Since the great crash of 2008 (GC8), event design for gala dinners, awards ceremonies and staff parties has seen a number of changes.
Pre GC8, large scale, elaborately themed events were commonplace. The amount of corporate events that take place is starting to steadily climb again, however the laissez-faire days of free spending seem long gone.
Post GC8, event managers are having to justify every penny they spend be it to shareholders, management and even their customers.
The challenge for event managers now is to create an event that is visually appealing without blowing fortunes on design. At 88 Events, we’re always here to advise and guide our clients, yet we’ve noticed many of them being very creative themselves in how they spend their money.
The secret to creating a great looking event with a low spend is to allocate an event design budget and use that budget as creatively as possible. You can still create a great looking event that is visually stimulating, however you need to think outside the box.
Here’s 3 easy ways you to be creative with a limited event design budget…
1. Don’t Theme The Event
If budget is limited you should stay clear of actually themeing your event. Succesfully basing your event on an elaborate theme requires an A-level budget. However, if you try to do everything using a limited budget, your event could well end up looking mediocre.
Instead, try to keep things simple. Choose a base colour for your linen and then add in an accent colour(s) by using a different coloured napkin, runner or overcloth.
2. Create A Focal Point
Create a focal point using a nice centrepiece or elaborate flower arrangement. You’ll have far more impact if you put the majority of your budget into one or two items of interest as opposed to lots.
Get creative and group decor items such as flower arrangements and props around the stage area. This will have far greater impact than spreading them around the room where they could just get lost.
3. Accessorise Your Tables
If you’ve been following 88 Events for any length of time then you’ll know that we’re all about maximising your available table real-estate. Instead of cluttering your table with side-plates and lots of bottles, incorporate a charger plate into the table design.
This will give your table a lovely looking focal point and is a great way to add a splash of colour. Click here to see our full range of charger plates to hire.
Another simple way to accessorise your table is with nitelight holders and ribbon or ribbon bands for the napkins.
The following two articles will give you lots of creative ways to use charger plates and napkin ribbons to enhance your event:
We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and that it’s given you some fresh ideas and concepts to consider.
88 Events can help you create an event that is truly special – one that rises above the norm and ensures great client feedback. Whether you want help with event managment and design or you simply wish to use our hire service, the first port of call is to get in touch. Do that here: