There is an immense amount of planning that takes place before any event. As this planning is taking place, it can be a bit overwhelming to realize just how many things need to get done before the final day is here. This article will discuss some of the most important elements of event planning that are absolutely necessary for every kind of event.

The Basics

The following are 100% essential to an event:

  • Venue: Much of the event revolves around its location. The look and feel of the event is a direct result of its venue. For corporate events, please refer to our guide in our recent article, “Finding the Perfect Venue for Your Next Corporate Event”.
  • Food and Beverage: Foods and beverages are one of the most expressive mediums of an event. These tasty treats are the perfect way to surprise and delight guests. Take a look at the hottest food and beverage trends with this article from teneo.
  • Entertainment: The event typically revolves around the entertainment provided. This focal point can be very different depending on the particular type of event itself. Regardless of who or what the entertainment is, it has to be a part of the planning process from the very beginning.
  • Budget: As we discuss all of these major necessities of an event, it is important to remember that there are limitations. All other factors need to work in tandem with the budget. After all, nothing can really be done without the financial power to back it up.

A Little Extra

Once you’ve checked off venue, food and beverages, and entertainment, if your budget allows then you should definitely consider these items:

  • Promotion: One of the best ways to ensure a good turn out for an event is to get the buzz going about it early. Digital advertisements have become a great choice for many event promoters because it gives them the ability to reach a wide audience for less money. As the event draws closer, you will want to ramp up promotional efforts to convince those who are on the fence that they absolutely should attend your event.
  • Engage Your Audience: Once they are in the door, it is important to make sure that your guests enjoy themselves. The headlining entertainment is essential, but there are also other things you can do to push guests to interact with the event. Certain’s article, “20 Tips On Increasing Audience Engagement At Events” has lots of great ideas to help you get started!
  • Giveaways: Giveaways are often used to entice people into attending the event, but can also be used as a way to thank those in attendance. These are also very common among events that are centered around a fundraiser, like a charity event.