Planning an event can be a difficult task, especially if you’re inexperienced or if it is a particularly large event such as a wedding. However, that doesn’t mean that it is impossible for you to plan an event that is both functional and memorable. With just a few helpful tips and important things to keep in mind, you can plan your event and feel confident that everything will run smoothly.

4 Things to Remember When Planning an Event

If a Meal is Included, Remember to Include Options

Of course, for an event like a wedding, you don’t need six different entrees. It is important to have at least three options for an entrée, though: two main options and at least one vegan or vegetarian option. One of the easiest ways to make your guests unhappy is by not having food that they can eat. If it is a smaller event, such as a brunch or baby shower, plan the menu with your guests. This way, you can make sure to cover any dietary restrictions or allergies.

Remember to be a Good Host

You can have the best food, drinks, and entertainment there is, but the absolute most important thing to remember when planning any type of event – whether it be a small family get-together or a high school reunion – is to be a good host. Make sure to take time to interact with your guests and engage in the festivities and activities you’ve worked so hard planning.

Remember Your Budget

Planning an event is exciting! There are so many color schemes and themes and activities that it’s hard not to be excited – and maybe even overwhelmed – when planning an event. However, before you can even begin shopping and planning your event, you need to take the time to sit down and plan out a budget. Even if you don’t have an exact budget planned down to every cent, it’s better to at least have an estimate of the price you’re willing to spend. Then, when you finally do start the fun part of buying favors and decorations, you’ll have a clear plan and will be less likely to spend too much.

Remember to Take a Moment to Have Fun

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and sucked into planning, even on the day of your event. However, after such a long time planning everything to make sure that it is perfect, don’t forget to take a few minutes out of the special day to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Mingle with your guests, snap a few pictures to remember the night, and, most of all, pat yourself on the back. Planning an event isn’t always easy, and it’s important to congratulate yourself on a job well done, especially when you can tell that your guests are enjoying themselves. This is also a great time to get feedback so that you will be better prepared for the next event that you host. When mingling with your guests, simply ask if they're enjoying themselves or if what their favorite part of the event is.