.  Classmates who are part of the reunion committee can easily take turns posting on the class reunion Facebook group or page, as well as responding to posts by other classmates. The more active the page, the better.

Posts may be interactive, with open ended questions to involve your classmates, reminders about the reunion, or used as a way to pass along specific information.  Below are posting ideas to keep your classmates engaged before the reunion:

Interactive Posts

  • What song reminds you of our senior year?
  • What was your most embarrassing moment in high school?
  • Who was your favorite teacher?
  • Who was your prom date?
  • Tell about a time you almost got busted in high school.
  • How did you spend spring break our senior year?
  • What songs would you like to hear at the reunion?
  • Who did we beat in the homecoming football game our senior year?
  • Who can’t you wait to see at the reunion?
  • What is your favorite memory of high school?
  • You know you were a 1994 (mascot) if _______________.
  • What advice would you give to an incoming freshman at our high school?
  • What advice would you give to a graduating senior?
  • Complete this sentence:  In high school, I wanted to have a career as a _______, now I am a ______.
  • Post the yearbook photos from your senior year.  Encourage classmates to use their senior year photo as their profile picture the week before the reunion.
  • Ask classmates to post a picture of their family.  Create an album for the photos.

Reminder and Information Specific Posts

  • Provide an update on the reunion venue or hotel room block.  Include a link.
  • Share the reunion night menu.
  • Let classmates know to watch their mailbox because their reunion invitation has been mailed.
  • Remind classmates of registration due dates.  Include a link to your online registration.
  • Tag classmates who are considered lost because you don’t have a current mailing address.
  • Post a thank you to the reunion committee, and list everyone who helped with the planning.
  • Share a link of the weather forecast for your town the weekend of the reunion.
  • Post updates about your high school.  Did they beat your biggest school rival in the homecoming football game?  Have students recently received impressive academic recognition?  Was there a dedication for a new music facility?  Post photos and links to stories about the events.

You may have ideas that are specific to your class, maybe a “where were you when…” or “who else failed (teacher’s name) class?”  If you have an idea for a post, do it!  The goal is to reach your classmates, create fun and excitement for the reunion, and reconnect as your celebrate your reunion year.

 

Does the Class Reunion Ticket Price Matter?

Reunion Truth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a simple reunion truth we learned early in our reunion planning business:  classmates who want to attend the reunion will, classmates who don’t want to attend won’t, and there isn’t much you can do to make a difference.  This includes ticket price.

Here is what we know:

  • This year, our average ticket price is $75 per person, and we’re seeing a higher percentage of classmates and guests attend their reunion than we have in the past 3 years.
  • Last year, our three highest priced reunion tickets, ranging from $82 to $85 per person, were also our three best attended reunions.  The reunion with the $85 ticket price had a 39% attendance rate of their class size.  The national average is 25%.
  • Also in 2012, our 5 least expensive reunions, at $54 to $64 per person, had an average attendance rate of 15% of the class size.

     So, what does it all mean?
1)      Classmates who want to attend to the reunion will go.
2)      Classmates who don’t want to attend the reunion won’t.
3)      Ticket price doesn’t make a difference.

Bottom line:
As a Reunion committee, you should be reasonable in planning a reunion that is accessible to all of your classmates.  Recognize not everyone can afford an expensive night out or that priorities on disposable income have their limits.

But also remember that your classmates know a high school reunion is a once-in-every-ten-years event.   It is something special, much like prom night or your high school graduation, and classmates expect the event to be an event, the type of event that makes you want to fly to your hometown, hire an overnight babysitter, buy a new dress, and be excited about the chance to see friends you haven’t seen in far too long.

Make your high school reunion memorable, make it fun, make it reasonable, but don’t worry too much about ticket price.  

OTHS 1993 Reunion Committee Says Thanks!

The O’Fallon Township Class of 1993 20-year reunion committee not only hosted a great party with a great turnout, they also took time out to celebrate Jennifer, their amazing reunion committee chair.  To say thank you for her fantastic leadership, positive attitude, and for being the all-around reunion cheerleader, the committee presented Jennifer with a basket featuring some of her very favorite things:  a gift certificate to a spa, a gift card to Mike Shannon’s Restaurant, Cardinal Bucks, and a bottle or two of her favorite beverage.

Way to go, O’Fallon Township Class of 1993!

OTHS 1993 Thank You Basket

Reunion Wisdom, Emmy Style