It’s that time of year again! Memorial Day is just around the corner and families all over the world are planning their annual gatherings. In our fast-paced world of iPhones and google calendars, it is hard to prioritize family time. So want to make the most of this year’s reunion and create memories that will last a lifetime? Make a family lip dub video, and bring your memories to life! A family reunion lip dub video is a perfect way to preserve the whacky, silly, heartfelt, and special moments you will create together for years to come. And it is easy and fun! Just follow these seven simple steps:
- Select the perfect song for your family reunion lip dub video: Does your family prefer Taylor Swift or Queen? Lady Gaga or The Beatles? Or even a Disney song like “When Can I See You Again?” I guarantee you there’s a perfect song out there for every family. I suggest picking a song that is upbeat, not too long, and revolves around one of the following themes: love, coming together, or having fun. While you may love “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel, does that song really scream fun in the sun with your family? Gauge your fellow family members’ opinions—maybe even take a vote. You want everyone to feel as included as possible.
- Divide the song into sections: Listen for the shifts in melody (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.) and divide the song into sections. See where the paragraphs break. For example, in Taylor Swift’s “You Belong with Me,” I divided the song into 10 sections (for 9 different groupings of people + one big group section) It’s always nice to bring the whole family together for the end!
- Split your family into groups: Depending on how large your family is and how many sections your song has, split your family into groups. I would advise picking groups of people that are not so closely related, so no nuclear family units, so that everyone can get a chance to have fun with people they don’t see on a daily basis. For our family lip dub video, I chose to group family members by age (i.e. grandparents together, youngest cousins, older cousins, uncles, aunts, etc.)
- Scout for locations: Whether you’re on a beach in Mexico, at a resort in Las Vegas, or simply at your family home, there are a myriad of places to choose! I would suggest putting each group in a different location, based on the theme expressed in their section of the song. It doesn’t have to be complicated—just so that not each frame of the video is in exactly the same space.
- Choreography: Tell each family member beforehand who is in their group. Unless you’re a brilliant choreographer (I am not), I would suggest you have the individual groups choreograph themselves. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy—swaying back and forth or snapping is just fine! But having each group choreograph their own section promotes group bonding and family fun time!
- Cue cards: Make cue cards with all the lyrics, so that family members, particularly older ones, won’t have to memorize their assigned words. They don’t need to be word-perfect (remember, you’ll overlay the actual singer’s music), but it’s helpful to have them mouthing the right words!
- Have fun: Most importantly, make this family reunion lip dub video a fun activity! The point of a family reunion is to create memories together as a family, and filming this video should be no exception. It’s important that each member feels included. Never let the logistical and organizational aspects of this project get in the way of creating special memories with your loved ones. And don’t be afraid to be silly!
If you are still looking for invitations or other family reunion party supplies, keep reading. If not, watch the featured video one more time for inspiration and an extra smile!
Here are a few more fun activities for your family reunion. We like to print out a few games ahead of time, just in case their is a lull in the conversation, or especially if conversations turn awkward. Enjoy!