Tips to Make Your Ribbon Cutting Ceremony a Successful Event
Because your ribbon cutting is your event, there are no set rules. To make your event successful, carefully consider the following:
- Schedule your event using our Ribbon Cutting Reservation Form at least two weeks in advance. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday mornings, 8:30-9:30, usually generate the best turnout for number of guests. Ribbon Cuttings at 5pm are also suitable on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
- Be ready at least 15 minutes before your event for early arrivals.
- Determine who will cut the ribbon. The owners or top executives most frequently do the honors, but each business is different and can pick whomever they like.
- Who will be in the photo(s). Some businesses will take multiple photos with various groups of people before actually cutting the ribbon. Photos might include employees, family, Chamber members, business partners, and Ambassadors for example.
- Your remarks or speech. This is usually done when everyone is gathered before cutting the ribbon.
- Invite everyone you know! Invite your family, friends, past, current and potential customers, business associates (including your accountant, banker, and property owner,) suppliers, your employees, the media, neighboring businesses, and government officials.
- Consider having giveaways or door prizes, especially logo items that guests can take back to their offices. Many businesses add these extra touches when conducting a public grand opening in conjunction with the ribbon cutting. The Chamber is happy to provide you with members who can help you create gifts.
- Food and beverage is not required, but for open house events, it makes a nice touch. The Chamber is happy to provide you with members who can help you with catering
- Prepare a quick speech and be sure to have plenty of brochures available.
- Consider sending mailing out a special invitation. The Chamber sends out an email invitation to all of its members. However, you can also mail an invite through the US Postal Service. This is especially encouraged if you are conducting a grand opening with prizes, business specials, and refreshments. The Chamber sells printed mailing labels for its entire membership. Mailing labels can be purchased for $95. (Note: Members receive its first set of mailing labels free.)