Take Me Out To The Ball
February 11, 2011 6:08 PM Subscribe
How can I be the best event planner possible?
posted by DisreputableDog to work & money (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have the chance to pick up a collateral duty at work for planning a decent sized event.
Apparently, the event last year completely bombed. What was supposed to have a large attendence, only about 20 of our bosses, their spouses, and a few lower level workers (likely event planners themselves) showed up to. In fact, I bought a rather nice dress (as it's a black tie style, mainly long dress event), but ended up not going because the venue was a hotel and the food was only a little nicer than something we can get at our local cafeteria.
Mainly this would be just to look good on my bi-annual evaluation, but if I'm going to start in on this, than damn it, I'm going to do it with style, or as much as our budget will allow. A coworker of mine is urging me to offer my time, and attack this with a vengeance, overwhelming the committee with 3 pricing options, options for a speaker.....basically planning the bejeezus out of this so they'll say "yes" no matter what.
This would involve fundraising (which will be more difficult after last year), finding a better venue (there are resorts around here, which would undoubtedly give us good prices), caterers, music/a band, and so on.
It's the kind of event that starts off formally, but apparently _can_ get a little more relaxed, if done well. It will have alcohol, but my work is pretty strict about things getting too crazy, so I'm not overly worried about that. More about raising money for this.
I have some, almost inherited, skills in this area, but have never stretched my legs, so to speak. Any tips on how to do this?