Don’t you just love parties?! Not just joining in the celebration but also trying to determine the ins and outs of the party you’re attending? Are you always trying to figure out what inspired an idea or marveling at the incredible execution of themes, decorations and food?
From the outside looking in, the party planning business seems glamorous and exciting. It looks and appears like the type of venture we want to start and be part of; the perfect opportunity to utilize your business talents and creative skills.
Party planners are gifted with the responsibility of planning some of the most important and unforgettable events in a person’s life. Party planners administer and mastermind all the pieces and parts of some of the best parties ever! Do your strengths include organization, logistics, planning and adhering to budgets? Are you a communicator extraordinaire? If so, the party planning business may be the right business for you.
Party Planning Business – What to Think About….
When starting any business, there is always a lot of research required. And the party planning business is no different. In the party planning business, the more you know about all the wonderful, terrific, cool and most excellent parties out there, the better. It is considered the industry standard and is assumed that party planners know all the party related trends. What’s in and what’s out, what is considered appropriate and applauded and what makes party perfection are just a few things you’re expected to know. A party planner should be able to provide not only advice and guidance, but to make recommendations when it comes to all the components that will make a party successful.
First and foremost, a great relationship with local suppliers and vendors is essential. Knowing who in your city is exceptional as opposed to those whose work is just passable can and will help you. Being able to make recommendations to clients or even more importantly, to be able to make contact and bookings directly with suppliers adds to your expertise. Remember, the more possibilities and alternatives you have in your cache, the more success you will find.
It is imperative that you work well with all sorts of people, including clients, suppliers, staff and guests, and it is imperative to be professional. All the basic coordination factors remain; you need to be quick on your feet, good under pressure, a problem solver and above all you must to be able to have and keep a smile on your face regardless of what’s running though your head.
Party Planning Business – How Do I Get Some Experience and Ideas?
A helpful and inexpensive way to learn more about the party planning business is to go online and research, research, research all the great parties being planned out there. The majority of high profile parties receive some media coverage, which makes it easier to find out what is on trend, popular and currently hot on the party circuit.
Talk with some party planners, pick their brains and if possible, go along and shadow the party planner. Shadowing is a great way to learn the do’s and potential don’ts and can only help you in the long run. Propose to a party planner, your no-fee services, an apprentice situation if you will. Which will become a win-win situation, you learn and they receive assistance at no cost or addition to the bottom line.
When beginning, a good way to get clients (as well as some references) is to offer your services at a reduced rate or even free (for a select few). This is an excellent opportunity to build up your skills and it will also help you in creating and building an awesome reputation as a party planner.
In the long run, these suggestions can help you become successful in the party planning world and get you on the road to having the party planning business you imagine. So do your research and talk to industry people and get out there and start party planning!