Do-it-Yourself or Hire a Professional: Event Planning

When planning for an event, there are multiple considerations. There is setting the date of the event, choosing the right venue, preparing the guest list, getting the caterer, musicians, and entertainment booked, and the most important thing is setting the budget. An event planner application is a convenient way to create your to-do list for your event. It will also help you to calculate costs, book appointments, and keep up with reminders. There are several event planner apps on Google Play and the Apple Store. Event planner apps help you be sure your event planning goes smoothly and that your event is successful.

There are a lot of do-it-yourself ideas for practically every task; however, event planning requires a level of expertise. Having a consultant to work with when planning your event will help relieve stress and provide recommendations for locations, setting the theme, and other important tasks. Choose the right event planner for your needs by asking for recommendations and searching online. Begin your search by writing down clear objectives for your event. Make a note of the type of event, the theme, color scheme, number of guests, the celebrant(s), and other noteworthy items. When speaking with your event planner, they will be able to help you bring your vision to life. If you are doing your event planning, writing out your vision will help you set realistic expectations and a workable budget.

Five Things to Include in Your Event Planner: 

  Venue: Make sure the location can accommodate your theme, the number of guests, parking, and your budget.
Check with any local sound equipment rental companies for microphones, speakers, and other audio equipment.
Date Coordination: Make sure that each item from your itinerary will be available on your date and time. Include a substitute date in case you must reschedule.
Choose your event planner and arrange regular planning discussion meetings.
Create a realistic budget and leave room for unexpected situations.

Event planning is a great way to ensure that your gathering is successful. If you are a planning a wedding, engagement or birthday party, an anniversary, or a work event, make sure that you have help. Having an assistant will help you keep everything on track. Things happen unexpectedly, so an assistant can help you with any snafus that occur. An assistant can make calls to caterers, sound engineers, and other participants. An assistant can help you make substitutions if necessary, and an assistant is a great stress reliever.

Event planning is a great way to earn income as a full or part-time planner. There are online certifications available. If you are considering hiring an event planner, you may save some money by hiring a recent graduate. Take time to interview the planner to confirm that they have the skillset needed to plan your event. Skilled planners will have excellent customer service, negotiating, and problem-solving skills. They will have the ability to use software applications when planning your event. Recent graduates should still have experience even if they are cheaper. Veteran planners may be costlier, but their experience may be more reassuring.