Have you been thinking of hosting a special get-together for you and your friends? Or maybe you’ve been tasked with holding an event for a business gathering? Perhaps you’re planning a wedding or a birthday party? Whatever the occasion, the location is of the utmost importance. Pick a place that’s too ritzy for the occasion, and it’ll make your party seem dry. Pick a place that’s too casual, and it will make everyone feel overdressed! Here are some tips on how to host an event and some great locations in the US for events.

Planning Your Event

 Before choosing a location for your party, you should first decide what type of event you want to host. If you have the funds, consider looking into event production companies to help you get an event together. Setting up for a wedding or reception is very different from setting up for a rave or a party. Hiring a third party will help you align your event with your vision.

When you have the vision in mind, it’s time to consider the venue. Here are our favorite places in the US for events of various types.

One World Observatory

This unique venue in New York sits on the 102nd floor of One World Trade Center. With floor to ceiling windows and a panoramic view, this incredible venue overlooks the entire city of Manhattan. This space can cater to 300 guests and extends over 3 levels. With its minimalist, chic, and modern aesthetic, this is a perfect location for a business gathering or a corporate brunch. An event hosted here can err on the side of less formal but still be classy and appropriate.

CityView at Metreon

This gorgeous space in San Francisco, California is a larger venue that overlooks the whole city. The classic, chic, and sophisticated CityView at Metreon aligns with a posh reception, a classy cocktail hour, or a black-tie affair. This is definitely not the space for loud music and dancing around—this is the kind of location for soft French jazz in the background and beautiful people sipping champagne.

Palace Hotel

This beautiful venue is also in San Francisco, California. This ballroom mixes authentic, elegant historical elements with a modern twist on decor. This venue is befitting of a grandiose gathering, such as a wedding or large dinner. This place oozes class and elegance, and any event hosted here will need to mirror that aesthetic.

Terra Gallery

Another venue in San Francisco, California, this is a more versatile and adaptive location. This venue can be utilized for weddings, private parties and intimate receptions, to large scale corporate meetings, classes, conferences, and trade shows, fundraisers, product launches, screenings, performances, or auctions. This space can accommodate a variety of needs. It hosts 2 separate levels with over 24,000 sq of space.

W Los Angeles

Located in West Beverly Hills, LA, this lux location is perfect for any event that is glamorous, extravagant, fun, and showy. It can fit anywhere from 20 to 200 people, and private chefs at the venue will cater the event. This event location can accommodate both a more private event and a larger grandiose event. For a more fun event, incorporate the pool and into your planning!

There is an abundance of beautiful locations available to host a special event in the US. This is a humble selection of locations, but there are many more to choose from based on the type of event you’re trying to host. Make sure you’ve decided what kind of event you want to host first, before looking for a location. That way, you can align the type of space you need to the kind of event you’re trying to throw.