Are you planning an event? Well, then you’ve come to the right place.
Event planning can be stressful for anyone, even the pros. And while there will always be unexpected challenges, there are ways to keep them to a minimum.
Curious to know how it’s done? Keep reading to learn how to plan the most successful event of the year.
1. Set Achievable Goals
While it can be exciting to dream about planning a grandiose event, it’s not always realistic. You want to give yourself achievable goals with your allotted timeframe, amount of help, number of attendees, and budget (more on that next!).
You also want to understand the purpose of this event so your goals are working towards something concrete. Is it for entertainment? Or is it a formal business event?
Knowing these answers will help inform all your other decisions!
2. Give Yourself a Budget
Giving yourself a budget can provide structure. And if you’re planning an event for your company, you may have already been given a budget. But either way, it’s important to stick to it.
Consider everything that may cost you money such as the venue, the entertainment, and the food. And don’t forget to factor in unforeseen costs! If you start going over budget or are getting close, eliminate non-essentials or choose cheaper options.
3. Make Spreadsheets
Planners and spreadsheets are your friends when trying to plan an event. And staying organized is the best way to ease some of the pressure.
Spreadsheets and planners can help you structure events, visualize your goals, stay on budget, and remind you of what still needs to be done. You can also color-code them so they’re easier to navigate later on.
4. Pick Where and When
You want to choose a local event center because a faraway venue may discourage people from attending. The event venue should also reflect the people who are attending both in size and in tone.
Once you choose these things, it’s important to keep an open line of communication with all the people involved. This could mean venue managers, food caterers, or other members of your planning team.
That way, there are no unforeseen miscommunications that could ruin the day.
5. Send Invites at the Right Time
This one may seem obvious, but it can be easy to plan an event and then forget about the invitations!
You want to avoid sending invites too early because people may forget about your event. But sending them too late could mean people are already booked up and can’t attend.
And as the event approaches, send out reminders so people don’t forget the time or location. It also gets people excited with anticipation!
Are You Ready To Start Planning an Event?
Planning an event takes lots of time and dedication, but if you follow these tips, you’ll be planning like a pro. And even though it may seem like an impossible or overwhelming task at times, you can absolutely do it! Now go plan the event of the year.
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