In order to have a successful event it’s important to have a qualified event planner. Make sure to interview a few event planners before making your choice. Get a sense of their professionalism, expertise and passion. You will be working very closely with this person – make sure it’s someone personable, that you can communicate clearly with, and don’t mind being around.
How much are your services and what services do you offer?
Before hiring your event planner you should find out what services they offer and if they charge a flat fee. Some event planners may offer a wide range of services, while others may only offer a select few. This may be the determining factor to whether you choose him or her to plan your event.
Will you be attending the event?
Many event planners hire assistants to attend the events. It’s important to ask if there will be a team working your event or just one person – how will your event be staffed? Also, is there a backup plan if one or more people can’t make it?
Do you have vender contacts?
A good event planner has relationships with other venders. They should be able to secure deals that may not have been possible for you to do alone.
What types of events have you done in the past?
What are their areas of expertise? Ask to see their websites and portfolios – get a feel for their style. Gravitate toward an event planner that has planned events similar to yours.
Do you have a backup plan?
Every good event planner should have a backup plan just in case something goes wrong. Ask them what their plan is for inclement weather, last minute seating arrangements and other mini-crises.
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