Getting your theme right can seem a pretty daunting task. Creating a first impression that wows your audience can really make you feel the pressure. I’ve compiled my top 5 tips for choosing a theme for your event so you can stand out from the crowd, impress your audience and have a memorable event.
Before you choose your theme you should have a clear idea of the goal of your event, who is attending and what you want your guests to ‘take-away’ from the occasion. Adding structure by asking these kind of questions will help you formulate a theme that your attendees will LOVE.
The tagline needs only to be a small summary sentence of the message you want to convey and you can use it throughout the planning process, considering it at each stage of your preparation.
Having a tagline will also be a huge help to any guest speakers you have attending. The tagline along with the theme will help them to gain an understanding of the ‘language’ your audience use as well as how they should put together their presentation and what type of content to include.
Make some notes on the types of themes that you like and you know your audience will appreciate too, then it’s time to get creative!
What kind of spin can you put on the idea to make it unique and your own? This could be by incorporating your branding into the theme, something as simple as selecting the color palette synonymous with your business that is instantly recognisable to your loyal clients.
You could also think about making the theme seasonal if there are any holidays coming up, just to add a fun element to the day.
Whether you want to make it a grand event or keep it low key, there is no need to over complicate the idea. Remember, sometimes less is more! Keeping the theme fairly subtle and simple will be enough to wow your guests without being too overpowering. It all falls down to preference and so subtle or full on it’s entirely up to you and your budget.
The Type of Event
The type of event will play a part in choosing your theme. If your event is to inspire and motivate female entrepreneurs then you need to think about what kind of theme will work. The likelihood is that it won’t be the same theme as a formal fundraiser dinner.
A half day workshop might not need an elaborate theme compared to a 3 day coaching mastermind event. In just the same way as a small event of maybe 30 attendees will not require a huge room as opposed to an event with an audience of 1000 participants which may include mini workshops or seminars and so a much larger space or spaces will be required.
Keep it Consistent
Once you have established your theme be sure to work it into all aspects of your event whether that’s decor, food, gift bags or music etc. You want to work the message throughout and let it ‘speak’ to your attendees.
Consider also creating your invitations using the same theme as a little teaser of what’s to come. This is a great way to create a ‘buzz’ around your event and really leave your guests raring to go and looking forward to attending.
Color or Lighting Scheme
The color and lighting you use for your event can have a great impact on emotions and how your audience feel. Think about the kind of emotion you want your event to evoke. Cool colors such as blues or some purples can create a feeling of modernity and professionalism whereas warm bright colors such as orange, pink or red can create a sense of courage and energy.
Lighting is just as important to consider too. If your lighting is too bright you risk making the room feel cold and bare so be sure to include this aspect in your planning. The lighting you select should create the perfect ambience for your event.
Having a theme for your event can help in so many ways to capture your message as well as creating a visually appealing experience. If you are wanting to host your own event why not start by downloading my free guide – Planning Your Event with Success. It is packed with tips on how to create the ultimate event.
Until next time,