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As an event professional, your mission is to craft unforgettable experiences, ensuring every detail leaves a lasting impression. At Purvis Marquee Hire, we’re not just about providing shelters; we’re about creating memories. Following is our approach to crafting an unforgettable experience (for all the right reasons!)

Understanding Attendee Perspective

Start by wearing the shoes of your attendees. What do they see, feel, and hear as they enter your event space? The key to an immersive experience lies in the details. You need to visualise (for example) walking through a marquee entrance flanked by lush greenery, the soft hum of live music in the background, and the tantalising aroma of gourmet canapés wafting through the air. These sensory cues set the stage for an unforgettable journey. Always ask yourself: how can each element of the event space contribute to a seamless and engaging attendee experience?

Reverse Engineering Your Desired Outcomes

Begin with the end in mind. What emotions and memories do you want your attendees to carry home? Reverse engineering allows you to break down these outcomes into actionable steps. For instance, if the goal is to inspire and educate, design spaces that encourage interaction and knowledge sharing. If the aim is to foster networking, create intimate nooks and breakout areas where meaningful connections can flourish. By mapping out your desired outcomes first, every decision you make will be aligned towards achieving these goals.

Developing a Compelling Event Theme

An engaging walkthrough experience starts with a compelling theme. This is the narrative that needs to be felt throughout every element of your event. Whether it’s a celebratory garden party or a sleek corporate gala, your theme should resonate with your audience and guide your design choices. Themes give cohesion to the event, making it easier for attendees to engage and immerse themselves in the experience. Think of it as setting the stage for a story that unfolds with each step your attendees take.

Choosing the Right Event Format

The format of your event should complement your theme and desired outcomes. Are you hosting a series of workshops, a grand exhibition, or a celebratory gala? Each format has its unique requirements and opportunities for engagement. A walkthrough exhibition, for example, allows for a progressive experience where each marquee reveals a new chapter of your story. Conversely, a gala might benefit from a centralised layout that encourages mingling and celebration. Select a format that best suits your goals and enhances the attendee journey.

Designing Thought-Provoking Elements

Innovation is the heart of an engaging event. Thought-provoking elements – be it interactive displays, live demonstrations, or immersive installations – captivate and engage your audience. Imagine a marquee where attendees can interact with cutting-edge technology, partake in live art creation, or engage in meaningful discussions facilitated by thought leaders. These elements not only draw attention but also leave a lasting impression, ensuring your event is remembered long after the marquees are packed away.

Facilitating Networking and Breakout Areas

Events are as much about connections as they are about content. Design your space to facilitate networking and collaboration. Create breakout areas that encourage small group discussions, private meetings, or casual conversations. Comfortable seating, strategic lighting, and thoughtful layout can transform these areas into vibrant hubs of interaction. By providing dedicated spaces for networking, you enhance the value of your event, fostering relationships that extend beyond the event itself.

Incorporating Visual and Sensory Elements

Engagement is not just about what attendees see; it’s about what they feel. Incorporate visual and sensory elements to create a multi-dimensional experience. Use lighting to set the mood, sounds to enhance the atmosphere, and textures to add depth. Imagine walking through a marquee covered with twinkling fairy lights, plush carpet underfoot, and the gentle strumming of an acoustic guitar. These sensory details enrich the attendee experience, making your event a feast for the senses.

Fostering Emotional Connections

At the heart of every memorable event is an emotional connection. Personal touches – a handwritten welcome note, a customised gift, or a heartfelt speech – resonate deeply with attendees. Emotions are powerful anchors that transform an ordinary event into an extraordinary experience. Aim to create moments that touch hearts, whether it’s through shared laughter, poignant stories, or inspiring achievements. These emotional connections leave a lasting impact, ensuring your event is cherished and remembered.

The Tease: What’s Next?

Now that you’ve mastered the art of creating an engaging walkthrough experience, what’s next on the horizon? Perhaps it’s integrating the latest event technologies to enhance interactivity or exploring sustainable practices to make your events eco-friendly. Stay tuned as we share these exciting possibilities, guiding you towards even greater event success.


At Purvis, we believe in the power of events to inspire, connect, and transform. Our mission is to provide the infrastructure and expertise that turn your visions into reality. For more insights and inspiration, stay connected or get in touch.