Families have a tendency to increase in size exponentially, so before you know it your family will be large enough that you'll have to organize a special family reunion to get everyone in the same place. Organizing the event will likely include you arranging for a home inspector and planning a schedule of events, but before you can do any of that, you'll need to choose a venue. There are many different types of venues out there that can suit families of any size. Here are just a few of them.

Private Home

Families that are still relatively small can get away with hosting their reunions at the matriarch's house. Even some larger families can stay at home if one of the members has a large home. Keep in mind, though, that it's very stressful to have guests in your home, especially a lot of guests. Have everyone RSVP so you know how many sleeping places and how much food you need, and make sure to plan some events away from the home so you'll be able to take a break now and then.


With most families, however, either everyone owns small condos or the family is too big to have a reunion at home. In this case you may want to look at renting a hotel conference room. The hotel will offer incoming family members a special group rate, which will help with the cost. Most hotels also have restaurants that can serve or cater the meals at your reunion. This is probably the most expensive option, but it will allow you to make the event as long as you want it to be.

Church Hall

Most families aren't wealthy enough to take over a hotel, even for a weekend. Therefore renting a church hall is an excellent, economical option. Find a church near the Yonge and Bloor hotels where your traveling family members are staying and make a booking. Don't worry about whether or not any of your family belongs to that denomination. Most churches will rent out their hall to anyone who wants it because they need the money. It may be tough to get a whole weekend booked, however, so you may want to plan just one big party lasting a few hours.

Convention Center

If you're going the one big party route but would like the event to be a little classier than a church hall event, consider booking into the convention center. Convention centers have rooms of various sizes, so you should be able to find one to fit your family's needs. Convention centers also usually have their own caterers on staff, so you won't even have to make extra arrangements for the food like you would at home or at a church hall.

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