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5 Things To Consider When Choosing A Wedding Venue

One of the many great things about living in the Twin Cities is that there is no shortage of beautiful wedding venues to choose from when planning your wedding. We’re confident you’ll be able to find the perfect wedding venue for your big day, but at the same time, when you have all these options to choose from, it can be hard to figure out which venue is best for you. This sentiment rings even truer when you consider that you probably don’t have a lot of experience choosing a wedding venue, so you may not know what things to look for or which features are a must have.

Everyone has different styles and tastes when it comes to their wedding venue, but in today’s blog, we want to share a few things that all brides and grooms will want to consider before they sign a contract with a venue.

Factors To Consider For Your Wedding Venue

Here’s a look at five things you and your future spouse will want to consider when choosing a wedding venue.

  1. Can They Accommodate Your Date? – First things first, you have to make sure that the venue is available on the day you’re targeting for your wedding. If they are already booked on your dream wedding day, there’s not much you can do. Unless the specific day has meaning to the couple, it’s easier to see what days are available at the venue and pick your wedding day from what’s available instead of trying to pick a specific weekend and hoping that the venue is open on that day. This is especially true if you’re trying to book less than a year out.
  2. Consider Your Guest List – You don’t need to have your full guest list in order before you book your venue, but it’s a good idea to get a ballpark estimate of how many people you intend to invite and how many you think will attend. Will all guests get a plus one? Will kids be invited? Start thinking about how many people you expect to attend, because that may impact your venue options. Some more intimate venues can only handle a set number of people, and if you book before you really think about your guest list, you may have to trim the list down further than you initially hoped.
  3. Inside/Outside Ceremony –  Do you hope to get married while the sun shines on your face and the birds chirp in the distance, or do you want to get married inside a beautifully decorated wedding hall? Start thinking about whether you want the ceremony to take place indoors or outdoors, and if you want an outdoor ceremony, be sure to have a backup plan in place in case the weather doesn’t comply. We have a number of venues like The Grand 1858 and The Riverside that can accommodate indoor or outdoor ceremonies based on the weather that day.
  4. Ease Of Access – It’s also a good idea to consider how easy it is for your guests to get to and from the venue. Parking isn’t always easy to find in the Twin Cities, and while you may be able to set up a shuttle service from your hotel, it pays to give some thought to how easy it will be for your guests to get to and from the venue. A lot of our venues have on-site parking or are very close to popular hotel choices, meaning your guests won’t have to make special arrangements to get to your wedding or get home when the fun is done.
  5. Budget – Finally, it only makes sense to have a budget in mind before you agree to a contract with any wedding venue. Your wedding venue may be one of your first expenses during the wedding planning process, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it plenty of thought before you pick a venue. At Entourage Events Group, we can help walk you through our pricing options and explain how going with an event’s service that can help with other aspects of your wedding can save you a lot of time and money down the road. We can help you find a venue that suits your budget and your vision.

If you do these five things, we’re confident that you’ll be happy with your wedding venue selection. And if you’d like help with this process or just want to learn more about the beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces we have available, click here to set up a walk through or give our team a call at (612) 564-3777.

6 Tips For Packing The Dance Floor At Your Wedding

Nobody likes to be at a wedding where the dance floor is dead, and having a less-than-stellar dance floor is a common concern among couples who are planning their wedding. And while you can’t physically make people get up and dance, there are some things you can do to make it easier for people to want to leave their chair and cut a rug. In today’s blog, we share some tips for packing the dance floor at your wedding.

How To Get People To Dance At Your Wedding

Here’s a look at some tips to ensure your dance floor is full of wedding guests all night long.

