How to Make your Next Event Special
Events can be organised for many different purposes – celebration, to build collegiality and teamwork, show appreciation, further a cause…these are just some of the possibilities. Regardless of the purpose of the event, it should be special! Frequently though, people charged with responsibility for planning and delivering an event have many other responsibilities and pressing tasks and unsurprisingly, can feel quite overwhelmed by all that there is to do. That is just one of the reasons why engaging the services of an experienced and high quality party hire or event hire company can be so beneficial.
Essentially, there are four main areas that need to be prioritised in order to plan and deliver a truly special event.
Selecting the right venue for your event is very important. Of course, you need to factor in the number of people that will attend and be involved and what their needs are likely to be. You may have a preference for an outdoor event and, in this case, it is worthwhile speaking to a marquee hire specialist organisation who will be able to advise on the type of marquee that will best meet your needs. Also, keep in mind that marquees today can be large enough to hold a significant number of people and without poles and other vision limiting structural supports.
If your event will take place indoors, it is important to select a venue that fits with the purpose of your event and the atmosphere that you want to create. Try to avoid sterile, intimidating venues. If your event is to be special, you will want it to be held in a venue that is warm, inviting and visually appealing.
Remember that the venue that you choose will actually say quite a lot about your organisation or group that you represent.
The food and beverages that are served significantly contribute to whether or not an event is special. People appreciate fine food and drink and while you don’t have to ‘go over the top’ and be too extravagant, it is important that the menu selection demonstrates quality and respect for your guests.
Carefully consider the type of menu that is appropriate. For example, if you are hosting an event that takes place in the late afternoon or early evening, it is not generally necessary to provide a hot or ‘dinner’ type meal. Instead, you may choose to serve a range of canapés or other finger foods.
Of course, there is also a decision to be made about whether alcohol is served, but this will depend on a range of factors including: the nature and purpose of the event, licencing restrictions, whether alcohol is allowed at the venue, the age and cultural beliefs of your audience and budget limitations.
Regardless of the type of food and drink provided, event hire and party hire companies can greatly assist with the equipment necessary for attendees to eat and drink stylishly, comfortably and efficiently.
Music provides an excellent way to create atmosphere and can certainly help to make an event special. Devote careful thought to your music selection and consider also the timing and flow of the music. There may be times at your event where you want to motivate and energise your audience – music can significantly contribute to this. Similarly, there may be times where you want participants to relax and reflect on what has taken place or particular ideas. Use music to help you craft atmosphere and the participation of attendees.
Quite often, the music that characterised the event is clearly remembered by event participants.
Unless you want your event participants to remain passive, there are ways that they can be involved in participatory, stimulating, thought-provoking, innovative and fun activities. The activities that you offer should be carefully and thoughtfully built in to your program and when finalising the program for the day, give particular attention to the order and flow of the activities that it includes.
By and large, special events allow participants to feel that they have made a meaningful contribution or have some new knowledge or experience to take away with them.
All of us want our events to be special and memorable. By carefully considering the components of venue, food and drinks, music and activities, you can help to create a special event that impresses your attendees.