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5 Great Etiquette Tips For Corporate Events

When it comes to corporate event planning, there’s more to know than which caterer to choose, what venue to go with, or who to invite. A lot of awareness will come after all the planning, during the event itself. Maybe you’re an old pro at networking or chatting at a corporate event—but if you’re not, here are some great tips to keep in mind.

Give The Right Attention To Attire

This will depend on the formality of the event, and when it takes place. If you’re the person doing the corporate event planning, consider including what attire is expected on the invitations so that guests will know what to wear. This can include things like “business attire”, “jackets and ties”, “business casual”, “golf attire”, or “black tie”. Most daytime events will require business casual, in which case you should dress well and in good taste, with clothes being ironed and well-presented. However, if a guest arrives who is over-dressed, under-dressed, or simply dressed opposite of everyone else, don’t make them feel awkward by drawing attention to it.

Introduce Guests The Right Way

This isn’t necessarily part of the corporate event planning, but it’s very good to know about. As the host of a corporate event, you will most likely be expected to introduce various guests to one another. Is there an etiquette to this? Yes. Remember to introduce lower-ranking guests to higher-ranking guests, and remember to include everyone’s titles, such as “Doctor”, “Mr.” or “Mrs.”, “Vice President”, or “Judge”.

Prevent Too Much Drinking

Many companies have a few employees who tend to drink too much at corporate events. To avoid sloppy behavior, there are a few things you can do. One, provide plenty of delicious food to keep everyone’s tummies full. The better the food, the more your guests will eat, and the less the alcohol will affect them. Two, consider limiting the time that you serve alcohol. (For example, close the bar after the first two hours of the event.) Three, you can limit your variety of alcohol. Liquor is going to be the most effective at getting guests tipsy, so think about offering only wine or beer—in smaller glasses. Four, issue drink tickets. This is common at many company events: each guest gets two drink tickets which allow them free drinks, and then they have to pay for any more that they want. And five: hire a bartender who will cut guests off after three drinks.

Know The Appropriate Conversation

Let’s start with what’s inappropriate. Generally, unless you’re very familiar with a guest, avoid discussing politics, personal finances, your health, anyone else’s health, and general gossip. Avoid swearing as well—you never know who may be offended by this. As far as good conversation behavior: be a good listener. Don’t interrupt, but ask relevant questions. Ask people about themselves. Contribute to conversations, but don’t be pushy. Use eye contact, don’t cross your arms, and stand or sit up straight when speaking to your guests.

Understand Handshake Etiquette

The best times to shake hands are when you’re greeting a guest and when you’re saying goodbye to them as well. Use a sincere, firm handshake, maintain eye contact, and smile warmly as you’re shaking their hand. This greeting and farewell is both professional and friendly.

When it comes to corporate event planning and execution, Vatican Banquet Hall is exactly the right space. If you’re currently looking for a Los Angeles venue to hold your corporate event, see what we have to offer! We provide a comfortable and beautiful space, as well as expert event planning staff and catering. Take a look at our photo gallery to get an idea of what we have, or please contact us for more information. We’re excited to hear from you!

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How To Plan A Professional Nonprofit Fundraiser

Planning a nonprofit fundraiser can be a lot of work, but the task is made infinitely easier if you already have firm understanding of how to organize, promote, and generate revenue at your event. To help your organization get started, the coordinators at Vatican Banquet Hall happily share some of the things they’ve learned from years of planning galas, presentations, awards banquets, and fundraising banquets.

Choosing the Ideal Event Venue

After establishing a budget and determining how many people will be attending your fundraising event, choosing a venue is the most important decision your organization will need to make. For black-tie galas, an elegant banquet hall or yacht sets a tone of professionalism and encourages giving, while less formal occasions may call for a school gymnasium, church, or outdoor area like a park or botanical gardens. Event venues that include amenities like on-site catering services, valet parking, and an in-house service staff may also help simplify the planning process and reduce costs. Be sure to ask about discounts for organizations with nonprofit status, as well; many venues will discount their rates by up to 50% for events that benefit a worthwhile charity.

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Promoting Your Fundraiser

Creating awareness about your organization’s fundraiser is important, of course, but it’s crucial that event promotion is conducted as inexpensively as possible. Seek out media outlets willing to promote your event for free (which counts as a donation), and publish press releases in industry magazines and on industry-relevant websites. The popularity of social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn makes it easy to spread word of your fundraiser to thousands, and best of all, social media is totally free!

Creating Revenue

The size and type of your event will determine how your organization raises funds, but most benefits create revenue through a combination of ticket/table sales and one or more activities that take place during the fundraiser. Popular activities include: raffles, where people buy tickets to win donated good and services; prize wheels, where attendees are chosen at random for the chance to spin a wheel and win goodies; and auctions, where attendees bid on donated goods or services like vacation packages, prize baskets, or fine art. Charging extra for specialty food items and alcoholic beverages may also help add to your fundraising total.

For more excellent tips of how to make your next nonprofit fundraiser a success, contact Vatican Banquet Hall today! Out experienced event planners are standing by to answer your questions and help you reserve a beautiful space for your event.


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