  1. Let Them Help With The Playlist – If you’re not sure which songs people are excited to get up and dance to, ask for their input! It’s becoming more common for engaged couples to include a song request spot on their RSVPs so that their guests can write down a song that will get them out on the dance floor. Write down some more of the popular answers and give them to your DJ ahead of time.
  2. Taking Requests At The Venue – Consider providing a place for guests to request songs at the DJ station at your wedding. You can also work with the DJ to fasttrack songs from bridesmaids or groomsmen if you choose, because these people tend to have a good feel for what will get the crowd dancing. Requests don’t have to be played immediately, but if the DJ is looking to change things up a bit, they can reference the request list.
  3. Book A Professional DJ – Some people want to put together a playlist on Pandora or Spotify and just let the music shuffle all night, but oftentimes it’s helpful to have a professional handling the music who can read the crowd and keep injecting life into the dance floor. At Entourage Events Group, we can help with sound, AV production and connect you with a DJ who has been awesome at events we’ve worked on in the past. Having a professional on the mic and handling the music will go a long way in helping keep your dance floor packed all night.
  4. Look Up Popular Wedding Dance Songs – If you’re wondering what songs will get people dancing all night, head to Google and search for popular wedding reception songs. For example, you can’t go wrong with “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars or “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. If you’d prefer Oldies or Country songs, just add that to your Google search and you’ll have plenty of great songs to choose from.
  5. Avoid Disrupting The Flow – Be careful about disrupting the flow of the dance scene with activities or events that will have people clearing the floor. During the middle of a fun reception isn’t the best time to stop the party to watch a slideshow or for the couple to be quizzed on the dance floor about how well they know each other. Try to avoid activities that get everyone off the dance floor, or plan them so as to avoid prime dance time.
  1. Set An Example – Finally, we know that you have a lot of obligations on your wedding day, but set a good example and be out on the dance floor as much as possible. Tell your bridal party to do the same! If people want to talk to you or congratulate you on your big day, let them come find you on the dance floor. Guests are much more likely to get out on the dance floor if the happy couple and a bunch of their friends are having a great time dancing!

Let the team at Entourage Events Group help get your dance floor rocking! For more information, or to set up a walkthrough at one of our venues, give our team a call today at (612) 564-3777.

5 Corporate Event Trends To Consider

Most people want their corporate event to be more on the trendy than traditional side, but it’s hard to know what some of the latest trends are and which ideas you should leave behind. Every corporate event is different, but having helped execute countless corporate events in the past, we’ve noticed which trends have emerged and what ideas seem to be popular and engaging for an audience. With that in mind, we wanted to share some emerging trends in the corporate event planning world.

Trendy Corporate Event Ideas To Consider

Here are some of the successful trends we’ve seen executed recently and which ones we expect to continue to stay strong going forward.

  1. Outdoor Events – While the weather doesn’t always comply here in Minnesota, we expect more events to take place at outdoor venues. This became more popular when the coronavirus was making it harder to safely hold large gatherings indoors, but there’s also been a renewed focus on appreciating the beauty of nature when it comes to event planning. You can take your next event outdoors, and better yet, we can meet you there with our mobile catering by bringing The Kitchen to you and your group!
  2. Going Green – Many companies are becoming more cognizant of their ecological footprint, so event planners have been encouraged to “Go Green” with their planning recently. We shared some helpful tips for going green with your next event in this blog. From going digital with your invites to outsourcing the design and decor so you’re not buying a bunch of decorations you’ll just throw away when the night is over, our team can help ensure your event is environmentally conscious.
  3. Insta-Appeal – You want a venue with nice eye appeal, but there are added benefits to having a venue that is visually appealing to a younger audience that frequently shares on platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Help your event go viral by having some places that lend themselves to great photo opportunities, and develop some fun and creative hashtags to help spread word of the event on social media. A number of our venues lend themselves to gorgeous photo opportunities that people will be excited to share online!
  4. Local Foods – We’ve seen more and more people ask where our catering options come from, and we’re proud to say that many of our dishes are built from people and places right here in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota. Fun dishes created with the help of local ingredients is a craze that we believe is here to stay, and it’s one we can deliver on. We’ll work to create the perfect menu that supports local businesses and farmers if that’s something you’re interested in doing.
  5. More Small Dishes – Finally, we’ve noticed that many companies and even some weddings are shifting away from one large meal towards more options served as appetizers or hors d’oeuvres. People can sample a larger variety of foods this way and really find something they like, and they don’t have to wait through an hour long meal to try them. People can network and mingle all while enjoying high quality hors d’oeuvres, which is the best of both worlds. Again, our chefs can create the perfect menu for your group to suit your needs.

