If you’ve ever had to plan an event, you already know how complicated it can be. You need to plan the schedule, the caterers, print the invites, mail the invites, collect RSVPs, find entertainment for the event and the list is endless. You forget one thing and there is a very good chance that your event will collapse or fail miserably. Instead of you tearing your hair out and getting sleepless nights, it would be a good idea to hire a professional event planner and an event planning company to provide professional services and a completely managed event.Do you want to learn more? Visit Island Event Planners-Waterfront Event Venues .
Hiring a professional event planner
Know your event and the professionals who deal with such events — All events are not the same. For example, some specialize in corporate events, brand management and launching and even corporate branding for special events. These companies will not provide event planning services for small events like anniversaries and birthday parties. Before you hire the planner, we recommend you list down exactly what you want and then start searching for a relevant event planner.
Always check reputations and references — Most event planners and event management companies will have a portfolio that they will be happy to show you. Even with the portfolio, the planner or the company will also have a design book that they will be happy to show you right away. At the first meeting, you should ask for references and call these clients. Talking to previous clients is the only way by which you can verify the event planner’s experience and qualifications.
Network of contacts — Good planners have a huge range of industry contacts. They need this as they should be able to meet the customer’s every demand and that means they should be able to find everything from A to Z at a moment’s notice. A lot of industry contacts will also mean that your event planner will be well known and he or she will have significant expertise in dealing with emergencies or cancellations.
Look at websites — Good planners will always list their portfolios and events on their website and you can easily check them quickly. Apart from personal or company websites, you can also check the Yellow Pages and Trade Directories to find good local event planners or event management companies.
Creativity and price — Creativity comes with a price and most event planners do charge for their services. However, you can easily compare rates and services before you finally select a company for your event.
Firms vs. freelance – Please note that freelance or private specialists are just as good as large firms and this should not affect your choice.