You've finished the first steps of planning your event — you know your audience, timeline, and budget, and your team is assembled and ready. Now it's time to start looking for a venue.
This guide will take you through how your event will influence your venue choice, the different types of venues for events, and how to make your final choice.
Your options are nearly limitless when it comes to places to hold events. The best way to narrow down your options is to consider what will fulfill your requirements while matching the tone of your event.
If you're planning an industry conference, should your venue be a museum or a hotel? Different types of venues suit different types of events, and it's essential to choose one that offers the best fit for you. When you're choosing an event venue, look for one that matches your:
Any space that fills the requirements above can be a suitable venue. However, as some are more common event venues than others, they may be set up to accommodate your event more easily. Review this list of venue examples to see if one sounds right for you.
Hotels are a great choice for multi-day events like conferences, exhibitions, and conventions. As part of the hospitality industry, they already have the framework to handle many of your event's logistics. They include on-site lodging to save your attendees on travel time, and they often have food and drink available on the premises.
If you're planning a smaller event, four- and five-star hotels also frequently have ballrooms, restaurants, or conference rooms available to rent.
If your event is especially large, you might consider booking a conference center.
Usually located in or near city centers, these venues provide large amounts of space near a range of amenities. You'll typically find conference centers with food and lodging either attached or nearby. They also frequently include high-speed Wi-Fi and built-in technology like projectors, speakers, and microphones.
A restaurant makes a wonderful event venue for hosting employee events or entertaining clients. With a broad spectrum of food options and price points, restaurants are suitable for everything from casual team-building happy hours to black-tie charity events.
Depending on the size of your party, you can often rent anything from a private room to the entire restaurant. With the food, drink, and meal logistics covered, you can focus your budget and attention on the rest of your event.
Do you want a unique event venue that adds a touch of refinement? Consider an art gallery or museum.
The more unusual the venue is, the more memorable the event will be for your attendees. Art galleries make ideal settings for holiday or milestone parties, giving employees a change of scenery and the chance to take in some culture while they celebrate. An art, science, or natural history museum can serve as an impressive backdrop if you're planning a product launch.
Another memorable location, botanical gardens offer incredible flexibility in size and space.
The open grounds offer fundraisers and customer appreciation parties plenty of space to spread out, while the vibrant plant life creates a sense of intimacy for smaller events. A botanical garden is also a perfect fit for a sustainable corporate event. If the weather is a concern, arboretums offer an indoor option that still lets your event bask in the beauty of the natural world.
If you want to hold a truly memorable event, consider choosing a raw space. Raw event spaces are blank canvases. They can take many forms, from an empty warehouse to a vacant lot.
Raw venues often don't have much in the way of amenities, meaning you'll need to bring in your own furniture, food, and maybe even electrical power. If you want to have full control over event planning and details, a raw event space can provide the ideal background for a unique conference or convention.
Once you have an idea of what your event will look like, make a short list of your favorite potential venues. Investigate these choices further, asking the necessary questions and weighing the pros and cons of all your options.
Some of the areas that can help you decide if a venue is in the running include:
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