So you're planning an event!
You know the what, the when, and the who. But the where is a little more tricky.
With so many options, how do you choose?
What Are The Venue Must-Haves For A Successful Event?
Start by making a list of must-haves (necessity) vs. like-to-haves (optional).
You should consider:
Activities — games, presentations, yoga, dancing, dining, mingling, etc.
Equipment and/or services — tables, chairs, catering, lighting, PA system, whiteboard, pool, ramp, etc.
Size — small vs. large, modest vs. extravagant, family BBQ vs. corporate, conference vs. music festival
Focus! A lot of like-to-haves on the list can distract you.
Jane is planning a 2 hour CPR training session for 15 new staff members. Which of these would be a must-have for the event venue?
How Much Space Will You Need?
Match the venue capacity to the event activities.
The number of participants
The amount of space needed for activities
Use this rule of thumb to calculate the space you need:
Six square feet (6 sq ft) per person for a standing crowd
Eight square feet (8 sq ft) per person for mixed seated and standing crowd
Popular venue types:
Small events: restaurants, bars, sports clubs, small office, backyard deck, community centers
Large event: stadiums, arenas, conference/business centers, hotels, parks
You're planning a cocktail hour for 50 people, who will all be standing. How big should your event space be?
Do You Even Need A Venue?
Why not host your event virtually?
Whether it's a cooking class, yoga session, business meeting, or marketing event, there are creative ways to adapt your event to a virtual platform.
The essentials for a virtual event venue are:
a computer with a mic and webcam
A virtual event technology tool such as virtual event websites, event registration technology, video conferencing platforms, event apps, live-streaming software, digital video equipment, webinar platforms, event marketing software, etc.