So if you’re interested in trying one of more of these trends at your next event, we hope you’ll connect with the team at Entourage Events Group. Let us help you explore these trends and execute them at your next corporate event. For more information, or to connect with a member from our team, give us a call today at (612) 564-3777.

How To Start Planning Your Wedding

You just got engaged, you’ve told your family and friends and you’re overjoyed about spending the rest of your life with your now-fiance, but now the reality is setting in that you have to start planning your wedding. Some people are excited about this prospect, while others may be a little anxious or overwhelmed, and all of those feelings are completely normal. But no matter what you’re feeling at this moment, many brides and grooms come to the same realization at some point, which is “where do we begin?”

Once you get the ball rolling it becomes easier to start getting everything in order for your wedding, but what should you do at the outset to set yourself up for success down the road? In today’s blog, we share some tips for starting the wedding planning process.

4 Tips For Starting Wedding Planning

Everybody will have their own individual preferences when it comes to planning their wedding, but we’ve found that starting off with these basics is a great way to start the process and help guide you on your wedding planning journey.

  1. Develop A Budget – Before you start booking venues and caterers, it’s important to have a conversation with your fiance about a realistic budget for your wedding. You can also include your parents in this conversation if they are hoping to provide some financial support for your wedding. You may not know exactly what to expect when it comes to certain costs, but start talking about a budget so that you can make some informed financial decisions later in the process. Having a budget in mind is a great way to start planning your wedding.
  2. Find A Venue/Date – A lot of people have a day or a month in mind for their wedding, but you need to find a venue capable of accommodating you on that day before you just elect to choose a specific day. So while you can have some dates in mind, you can’t pick a day until you choose a venue that can host on that day. Also, considering that Minnesota experiences all four seasons and the weather can change on a moment’s notice, it’s a good idea to consider choosing a venue that has both indoor and outdoor ceremony options so that you can have a beautiful ceremony regardless of the weather. Our beautiful venues like The Riverside and the Minneapolis Event Centers each offer indoor and outdoor ceremony options, so consider scheduling a tour and learning about our availability. High demand venues tend to book out well in advance, so finding a venue and a wedding date should be one of the first things you do when planning your wedding.
  3. Reach Out To The VIPs – If there are things you just can’t live without on your wedding day, reach out to these parties and ensure they can fit you into their schedule. For example, if you want a certain band to play at your reception or your favorite bakery to handle the desserts, reach out to them as early as possible to get on their schedule. Don’t wait until later and then assume your wedding will take precedence over other obligations those businesses and individuals have made.
  4. Let’s Talk Guests – Cultivating a guest list is another aspect you can work on early in the wedding planning process. You don’t need to have a perfect list right away, but again it’s helpful to have a conversation with your fiance about the size of your wedding to ensure you stay within budget. Also, your venue may have restrictions on how many people can attend, so you can start developing a guest list based on these restrictions and how many people you envision inviting to your wedding.

These are great stepping stones on your way to planning your wedding, and if you have any questions about the process or want to talk with a professional about touring any of our venues, reach out to the team at Entourage Events Group today at (612) 564-3777.

6 Tips For Corporate Event Planning Post COVID-19

We all want to get back to the lives we were living before the COVID-19 pandemic entered the picture, and while restrictions have largely been lifted and we’re getting closer to a sense of normalcy, planning an event with a large group of people certainly feels different than it did pre-COVID. There are more things to be mindful of if you want to throw a successful and safe event, and we want to use today’s blog to share some of those tips for throwing a successful corporate event in the wake of COVID-19. Below, we share some tips for planning a corporate event in a post-pandemic world.

Event Planning After The Pandemic

We understand that the pandemic can be a polarizing issue for many, but all we want to do with this blog is offer some suggestions for throwing a successful corporate event in a world still dealing with the fallout from COVID-19. With that in mind, here are some things to consider when planning your next corporate event.

