We get it – there’s a lot that goes into planning an event. Whether it be your wedding, corporate function or anniversary celebration, there are many details to consider.
As you plan, it can be easy to overlook a very important aspect of your event – YOUR GUESTS!
You want your guests talking about what a great time they had, the engaging people they met, how they loved the food and entertainment rather than discussing a negative (and avoidable) detail like the temperature of the room.
Here are 7 things to enhance your guest experience:
- Ambiance and Feel of an event
Have you ever eaten at a restaurant and the lighting was too bright or the room was too cold? It distracts from the fabulous meal you are about to enjoy.
You want your guests to feel comfortable in the space. Something as simple as the lights being too bright can be distracting to your guests and detract from the ambiance you are trying to achieve. Consider the room temperature, lighting and the use of your space.
Lighting can make spaces feel dynamic and comfortable for your guests.
- Choose an Outstanding Detail
Choose one detail that you want to splurge on or do differently. An unexpected cocktail, unique performance or activity can work well and your guests can’t help but love it. For example, we’ve had guests gush over this incredible PDX Ice bar!
- Room Transitions
Guests can tire of being in the same spot for long periods of time. It doesn’t mean you need an array of spaces but it does mean including transitions throughout your event.
Transitions from cocktail hours to dinners to after-party are aided by changes in lighting, music, room set-ups and more. Transforming your spaces can make an event feel like it’s ever-evolving and guests anticipate excitement for ‘What’s next’.
Logistics can prove to be an issue if not handled thoughtfully. For example, if your cocktail hours ends at 5:30, it is not realistic that dinner can be served at 5:40. It typically takes guests 15-20 minutes to transition from one area to another and settle before the next activity can commence. Allowing plenty of time for this will help you stay on track with your timeline all night.
Insider tip: If there is a transition from cocktail hour to the reception, we recommend that the reception bar stay closed until dinner is served. If the bar is open it can be more difficult to get guests to find their seat and settle in before dinner is served. As part of Vibrant Table’s planning service, we offered detailed service timelines.
- Overall Length of Event
If an event is too long, guests can tire of celebrating. For example, if your reception time is too long guests will lose steam, the party will dwindle or will provide time for guests to overindulge. The key is to move your event at a good pace with progressive transitions that feel natural. A good party will end with guests saying, “I wish it wasn’t over!”
- Feed Your Guests!
May seem simple but letting your guests go hungry is not fun for anyone. Adjust timelines and transitions if needed to ensure that food is being served at various stages of your event. And be sure to serve food as soon as alcoholic drinks are being served.
- Your Attitude
As a host, one of the most important things you can do is have a great attitude. Guest attitudes are directly affected by the vibe of the host. Leave the stress of planning your event to us. We’re professionals and will take care of all the details. You just sit back, and enjoy all of your hard work and efforts coming to fruition.
When you are having a great time at your event, your guests will follow suit!
At Vibrant Table & Events, we thoughtfully consider guest experience when planning events. If you are interested in us helping you plan your upcoming wedding, social or corporate event, please call us at: 503.297.9635 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org