Why should Saturday night get all the fun? There are many advantages to hosting an event during the week, as mid-week social gatherings can offer much needed solace and excitement to combat the monotony of the average workweek.
Rather than heading home, kicking off your shoes and plopping on the couch (which is definitely okay on some days!), do something energizing and engaging within your community for a brief hiatus before getting back to the daily grind. Here are five reasons to plan your next event on a weeknight.
- Greater Deal Opportunities
Since many events are thrown on a Friday or Saturday, there are usually more openings during the week, as well as decreased prices and room for negotiation. Because vendors are hoping to book parties, they are usually more flexible with lowering the prices to meet your needs.
For instance, many non-profit events, concerts and weddings take place on Fridays and Saturdays, as these two “weekend” nights are often reserved for larger galas, musical performances and late-night wedding escapades (once the DJ goes on, there’s no stopping, right?).
Thus, it’s worth taking advantage of the opportunity to secure a lower rate for your next charity, networking, or corporate event by choosing a different night during the week. With more money to spend elsewhere, you’ll be able to create an event that lives up to your expectations and can wow your guests.
- A Wider Vendor Selection
As most venues, entertainment and catering services often book well in advance for weekend parties, there’s a greater array of options to choose from when opting for a weekday date. Hosting a party on a Tuesday or Thursday night, for instance, opens the door for more opportunities, as there is less competition for your preferred venues.
A weekday event enables the imagination to wander, and it places the host or hostess in a position of power, where he or she can find a venue that matches the taste and theme of the event. Vendors are trying to secure business just as much as you are, so they will be readily responsive and flexible.
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When big events are planned on Fridays or Saturdays, it’s likely that some guests will be unable to attend due to prior commitments and travel plans. However, the workweek schedule is often fairly stable, and so there’s a greater chance that your guests will be able to commit and that your event will receive a larger turnout.
For a non-for-profit event, networking or corporate, team-building event, the more people, the better. By choosing a weekday event, you’ll be more likely to interact with donors, co-workers and other attendees, which can help strengthen your personal and professional network and raise more awareness about your organization.
- It Will Be Easier To Make Arrangements
Weekday events are often easier for guests to plan their schedules around, as it’s harder to secure babysitters on weekends and find time to squeeze in every social obligation. Heading to an event after work, especially since the weekday event will likely be at a reasonable hour, is more doable, and people are usually already dressed in business casual, cocktail-attire. The average person gets off of work between 5-6pm, so there’s less time-oriented anxiety present.
Taking the edge off with a drink, some snacks and great conversation after a busy workday helps people unwind and have some fun, so it’s a welcome addition to an ordinary schedule.
- People Get Tired After A Long Week
After a long workweek, people can get tired, especially if they were unable to schedule a few social breaks, such as dinners, events and happy hours, during the week. Staying at the office for long, grueling hours and handling stressful tasks for five straight days can take a toll on the mind and body come Friday evening.
By choosing a day mid-week for a private event, you can beat that end-of-week burn out and be better able to engage guests and keep the mood of the event high and energetic.