• jodi

Cookie-Cutter, One-Size-Fits-All Venue Just Don't “Cut” It

Updated: Apr 26, 2018

If you’ve ever participated in the logistics of throwing a wedding, corporate party or business conference, you know that there are a hundred small things to manage. But the single, most important decision you’ll make when planning an event will be the venue you choose. It sets the tone, lays a foundation and is often the #1 or #2 largest expense. But because of this high cost, many venues have started offering cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all solutions that, at first glance, seem less costly. They are not!

Smaller, more customer service oriented venues often provide much better service, exclusivity and a unique take on hosting your event. Even if the venue is a bit more expensive than the “cookie-cutter” variety (and that’s not always the case), you could end up paying more if you lose a customer because the experience at your business meeting fell short of expectations. Take a deep breath. Be at ease. We put together a quick list of 5 things to consider when selecting a location for a business party / event or wedding:

  1. Budget. Cost is still a factor in choice, but be sure you’re not sacrificing quality. You can (and should) have your cake and eat it too!

  2. Uniqueness and Exclusivity: Will the venue be used by anyone else on that day? Will you be getting their full attention? Will the setting be unique to your own style or will it need a ton of work?

  3. Space Specifications and Amenities: Does the venue offer a flexible space that can grow with your needs (seating, dance space, etc.). What amenities do they offer (sound, lighting, WiFi, screens, dedicated host, etc.).

  4. Availability: Is the venue more apt to be available during the week or weekend? If it is on a busy day, will it still be exclusive?

  5. Customer Service: Having all of this great stuff means nothing if customer service is crap. So when you’re looking, be sure you’re able to work well with the team right off the bat and don’t be afraid to ask for references or do your own research. Look for flexibility, communication and confidence. Make sure you get everything in writing

Psst. Did you know The Kelsey is available for rental - weddings, corporate parties, fundraisers, conferences and business meetings? If you need space to host hundreds of your friends or an open place to get creative with co-workers in the West Palm Beach area, give us a holler. We are known for being more than just a great music venue.

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