Having worked in the Hawaii event planning industry for almost 7 years there are not many surprises left – but occasionally I still get the, “They did what?” pass my lips! Why am I not surprised anymore – because over the years the number one rule for event planning is putting time into the pre planning of the event, and then planning contingencies for the exceptions that may happen?
So where do you start? As far out from the event date as possible as getting space is the first step. In Hawaii, where we do a lot of work, it is not unusual to be booking one year out at some of the venues, as they are booked solidly every week.
The first few decisions are the easiest. What is the budget? What is the event about? A party, corporate seminar, convention, festival, wedding, or an anniversary – the list is endless, but one thing remains constant once the event has a name and the type of event is decided, the next step will be to decide where to hold the event. This is where the real event planners stand out from the crowd. So you have an event – okay lets book a hotel is normally the next answer but why would you miss out on an opportunity to create a unique experience?
Your Main Purpose As a Wedding Planner
Creative wedding ideas are a chance to let your creativity flow when designing the biggest day of your life. There are many options when it comes to planning a wedding, and it all starts with how you envision your wedding day.
Start with a vision of how you think your big day should look and turn out. Sit down and think about how you want to remember your wedding day, and start from there.
Be organized, and set an overall wedding budget as well as budgets for each aspect of your wedding. Take a little time up front thinking things through before jumping into the planning phase.
Here are 3 hints for creative wedding ideas:
It is OK to be different and not do what everyone else is doing. Try choosing a unique location for your wedding, like a historic site, art gallery or other unique reception space.
Look around for ideas, and use them as inspiration for your own creative ideas. Try taking common, traditional wedding ideas and add your own twist.
Choose A Theme
A wedding theme is one of the best ways to be creative with you wedding planning. It gives you a starting point for your creativity, and helps you tie all of your ideas together.
Wedding themes can be as simple as a color, or they can be very complex like a circus wedding. Common themes include beach, seasonal (like fall or spring) and flower (like daisy or sunflower).
As stated above, don't be afraid to choose a unique wedding theme. Even if you choose a common wedding theme, try to be creative and change it a little to make it unique to you.
Ask For Help
It can be overwhelming when deciding on creative wedding ideas. Experienced vendors are great resources to bounce ideas off of, and they should also be happy to share their wealth of knowledge with you.
Look for vendors like florists, caterers and cake designers that match your creative style. Wedding planners can also be invaluable in offering ideas and guidance while helping to bring it all together for you.
The Internet is also a great resource. Look for websites that offer ideas and photos so you can create your own wedding vision.
Event Planning Facts
A useful event planning guide needs a large section on what exact equipment you will need. Have you ever been an event planner at an event and had the spine chilling moment when you realised that a vital bit of equipment had totally been forgotten about? Yep me to. That is one of the reasons I put this article together. The amount of technical equipment you will need will depend on what kind and size of event you are organising. A good Event Production Company will be able to advise you. A good place to start is to think about what media you want to use to get across your messages? Meanwhile, here are a few things to get you started.
Ask yourself and your speakers/presenters:
- What visual mediums will be used in presentations? PowerPoint slides, video, DVD?
- What type of screen is needed, a simple screen, projector and lap top, or a more complex stage set with lighting and graphics? All of these may depend on the size of your audience generally the larger the audience the more equipment you will need.
- Plus, do you want, front, back or fly projection?
- Will you need a Public Performance License? i.e. for Videos or DVD's or music you plan to play?
Now for some practical stuff..
- What size PA System and how many microphones do you need?
- What type of microphones do you need: Lapel, Hand Held or Lectern?
It's handy to have backups too. I was at an event recently where there was a shortage of roving mikes available for a question and answer session. The audience was about 300. The client gave the organiser a significant grilling after the event. Remember that errors like this can often lose you and your company a significant contract. That is why planning ahead is so vital to run a successful event. Something that is necessary is a supply of mike runners, or mike stands. With many companies recording events to leverage afterwards having all questions on tape is vital. A few agile mike runners will ensure that everyone has a mike at the correct time.
How will the organising team communicate, can you use Walkie Talkies?
How many technicians will you need and can the Event Production Company provide the right amount of people resource as and when you need it?
Finally a really good event production company can tell your more about systems such as:
- Electronic badges,
- Data readers to collect bar code information,
- Credit card payments for offers made at events
All are increasingly being used at larger events. When you know exactly what it is used need, create your own mini event planning guide that is bespoke to your event. Sometimes the simplest
ideas are the best. Mine becomes my 'event bible'!