Venue, please…

By Brittany Malone
Word of Mouth Events & Planning
Intern
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When searching for a venue you should have a clear idea in mind. Think about both the setting and setup that would be most beneficial for your event. For a bridal expo, I envision a lot of space for vendor visibility to attendees and a lot of walking space.

After you’ve come up with an idea, start searching. Uniquevendors.com is a website I found useful in finding venues as well as cvent.com. On both websites you can search venues by state and enter criteria for the number of expected guests.

And don’t forget about your social networks. “Like” Facebook groups or follow Twitter groups that cater to your event. My event is all about weddings, so I am a fan of many wedding pages on Facebook. I can post links to their walls and search for potential vendors.

There is no one way to do anything. Feel free to research the process other planners took to plan similar events. A lot of examples of sponsorship packages and letters are available online as well as templates.

Finally, take a lot of notes. Sometimes things don’t quite click to you until something else sparks an idea at a later date. No information you find is bad, so keep it all readily available.

Happy planning!

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