I started doing events in the year of 2002. Back then, there were only a handful of event planners and celebrators were not that accepting of us. To most, the impression is that event planners are only for the elite; but in reality, it is not. Hiring an event planner could help you save money, time, and stress.
I was already practicing for six years as an event planner when my boyfriend of 10 years popped the big question. I did not hesitate to book a wedding planner. Why? Because I saw the essence of getting an event planner, all of which I am enumerating below:
Berlyn Yap | Certified Wedding Specialist (02phils)
President, Weddings Beautiful Philippines
President, Weddings and Events Professionals Association of the Philippines (WEPAP)
1. EVENT PLANNERS LIVE AND BREATHE EVENTS.
Chances are, it is your first time to plan an occasion of this magnitude. As much as you’ve dreamed about it, the process of pulling off an event can be intense and maddening. Planners have done it so many times to know exactly what tasks need to be done and when they need to be accomplished. They are trained for the kind of work it takes to pull off great events.
2. EVENT PLANNERS HELP BRING YOUR VISION TO LIFE.
Have you ever tried browsing through Pinterest? It can be overwhelming! The ideas are endless. Almost everything posted there are equally nice! Often, you find yourself changing your choices day after day. Event planners can help you filter your options by guiding you in your theme selection. Themes dictate the overall look of the event. After the selection of the theme, you will be able to limit your options. Event planners can pick up the pieces and bring your vision to life.
3. EVENT PLANNERS SAVE YOU TIME AND STRESS.
How much time can you spare to plan your event? Even though your answer may be “a lot”, your event planner can save you precious time and, more importantly, stress. You get to plan out the fun parts of the event such as tasting the food to be served, fitting the dress, doing a trial make-up, etc. Event planners, on the other hand, will be in charge of following-up vendor replies, take care of the task management to ensure that you do not fall back on your schedule, and other things of the same caliber. By hiring a planner, they can spare you from doing the dirty work to make sure you can enjoy what is truly important to you.
4. EVENT PLANNERS SAVE YOU MONEY.
Do you have a budget in mind that you have allotted for your event? If yes, event planners can give you a realistic budget projection. Event planners can help you evaluate which vendors you want to prioritize in order to make your budget work. Event planners can also give you tips on how to get discounts, and they can negotiate on your behalf.
5. EVENT PLANNERS SAVE RELATIONSHIPS.
Events in the Philippines are not only planned by the celebrator. Usually, your immediate family, extended family, and friends get involved in the mix. There may be some who will discourage you from hiring an event planner; but the real question is, what happens if you have to shoot down an idea presented to you by a loved one? You will be faced with the emotional consequence of having to consider how they feel as this could affect your personal relationship with them. Event planners plan special occasions and gatherings for a living. They do not have enough personal attachment with you to be biased in their opinion or professional advice. So, even if you decline a suggestion event planners present, they will simply offer you alternative ideas. Also, would you not like your family and friends to be stress-free? I am sure you would want them to enjoy the event the same way you would.
6. EVENT PLANNERS HAVE A VAST NETWORK OF SUPPLIERS.
Ever tried attending a bridal fair? It can be confusing. There are hundreds of vendors to choose from that it could almost make you feel picking one out from the bunch is impossible. It is the job of event planners to give you insights as to which vendor would be perfect for your budget, style, and personality.
7. EVENT PLANNERS MANAGE THE EVENT DAY FLOW.
On the day of your event, would you even want to worry if vendors are on their way, if they have already arrived, or if their deliverables are complete? Of course not! You would just want someone to make sure the event day goes seamlessly. You would want your vendors to arrive on time and your guests to know where they should go. Your family and friends may be willing to take care of these details, but would you not want them to be 100% focused on the event to make sure they do not miss out on a memory that they can cherish for a lifetime?
8. EVENT PLANNERS TROUBLESHOOT.
Events are like theatrical shows. You are the producer, the event planner is the director, the vendors are those working behind the scenes, and the guests are your audience. Unforeseen occurrences could possibly happen; but as long as they are dealt with quickly and rationally, these instances may not even be noticed at all. Event planners are experts in handling these kinds of situations. They will make sure glitches are dealt with professionally to make the impression that the event is going smoothly.
Trust me on this. Hiring an event planner is not a luxury but a necessity. Event planners can make you 100% focused on your event, making each minute truly memorable for you, your family, and your guests. If you are looking for a wedding professional and events planner, visit wepap.ph.
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