Whether a fundraiser, wedding or an annual family meeting, private events require world-class security to ensure risks are managed appropriately. There are key corporate event security practices that can be adapted for private affairs that will reduce the likelihood of unexpected situations, injury to guests and damage to property.
There are some key considerations to address during the security planning process. The type and size of an event will help determine whether security resources should be highly visible or discreet. For example, a family wedding with high-profile guests may require discretion whereas at a large fundraiser may need uniformed security agents stationed at entry/exit points and roving throughout the venue.
When private events are managed by a professional security team, there will be an experienced security lead who will coordinate all aspects of the planning process and supervise event day security. The security team will determine the risk profile based on the nature of the event and its attendees and design a security plan to appropriately mitigate risks and emergencies. They will set-up protective intelligence operations to monitor online chatter and look for disruptions nearby the venue. The team will also develop and share a venue diagram that marks boundaries where the event perimeter begins and ends and indicates where security agents and emergency medical resources will be positioned. Importantly, a professional security team will establish event day communications and escalation protocols should there be developments that require attention.