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The Ultimate Retirement Video Guide

Make an unforgettable retirement video as a gift with VidDay.

Make someone’s departure memorable with a memorable video gift. It’s like a group greeting card signed by everyone at the office, but with video messages — a beautiful way to send retirement wishes. Get all your coworkers and the retiree’s friends and family to commemorate them with a tribute retirement video.

Here at VidDay, we love helping people celebrate retirements. So we've created this handy ultimate retirement video guide to help you make the best surprise retirement video with no editing skills required. So now it's easy for anyone to create a memorable send-off retirement video to surprise the retiree.

Retirement video guide

This ultimate retirement video guide has everything you need to make your retirement filled with unforgettable memories.

Let’s get started on creating a surprise retirement party video with VidDay.

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How to Make a Retirement Video in 3 Easy Steps with VidDay

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Invite Colleagues, Friends, and Family

After you’ve set up your account and created an event page to commemorate the retiree, it’s time to get inviting! Send an invitation to the entire office, invite their family and any friends who want to get in on the celebration.

Invite as many people as you wish — the more people join in on the fun, the more powerful your video will be.

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Receive Video Clips and Photos

All the video clips and pictures are collected in your VidDay account.

Everything displays on your Retirement Event Page, where you can drag and drop the photos and videos in any order you want. You can also add text cards, choose your themes, and background music, and edit any pictures or videos you want.

No editing skills are required, and you can edit as much or as little as you want.

A lady with a speech bubble saying "we'll miss you!"
Easily make a retirement video gift with VidDay!

Share the Surprise!

It's time for us to work our magic.

VidDay will create your memorable retirement video montage. It’s time to smile — send the surprise video to the lucky recipient.

During their retirement party, share the video and gather all your colleagues around to send them off with a gift full of memories. You can share your VidDay Retirement Video via email — simply copy and paste the link and send it to your coworker and that special retiree. Then, share the video on social media!

Don’t forget to tag them and us. We love seeing people’s reactions. Send us a video clip of the retiree’s reaction to [email protected] — it’s what we love the most about our job!

See how to share your VidDay here.


Retirement Video Ideas

Get all your coworkers and retirees' friends and family to commemorate them with heartwarming ideas for a retirement video.

Below, we listed our top ideas for retirement video messages:

Retirement Messages

Is it time to bid farewell to that colleague? Want to congratulate them on their newfound freedom in a sincere way?

Creating a retirement video will give them a lifetime of memories and something that they can watch over and over again. So gather colleagues from all departments, the soon-to-be retiree friends, and family!

Not sure what to say in a retirement video?

Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. It can be hard to know what retirement greetings, wishes, or messages you should say to someone you care for on their retirement. This is what we love to do — helping you find those oh-so-perfect words for anyone in your life! Generate some retirement greetings.

It’s easy to get everyone in on the gift.

Colleague watching their retirement video and crying tears of joy

A Salute to Their Legacy

Give a big salute to their legacy. Make it an unforgettable retirement party video with a heartfelt good-bye video.

Create a slideshow of all the retiree's accomplishments during their career. From years at the company and statistics of growth to impacts made and lives changed, showcase all the star qualities that made your retiree one-of-a-kind.

Share memorable stories of how they’ve helped people grow in the company, and even funny office stories!

Things You’ll Miss Most

Share the things that you all will miss most about the retiree. Because losing someone that was a staple in your business or a significant figure in your career/office makes you think about their everyday presence in your life. Make a slideshow of “things we’ll miss most about you.”

Bucket List

Start their retirement bucket list for them.

Ask everyone who is submitting to tell the soon-to-be retiree their number one must-do when retiring. Since this hard-working colleague of yours will no longer be putting in that 40-hour work week, they will have a lot of extra time to spend doing more leisurely things. Let everyone tell them what’s number one on their bucket list! It’s a great way to get the retiree excited about spending time outside work!

But most importantly, thank them for everything they have done directly and indirectly for you and your colleagues. And don’t forget to let them know you’ll miss seeing them daily.


Tips on How to Make a Retirement Video

Tips on on how to make a retirement video

Plan It Out

Before you begin, think about how you'll want to organize your video.

  1. Will the videos and photos be chronological, starting from when they first began working at the company? Or will you keep it themed by the department?

  2. Will you group everyone’s video clips by department and separate each department with text cards? Or will you mix it up and play around with it?

You can do it all with our drag-and-drop video editors on your VidDay Event Page. Think of the flow you want to create and drag and drop away!

Edit Your Video

Make sure your submissions are the right length.

  • Is there dead air?

  • Is there space left at the end?

Don’t worry — you can trim off the excess in our video editor. Or, if you want, we can take care of that for you! Just let us know.

We recommend breaking up your videos with pictures. We recommend adding three photos before or after a two-minute video. It’s not a hard rule, just something we like, but get creative and see what you want.

Choose a Cover Photo

Select a wonderful photo of the person retiring for a cover photo.

This photo is on all of your submission invitations. It helps to add a personal touch for those you want to participate. If you can't find enough images on your own, ask your colleagues or their family and friends to upload their favorite photos of the retiree.


Retirement Video Editing Tips & Tricks

A person on their cellphone editing a photo for the retirement video

Personalize the Retirement Video

VidDay lets you match the retiree's personality by selecting beautiful themes. Choose any theme matching the retiree's taste and personality — add in some text cards to make a smooth progression.

Add bright colors and a fun theme for that fun-loving retiree, or keep it more neutral for a more elegant feel. Give your video the pizzazz it deserves — from our most popular Collage Theme to our Watercolor theme. There are many to choose from that will fit everyone's tastes.

Check out our video themes.

Photo and Video Editors

How to create a retirement video? When your colleagues and the retiree’s friends and family upload images and video clips, you can adjust and edit them with our VidDay editor.

You can edit off extra time off a video, flip and rotate, or leave them just the way they are. Make your Retirement video gift more special by choosing filters for photos and crop them how you see fit. There is also an option to turn off the background music during video clips.

Check our how-to guide on making beautiful photos of our photo editor.

Choose the Background Music

Pick a tune that strikes the right mood or makes you think of that soon-to-be-retired person. Whether you want a feel-good kind of theme or some classic charm, our music library allows you to choose any background music that suits that retiree’s personality.


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