It’s not much of a secret that events and parties are much more complicated than they used to be. Everything from weddings to baby showers have become much more involved than they were even 20 years ago, much less 100 or 150.
While weddings used to be small events involving only a few community members and a few symbolic ceremonies like the tying of threads from the bride’s and grooms clothes, today they are attended by hundreds of guests and take months or even years to plan. Baby showers used to be attended by women only so that the mother to be could receive necessary items and advice about baby care. Today, we not only see “Jack and Jill” showers, but diaper cakes, gender reveal pastries, onesie decoration, and luxurious gifts.
With all of those extras, it’s no wonder that wedding and event planners are becoming popular necessities. Though event and wedding planner prices tend to be steep, many feel that the services they provide are more than worth the cost. Party hall rentals and baby shower locations often come with in house planners and baby shower packages, but most of the organization is still left to the customer.
Outside planners, on the other hand, will take on the responsibility of the bulk of the planning, calling vendors, finding set up and clean up crews, scheduling meetings, and sometimes even recommending vendors from whom they can get a discount. Still, wedding planner prices are not cheap. In order to get the maximum return on investment from your wedding or event planner, you’ll have to really take advantage of his or her services.
Set up as many professional consultations as you can, and remember that your planner is the expert. There is little point in hiring an event planner if you don’t intend to follow his or her advice. Another pointer for taking full advantage of an event planner is to use the discounts made available because of his or her connections. Event planners usually are well connected to a few bakeries, tablescape arrangers, linen providers, caterers, and more who can help you get more for less.
Though event and wedding planner prices are high, the benefits of working with a professional can far outweigh the costs. What’s most important to getting plenty of bang for your buck is who you choose. Be sure to ask for recommendations, look for reviews, and conduct thorough interviews. The best planner for your party is out there and can help you pull off the event of a lifetime.