Having worked in the Waianae 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 Waianae, 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?
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You've been tasked with planning an event and don't know where to begin. Take a deep breath, anyone with any level of event expertise can take an event from good to great. Here is how:
For beginners, it is imperative that you do your homework. You must first generate an event plan and consider the building blocks of any event: target market, situational analysis, the 6 P's and planning.
Let's get started. Think very clearly about the people you are trying to attract. Ask yourself the question: Who is your target market?
Once you identify those that will be attending your event, allow yourself time to travel into the hearts and minds of your potential audience. Believe me; knowing what kinds of things they like to see, do, buy and eat will be helpful as your event plan begins to come to life.
Now that you have your target market in mind, let's take a look at your situational analysis. You will need to examine your internal strengths and weaknesses and your external opportunities and threats as they relate to whatever you are planning to do. You must be brutally honest with yourself when analyzing the various components of your event.
The next step in taking your event from good to great is to identify the 6 P's of event planning: Purpose, People, Product, Place, Price and Process. Outlined below you will find the questions related to each P that you should answer prior to diving into the planning phase.
- Why are you doing this event? (Purpose)
- Who will attend? (People)
- What are you going to do? (Product)
- When and where? (Place)
- How much is it going to cost you? (Price)
- How are you going to get the job done? (Process)
Now that you have identified your target market, have performed a situational analysis and have answered the building block questions of planning an event, you are ready to develop a formal event plan and begin execution shortly thereafter.
A formal event plan has several interrelated components: goal, objectives, strategies, tactics, budget, timetable and evaluation. Your written detailed plan of action will serve as the backbone to your master event plan. Keep it close at hand and refer back to it often.
Congratulations, at this point you have finished your homework and can now move into the imaginative, fun side of event planning! Take your events to the next level by identifying a theme and carrying that theme from start to finish.
Planning a successful event is no walk in the park. It is tedious work and requires an individual who always keeps their dancing shoes and party hat nearby. One who is forever excited about the adventure and who remembers that problems that will inevitably arise but the beat must go on.
You've got a plan, now the let the event begin. You are on your way from good to great!
Wedding Planner - Why Hire a Wedding Coordinator?
Most couples today are looking for ways to personalize their weddings. They want to go beyond from traditional ones and follow their own style in planning and preparations. One of the great wedding ideas to personalize your wedding is to design your own wedding rings and even your engagement ring.
Designing your own wedding or engagement ring will let your imagination to become real. Any bride-to-be has her own dream wedding and part of that dream is to have extraordinary rings. Making your own design will give you the power to choose what metal, pattern or design, and stone/stones to be used in crafting your ring. It is also a good bonding moment with your spouse-to-be when the two of you are fulfilling each others dream and that will make your wedding rings the most special.
Custom design diamond rings are more expensive compared with a ready-made rings with the same materials. The additional cost mostly came from the workmanship and added time given to that ring to be crafted.
There are two options in designing your own wedding ring. The first one is to make a draft of your design and visit your local jewelry designer. You can ask the assistance of the jeweler to craft the rings you have designed. You can also assist the jeweler as he/she works on with your wedding bands so you can alter things easily if it doesn't fit. The only disadvantage of this option is that it may cost you a lot and it is also time consuming for you and your spouse-to-be.
The second option is the internet. There are several online jewelry shops rendering customization services for those who want to make their own wedding bands and engagement rings with exceptional value and unique appearance. You can use their tools in designing your own engagement ring and wedding ring as to what you have in your mind. There are so many engagement ring styles and wedding ring styles you can choose from their listed selections; thus giving you the chance to select only the best. The only inconvenience of designing your own wedding rings online is that you cannot view the product until it was delivered to you and the possible choices are limited and fixed.
Wedding rings are meant to be worn every single day until your last breath. It is the symbol of love, commitment, respect, and loyalty of the two people united in what we call marriage. Exchanging rings signifies that the two of you agreed to be together for the rest of your lives. So in designing your own wedding ring, it is important that you and your spouse-to-be are in agreement with the overall design and specifications.