So you decided to work with an event planning company. By looking at your local Yellow Pages or visiting a Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) website you’ll see that there are many event planning companies to choose from. But don’t think that just because they are in the Yellow Pages or on the CVB site that these event planning companies are great. It’s always best when selecting event planning companies to interview a couple of them. Like every industry there are good ones and there are bad ones.
What to Look for When Selecting Event Planning Companies
The first thing you want to do is meet with the event planning companies – whether it be in person or even over the telephone. You want to get a feeling of how you are going to work together. Remember you be working very closely with the event planning company until the conclusion of your event. You really want someone that you can work with not someone that makes you pull your hair out. Ask for references and actually call them. One telltale sign is if the event planning companies are not comfortable providing references. That should be a red flag right away. Walk or run away and don’t look back. Remember when selecting event planning companies you’re looking for someone that obviously has experience doing what it is you need them to do. Plus you need to have a comfort level with the person that you’re going to be working with.
In the video below we take a satirical look at how some event planning companies promote themselves. But the message is clear. Apart from having a good laugh (most likely at your expense) hiring an inexperienced event planner will make your life more stressful than if you hadn’t hired one in the first place.