According to The Balance, there are 15 steps you must take when hiring an event planner. The first is to determine your event’s objective, or the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the event. Next, figure out why you want to hire an event planner. Do you want help on communications? Do you need a day-of person to help you? Do you need someone to give you vendor suggestions?
Then, estimate your budget based on your event objectives. Next, look for an event planner who has a good reputation in her field. You can also look for one through chapters of professional groups like the Association of Wedding Professionals or Meeting Professionals International. When you have found some, interview 3 potential planners about their businesses and past work.
Next, provide important details to help the planners understand the context of your event. Do not forget to meet your planners in person if you can to build rapport. Be sure to check your potential planners’ references. Then, choose your favorite planner and listen to his ideas for the event over coffee, including his total budget. Negotiate terms with your planner and read the contract thoroughly. Throughout the course of the planning, work closely with your planner and don’t be afraid to confirm details on your own.
One great group of event planners in NYC are the ladies at Twenty Three Layers. This company is a one-stop shop for all your party planning needs! Whether you are looking for an intimate baby shower, fun kid’s party, swanky corporate event, or elegant wedding, they can do it all for you! Twenty Three Layers works with the best up and coming vendors in the city to ensure your party is high-quality and unforgettable for you and your guests. Some of their services include: venue selection, entertainment, flowers, printing, catering, photography, and more.