By George Meszaros
If you plan on hosting a large party with more than 100 guests
(wedding reception, retirement party, school reunion,
anniversary) youíll need to have it at a larger venue, where
event planning professionals can help you with planning, food
and catering professionals can help you with food and
beverages, and banquet setup can help with the decoration and
setup of the party location.
Although traditionally, hotels, resorts and restaurants were
the most popular large party venues, you may want to explore
other exciting possibilities. Museums, art galleries,
universities, non-profit company buildings are just a few of
the possibilities. If you choose a non-traditional venue, be
prepared to work more to make sure everything is in order for
the big event. Venues that donít usually host such events are
less like to have all the necessities as a restaurant or
Regardless of what venue you choose, youíll want to make sure
they can accommodate the number of guests you are inviting and
the magnitude of your event. You may fall in love with a
but it may be too small for your event. Another place may seem
perfect, but the hours of your party would not work for the
venue. It is always good to consult an event planning
professional to try to locate the appropriate venue for your
Venues that host events similar to yours on a regular basis
will ensure they know how to run an event like yours smoothly.
You wonít have to worry about the hands on stuff because those
have professionals taking care of the details for you.
Experienced venues will utilize banquet setup personnel for
setup of the tables and dance floor. The venue management can
offer you options for catering, entertainment, and logistics.
If you feel that the venue management lack creativity speak
You are the customer, and you should be able to influence the
planning of your event. Be sure to get everything in writing.
Donít assume anything. Make sure the contract includes what is
and is not included at the venue.
Make sure there is enough parking for your guests. If someone
you have invited needs special attention such as handicap
access, make sure it is available.
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