31 Jan What Are the Essential Things to Consider When Planning an Event
Planning an event isn’t always easy, and more often than not essential things are forgotten which can have some serious consequences to the success of your event. Therefore we have put together a number of event planning tips and event management tips to make the process a lot smoother and ensure you are on the road to your best event.
Step one is to establish a budget. Not only does it do the obvious by saving you money, but it also saves a lot of time. The budget can have a massive impact on the beginning stages of event planning, and will definitely determine your date and venue. Which leads nicely onto location location location. Without doubt the second most essential thing to consider when planning an event. You’re targeted guest list must be considered when deciding on a location for your event, is it easy for people to travel too? Does it give off the right message that you are trying to achieve? Without the right location you won’t get the right audience. Once a location is determined then you can narrow down your venue search. It’s then important to get out and about to view numerous venues. You won’t know if it’s right until you see the place for yourself.
One of the key corporate event planning tips is to consider what the objective of your event is, it’s surprising how often people lose sight of the purpose of the event through the planning process. You want to make sure the main goal is always in sight which will in turn influence decisions you make when putting your event together. Having this in mind, you must consider ways to engage with your audience at your event. Will it be enough just to get everyone together in one room with some good food and drink, or do you need to get a message across, be it with a guest speaker or a panel discussion. These days there are so many creative options out there to help keep your guests interested and make your event stand out from the crowd.
Now this next point may seem obvious, but still is extremely essential to every event. Catering. Everyone wants to be fed and watered and everyone goes away discussing how great, or unfortunately sometimes, how not great the food was. If you want to keep your audience captured, you must go the extra step through good use of catering to enhance what is already on offer content wise. Will canapes be enough or is it important to get everyone sat down for a full three course meal? Catering choices can have a huge impact of length of time you have the attention of your guests for.
Always have a backup plan in mind. It is important to be prepared for the worst to avoid your event having to be cancelled or ruined. In addition to this you must consider what could go wrong on the day and therefore ways of avoiding or resolving any issues. Planning ahead on these two things are what makes a good event planner stand out from the crowd. No one can see into the future and nobody can predict all eventualities but having a plan in place before the event will certainly go a long way towards damage control.
The list of things to consider when planning an event can be endless and it can be easy to lose focus. As long as you focus on our successful event planning tips summarised above, we believe you have all the tools you need to put on a great event.