Event Tune-Up: Comfort Your Guests

January 20, 2016 by Bill Goode

It is freezing outside as I write this. We are expecting ice and flurries. Do you think that is a wonderful time for an outdoor formal event?

Your strong mental yelling of the word NO was heard loud and clear. Let me ask you this…

Why would the same thing be ok if it is July or August and the temperature is above 85 degrees?

As long as we are talking about the comfort of your guests, what are their musical tastes? Do they have any dietary issues, such as Kosher, lactose problems, or shellfish allergies? Do they have seizure issues around specialty dance lighting? Are they allergic to flowers?

One item that novice planners, brides, and those planning an event may miss is the comfort of their guests. Sure, there is a vision in their mind of how the event should look, but how would a roomful of empty chairs and an empty dance floor looked if the comfort of your guests is not taken into account?

The most common issue we have run into is a lack of climate control. In the south, there are many old homes that bill themselves as an event venue, but the event is actually held outside in a tent. During the height of the summer, temperatures can easily get to be over ninety degrees, even with fans blowing.

Some of the other guest-unfriendly issues also relate to music, menu, even family and friend dynamics.

When planning your event, the purpose of having your event is to invite people to share in your joy, celebrate a work event, or honor a life milestone. To do any of that, you will invite guests. What are their likes and dislikes?

Put yourself into their shoes. When you went to an event, what did you like about it? What did you not like? Why did you stay? Why did you leave early?

Answer those questions, plug in those answers to relate to your guests, and you are well on the way to having one great event.


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D.J.B.Goode (also DJBGoode) is Bill Goode, President and Chief Celebration Specialist of A Celebration with music. Goode started while a senior at Cooper City High School near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, spinning tunes for friends, house parties, and school events. Along with a couple of good friends, two turntables, a Radio Shack mixer, and a lot of borrowed records, what was then called Pasadena Productions (named because they lived in a development called Pasadena Lakes) became more than just a teenage passion for music. DJBGoode started working nightclubs on the beach while attending college and working several other jobs. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from St. Thomas University in Miami, Goode went to work in promotions for WKIS (KISS-FM Country) and WQAM radio in Miami. Working there by day and spinning tunes by night in nightclubs such as Desperados while doing weddings and events as Pasadena Productions let him build the skills that took him even further… After a brief stop in Atlanta and the promise of a job that never happened, a radio station near New York City hired Goode as their Director of Promotion and Marketing, unofficialy called the Fun and Games department. While at WFAS AM&FM in White Plains (Westchester), Goode built a stellar reputation as an event planner, executing all of the station events that contributed to the success of this suburban station. He also brought his DJ business with him and continued to expand his DJ skills in what is the number one market in the world for mobile entertainment and events. After more stops at WRNN-TV in New York and WNGC/WGAU in Athens, Georgia and continuing work as a mobile entertainer, DJBGoode has become a highly sought and popular entertainer who can provide the client with musical and visual elements unmatched anywhere. Goode also believes in contributing to the community and his craft. He has served on the March of Dimes Communications board in White Plains/Westchester, New York, donated time to Make-A-Wish of Georgia and Alabama, served as a DJ for the Susan G. Koemen 3-Day Challenge in Atlanta, and served on the board for the Greater Atlanta chapter of the International Special Events Society. He is also the Formal Events moderator and contributing writer for Mobile Beat Online.

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