“Family is not an important thing. It is everything.” Michael J. Fox.
As such, it is very important to think of your family today and every day after that. Do not let the worries of the world keep you from showing how much you love and appreciate them.
Family events are short for festive food, fun and games, loads of gifts and a time to have mad fun. But the question begs; where to hold the party? Looking for some of the great function venue spaces should be your next step and as I always say….. Hiring a venue is the best option.
Well, you can have all the fun you want without worrying about staining your couch, having your favourite vase broken, or worse, losing important items. Money for instance.
To better experience these rare moments, it is best to hire venues that meet your requirements. However, there are some considerations to make before hiring.
For a family gathering, the atmosphere should be cool and welcoming. Before hiring an event venue, consider the décor and architecture of the venue. What does the building interior convey? Is it in line with what you are looking for? Is it the best fit for your family? For a family event, you will need a different ambience than for a corporate event. The answers to these questions will help you settle for a venue that fits your family requirements.
Space is essential when deciding on a venue and has a different meaning to people. You should know the number of guests i.e. family members you are expecting so as to choose the right capacity venue. One that is not too large or extra small either.
Regarding space, you should also put into consideration the amenities available. Do they have extra rooms where you can have entertainment for the adults? Is there enough space for kid’s nests and lofts? Beyond that ensure there is the following
Parking space- either a valet lot or parking venue. Venue with a lot is what dreams are made of. If the above options are not available, you can reserve nearby parking lots or have your family members use Uber for convenience.
Kitchen space- Some venues may have kitchen space while others use outside caterers or allow you to bring in your caterer. Ensure you understand which setup is used on the site before you settle.
This is the possibility that everyone i.e. the elderly, children, and disabled persons can access the venue and all its amenities. Ensure there are lifts, elevators or ramps to help in this. If this is not possible, then go for a place with very minimal stairs. Couple this with diaper changing stations in the bathrooms, for the relatives with young kids. For the elderly, go to a venue that is ADA compliant.
4. Flexible layout
Most venues are never a one size fits all. Some modifications are required for them to meet your requirements. Therefore, it is ideal to identify the flexibility of the venue. What type of furniture is available? Can I be moved around? Etc.
Well, as you can see there is a bit to consider before deciding on a venue for your wedding or any other family event. However, if you the venue meets the above requirements, then you are good to go.
Budgets are more of a bargain between the amount of money you have and how to make it enough for all your requirements. If you can manage to get a low-cost venue, you can leave more money to spend on food and other necessities.
Before you settle for a venue, ensure you have all the costs and charges outlined. Some venues charge for parking and electricity, and this might exceed your budget.
When making considerations for a venue, always look at it from the other person’s perspective. How easy is it to locate the venue? Can google maps help in this endeavour? If this is not possible, then be ready to issue directions or print out simple maps to help your grandmother, uncles and cousins locate the venue with ease.
This is how sounds travel through a venue. Poor acoustics can result in the event being too loud which results in you straining as you try to hear what others are saying. A low ceiling venue will result in it being too loud while a large venue will result in reverberation. Echoes in short.
To solve this, make good use of outside space. Patios to be specific. You can also use acoustical clouds or canopies.
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