There are a few things you need to consider when planning an anniversary. For instance:
- will you be hosting a large crowd or a small gathering
- will it be just you and your spouse
- will it be a dinner party or cocktail party
- will it be formal or casual
- will there be alcohol
- will you hire a band, D.J. or Karaoke outfitter
- will you need a dance floor
- is it an wedding or other type of anniversary
- will it be indoor or outdoor
- will there be an alternative locale in case of inclement weather
- will you hire a caterer or do the food yourself
- will you hire an event planner
These are all things you need to consider. If you are hosting a large crowd, you’ll want to pick a venue that can hold everyone. Due to booking times and even fire code restrictions, your first choice might not be available. So you’ll want to plan in advance in order to allow for changes that may need to be made.
If you are having a dinner party or even a cocktail party, will you be hiring a caterer to prepare to prepare the food. If you are planning on serving alcohol, you’ll need a bartender unless it is more of a campfire party where guests can BYOB, and you’ll need to make sure your venue permits alcohol on the premises. You’ll also want to make sure you consider the ages of your guests when serving alcohol.
If you are planning an outdoor event, you’ll want to make sure you have tents or an alternative location set up in case of inclement weather. You don’t want your guests to get rained on, snowed on, etc.
Will you provide music? A live band, D.J. or Karaoke outfitter makes for a livelier party. It gets people in a great mood and allows for a festive atmosphere. If you do provide music, you may want to think about having a dance floor.
Hiring an event planner is a great way to plan an anniversary but it’s not always in everyone’s budget. Sometimes, just hosting a small gathering of family and friends or even planning a getaway somewhere like the romantic hotels in Florida, with your spouse is the way to go. Even if you do have a larger party, the romantic getaway is a great way to finish off an anniversary party!
No matter what you decide, you’ll want to be prepared and plan ahead. It’s always a great idea to look online for additional information when planning your party. If you have Microsoft Office (we’ll be giving another year’s subscription away next week) you can use the various tool and spreadsheets to help plan the perfect anniversary party.