How to plan a red carpet event – for any occasion

On the back of Oscar season, it is hard not to get swept up into the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Whilst for most of us, the closest we will get to celebrity status is watching e-news and reading about the latest goss on Hollywood’s breakups and makeups in the tabloids, it makes for the perfect theme for your next event. Are you planning a themed event, premiere event, award ceremony or work function and want to know how to plan a red carpet event? Read on more to find out what you’ll need to host an A-list event. 

1. A Red Carpet

First and foremost you will need to roll out the red carpet for your guests (literally). At Event Hire Sydney we offer Red Carpets that ranges from 3m – 10m in length so be sure to choose one that best suits the size and lay out of your venue. Set up your carpet from the entrance of the party so your guests can strut into the event like the celebrities they are.

You can add bollards and velvet ropes with our Bollard Hire to make your guests feel like the real VIP.

2. Dress code

A red carpet event calls for red carpet style! With this theme, of course your guests needs to be dressed up in a black tie and a formal dress code. Another alternative  is that you can ask your guests to come dressed as their favourite movie star or a character. With what you have decided, be sure to make sure your dress code is clear and give your guests plenty of time to nail their red carpet look.

3. Food and drink

With your guests dressed up to the nines, you want them to be able to show off their look for the whole night. A cocktail function will allow just that and is the perfect way to get guests mingling. Offer sparkling wine (or water) in champagne flutes or serve a signature cocktail in an old fashioned martini glass for some James Bond inspired glamour. When serving canapés be sure your guests are offered the equivalent of a sit down meal and if you really want to get into the movie theme – a popcorn machine and candy bar are a must!

4. Decorations and room set up

Decorating your space instantly adds more flare to your event. Think golds, metallics, reds and blacks – but don’t go too over board or it can look tacky.  Balloon and streamer features instantly dress up a space and flashing fairy lights can give the illusion of paparazzi snapping photos. When filling your space, don’t forget about furniture. Hiring bar and cocktail tables are great for stand-up events, giving your guests somewhere to place their drink or food. The wire cocktail tables are a fancier choice and will look terrific. 5. Special guests No red carpet event is complete without some “special guests”.  Stick cut outs of celebrities around the venue or black silhouette figures of photographers next to your red carpet. If you have friends that like photography, get them to take some candid paparazzi pics or let all your guests enjoy their 15 minutes of fame with a photo booth!




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