In the beginning of my crafting journey I was trying to make a go off renting out paper flower backdrops for the events. It was a great experience that taught me many valuable lessons from what to consider when you are trying to break into a new business to lessons learned to apply for your future projects. If you are a new crafter who is trying to get a word out about your services, make sure to read my 33_Practical Tips For A New Crafter. It will help you NOT to make the mistakes I made.
Are you an event planner? What are your dos and don’ts? What advice did you find helpful when you started with your own business? Leave me a comment, I would absolutely love to get your feedback. Here is my list of ten tips for event planning.
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- Be generous with prep time calculations. What I have learned is that no event is the same. No venue is the same. You never know what curve ball might be thrown your way on the day of the event. If you plan to give yourself 4 hours of prep time, go ahead and tackle an additional one hour just in case.
- Bring everything EXTRA. If you are doing flowers, bring extra flowers. If you are doing balloons, bring extra balloons. Bring extra if you plan to build it onsite and bring extra if you have prebuild at home.
- Be creative and prepare to wing it. This one time I showed up to an event that was supposed to have a pipe and drape in place that I could use. And they did. What they didn’t tell me was that the pipe and drape was wider than my backdrop and there was no adjusting the width. Thankfully I had extra curtains and lights (because at that point I knew to bring everything extra) and I wrapped them around the columns to give it a posh look.
- Test your equipment beforehand. Even if you are using lights that worked for you well during your last event, test them at home to make sure they are working properly.
- Practice before hand. If you are putting together a new anything, centerpiece, new way of displaying flowers, new component to your centerpiece etc. practice before hand to make sure you understand the basics. This one time I signed up to do table centerpieces with balloons. All was well until on the day of the event I blew up the balloons to only realize I didn’t get the right kind and the balloons weren’t floating/hovering above as I planned.
- Details matter. Be kind to yourself and use smart tactics to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on yourself. One of these tactics is not to put pressure on yourself by keeping everything in your head. Instead, either write it down or type it down. My trusted journal book (https://amzn.to/3fFWGHq) is always with me no matter where I go. I also love “talking” the notes into my iPhone as I remember them, and organize them later.
- Stay hydrated. In order to take care of others, you have to take care of yourself. I put “Hydrate” stickers (https://designbundles.net/plusstore/1374111-stay-hydrated-checklist-vector-graphics?pref=Bt8FLS&ref=Bt8FLS) everywhere to remember to take a sip of water.
- Bring snacks. Same as number #7 – in order to take care of others, you have to take care of yourself. My favorite snack is sweet and salty nut bar. https://amzn.to/33rUQHK Sweet part gives you the energy you’ll need and the salt helps to limit certain type of breaks!
- Bring business cards. Here is your opportunity to get potential new business. Ask the host if you can leave your cards on the table. You’ll be surprised to learn that depending on the event your hosts will be perfectly fine with it. You can also make yourself “scan a code” stand to make it easy for the guests to get your information.
- Network, network and network again! Working an event is a great opportunity to network. You know guests will be taking pictures and sharing them on different social media platforms. There will event food caterers, photographers, etc. Connect, tag, take pictures together, invite to follow and get that new lead for your next event!