  1. Hygiene Option Availability – It’s a good idea to make it easy for your guests to have some hygiene options at their disposal at the event. Hand sanitizer stations and a bowl of disposal masks can make it easier for people to help cut down on the spread of germs if they so choose. You don’t need to force them upon people, but having them available won’t hurt either. Just make it easy for people to have sanitation options available to them.
  2. Indoor/Outdoor Options – At Entourage Events Groups, a number of our venues have indoor and outdoor options so that you can host your group in the perfect setting. Consider taking your next corporate event outside, as outdoor transmission is less likely to occur than in an indoor setting. We can also adjust on the fly so that if the weather doesn’t comply, we can shift the gathering indoors with ease.
  3. Food And Beverage Choices – Many corporate events involve a meal or a cocktail hour with appetizers, and you’ll want to be mindful of how you handle the food situation if COVID-19 is still a potential issue. Plated options tend to work better than a buffet where everyone heads to a singular point to collect their food, and working with a team that has ample staff can help to cut down on lines at the bar so that people aren’t clustered in small spaces.
  4. Go Paperless – Not only can going paperless help the environment, but it can also cut down on the transfer of germs as people share and touch the same documents. Make your menu a scannable QR code that people can access using their phone and handle ticket sales or RSVPs online to reduce germ transmission.
  5. Be Ready To Adapt At The Last Minute – This may be easier said than done, but start thinking about how COVID-19 could impact your event and have a backup plan in place. If your CEO’s flight got canceled or your keynote speaker had to back out because someone in their family tested positive, have a backup plan in place so that you’re not scrambling at the last minute. You can’t prepare for everything, but try to understand how your event could be vulnerable to a COVID-19 disturbance and at least run through some backup plans in your head in case you need to switch things up in a hurry.
  6. Streamline The Process – Finally, to help cut down on your interaction and reliance on multiple companies in order to pull off your event, streamline the process by going with an event’s team like Entourage Events Group. We can help secure the venue, decorate the area, run audio and visual production, create and prepare a menu and staff the event so that you don’t need to rely on 4-5 different companies to pull off your event. Streamlining the process reduces your risk of running into a COVID-19 related headache with a caterer or decorator, because we can do it all!

Nobody likes planning an event with COVID-19 on the mind, but it’s a reality in the world we live in. The team at Entourage Events Group can help you pull off a safe and successful event if you let us. For more information, or to schedule a tour of one of our venues, give our team a call today at (612) 564-3777.

5 Ways To Personalize Your Wedding

Weddings tend to follow a pretty traditional structure, with a ceremony, meal, reception and dancing, so it’s important to find ways to put your own personal touch on your big day. But what are some ways that you can personalize your wedding day so that it truly feels special and unique to you and your spouse? In today’s blog, we look at five ways you can insert some personal touches into your wedding day.

Personalizing Your Wedding Day

Here’s a few ways you can help your wedding feel a little more personal.

  1. Get Married By Someone Special To You – Let a friend or family member that is special to you and your spouse perform the marriage ceremony. As we’ve talked about on the blog in the past, it’s relatively easy to get ordained in Minnesota, and they’ll be able to add some personal touches to the ceremony that a professional you’re not all that familiar with won’t be able to. Talk about it with your fiance and see if there is a friend or family member who would consider performing the marriage ceremony.
  2. Musical Choices – Are there certain songs that are special to you and your future spouse? Does your family always play a couple of the same songs at every wedding? Sit down with your DJ and go over some of the must play songs for your reception, and really consider which songs you want to play during parts of your ceremony. Choose something that is special to you and your fiance.
  3. The Decor – A division of Entourage Events Group is dedicated to design and decor, so we can help breathe some personality into your ceremony and reception through decor and design. We can match colors to your theme or incorporate cultural elements into the decor so that the venue feels unique to the couple. Our design team will sit down with you well in advance of your wedding to help go over some design options and share some ideas for how we can help bring out your personality through our decor.
  4. The Menu – You can also celebrate your roots or show off your adventurous personality through your meal options. Whether you’re a traveler who wants their guests to sample some of your favorite dishes around the world, or you just want to showcase your heritage through some food choices that honor your culture, we can help find a menu that feels personal to you and your spouse. Our professional culinary team is more than happy to sit down with you and craft the perfect personalized menu.
  5. Drinks – Finally, if you want to get creative with your menu offerings without touching the main course, personalizing your drink menu is an easy and fun way to put a personal twist on the evening. You can put the bride and groom’s favorite cocktail on the menu, or we can offer some drinks that are favorites of the family. Our bartenders will enjoy the challenge of creating a cocktail or drink menu that has some extra meaning for the couple, so start thinking about how you can personalize your day through your beverage offerings.

