Mistakes are made in business and in our personal lives on a regular basis. That is how we grow and learn. But some mistakes are costly. Take the steps necessary to avoid these five very common event planning mistakes and -- if you do make a mistake -- be sure you don’t make the same mistake a second time.
Not Getting Started Early Enough
Procrastination is your enemy. This is one of the most common event planning mistakes you want to avoid.
Not Checking for Competing Events
Did you ever schedule your event only to learn – once the planning process has begun and the event date set – that there is another competing event on the same day? Only one event will draw the crowd so don’t take your chances and cross your fingers that those invited will pick your event.
Not Confirming Vendors
A signed vendor contract is a legally binding agreement and gives you something in writing to hold the vendor responsible for services they are to provide.
Not Having a “Plan B”
Having a contingency plan is a must for any event but specifically for those events scheduled to be held outdoors. Weather conditions are unpredictable and if a hurricane, heavy wind advisory or freak hail storm threaten to cancel your event, have a backup plan.
Not Hiring Enough Help
When it comes to hiring event staff, more is better. It will cost you more money but it may save your event.