Finding the right venue to host your party in can be a major pain. Especially if you have never hosted a party before and don't even know where to begin. There are so many different factors to consider when it comes to finding the right venue to host your party. This following guide will walk you throw the things that you really need to know in order to find the right venue for your purposes.
The first thing you need to consider is what kind of party it is that you're throwing. Are you throwing a birthday party, a wedding reception, a corporate banquet, a family reunion, and so on and so forth. However, this step goes beyond just figuring out what kind of party it is that you're throwing. You also need to consider what kind of people will be at your party, how those people should dress, and how many people you anticipate showing up to this party or event. The amount of people that will be there is one of the most important steps to picking the right party venue because it can be a huge deciding factor whether you throw a successful event or not. For example, if you choose a venue that is too large for your purposes, then you run the risk of the guests of your party or event being too spread out and the energy of the party may never pick up. The alternate being if you find a venue that is too small for your purposes and the guests of your party feeling cramped and uncomfortable, and even to the point of feeling claustrophobic, which can be a worst case scenario. So it is important to give yourself a realistic estimate of how many people you plan on having at the party before you even begin to search for a venue.
You also need to consider your additional requirements--starting with food. Do you need to find a venue that will serve food to your guests, or do you plan on having the event catered, or even a potluck? What about audio-visual requirements, and additional equipment needs? Do you plan on playing music, or having a slideshow, or doing some sort of speech? You need to rent equipment for this. Some venues provide these services for an additional fee, but some don't, and may have a tried-and-true company that they usually refer people to in order to rent out equipment. Many venues have strict policies on the equipment that you can bring in. You also need to figure out how you intend to have your guests park. Do you intend to have a valet service, one that the venue can provide, or one that you can rent? You need to know what a venue's policies are on things like this before you even get started negotiating with them.