1. Buying Over Renting
Don’t get me wrong, I like utilizing fancy linens or sparkling chandeliers as much as the next guy. We all love pieces we don’t already own. And every reputable vendor has a great stock of the most amazing items, it could make your head spin. However, when it comes to planning an event, one must be careful not to buy an item they “can’t live without”. Although it may seem like the best option for your event, it is not a smart move. I know rental agreements are frustrating, but it has nothing on the headache of needing extra storage, paying more, and dealing with only one-use of that item. It is much easier to rent the pieces and return them after the event than to buy 60 chair covers and have no use for them.
2. Not Setting A Budget
Whether a budget is simply or crazy difficult for you, it is ideal when planning an event. You may step in not knowing at all how much each idea you have is going to cost, so budgeting may seem like an unnecessary hassle. Event budgeting is a procedure that your event planner should have tackled, and you should do your best to make their lives easier and knowing how much you want to spend. It will also help you to weed out the vendors or ideas you cannot afford to accomplish and make what you can afford the best it can be. Some vendors will be out of your price range and that’s alright.
3. Signing A Contract You Don't Understand
Unless you are a lawyer, you probably don’t like to read contracts (or may not even then). They are confusing, difficult, you name it….and necessary. But, for the protection of yourself and your guests, it is useful to have at least a basic understanding of them before signing. No one wants to be suckered into terms for which they do not agree. So save your self the pain and read or ask your event planner to help you understand the contract before signing.
4. Trying to Please Everyone
No one wants to be the reason someone else is upset. Your mom may not agree with your friend about the linens or your dad may not agree with your spouse about the venue, but one resolution must win out in the end. It may be difficult to navigate between multiple opinions and we all want to make sure everyone is happy, but it is not always possible to please everyone. Planning an event with the mindset that you cannot please everyone helps to alleviate some of the stress of ideas that may not be able to be accomplished.
5. Not Choosing A Professional
It is very helpful to accept items and advice from family and friends. Knowing the best course of action for your event is difficult. But not all your loved ones are professionals or may not fully understand the businesses and vendors involved in event planning. It is wise to be mindful and be open to the opinion of professionals and of their experience. In most cases, consulting with a professional can take some of the headache out of finding quality service.
6. Not Booking Reputable Vendors
On that same token, it also wise to consult with reputable vendors and professionals. Let their expertise and experience in the business, whatever it may be, speak for itself. We all should be careful not be scammed or cheated by a shifty vendor. Trust me, putting in the extra research on the company will save a lot more time and stress in the end.
Thank you for reading! I hope you avoid all of these problems and have a great event (Eventfully Yours is always available to help) !
Please leave a comment below of any other mistakes you have run into. :)
Public Relations Intern