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How to become A party/event planner (Read 10894 times)
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How to become A party/event planner
Aug 15th, 2005, 11:11pm
 
I am interested in becomeing a professional party/event planner and was curious about a few things.

Is their a certain college degree you need?

How are customers charged for your service?

Do you have to work from home or are their other optiona?

Any help with any of these answers would be greatly appreciated

Thanks
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Re: How to become A party/event planner
Reply #1 - Sep 22nd, 2005, 5:46pm
 
I went to FabJob and got one of there party book and it has some good ideas in it.

It might help you.
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Re: How to become A party/event planner
Reply #2 - Dec 11th, 2005, 2:56am
 
sbratprincess

It the party book decent?  If you dont mind, how much did you pay for it?
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Re: How to become A party/event planner
Reply #3 - Dec 13th, 2005, 12:03am
 
I want to become an event planner too and I have this book. It is a pretty good one and it comes with a cd that you can download  different documents.....probably the best one I have read actully!
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Re: How to become A party/event planner
Reply #4 - Dec 13th, 2005, 1:47am
 
I think I it was about $30-40 ?
That's just a guess.
It has been some time since I got the book.

The book does have some really good ideas
and tips.

I hope it helps you.
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Re: How to become A party/event planner
Reply #5 - Dec 14th, 2005, 2:45pm
 
I want to start my own party planning business.  I have a lot of questions... I was wondering if you need to be certified?  I saw on my google search, that you could get a license/certificate in event planning.  Is this necessary?  I have a bachelor degree in Finance and I'm looking for a change in career; obviously.  I've planned my own wedding, parties at work and helped others w/planning their wedding, bachelorette party, etc.  So, it looks like to get started, I need to start talking to florists, bakeries, photographers, etc. to get my name out there?  I live in the metro Detroit area. I'd like to mostly plan weddings, showers and birthday parties.  I'm not looking into being an event planner for a corporation or helping a corporation plan a holiday party for example.   Do I need to take classes on small business management?  Should I be reading any certain books?  Any advice would be greatly appreciated!   Smiley
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Reply #6 - Dec 14th, 2005, 3:32pm
 
Hi apriljeanniebug

You dont have to be certified, however; later you may want to become certified.  There is ISES (Internation Special Events Society) and also if youre thinking about become a professional bridal consultant, Association of Bridal Consultants is a great organization.  Also you can take online classes with George Washington University, they have a Program for Event Mangement the website for that is gwutourism Being certified helps you in the long run.  But I would just focus on doing research and more research, (research your area and the industry) figure out what your niche is.  But it sounds like youre on the right track.  Continue to do as many parties as possible to get the experience.  Make sure you advertise with business cards, flyers, brochures, very easy and non-expensive to do.  Talking to vendors is good (florist, photographers,etc.) not only does that get your name out, you start building a vendor base.  Taking a class on small business managment wouldnt hurt, but there are so many books in the library you can look at.  Go to the library and pile up on business books, event planning books, wedding books, any type of party you may be interested in.  Also take a look at this website called smallbizbooks, they have a book on Starting an Event Planning Service.  The book is really good.  I paid about $70 for it.  If you have any other questions, let me know

Laurian
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Reply #7 - Dec 17th, 2005, 1:53pm
 
Hey, I got the Entrepreneur book "How to Start an Event-Planning Business" and I paid a little under $10 for it from amazon. It was very helpful.
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Re: How to become A party/event planner
Reply #8 - Jan 13th, 2006, 1:58pm
 
I'm concerned with the legal aspects of the business.  Can we just use standard contracts or do we need to be careful...I mean how many people would sue the planner of their baby shower or wedding?  Is this a big issue?
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Reply #9 - Jan 19th, 2006, 12:36am
 
Yes it can be a big issue..  Depending on the type of event or even who you are doing it for.  Contracts are important, but contracts come more handy when youre doing a big engagement.  You want all parties to be accountable for the portion of the event.  If your doing a wedding and your fee is $2000, Im sure you want to get your money when everything is done.  You have to be very specific in the contract in regeards to what your charging, cancellation policy, etc...  You have to be careful when being the go between the client and the vendor.  Because if something goes wrong on the vendor end, the client is coming after you.  So sometimes its good that you refer your clients to the vendors and let them deal with them on their own. You'll be surprised at what people sue people for.  You could use a simple contract for something small, ie. babyshower, bridal shower, etc.  When start planning and coordinating events for over 50 people or over $500.00 you really should use a contract.  I hope that helps
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Reply #10 - Aug 9th, 2006, 1:59pm
 
This is for exguisite

----i can tell you are very familiar with the topic, i have always had a passionate desire in this feild, i graduated this year with a B.S in Administration and management and i am looking to start a business in event planning mostly with weddings,parties etc and i also plan on doing some on the work myself like decor, favors etc. i have palnned a few partys and events i have done some work on interior decorating for friends and family. Actually at this time is am working with friend on her new home so just to let your know i love this feild. I feel this industry is very difficult to get in if you don't have the right credentials and since i have no professional expertise i was hoping to take some classes but i can't seem to find any in my area(Richmond, VA), do you also know of any apprentice like jobs in event planning? something to gain me the experience and the exposure to this field. Please reply with any helpful hints.

