You’re considering hosting an Event. Not sure where to begin? Well in truth, you do know. Thanks to Pinterest, Instagram and other Social Media sites, you can take on the world. YOU GOT THIS!!
What those sites don’t do is guide you to make the right choice for YOU. I know, you want a flower wall, those ballroom chairs, those gigantic balloons, those paper flowers, that mimosa bar with 2 bottles of champagne in photo (don’t even get me started on this one). Most
First item on the list of TO DO, is where will you host this Event. Hopefully this will help you narrow your search:
- You have space in your home: Pros – you’re in control of the “venue”. You have a backup plan. You control the food, whether you cook or cater. You control the beverage you serve. Cons – You need to setup, serve and cleanup. Your space doesn’t always allow for a guest list too large. Your guests may never leave LOL
- You can rent a Hall: Pros – TIME. Most halls are rented for 6-8 hours, including setup and cleanup. Most Halls are spacious and have tables and chairs. You may bring in Vendors, DJs etc. You can bring your own food and beverage. Cons – sometimes, rental fee is only for space, so everything else for an amazing successful event is additional $$$$. You need to setup (or pay for setup) and clean up (usually at a specific time or you pay extra)
- You can host your Event at a Restaurant or Banquet Hall: Pros – most everything is included. ONE STOP SHOP. Food, beverage, space, linen, waitstaff, tables/chairs. Everything is there, minimal possibility of timing issues. Some have house DJs, Florists, Photographer, Rentals etc. Everything needed for a successful event. PLUS, in-house events usually handle setup and clean up. Cons – TIME CONSTRAINT. You have a set time to work with. Limits to what may be brought in, whether it be desserts, decor, rentals etc. Most often it’s a pre-determined menu. Venues with Liquor License do not allow outside beverages.
So YOU need to figure out which works best for the Event you would like to host. Understanding the each category may not usually be overlapped. Expecting some things from one while wanting another situation.
Re-read my first paragraph. We all WANT those things we see in Social Media BUT you have to be mindful of the “Venue” you decided upon, understanding that some of these items may not be allowed.
Eg: I do not allow confetti, not do I allow items to be stuck on the walls. Other venues do allow such things but may not have a Brunch Menu or a Patio, other factors which may be more important to hosting the event you want.
Good Luck with your planning.