With reunions upon us, it's time to get prepared for a fun time with old friends and classmates. Here are some do's and do not's you must think about before you attend your next class reunion.
Do realize that upon entering the reunion, everyone may have the same thought you are: "How did everyone get so old?" "What do I say?"
Do copy your reunion information from this web site and email everyone you know reunion information to get more attending.
Do resume old friendships without blaming each other for not calling or writing. You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll feel comfortable with old friends.
Find out which hotel everyone is staying at and join them. If you live in your class hometown, still get a hotel room where everyone is staying. This is a great way to have a blast after the reunion.
Do talk to people you didn't know very well in high school. You may find they're having an interesting life and end up with a new friend.
Do remember that you brought your spouse. Chances are they don't know anyone at the reunion so be polite and make sure to include them in activities and conversations.
Do take your camera and take pictures. Not everyone is able to attend the reunion. Those who missed out would love to see pictures from the reunion.
Do realize that organizing a reunion is a big financial burden. Try and pay early and/or R.S.V.P. as early as possible to help out the class organizers. Most places need to be reserved and without payment from those attending, it can be really hard for a reunion to get organized.
THE DO NOT'S
Don't assume the Reunion Committee contacted everyone in the class. If you've kept in touch with classmates, take a few minutes to send their names and addresses to the Reunion Committee and thank them for taking care of the details.
Don't pretend to remember someone. It is completely okay to not remember people. And remember many will not remember you.
Don't be embarrassed by divorce. With the rate of divorce being an astounding 50%, many people won't even think twice about it.
Don't worry too much - Once you get there and start seeing old friends, catching up, sharing pictures and swapping email addresses, you'll find that your preoccupation with looks will start to disappear.
Don't spend all your time catching up with those you've already know, reach out to those you haven't seen in years.
Don't take your entire library of family albums and vacation pictures spanning the past 20 years. But, DO take along a few pictures of your kids (and, of course, grand and great-grandkids, where appropriate). Old friends are really happy to see them. And, you'd like to see (a few) of their pictures.
Finally, DO GO to your class reunion and have a great time!
Do's and Don'ts from Victoria Flores and AlumniClass.com.