4 Ways to Make a Grand Entrance


When it comes to special occasions, first impressions can make or break the entire event. Event planning companies know that the way people feel at the beginning of an event often sets the mood for the whole day or evening. Cynics will say that grand entrances are a distraction for occasions that lack substance, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Starting with a wow lets attendees know that they’re in for something really special.

4 Ways to Make a Grand Entrance

Here are some ideas to help make the entrance to your event a grand one.

Accentuate the Positive

One of the great things about Toronto event venues is the extensive variety the city has to offer. Some of these spaces have spectacular architectural features that are an attraction all on their own. If this is the case for your 

event venue, you might consider doing nothing but adding some neon floodlights to draw the eye of attendees (and everyone else in the vicinity) to your event. A simple color wash on one of the grand sandstone structures in the downtown core really makes a splash.

Saying it with Flowers

Flowers are undeniably beautiful and when they’re used to festoon an archway, they add a touch of glamour and class to virtually every occasion. But flowers do more than add a beautiful look to an event, they can also add fragrance that changes the mood of the whole room. A word of caution, though, about the use of a lot of flowers in one place: be sure to do your homework on the scent. Some flowers look a lot better than they smell, and you don’t want to have an enclosed space full of a pungent aroma.

Project a Great Image

Every year, Toronto plays host to Nuit Blanche, a massive contemporary art display. One of the most talked about displays to date is the 2012 exhibit which featured a massive image projection. It’s an idea that’s both low-cost and visually interesting. Imagine the branding opportunities that come with projecting an older company’s brand changes over the years, or the morale boost to staff that can come from seeing large scale projections of their accomplishments for the past year. All you really need is a flat surface and a little imagination for virtually unlimited possibilities.

Start with Engagement

An engaging activity at the start of an event can get the party started with a festive tone. It’s also a theme that can be carried through the event. You can build on the entranceway activities with giveaways and prize packs throughout the event to continue to capitalize on the mood built very early on, and it’s a natural conversation starter for attendees when the pool of small talk starts getting shallow.

With the fantastic event venues Toronto has to offer, there should be no problem finding one that suits your needs. The décor touches that you or your event planning company add will really make the space your own.