A bouncer is another word for event security. They are stereotypically tall, strong men who could easily be viewed as intimidating. The bouncer will usually stand at the entrance of the venue and/or at certain check points within the venue to make sure that guests are contained in the appropriate space and that everything is going smoothly.
If there is a registration area, the bouncer usually stands aside unless something goes wrong and the registration person needs some assistance. It is helpful to have a bouncer at an event just in case of an altercation or misunderstanding. Basically, the bouncer is present to monitor and control guest behavior- especially when there is alcohol involved. Most venues require an event to have a bouncer because it is like an insurance policy.Sometimes, individuals will show up to an event in which they were not invited or failed to RSVP to and will demand that they be allowed to enter.
The bouncer is there to physically remove that person if they refuse to leave in an appropriate fashion. Bouncers are frequently used at night clubs to ID the guests to make sure they are 21 or over. This same practice can be done at an event, especially if there is a full bar. Bouncers could monitor the guest list but because they are usually hired by a staffing company they might not be able to recognize the people that they should or make the right decisions about admittance. Bouncers are also very helpful when there is a VIP section or special guests who need security. The bouncer is able to maintain calm and will not bend the rules unless advised to do so by the event planner. It is necessary to communicate all event details to the bouncer because often times, they are the first point of contact and can confuse the guests unintentionally.