When it comes to planning or hosting an event, it’s easy to lure yourself into the trap of “how hard can it be?” You’ll pick up some invitations from the supermarket next time you’re buying eggs, order a cake on your lunch break, and set a date for a free weekend. Then everyone arrives, has fun, and goes home. Easy peasy, right?
Of course, anyone who has ever hosted a party, wedding, or corporate event knows there’s a lot more to it than that. The frustrations that come with trying to stay on budget, on time, and on task have put more than one person in the position of scaling back their vision or avoiding it all together.
It’s easy to forget these stresses by the time your next event rolls around and you once again talk yourself out of asking for help. Event planners may seem like a luxury only used for celebrity weddings, but in reality they offer an affordable, schedule-sensitive solution to many of the common problems that pop up while planning an event.
Passion for Planning
First and foremost, event planners are event planners because they love to plan events (try saying that five times fast!) This might seem obvious, but that passion for party planning breeds creativity and unique ideas which will breathe new life into your events. While you might know you want a tropical themed employee appreciation day, professional planners have the experience and know-how to take the event from leis and pineapples in the conference room to a full-on island bash everyone will remember.
Additionally, an event planner can help you realize a vision you can’t quite figure out how to execute. Maybe your fiancé really wants to incorporate Welsh wedding traditions into your big day, or your toddler has a love for armadillos that can’t be found at the local party store. An event planner can sit down with you and your ideas and turn them into an achievable reality.
Staying on Budget
You may think you’ve found the slickest deal on flowers, but it turns out the florist lives up to their reputation for late delivery. Your event planner will negotiate contracts prior to the event that keep you from paying full price for half a service. Additionally, planners can often arrange for discounts, as they’re familiar with many of the area’s vendors.
In addition to using their experience and connections to help you stay on budget, event planners are also expert at, well, planning a budget. A discussion up front about exactly how much you’d like to spend will establish a strategy for the rest of the event, preventing you from overspending out of frustration.
No Muss, No Fuss, No Stress
Have you ever been to an office party where you’ve all gathered around the cake, plates and forks in hand, only to realize no one brought a knife to actually cut the cake? Small details like this can quickly derail an event as you all realize that the office kitchen isn’t stocked with knives and poor Jerry from accounting is left staring at his uncut birthday cake.
Attention to detail during an exciting event is difficult, as you—and your guests—have a thousand other things on the mind. And while you’re excited to get the party started and think you can find some friends to arrive early to help you set the party up, it’s a lot harder to convince someone to stay late and clean up when guests are full of food and ready to enjoy a nap. Event planners never need to be asked to stay and tear down the event, they’re already working with the venue and other vendors to have the most efficient clean up, allowing you to actually enjoy the fun you’ve worked so hard to curate!
Consider as well the time saved leading up to the event. Rather than calling, emailing, and texting multiple vendors in your free time (and remembering that their working hours are likely the same as yours, making contact tricky) you can rely on one point of contact, working on flexible hours, and familiar with your schedule and needs.
Not to mention all the other skills a planner brings to the table: problem solving, conflict mediation, travel plans, itinerary creation…It’s no wonder an event planner is a must-have vendor!
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