Looking for the perfect venue for a party, a special celebration or a corporate ‘away day’ and not sure where to start? Here are our 5 top tips for making your event memorable for all the right reasons.
Whether you’re looking for the ideal place to host your forthcoming corporate away day that feels just that little bit different or whether you want to find that unique venue for your family celebration, there’s a few things to consider first. And with an organised approach and a bit of pre-planning, being tasked with coordinating that special event needn’t feel like a burden.
Finding the ideal date
Before you do anything else have a sense of when you want your event to be. Ideally have a couple of possible dates in mind to avoid disappointment.
Set a budget
It might seem obvious, but knowing your budget is crucial. Whilst some venues might offer a package with both room hire and catering included, others offer more flexibility. Here at Albourne Estate Tasting Room, we keep our client’s wishes at the heart of what we do, with most budgets catered for.
Your carriage awaits
Important to consider is how your guests are going to get to and from the venue and if driving, where they might park. Close to Brighton (under 30 minutes) and with a train station within a short taxi ride as well as plenty of onsite parking, getting to Albourne Estate is easy. Obviously, being a vineyard you might want to consider which of your guests will be wanting to drive and which would rather arrive by taxi!
The all important food and drink!
Food and drink is bound to be at the top of your list. This can be complicated with a range of dietary requirements to consider. We work with a number of local recommended food suppliers and caterers and can talk through your requirements. Alternatively you can choose your own caterers. Here at Albourne Estate, we believe in offering flexibility with all our private event hire.
That unique location
Last, but by no means least, you will want to find the ideal location. Our Tasting Room is perfectly located to make the most of the glorious views across the vines towards the nearby South Downs. Picture perfect at any time of year, it can feel magical in winter on a clear, crisp day or even with mist hanging low and is really spectacular in summer, with the south-facing balcony bathed in sun. And why just look at the view when you can even include a vineyard tour or wine tasting experience for your guests. Exclusive use is something else to consider and here at Albourne Estate we offer exactly that, with the flexibility to arrange the room as you want, with either sit down or buffet food options.
Do remember to do a recce of your chosen venue in advance and be prepared to discuss your requirements in detail. You’ll want to make sure that your guests’ needs are met in every way, including toilets and accessibility.
A good venue will also help you with decorating the space to give it that special look. We can recommend local florists, tableware and furniture hire suppliers and even suggest venue stylists.