Whether it’s a wedding, birthday, graduation, baby shower, or bar mitzvah, planning your own event can become gruesome quickly if you’re in over your head. Personal events can take weeks if not months of preparation, and with all the details you have to keep in your head on top of your daily life’s responsibilities, all your time and energy will be sucked up by this event until the day it finally happens. And if you’re not ready, you’ll leave your guests disappointed and you’ll be out hundreds of dollars.
But why worry about all the details when you can hire someone to do it for you? It might seem like quite an investment at first, but in the end, you’ll actually be saving money. Here’s how.
1. You Don’t Have to Worry About Going Over the Budget
When planning your own event, it is easy to spend more than you’ve intended to, either by overestimating your finances or underestimating the costs. But when you hire an event planner, you set your price and they’re able to work around the allotted funding since they’re highly trained in sales negotiations and bargain-hunting.
2. You Don’t Have to Stress Over the Details
With all of life’s responsibilities, planning an event takes even more time out of your hectic day and adds to the unnecessary stress. And if you’re known to procrastinate, your event could end up lacking if you leave everything to the last minute. Don’t end up with minimal decorations, lost invites, and poor catering service. Instead, let an event planner take the reins so all you have to worry about is showing up.
3. You Have a Professional’s Advice and Opinions on Deck
Part of the fun of events is coming up with a creative theme and activities that go along with it. But if you have a hard time putting your vision to paper, an expert’s eyes can fill in the blanks and make your dream a reality. Who knows, maybe they’ll have an even better idea that you hadn’t considered!
4. Saves You Time and Effort
Deciding on a venue, caterer, photographer, and decorations might sound easy, but in reality, there are a lot of factors that separate a mediocre vendor from a five-star one. And knowing the difference is difficult when you’re going in blind.
With a planner, they already have the best vendors for your budget on standby. They’ll be sure to pick the perfect vendors from the get-go, which will save you immense amounts of research time.
5. Unexpected Situations Are Handled
Even with the most meticulous planning, something is bound to go awry (Murphy’s Law, anyone?) And when you’re planning an event on your own, every mishap becomes glaringly obvious.
With your event planner taking care of all the little things, you probably won’t become aware of any blunders unless you ask. Think of your planner doubling as your event’s paramedic – if any situation needs fixing, they’ll handle it without troubling you over it.
Events aren’t supposed to give you heartburn, so don’t put all the onus on yourself to put on a successful show. With a planner, you’ll have all the possibilities before you with added peace of mind.
Hayden Stewart is a media relations specialist and contributing writer for Styckie.