Planning an event, choosing a venue, inviting your guests, meeting everyone’s expectation of a great time, and filling in all the little details in between can seem like a completely overwhelming task. But before you lose it or give up on the idea altogether, take a load off: instead of drowning underneath the weight of your to-do list, all you really need to worry about is selecting a great event coordinator.
First and foremost, the person with whom you decide to work should have a great deal of experience, be dedicated to your ideas instead of their own, and be capable of meeting demands with a minimum of sweat and a maximum of good cheer. Events are stressful, but that doesn't mean that your event coordinator should ever show it. When selecting your candidates, make sure you give them a clear idea of what you want, and ample time to decide whether or not your expectations are for them.
Your event coordinator will also need to possess a high level of versatility, both in terms of what they’re capable of planning and in terms of who they’re capable of drawing into the job with them. Think of your planner as the head of a snake – they need the body as much as the body needs them. If they don’t have a wide network of connections on which to draw, they may not end up getting the help they (and you!) need for your perfect day. Check reviews, look at resumes, and make sure you know who you’re getting before you say yes.
Lastly, always ensure that you like the person you select. You’ll be working closely with your event coordinator over a period of months, or sometimes even years. It is crucial to trust their temperament and judgment just as much as their talent and skills. But keep these ideas in mind, and you can’t go wrong.