Are you planning an event in Melbourne? It could be a corporate event, an arts event, an educational event…the list goes on. Every event needs some kind of “wow” factor to help it stand out and make it memorable and enjoyable to those in attendance. If your past events have had problems that you want to solve; if you’re an events veteran but just want to get new ideas, or if you’re new to events and want to get it right, the tips below should help you add flair to your next event:
1. Source Quality Catering
Quality catering services in Melbourne are not hard to find, and they remain one of the easiest and most pleasing ways to create a “wow” factor at any event. Let’s face it, food is one of those things that truly unites us all. Who out there can really say that they don’t like good food? It’s a human need anyway, and when you jazz it up a bit by hiring a quality caterer to provide something special, then it becomes so much more than just a need.
Good catering needs to use fresh, local ingredients and is often benefited by a somewhat unorthodox or unexpected factor being thrown into the mix. That could be some special way that it’s seasoned, or how it’s presented, or perhaps even a vessel from which it’s distributed, like an old-world food cart, for instance.
2. Put on a Show
You can entertain your attendees on different scales, but you should provide it in some form. It’s a must. The entertainment is part of what keeps people at your event, part of what makes it stand out, and what makes it memorable. If your event is a corporate or working event such as a professional development day, or a convention, then entertainment is a way for people there to relax and enjoy themselves for a while.
There are always many ideas you can explore. You can hire a band, or a dance troupe, a stand-up comic, a magician or illusionist, a percussion group, a theatre troupe…the list goes on and on. Your show lineup could include all of these things, depending on the size and scale of the event.
3. Find a Unique Venue
Being conventional with your event venue might be a safer bet, but it’s also an ideal way to make your event disappear into the blur of other events that people attend throughout the year. Chain hotels with function rooms, conference and convention centers…these are the “safe” options, but let your imagination work a bit and see if you can’t get a bit more creative.
How about having the event outdoors if the weather permits? How about using a less conventional open space as an event space at a local attraction or nature spot. They might commonly be booked for weddings and whatnot, but if you’re running another event, why not look into using one of those venues? It shakes things up a bit and makes your event truly stand out.
4. Take it Online
In the modern age, it’s a foolish idea to run any kind of event without offering people a virtual channel through which to observe and attend the event. Your online event-goers can perhaps virtually take part in key activities, as well as gain a nice view of the stage and entertainment activities. Online guests can also perhaps be privy to certain exclusive prizes and rewards (see below).
5. Gifts and Prizes
Finally, think about how you can show your appreciation for people’s attendance by offering them prize draws, gift bags, and other nice rewards. You can split these between in-person attendees and online attendees to suit each one. For instance, gift bags for people who show, and perhaps online vouchers or gift cards for online attendees?