There are a lot of considerations to take into account when planning an event of any size. The guest list or attendance list, depending on if it is a personal event or a business endeavor, is probably the most important consideration. Probably a couple of the most common reasons to plan such an occasion is for wedding receptions or corporate events. That means that the people that are going to attend are either very important to you on a personal level or that these individuals are considered important to the success of your business. Either of those reasons makes these people a priority.
The next biggest concern you should have is who is going to be catering your event. You might think that the next most important thing is the celebration of the new couple or the content of your corporate event. You would be wrong. No matter how amazing the new couple is or how ingenious your quarterly or yearly business plan may be, the one thing that will make or break the event is the catering. Why is that you ask? Celebrations are always more successful when food and drink is involved. Not to mention that food will slow down the absorption of alcohol. Just imagine what "that" uncle that everyone seems to have would have been like had he just been drinking and didn't have anything to eat. It's as simple as that. As for corporate events, it is imperative that you satisfy your employee's hunger. If you don't, the employees will dwell more on their hunger than being in the moment with you when you reveal your industry changing plan to dominate your market. That is certainly a time that you want absolute attention. Otherwise, on a general level, happy employees contribute a far greater amount to the success of a business than unhappy employees. Food makes people happy.
Once you have come to the realization that you are going to need some form of catering, then you need to decide on what exactly you are going to get. There are many different forms of catering and many companies that can provide it. Your choice ranges anywhere from cheaper pizzas or sandwiches to more gourmet, well cooked meals that will cost more per plate, but may be more fitting to important occasions, like the marriage of a loving couple or a game changing corporate event. Regardless, the only true determining factor is how much you are willing to spend on each one of your guests.
There are obviously a lot of other concerns like location, seating, decorations, and perhaps even parking, but who is coming and what will be served to them will go a very long way towards the overall success of any event. Particularly any event that you would prefer to keep the guests happy and attentive to what you are trying to present. Never discount the power that a full stomach has on a group of people.
Tim Hiller is a freelance writer that has been to several events that failed miserably due to a poor choice of catering. http://www.osorioslatinfusion.com