What Are The Most Common Event Planning Mistakes?
A successful event relies on a team of people working tirelessly, often after hours and behind the scenes, to make it happen. It can be a stressful job, but it can also be extremely rewarding when done properly. Here are some common mistakes people make in their careers- and tips on how to avoid them.
Not planning early enough
If you have a date, a budget, and a brief, proceed immediately. Venues are typically booked well in advance, so securing your venue should be at the top of your to-do list. Then, research entertainers and guest speakers to determine their availability. When you have chosen your speakers, book them as soon as possible. Make sure their contracts have been signed and returned.
Make sure there are no competing events around the date or on the same day. Don’t force potential attendees to choose between your event and another that is taking place on that day. Make sure to send guests save-the-date notifications so they can mark them in their calendars and follow up with RSVPs.
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Event project plans and checklists not existing
Develop a comprehensive master project plan aligned with budget points, which outlines deadlines and tasks. This will result in a more thorough understanding of how the project is progressing. In addition, it will enable you to keep track of changes to the scope of the event. Create a final checklist ahead of the big day and double- and triple-check it before leaving for the venue.
Not anticipating a budget blowout
You should understand the brief and work with your selected suppliers to ensure everything you agreed to is included in the contract — and that there are no hidden costs once the contract is signed. If you don’t understand certain jargon from technical suppliers, ask for clarification. Allow for at least 10 percent to 15 percent in your budget for unforeseen circumstances.
For the sake of avoiding misunderstandings and protecting yourself, every detail should be documented in writing. After verbal communication with third parties, hired talent, and internal staff, always follow up by email.