For more tips on how you can personalize your wedding, or for help planning your big day, reach out to the team at Entourage Events Group today at (612) 564-3777.

How To Ensure Your Wedding Photos Are Picture Perfect

For many couples, their wedding is a joyous day that they want to remember forever, and the best way to do that is by hiring a photographer to capture the day in photos. We’re not here to tell you which photographer you need to choose to shoot your wedding (although we’ve partnered with fantastic ones in the past that we can connect you to), but we do want to explain how a wedding with Entourage Events Group can ensure the true beauty of that day is captured in your photos.

Helping Your Photographer Shoot Your Wedding Day

Again, we’re not going to tell your photographer how to shoot your wedding, but we want to show you how a wedding at one of our breathtaking venues can help make your wedding photos look even more remarkable.

  • Indoor/Outdoor Beauty – Our venues like The Grand 1858 and The Riverside offer spectacular spaces for an outdoor wedding, allowing your photographer to shoot the day in all its natural beauty. However, we also have scenic indoor setups in the event that the weather doesn’t comply on your big day. Don’t go with a venue that can’t account for the weather. The weather can help enhance your photos, but it won’t take away from your wedding photos if you have to change the ceremony location on the day of your wedding, because our indoor options are also gorgeous.
  • Options For Wedding Party Photos – Our scenic venues also offer great areas to take photos with your entire wedding party. Whether that’s with the historic St. Anthony area as the backdrop or a beautiful hall for your Grand March, our venues will provide your group and your wedding photographer with a wide variety of magical photo opportunities.
  • Bride And Groom Suites – A number of couples also like to capture the process of getting ready for their big day. Whether that involves tying your tie or having your hair done, it you want these photos taken in a scenic area instead of a hotel room or your own home, find a venue with bride and groom suites. A number of our venues offer on-site bride and groom suites so you and your wedding party can get ready in one area, which is perfect for picture taking. It also means you don’t have to worry about traveling to the venue after your hair and makeup are done!
  • Decor To Match – A division of Entourage Events Group is dedicated to design and decor, so we can match your venue to your wedding colors. Matching your decor to your theme and your colors can make your photos look even better. If you trust your wedding to our team, you can find peace of mind in knowing that color schemes and venue themes will add to and not detract from your photos.
  • Let Us Light Your Day (And Your Photos!) – Great lighting is also very important for capturing beautiful photos, and we know how to light your venue so that your photographer doesn’t have to deal with lighting issues all night. From beautiful naturally lit venues to artificial lighting to fit any mood or theme, our team of specialists can use light and darkness to help your photographer take amazing wedding photos.

To learn more about working with a team like Entourage Events Group can bring out the best in your wedding photographs, click here to schedule a tour or give our team a call today at (612) 564-3777.

5 Tips For Choosing The Right Corporate Event Caterer

If you want to wine and dine your guests at your next corporate event, you really need to put some thought into who you choose to cater the event. But what are some of the things you should look for in a corporate event caterer, and what types of things will be important to your guests? We share some tips for picking the right corporate caterer for your next event in today’s blog.

What To Look For In A Corporate Event Caterer

If you’re in charge of planning a large-scale corporate event, you need to know that the caterer you choose will deliver high quality food and beverages in a timely manner. But how can you trust that the caterer you’re considering will follow through on their promises? Here’s a look at some of the things you should look for when choosing a corporate caterer.

