4 Things To Consider Before Planning Your Next Event

As a professional Event Planner, I get many questions regarding how and where to begin planning birthday parties, weddings, family reunions, etc.  Some think they have it under control and then realize that there is a lot of work involved because of the many steps to consider throughout the planning process.  Planning an event is not only time-consuming but can be overwhelming as well. There are many little details to think about before the planning stages begin. To save yourself a little stress, here are 4 things to consider before planning your next event:

  • Think about a realistic time frame in which you have to bring this event together. Can you really make it happen within 30 days, 6 months, 12 months…?
  • Budget ($) is a huge factor when planning any event and is usually the deciding factor in how much time is needed to bring it all together.
  • What is the interest level for the event? If it is a public event, who is your target audience? If it is a family event, such as a family reunion, it’s a good idea to send out an informational message via email  just to see what kind of feedback you get.
  • Appoint a few team members than can assist with different areas of the event such as: Managing invites & rsvps, Decorating committee, Food menu, Securing event location, hotels, transportation, etc.

Happy event planning!

About elainamwhitley

Founder, CEO, philanthropist, and renowned and award-wining event planning expert, Elaina M. Whitley, has been in the event industry for more than ten years. Starting out in New York City, Elaina’s professional career began in the event industry when she was hired as an event coordinator for ‘X-Factor Entertainment’. Because of Elaina’s endless efforts within the entertainment company, ‘X-Factor’ became prominent in the coordination of all community entertainment events. Elaina coordinated a host of events for the company, including an annual community talent show, which she implemented during her time of employment. With the natural born talent to coordinate events, Elaina had established herself as an event planner in New York City and wanted to accomplish more. Attending The Wedding Institute and Georgia Washington University, she obtained her certification as an event planner. In 2006, Elaina relocated to Atlanta, where she founded and created ‘Enjoy Yourself Events’. Effortlessly blending right into her new environment, she began to coordinate VIP events, celebrity events, and a host of others. As a result, ‘Enjoy Yourself Events’ has created a reputation for itself and has provided event coordination and management, marketing services, and entertainment booking for the following (public) events: • ‘Sweet Auburn Festival’ – VIP Reception & Awards Luncheon Coordinator - 2007 & 2009 • ‘The GodzGirl Network ‘Holy’wood Retreat’ – General Event Coordinator – 2007 • ‘Liv Loud Empowerment Tours’ – General Event Coordinator – 2007 • ‘Restoration’–Atlanta Flood Benefit Concert –VIP Liaison & Green Room Manager- 2010 • ‘Fame UK’-General Event Coordinator and Manager-2010 • ‘Event Planning 101 – Certificate Workshop’ – Host and Producer 2010 • ‘We Love the Kids’ – Host and Producer 2010 The distinguished event planner is determined to not only host events for clients but the community as well. She has produced a number of events to collect goods and raise money for various charities such as ‘Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless’ and ‘Genesis Children Shelter’. With her expertise in the event industry, Elaina has created the highly regarded 1-day certificate workshop, ‘Event Planning 101’. Since the first workshop was conducted in May of 2010, Elaina has decided to share her experiences with other eager and aspiring event planners in Charlotte, Atlanta, Columbus, Columbia, Houston, and New York.
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