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Event Planning 101

Whether you are in charge of planning a wedding reception or a business party, it’s important to know a few basic tips about event planning before you get started. Every event is unique and different, but the planning stages are the same.

Know Your Budget
Don’t get ahead of yourself before you even start. Look at how much money you have in the budget and make sure you stay within it. Keep in mind that the budget will be paying for everything from the venue and catering to the decorations and entertainment. If your budget allows, you can even hire a professional to be able to figure out that budget for you. Either way, commit to staying within your budget.

Plan Early
This is not the type of thing you want to save until the last minute. If your event is in the winter, it’s not too soon to start thinking about the perfect venue while it’s still summer- or even the winter previous. Popular places book up fast, so start looking around for multiple options. Don’t decide on anything simply based on looking at the website or a one-time visit to the venue. Talk with vendors and see what they have to offer. Don’t be afraid to haggle down on the price, either.

Be Conscious of Food
Depending on what you are celebrating, different foods and drinks are appropriate for different events. For example, it may not be appropriate to have a bar at a Bar Mitzvah, but you may want glasses of champagne to toast at a wedding reception.

Follow these tips and you’ll be on the right track to planning a successful event!