- Develop a detailed brief
Firstly, consider the requirements of your event and the structure of your program. Is the program developed enough to understand what kind of space will work best? Do you have enough funds to confirm the venue in the short and longer term when final payments become known? Asking the following questions can help you narrow down your venue requirements:
- Would our event be better suited to the city or should we look at regional venues?
- Do we need an indoor or outdoor venue or both?
- What audience capacity does the event require?
- How long do we need the venue for, including move in and move out access time?
- Is it necessary to select a venue with good public transport access?
- Does the venue provide the type of menu we need?
- Investigate possible venues
In a dense metropolitan area there may be a wide variety of venues from which to choose. However, outside of the metropolitan areas choice may be extremely limited but often quite unique! So consider and research both.
How to research possible venues:
- Utilise venue directories online to quickly and accurately determine the capacity and features of potential venues, e.g. A List Guide or Event Birdie
- Visit industry trade shows where venues often showcase their facilities e.g. AIME exhibition in Melbourne
- Contact government agencies who may maintain and publish a database of appropriate venues.
- Consult local destination bureaus such as Business Events Sydney, Melbourne Convention Bureau and others to advise on the perfect location
- Finally contact your experienced event management agency to help make a recommendation
With all the data you gather, set up a database with comparative quotes and key features to help make sense of the options and track your findings.
- Visit the site
Once some possible venues have been identified, it is important to physically view and walk through the site. Make an appointment with the venue sales staff who should walk you through the facility and work with your brief to develop the preliminary ideas about how the event will run. The purpose of a site visit is to determine the suitability of the venue. What are the ways we can thoroughly determine whether a venue will work for your event? See our checklist below