Nine times out of ten, the first thing clients do when they decide to throw an event is book the venue. They want to make sure that they have a solid foundation before worrying about the rest of the details. I have spent the last 15 years working in hotels, and have seen thousands of contracts. It was always so clear which ones were negotiated by someone savvy, and which ones were not. It is very important to understand the market and your buying power, so that you can really manage your total budget. It would be like buying a home without a broker to help you understand the comps, etc. based on your specific needs.
Hire an event planner first! At the end of the day, I will probably save you more than our fee if you let me guide you through the entire process. You have one budget and it is my job to make the absolute most of it. In the age of DIY, and amazing resources on the Internet, so many people spend countless hours sorting through google lists to find the right fit. Why? Planning an event does not have to be stressful and overwhelming. This has been my world for as long as I can remember. I understand the market, and the importance of relationships with vendors. I can ensure we are able to do as much as possible with whatever budget you have allocated. From moment one, I will be honest and transparent about what the costs will be, and will offer as many options as possible to help meet your requirements.
It is amazing how many available options there are for every occasion. Unless you plan on changing careers, why go through the pain of trying to learn everything at once? Drink from a fire hose if you will. It breaks my heart to see a bride who is so stressed out about event planning details, she can’t enjoy her moment in the spotlight. When I meet couples, they are armed with an eight inch binder of checklists and a glazed look in their eyes. Most brides don’t have the luxury of putting life on hold to get a crash course in Event Planning.
My passion is in creating a fun process that captures our clients’ style and objectives. Your job is to share your vision, and help me truly understand your dreams, so that I can guide you through the entire experience and handle all of the logistics. You won’t need lists. PERIOD. We will handle all the details, negotiate every contract, help you choose from quality vendors, and deliver a picture-perfect event on time and within budget!