Planning events is always stressful, and if you can’t afford to hire a professional party planner, you must organize everything yourself. Here are a few tips which might help you if you find yourself in that situation.
It is easy to get carried away with planning an event, looking at glamorous venues, tempting catering menus and stunning table decorations. Setting a reasonable and realistic budget right from the start is a good way of avoiding financial stress later on.
Do some research
You might have a vision in mind for your event; however, allowing a bit of flexibility in your planning will be useful. Before you book or put deposits down for anything, do a bit of research and see what options are out there for you. There are many online resources for you to search and compare several services, for example, eventbartenders.com for private-bar tending, or this website that helps you look for local bands for your events entertainment.
Give yourself time to plan your event, start months in advance if you must. It is important to balance planning your event against your daily routine, but don’t let too much -time pass in between researching and deciding on your venue, catering, and so on. It will be beneficial if you can make reasonably quick decisions on these things once you have looked at your options. When you know what space and services you want for the event book it as soon as possible otherwise, you might be frustrated to find that they aren’t available for the dates you require.
Make a Back-up Plan
Hopefully, this will be something you won’t have to use, and your event runs smoothly from start to finish, but the reality is things can, and do, go wrong sometimes. Having a back-up plan in place for your event will be your way of ensuring that your guests still have a good time and aren’t left without enough food, drink or whatever else you’re offering them. Most of them won’t even notice that you’ve had to deviate from the original plan anyway!
Get some help
There will be lots of things to do, and it could be too much for one person to organize alone. Ask friends or family members to help with a few tasks if you’re feeling overwhelmed, stress will on inhibit your ability to get things done and ruin the experience and perhaps even the party itself.
Even though there will be frustrating and stressful moments during the planning process, try to enjoy the experience of doing it all. More importantly, when it gets to the day or evening in question, make sure you’re having as good of a time as everyone else. Your guests will be happier if your happy, and after all, you should relish in the success of your hard work.
So, if you find yourself having to plan an event yourself, use these tips as a guide to help you and hopefully reduce some stress!