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Reply #11 - Sep 17th, 2006, 6:16am
 
Hi,

You know you could go to stratford university online. This school is in Falls Church VA. I go there for my AAS in Hotel and Restaurant Management. I had to take event management as part of my degree studies and it is a very good course. You can also take this course alone just go to the website and check it out.
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Re: How to become A party/event planner
Reply #12 - Sep 29th, 2006, 2:52pm
 
Hello

If you don't mind going abroad you can always go to Belgium for a degree in Event management.  Wink

I'm currently studying Event management in Antwerp. (I'm Belgian)
Just started my second year (total 3 years).

It's hard work. This year we have a lot of 'teamwork' projects.

As a matter effect I just stumbled on this forum looking for variables to compare for the course financial planning. And I've got no idea what to look for.

I want to compare guest and price of a wedding but it's not that easy to find this kind of info. I'd love to have American numbers because I'm planning to go to America next year for my apprenticeship.

Good luck!!
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Re: How to become A party/event planner
Reply #13 - Jun 3rd, 2008, 3:25am
 
sbratprincess, what is the name of the book you bought? i too am interested in getting into this field, i have just started all the research ( i think my eyes are going to fall out from all the reading i have done).
I am looking for a book that can help me start out and that has the documents Or examples of them, that i will need.
also, if anyone is from canada, i am wondering about online courses, to get a certificate in Event Planning, does anyone know of a legit site?
Thanks!!! Smiley
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Reply #14 - Jun 24th, 2008, 3:01pm
 
Hi everyone!

I have been an event planner for over fifteen years, and felt I needed to chime in to help those of you who are just starting out. I want to let you know that I have an entire FREE website dedicated to people who desperately want to break into the world of event planning but don't know how. I am not selling anything, so this is not a shameless plug - but there is just so much information and so many questions, that I can't cover it all in one post. That's why I created a website, to help "pay it forward" after a wise mentor helped me get started so long ago.

My website is: careers-in-event-planning


* If you're wondering if you should really bother with schooling or certification, click on the "Event Planning Courses" page. My overall, generic advice in this area is that getting an event planning degree is not nearly as important as getting experience in the field.

* This also applies to certification. If you're wondering if certification is worth your money, my overall advice is, no. I have been in the industry for 15 years, and haven't even taken the time to get my CMP! Also, most certifications require that you have been working in the industry for at least 3 years. Certification is often misunderstood to be a replacement for education; in reality, it's to establish how much you know. If you're just starting out, it doesn't make sense. It's like asking someone to take their certification to be a pilot, when they've never flown a plane.

* If you're not even sure about the industry and want to learn more, start with "What is Event Planning?" and read every page from there.

There's so much more info, and limited space; but if you're truly ready to do what it takes to get into the business (it won't happen overnight), take a look at my site and read through every page. Good luck and never give up!
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Re: How to become A party/event planner
Reply #15 - Jul 21st, 2008, 7:32pm
 
I have been planning parties for some friends lately and some have suggested I become a Certified Event Planner.  Most junior colleges have courses.  

In the meantime I have been using theparty to help find all the items I need.  It's a search engine for party planners.  It's made me look like a genius!

Hope this helps - JJ



Jennifermck wrote on Aug 15th, 2005, 11:11pm:
I am interested in becomeing a professional party/event planner and was curious about a few things.

Is their a certain college degree you need?

How are customers charged for your service?

Do you have to work from home or are their other optiona?

Any help with any of these answers would be greatly appreciated

Thanks

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Reply #16 - Jul 25th, 2008, 5:19pm
 
I'm considering getting into this too.  I hate my job and would like to do something fun like this!!  I'm just afraid of losing money doing it you know!?
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Re: How to become A party/event planner
Reply #17 - Aug 13th, 2008, 8:10am
 
sbratprincess wrote on Sep 22nd, 2005, 5:46pm:
I went to FabJob and got one of there party book and it has some good ideas in it.

It might help you.


I agree with you there, FabJob is a great place to find eBooks on just about anything. I bought an eBook on How to Become a Travel Writer there. Good value for money!
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