Planning for a small gathering or a house party is something everyone can do quite easily. However, not everyone can organize, or at least has the time and spare effort to, a big bash such as a wedding celebration for instance. It is in these events that party planning companies come in and ease the burden of the host or hostess. But how does one find the perfect party planner? Here are some tips to consider when looking for party planning companies:
-Identify what type of party coordinator is needed. If not, make a list of the responsibilities to be assumed. Talk with the company and find out which services they can sufficiently provide. Some party planning companies offer only consultancy but leave all the work to the clients. There are also those which offer full service and are willing to do much, if not all, of the preparations for the party. Make sure what is needed is already clear as well as the budget to be spent for the preparations including the planner.
-Request for references or a list of the company's previous clients and their contact details. Contact them and ask for relevant feedback. If the company refuses to give you references, do not waste time and move on to the next company on the list.
-Meet with the prospective planner. Clear out which services they will actually provide and which details they will not cover.
-Set up a list of services that will be availed. Try to come up with a budget considering also the policies on depositing, fees for canceling, liabilities and other legal aspects. Ask what payment schedule will be necessary and what will happen if customer satisfaction is not met.
-If the goal is to get the best value for the money spent for planning, avoid planners which have establishments or vendors to contract for the party needs. The tendency is that these planners get some incentive from these establishments and vendors. It is actually like paying the planner twice.
-Check if the party coordinator assigned has enough leadership ability and is competent enough to coordinate with many people for the event.