Party Planning Tips
If you're planning an event and looking to hire a vendor for your upcoming Wedding , Anniversary, Corporate event, Company party, High School prom or event, Kids party, College party, reunion, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or whatever the event, you should consider drafting a well designed and thought out plan from the beginning. The availability of the most popular services usually get booked well in advance, on popular date (when the weather is usualy nice), sometimes one to two years or more, so don't delay, start the day you plan to have an event. To assist you in the planning of your event, we have outlined a few areas to help you get started.
Choose a date/time: Select a time of the year that suites your event properly. It's important you choose a date and/or specific time on that date that will not conflict with other events (Holidays, etc.) that might hinder the attendance of your guests. Weekends are the most popular, of course, since the majority of people have more free time away from work.
♦ Fact: Most events take place on a Saturday (late afternoon into the evening) and at a time of the year when the weather is most pleasant.
Create a guest list: Selecting your guest list is a task within itself. First, choose the maximum number of guests you'd like to invite. Then select the people you want to invite. Many times guest lists get long, so try to limit your list to family, business related people, close friends, and anyone important to you. Most of the time, you end up with more people on your list than the number you chose. If that happens, go through your list and cross out the people you feel you can eliminate. It's tough sometimes when you have to eliminate someone, but it's your party and your money (usually).
Select a location and venue: Be certain the location and venue you select can properly service your event and especially the number of guests you plan to invite. The location should be in an area easy to find and not too far away for most of your guests to travel. The venue itself must be able to handle your event without too many sacrifices. Personally visit the location and make certain it's compatible for what you want to accomplish and is as close to what you had envisioned.
Invitations: Select the style of invitation that is best associated with your event theme. A more casual, and much less expensive approach (free services available), is an e-mail invitation (i.e. www.evite.com). Send out your invitations at least 3 to 4 weeks prior to your event date. Wedding invitations are traditionally sent out about 6 weeks prior to the event date.
Choose your event services: This is critical! After confirming your venue/location for your event, we suggest choosing your Photo Booth and Entertainment (DJs are most popular). Consider the Disc Jockey as your master of ceremonies (MC or ring leader). He/she is the person with the microphone and the person that provides the music entertainment throughout the event. So, choose your Disc Jockey (or entertainment service) very carefully, so ask a lot of questions and get references (look online for feedback and ratings). Once you selected your entertainment, consider if you need a photographer, videographer, party planner, event coordinator, etc..
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Additional Services: In addition to Photo Booth and DJ services... consider a Photographer, videographer, florist, caterer, event planner, and a rental company (tables, chairs, etc.), just to name a few.
Food & Beverages: Decide if you want to have food and beverages at your event. At most events, some sort of beverage is available and depending on the event type, food is served.
Decorations: Depending on the theme of your event and the venue, decorations may or may not be needed. Just remember, whatever the event, decorations are a nice addition to the surroundings. LED up-lighting effects are ususaly available through your DJ service you hire. Ask them about LED up-lighting and other decoration ideas for your event.
Budget: Write down all of the services you require to make this event happen. Start by contacting 3 or 4 of each type of service to get an average price, so you know what you are going to need to budget for that particular service. Once you get a better idea of the costs per service, then you can set your budget within each area and get a good idea of what the entire event is going to cost.
In Summary - Outline your event in detail from start to finish. With most anything, pre-planning is the key. Take time to write down everything about your event, including the type of services needed, staff, venue, guest list, and especially your budget for each area. This will give you a better idea of all of the details of your event and most importantly the cost. Good thorough event planning will ultimately minimize the risk of surprise.
Frustrated? No time? Hire a professional: Many times it's easier and more time-manageable to hire a professional event planner (i.e. Wedding planner) for your event. An event planner can cover all aspects of your event and take most of the stress and responsibilities away so you can enjoy your event before, during and after.
10 questions to ask before hiring a PHOTO BOOTH service:
- Are we guaranteed a PHOTO BOOTH on the day of our event?
A written agreement (contract) with your specific terms protects you from unscrupulous operators.
- How many years of experience do you have?
Experience brings knowledge of common problems and situations. Be sure your Photo Booth company has experience with your type of event. Ask for referrals.
- May we contact your references?
References are important. This helps clarify the significance about the service.
- Do you belong to any professional associations or trade groups?
An involved business shows a willingness to learn, network, and share ideas. Belonging to a professional trade group reflects a caring attitude and respect.
- Will you provide actual photo printouts for everyone at the photo booth?
This is your event and your photo booth company should be willing to print a copy of the photo session for each person in the photo taken.
- How early will you be there to set up?
An average of 60-90 minutes should be allowed for set up and equipment check. Normally there is no additional charge for this and should be part of the entire service.
- How will the photo booth operator be dressed (attire)?
Proper attire reflects a positive image to your guests. The photo booth operator should be dressed as good or better than your guests.
- Are you insured for liabilty (up to $1M) and do you accept credit cards?
On-site Liability Insurance is a part of any legitimate business. Liability and casualty policies protect yourself, your guests, and the company. Credit cards protect any purchase you make. In fact, if the service you hired does not appear or does not provide the services in the signed agreement, you can challenge the charge with your bank.
- Do you use professional Photo Booth equipment?
Using professional and quality cameras, printers (Dye-sublimation are BEST) and computer equipment helps insure a reliable service and quality presentation.
- Will you provide a back-up if something happens?
Weddings, Mitzvahs, birthdays, and special events are often a once in a lifetime opportunity. A back-up system protects your investment.