  1. Someone Who Listens – There are a lot of details that go into planning a corporate event, and you need to find a caterer who will listen to your wishes and deliver what you need on your schedule. A good caterer will tell you what they can deliver, but a great caterer will ask what you need and how they can help deliver it.
  2. Consider Efficiency – When planning a big corporate event, sometimes it’s easiest to consider a caterer who can efficiently provide the food and beverages you need in a timely manner. For example, at Entourage Events Group, a number of our venues have access to on-site catering, so our staff are working in familiar kitchens at the venue itself, eliminating travel and other surprises that can come up when food is coming from off-site. Food and beverages can be provided efficiently when you’re working with an on-site caterer.
  3. Been There Before – If you’re hosting a corporate event, there is typically a level of professionalism that is expected from both guests and staff. Don’t hire a cheap caterer who doesn’t understand the subtleties of putting on a professional corporate event. Our caterers have a wealth of experience doing the little things that help ensure your event carries an air of professionalism. Whether that’s quietly delivering food while the CEO is giving a speech or quickly and efficiently cleaning up dishes and bringing out dessert, we’ve catered a lot of events in the past, and we hold ourselves to a high standard of care.
  4. Can Accommodate Your Menu – One of the things that we feel sets us apart from the rest is that we encourage our corporate groups and wedding parties to get creative with their menu. We’ll gladly provide examples of some of our most well-received plates, but our chefs can also work within your theme or dietary restrictions to create the perfect menu for your one-of-a-kind corporate event. Find a caterer who will work to accommodate your menu instead of one who requires you to work with their menu.
  5. Dazzle With The Presentation– And finally, it’s not just about the taste of t food and drinks, they also need to be presented in a way that wows your guests. Our chefs can create culinary masterpieces that are as fun to look at as they are to eat. At Entourage Events Group, we also have a division of our business that is dedicated to design and decor, so the tables, furniture and linens can all compliment your menu. Trust your catering and design to a full service event’s group, and your next corporate event will be the talk of the town.

For more tips on choosing the right caterer for your next corporate event, or to meet with a member of our catering division, give the team at Entourage Events Group a call today at (612) 564-3777.

6 Genius Ways To Save Money When Planning Your Wedding

For many couples, their wedding is a once in a lifetime event, and when viewed through this lens, it can be easy for expenses to add up in a hurry. No matter who you are, nobody wants to overpay for services or have unneeded expenses on their wedding day, so even if you plan to be pretty flexible with your budget, it pays to look for some ways to cut costs at your wedding. Below, we share six smart ways you can have the wedding of your dreams and save a little money in the process.

Tips For Saving Money When Wedding Planning

As we mentioned above, you can still have a picture perfect wedding while also keeping costs in mind. Here are somes of the ways smart couples look to cut down on unnecessary expenses when planning their wedding.

  1. Digital RSVPs – Most people still send out invitations through the mail, but you can get creative with your RSVPs to save a little money. Instead of paying for postage for your return RSVPs, direct your guests to a website where they can instantly and easily let you know if they can attend your wedding. If you want to get really fancy in the digital age, put a QR code on the invitation that takes guests directly to your RSVP page.
  2. Rent Your Bridesmaid Dresses – This tip will help your closest friends and family save a little money as they celebrate your big day. Instead of having your bridesmaids buy a specific dress for your wedding, consider having them rent a designer dress for a fraction of the cost of buying it outright. Places like Rent the Runway and Le Tote can provide fashionable designer dresses at a much smaller cost.
  3. Reuse Bouquets – As we talked about in this piece on how to maximize your floral budget, consider reusing your bridesmaid bouquets as decorations for your wedding. Use them as amazing centerpieces or to compliment the dessert table to cut down on floral expenses. Your florist worked hard on those bouquets, so show them off!
  4. In-House Catering – Oftentimes it’s cheaper and easier to go with an on-site catering company as opposed to bringing in food from off-site. At Entourage Events Group, a number of our premier wedding venues have on-site catering that can ensure everything is prepared as expected and on time. When working with an in-house caterer, there will be no surprises when the final bill comes.
  5. Outsource The Decor – We’re going to toot our own horn again simply because decor is an area where you can save money if you’re smart. Instead of buying a bunch of decorations that you’ll use once and then try to resell for a fraction of the cost on Facebook Marketplace, consider renting your decorations or hiring an event’s company like Entourage Events Group to decorate your wedding. We have tons of beautiful decorations that you can pick from, and best of all we’ll handle setup and take down, so your family and friends don’t have to try to decorate your venue on the day of the wedding.
  6. Plan In Advance – Oftentimes the sooner you need something, the more it’s going to cost you. Don’t put off finding a florist or a baker for your cake until your wedding is a month or two away. Shopping around when time is on your side usually helps you make an informed and budget-conscious decision instead of being handcuffed because you are running out of time.

