Searching for that perfect venue can either be a very exciting or very daunting task. With so many unique places now available to hire, it’s hard to know where to begin and when to stop strolling through endless google searches. But we believe you can keep that excitement up throughout your venue finding journey and are here to tell you how to get the most fun out of your search. There are much more effective and creative ways to make the best use out of the internet, and no venue find is worthwhile without getting out and about along with experiencing these unique spaces for yourself.
Whilst we may be advising you not to spend all of your time on Google, the best place to start is most certainly the internet. With the enormity of social media nowadays you can find the best and most unusual places, with real reviews and real photos taken by real people.
Start by exploring a variety of hashtags relatable to your event, this will bring up thousands and thousands of images and tweets providing you with endless ideas. This is a perfect place to start noting down and saving images of the venues that catch your eye to then go on to explore further. What makes this a more fun way of searching the internet is that you are getting the opportunity to see what can be done and has been done at these venues, real events that have taken place and have been documented and captured giving you a much more inside view than what a venue find website or even sometimes what the venues own website can offer.
Once you’ve had a little nosey on Instagram, twitter, Facebook etc, Check out Pinterest. Many venues are making use of this platform to show off their spaces and highlight the best events that they have put on. But the best part about Pinterest is the ability to put together your own mood boards.
You can collate together all of the unique venues that appeal to you and easily compare what they have in common and what makes them stand apart. As well as pinning venues you can also pin décor, catering and other ideas that you think could work well in the spaces you have chosen, building a great platform to kick start the whole event planning process.
And the social aspect doesn’t stop there. Event forums are a brilliant way to speak with other event professionals to get advice and recommendations. Have a browse through previous chats or start your own, there are plenty of people out there with a world of knowledge willing to give a helping hand. They will be able to give you their honest opinion on what venues have worked and what venues haven’t, where the best catering is, where the best locations are etc. Being able to talk ideas through with other people in the same industry is much more fun and informative than doing all of your searching on your own. Not only could they help you on your way to finding the perfect unique venue for your current event but could become a great contact in the industry for life and you may be able to return the favour.
Once you have exhausted all that you can from the World Wide Web it’s time to step the fun up a gear and get out and about to see these venues in person. Whilst booking an appointment in with the sales and events team at the venues for a site visit is great way to start, we would also recommend looking into what open days and showcases they have coming up. This is a fantastic way to experience an event first hand to see how they manage without feeling as though you are at work yourself.
You are the guest, enjoy the food and drink, and enjoy the entertainment, this is the perfect sneak peek into how your event could work in these unique and wonderful venues. Make sure you have the opportunity to go and see a variety of different venues so that you can make your own comparisons, a lot of these types of events will offer you and a guest a place, so take a colleague or a friend and make the most of your time and use the experience of your guest to aid your venue decision.
In summary, searching for your perfect unique venue can be as fun as you are willing to make it. Make it social, make it a journey, it doesn’t have to be a mundane task leaving you stuck in the office racking your brains. Mood boards, event forums and showcases get you out there and get you thinking creatively about your perfect unique event in its perfect unique venue.
Sarah Hill is a content writer at Seven Events Ltd – a leading event organiser and planning company in London. The company has successfully managed in achieving its goals in creating events that exceed expectations and adding value to their client’s businesses. In her role, her best drive is corporate event ideas and event management tips. You may follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.