A Guide To Booking A Successful Murder Mystery – Step Three

We’re onto the third step and making good progress!

Step Three – Setting the Budget

We understand that often at the initial planning stages budgets have not been set, however it’s worth considering what you will need to budget for.

Event Costs

This is our part in the process. Event costs will include:

  • Actors
  • Live event writers
  • Props
  • Costumes
  • Theming (if required)

Venue Costs

All murder mysteries will require a venue. Costs could include:

  • Room hire
  • Syndicate rooms or ground hire (some murder mysteries may require break out rooms or outdoor space)
  • Overnight accommodation costs (if required for your guests)

Catering & Refreshments

Whatever the type and timings of the murder mystery, food is likely to be required at some point during the day and/or evening (typically a three course meal). Think about the amount you want to spend per head.

It’s also worth considering if you will have an open bar or if guests will purchase their own drinks.

Transport

Will guests arrive individually or will you be organising transport?

Tips

  • Consider combining with another department as the price/head goes down with more guests – you’ll get more bang for your buck!
  • Consider incorporating with an upcoming meeting or conference
  • If you are contacting the venue directly, ask for free room hire!
  • Be flexible on dates

Knowing what you need to pay for will hopefully help set a realistic budget for your murder mystery. It’s important not just to spend, but to invest – in your staff and your clients. For example, if you’re rewarding staff or entertaining clients you need to exceed their expectations to make the event memorable. Would it be beneficial to do less events, but make the ones you do have an impact?!

The Bottom Line

Be realistic about the budget and what you get for your money!

£20/head = Cinema, Pop corn and a Drink
£30/head = Meal with half bottle of wine
£50/head = Venue with private dining, meal and half bottle of wine/head
£80-£150+/head = Popular murder, meal, drinks and more!

Once your budget is set, we’ll work hard to fit within it. We’ll provide you with the best event options for your group and requirements. We also have over 22 years experience as a recognised venue booking agent and offer a Free Venue Finding Service – take advantage of it!

Next we’ll be looking at one of the most important steps – calling us!

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