If you do these six things and streamline the wedding planning process by hiring an event’s group like Entourage Events Group, we’re confident that you’ll have a spectacular wedding that won’t end up costing you an arm and a leg. For more information or to set up a tour of one of our venues, reach out to our team today at (612) 564-3777.

5 Tips for Going Green with Your Next Corporate Event

Sustainability has been a hot button topic in recent years, and companies are always looking for new ways to “go green” and help build a better world for future generations. Your company may have some green initiatives this year, and those goals may also extend to any corporate events you arrange this year. In today’s blog, we share some tips for going green and promoting sustainability at your next corporate event.

Tips For Going Green with Your Corporate Event

Having an environmentally friendly event is great for our planet, but it can also help to improve attendance or fundraising efforts because people may be more likely to participate with a company that wants to make a better world for tomorrow. So if you want to help the planet and have a more successful event, consider these five tips for making your next corporate event greener.

  1. Paperless Invites – Paper invites can be expensive and time consuming, and they also come at the expense of trees. In today’s day and age, digital invites are much greener and make it a lot easier for your guests to quickly RSVP. If you have to have things printed on paper, consider a green option or try to cut down on paper consumption by printing on both sides. Digital invites are better for the environment and can make it easy to track attendance with ease.
  2. Choosing Your Caterer – When you’re considering your catering options, consider asking the caterer about their sustainability efforts. At Entourage Events Group, we can create a menu suited to your wishes, and a number of our options involve local organic ingredients and are from sustainable vendors. We can also help with the setup for your meal to help keep it as sustainable as possible. Whether that involves compostable utensils and dishes, paper straws or simply donating leftovers to a local shelter, we’ll work with you to ensure your meal is sustainably driven.
  3. Your Decorations – We can also use a similar approach when helping to design and decorate your event. Another division of Entourage Events Group is focused on design and decor, and we have a number of green options for your next event. We love getting creative with design options and avoiding traditional paper signage that just end up in the trash bin after the event. We can use furniture, lighting and other sustainable decor to create a one-of-a-kind event that is eco-conscious while still meeting the demands of your theme.
  4. Your Venue – At Entourage Events Group, we have a number of picturesque venues to choose from, and many of them come with some eco-conscious amenities. We have some energy-efficient venues that are close to public transportation options to help make it easier for attendees to show up without everyone driving on their own. We also work to reduce waste wherever we can and recycle at every opportunity. To learn more about how our venues can help meet your sustainability goals, reach out at set up a tour today.
  5. Work Hard To Get An Accurate Headcount – In order to cut down on waste, it’s important to get an accurate headcount on how many guests you’ll have at your event. We understand that you always want to have enough food for everyone who attends, but grossly overestimating how much food and supplies you’ll need contributes to unnecessary waste. We have helped organize events of all different sizes and can help guide you to the right amount of food and beverages you might need to help reduce waste. We just need you to come with an accurate number of attendees, which again speaks to the importance of using digital invites to record and track attendance changes.

So if you want to help build a better tomorrow while also throwing a wonderful corporate event, consider syncing up with the team at Entourage Events Group. To learn more about our green initiatives or how we can help your event make sustainability a theme, give our team a call today at (612) 564-3777.

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