May 24, 2011

’Tis the season

Planning is key to event success.

Not for jingle bells, but for events — royal weddings, grand openings, fundraisers and community fairs. Whether you’re hosting a small group of friends or the entire town, planning is key to event success.

Here are some tips to get you started:

1.      Start early. The more time you have, the better your event will come together. Book the band, caterer, VIP guests and space as soon as you have a date. Planners of annual events often start planning for next year the day after this year’s event is over.

2.      Let people know. If you are hosting a public event or an exclusive by-invitation-only event, make sure you get the word out about date and location as soon as possible. Your family’s calendars fill up fast. Editors have deadlines. Even if you haven’t worked out all the details yet, let your guests and when relevant, the media know the date and time, and that more information is to come.

3.      Have a plan B. Let’s face it — things happen. But don’t let minor setbacks stop your event. Make sure you have a backup plan. A tent, a menu fit for humidity and bugs, more than one extension cord, and a pocket camera — some basics for any event planner’s survival kit!

Events are a fabulous way to celebrate, raise awareness and funds, and build community support. Start planning your next event today!

Here are some upcoming events AB&C is involved with:

St. Anthony’s Italian Festival

http://www.stanthonysfestival.com/

Jasper Crane Rose Garden Party

http://www.friendsofwilmingtonparks.org/

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