When putting together an event for any reason, you never go into it with the hope of it being satisfactory or average – instead, you want attendees to leave talking about it and looking forward to your next event. There are many ways to go about creating a memorable experience. Great content, delicious food (people care more about the food than you might realize), and impactful design are just a few examples of the event decor principles that can truly dazzle guests.
Let’s take a look at some ways that you can elevate your events through design below:
First impressions are the most lasting, so get your guests’ attention right away with an impressive entrance. There are countless options to choose from, but high-end entertainment and luxury style décor are always going to be crowd pleasers, regardless of the event type.
The key is to get people smiling and talking from the beginning. Oftentimes, when attendees first arrive at any kind of event they can feel uncomfortable and immediately start searching for familiar faces or a place to sit. By providing a show-stopping entrance, you’ll get a chance to break the ice and set the scene for a fun and unique experience rather than the standard event they may have been expecting.
Creating scenes that incorporate snippets of different themes is a great way to capture people’s attention and get them involved in what is going on around them. Keep it simple with themed tables where guests will be sitting, or differently themed rooms throughout the space. We once held an event that included a Roman-themed room complete with Italian cars and soft music, an Italian romance-themed room, a rainforest room, and an all-white lounge with so much sparkle, it was as if diamonds were hanging from the ceiling. We set up a path throughout the space that guided attendees from scene to scene. Each room was very different from the next, and the details may have seemed disjointed together. By breaking everything up into scenes, the guests were surprised at every turn with something new to talk about in each room. Decide what themes make sense for your event and get creative.
Lighting and A/C may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about design, but it is one of the most important parts of creating a theme or mood in any space. It can also yield some of the most dramatic reactions from attendees when it’s done in a surprising and unexpected way. Think outside the box with uplighting by using colors to fill the room to either match or contrast with the event’s color palette. Incorporating reflective extras like mirrors or crystals is also a great way to maximize the effect of the lighting.
Another great way to incorporate unexpected lighting is through a gobo wash, which is a stencil placed in front of a light source that creates a fun and unique design to display on any surface. They are most popularly used on dance-floors, but are also fun to showcase on walls as well.
When all is said and done, the most important thing is to have given guests an experience that leaves them wanting more. If attendees are sad to leave the event, then you know it’s a job well done. What do you do to make participants jaws drop? Let us know by leaving a comment below, or join Social Tables on Facebook.