Planners are tasked with planning larger, more complex events on shorter timelines, and it’s getting worse by the year. That doesn’t leave much time to research venues, let alone select the right venue to make it happen. Luckily, technology is making it easier to search for venues while dramatically speeding up the sourcing timeline. Start your search with these nine websites that let you shop and compare event space all on one site. (Some even let you submit multiple RFPs at once.)
Social Tables’ venue search engine allows you to search and compare the profiles of thousands of venues — each complete with diagrams drawn to scale, meeting space dimensions, reviews, venue details and ample photos. The best part? You can instantly submit RFPs to any properties that you’ve added to your cart.
A simplistic take on finding and booking venues for your events. Powered by Zentila, this technology allows planners to own the process of easily finding and negotiating a venue space. Biggest strength here lies in the automation of communication organization between clients, venues, and prospects alike.
A comprehensive marketplace for event venue sourcing. This tool provides event planners with access to locations of all types nationwide. With EVENTup, event planners will find it easy to browse venues with specific filters, connect instantly with event spaces, and book locations quickly.
Once known as a juggernaut in the world of real-estate, LiquidSpace finds itself billed as, “a workspace ecosystem at your fingertips.” With the ability to instantly locate, book, check-in, and share spaces to work, this tool is making a different kind of splash. Venue sourcing has never been so communal!
More than just a venue sourcing backbone for both event planners and venues, Cvent offers software solutions for online event registration, event management, e-mail marketing and web surveys. Boasting an event database of +200,000 destinations across the globe, Cvent can provide any shape or size of event planner with an event location set to fit specific needs.
If the name hasn’t triggered any ideas at this point, we’ll just let you know up front that this app is go-to for most major event planners when…finding a venue! Known for their “digital booklet” via their app, Venuefinder is here to serve the needs of the everyday planner. Easily understand how your event’s purpose and theme lines up with a space, and feel free to turn on airplane mode. You’ll still be good to go in offline mode!
Looking to get ahead and rent an event space? eVenues is here to give you a much-needed helping hand. eVenues develops, aggregates, and operates an online public marketplace and booking service for meeting, event, and unique spaces. What does this mean for you? For starters, be prepared to have more time prepping your event and less time fretting over where it’s going to be held.
Networking junkies/friendly event planners rejoice. Regus is here to cater to your precise personalities! Regus provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether it’s for a few minutes, months, or even years! Their astounding growth over the past several years is an ideal indicator that venue sourcing for all needs is alive and well. Event planners can go ahead and take full advantage of this trend. Regus can uncover that goldmine of a location you’ve been looking for with the click of a button.
Snappening was born out of a real-life need by a real-life consumer doing what we all want to do most – plan an exceptional event to create a lasting memory. They’ve quickly moved up the ranks as one of the most comprehensive online services for planning your own event. Snappening sought to give the industry exactly what it needed, after countless hours of research with consumers, planners, and venue managers. Check them out for event planning in a Snap.
Did we miss any websites you’ve used to source great venues? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list.
Planning the buffet, placing the mics, laying it all out — it’s not easy making the little details come to life. So in 2011, we set out to change the way events are designed by introducing better collaboration between planners and properties. Today, we’ve evolved that vision into an innovative platform offering the industry’s leading solutions for event sales, services, and group distribution. All to help the world create the best face-to-face events.