6 Tips for Handling a Reduced Event Budget

6 Tips for Handling a Reduced Event Budget

During times of economic hardship, businesses often resort to cost-cutting measures in order to survive. As Event Planners, we can offer valuable guidance and advice on various aspects of your event budget. At a time like this, it is important to stay flexible and be creative. Hosting company events is crucial to make your employees feel valued and acknowledged. We can help you look for innovative solutions and creative alternatives that can help you achieve your event goals within a reduced budget.


Tip #1: Talk to Your Planner Before Making Any Changes to the Event Budget!

Event planners are experts in budget management and can provide valuable insight on how to reduce costs for your organization. We can help you figure out where to trim the most off without impacting the overall event.


Tip #2: Choose A Cost-Effective Venue

If you have not already booked your venue yet, shop around! Request detailed quotes from multiple venues that meet your event requirements. Pay attention to the venue rental fees, any additional charges (e.g., setup fees, audiovisual equipment rentals, staffing, etc.), and any required minimum spend for catering and other services. Compare the quotes to identify venues that align with your budget. Don’t be afraid to negotiate with venue managers. Ask if they offer package deals or have flexibility in pricing. Explore the possibility of bundling services such as catering, audiovisual equipment, or parking to potentially secure a more cost-effective package.


Tip #3: Simplify Your Menu

Food and beverage costs can quickly add up and take up much of your event budget. You may want to choose less complex menu items or explore other options like buffets or food stations instead of plated meals.

Simplify the drink menu. Offer a limited selection of popular, cost-effective drinks instead of an extensive menu. Focus on serving a few well-chosen options, such as beer, wine, and a signature cocktail, rather than a wide range of spirits and mixers. You can also consider a cash bar or drink tickets. This shifts the cost burden to the attendees, allowing them to purchase their own drinks. Alternatively, you can provide each attendee with a limited number of drink tickets, which helps control expenses while still offering some complimentary beverages.


Tip #4: Vendor Negotiation

Negotiate prices with vendors, suppliers, and service providers. Request multiple quotes and compare offerings to secure the best deal. Be transparent about your budget constraints, and explore the possibility of getting discounts, package deals, or payment plans.

Inquire about the venue’s in-house services and amenities, such as audiovisual equipment, tables, chairs, or event staff. Utilizing these services can help you save on additional rental costs or outsourcing expenses.


Tip #5: Identify Unnecessary Items

Eliminate any “low impact” items. Identify elements that overlap in function or offer minimal impact on the attendee experience. For example, if you have multiple entertainment options, consider choosing the most relevant and impactful one rather than offering all of them.

One area where company budget can be unnecessarily spent is on multiple swag items. It’s advisable not to allocate funds towards swag items that your attendees might not find useful, instead of spending a lot of money on smaller things, pick one nicer quality item that will give you more bang for your buck.


Tip #6: Be Flexible with Your Event Date, Whenever Possible

When planning a holiday party specifically, there are two, maybe three weeks before the busy-ness of the season takes over completely. These tend to be very popular dates to squeeze holiday parties in, leaving a small window to plan your event. Consider hosting your event on weekdays or during off-peak seasons. Venues and service providers may offer lower rates during these times, allowing you to save on rental fees and other expenses.


Remember, while budget cuts can present challenges, they can also spur creativity and encourage you to think outside the box. With careful planning, open communication, and strategic decision-making, you can still deliver a successful event. Cost-saving measures should not compromise the quality and objectives of your event. Find a balance between saving money and delivering a memorable experience for your attendees.



Tent Rentals- How to Enhance Your Outdoor Event

Tent Rentals- How to Enhance Your Outdoor Event

Warm weather means that outdoor events are back! The great thing about outdoor party tents is that they are available in different sizes, so you have no problem accommodating a variety of group sizes. There are many ways to enhance your tent and with the right design, you can transform your outdoor space into a great corporate gathering spot.

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Drapery helps you soften the overall look of the tent by hiding its framework. Adding fabric to the tent makes it look professional and personalized. You could include your company colors or keep it neutral.


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Lanterns are a great way to add decoration to the free space at the top of the tent. If your event is going into the evening hours, add lights into the lanterns to create a warm glow.


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Flooring options can range from wood panels to carpeting. Adding a floor eliminates the uneven ground as well as the possibility of walking on soggy grass.

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Tent poles build the framework of the tent, however in some cases they can be a bit of an eye sore. Greenery is a great enhancement for a corporate event because it pairs well with a lot of colors. You don’t have to worry about it clashing with your table linens or centerpieces.



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Projectors can create an opportunity for company branding. You can choose to display your company logo, event name, or display an image relating to your theme!


When it comes to customizing your tent, your options are limitless! When choosing to host your event outdoors there is always the uncontrollable aspect of weather. Renting a tent can eliminate the stress of canceling because rain or shine the event can still go on. These enhancements can help elevate a basic tent rental and personalize it to fit your next corporate event!