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Shopping around for a venue? Whether it's for an intimate wedding, a birthday bash, or a highly-recognized industry conference, there are important questions to ask yourself before you select the perfect venue for your event. I have searched for venues many times and in a variety of locations, and a few things strike me first when evaluating locations. Ask yourself these key questions:
1. What is the goal of the event and who will your guests be? That will determine the type of property
you are looking for and should discount many others quickly.
2. Size matters — if your initial guest estimate increases or decreases, the space must be able to
accommodate the fluctuation.
3. Proximity — what is best for your guests? Should you be near an airport, convenient parking,
major highways, hotels, a resort or quaint town, or your office?
4. Reputation — Is the property a draw or does it have a past that can deter guests?
5. Price is always a factor but I think knowing the staff and team is a higher priority. If you don’t have
a relationship with an on-site contact, make sure you get your event planner involved early, so they
can work on your behalf.
6. If you are planning a meeting or event, visit each property that you’re considering before you
decide. Don’t just book via a click on a website for an important event. It is necessary to establish
that relationship while you research and experience the property with objective eyes.
7. Consult a planner who can guide you through the process. If they’re good, they will think of
details that you haven’t even considered, and will save you time and possibly expense in the long
About the Author - Jim Cohn