How to choose a professional event planner for your next event
If you are responsible for planning a corporate event, regardless of how big or small, you know it can be filled with stress. The utilization of event planning companies can make the challenges of successful corporate events much easier. An event planning company has expertise and experience to handle all aspects of events so it saves your time and often money. It is important for you to research and choose the right event coordinator that will not only operate in your budget but has an understanding of the goals you try to achieve for your event.
Choose event planner
The first step is to interview prospective event planning companies. If you are a member of the trade group or association, check with other members for recommendations. If you attend your impressive corporate event, ask who handles planning.
This helps if you can only have one contact point in the event planning company. You have to meet them to make sure you have a clear understanding of the communication process they like and that they have a personality that praises you because you will work very closely with this person. In the interview process, it is also a good idea to get used to their billing structure and planning costs. Nobody liked an unpleasant surprise in the end.
Planning corporate events requires preparation. To give you the right proposal, you must have a clear idea about the type of corporate event that you want to hold. You will want to have an estimate of the number of guests you expect to be attended, potential dates and your budget amount. The event coordinator will work with you to ensure that you are still within your financial limit.
It’s hard to know whether the event planning company that you plan to rent has experience and knowledge to handle your event. It’s always a good idea to contact past client references, especially if the planned event is similar to what you planned. Maybe they don’t want to reveal the names of past clients for fear of releasing property rights. If this is the case, the company must be able to provide a portfolio of previous functions that they have recorded.
Often if the company has a website, they will have a list of clients they have served in the past and then you can continue to contact them for reference. The number of times the event planning event in business is a good thing to verify. You may or many don’t want to be their first big client.
Full service event planning companies can do everything
When reviewing services from an event planning company, make sure they can offer the level of service you need. You will want to hire a full-service company if you need someone to handle all aspects of the upcoming event from beginning to end. They will adjust the location of the event, regulate entertainment, producing media components and writing, printing and distributing the necessary material. Most importantly, full service companies will ensure that you don’t have to handle aspects of the planning assignment.
See the first event
The best way to see how the event planner completely operates is to ask if you can attend a future corporate event. This gives you the opportunity to watch them in action, often under pressure doing their duties. It will also give you the opportunity to see how various event components such as media coordination, entertainment and location selection are all joined to make effective corporate events.