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Steps For Hosting An Outdoor Event

by Chris Bowman

An outdoor venue can provide an excellent backdrop to concerts, performances, and receptions. When setting up outdoor infrastructure for an event, there are a few key pieces that need to come together to make everyone comfortable. 

Shelter

Even if most of your activities should take place outdoors, it's a good idea to set up a rain shelter to protect equipment and guests. The shelter should be big enough for everyone to stand in at once. An insulated cloth tent is one popular option for event shelters, and some even have window built in. Another option is to provide a metal canopy structure with a cloth covering. 

Electricity

The best way to provide electricity for an outdoor event is to rent a generator. These usually provide power for speakers and other equipment up to 120 Volts. A gas-powered generator takes away the need for standard power plug-ins at your event, and some rental companies will only charge you for the gas you use. 

Staging

The staging area will be important, both for providing a visual centerpiece and for providing electrical equipment safe. Some event companies provide collapsible stages that can be easily transported to your tent. Even a makeshift staging area can be constructed from a polyester or plastic-coated blanket. 

Restrooms

With a portable toilet rental, from professional companies like AAA Pumping Service, you can square away any restroom issues quickly. The portable toilet company will handle the delivery, sanitation, and pickup of your toilets for the event. Some companies offer add-ons such as sinks with water that can be pumped from a storage tank. 

Lighting

If you are focusing your event around an outdoor shelter, it should be easy to set up lanterns and standing lamps that are protected from the elements. For standalone lighting, you might need to be more creative. Tiki torches are popular for lighting outdoor pathways. You might also try solar powered lights; as long as these are charged ahead of time, they should last through an event of a few hours. It's a good idea to have solar lighting to delineate the edges of your event, so that guests don't stumble off base and get hurt. 

Outdoor venues have a number of benefits. They can be less expensive than indoor venues, while providing more space. When choosing an outdoor venue, it's important to cover the logistics of providing sanitation, power, and building infrastructure; planning these items correctly will help you provide a great experience at your event. 

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