What are the differences between event planners and event designers? If you have a wedding, anniversary party, sweet 16, or another occasion on the horizon, take a look at what you need to know about these two types of event specialists.
What Does an Event Planner Do?
An event planner does exactly what the name implies—they plan events. This includes the logistics and organizational aspects of your wedding or any other party. The planner typically comes with a contact list filled with photographers, caterers, performers, and anyone else you could need for your event.
From the first steps (such as securing a venue) to the event day, the planner will guide you through the process. Along with the pre-event planning, this professional will also manage day-of details. This service allows you to relax and enjoy your day, without worrying about whether the DJ will arrive on time or who will deliver the cake.
What Does an Event Designer Do?
Again, it's all in the name—the designer handles the overall event design. Unlike the planner, the designer won't manage the logistics or day-of tasks. But they will help you to create your dream day. Think of the designer as your event's stylist. They may help you to choose the right invitations for your event, select a color palette, arrange venue décor, or transform a blank space into a magical party.
Do You Need Both an Event Planner and a Designer?
The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the size of the event, your needs, and your personal preference. If you don't trust your own party planning skills or don't have time to create the ideal event, you'll need both a planner and a designer.
How Should You Choose an Event Service Professional?
Whether you need a planner, designer, or both, you need to feel completely comfortable with the event professionals. Start with your search with people you know in real life. Friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers can provide you with referrals. If you don't know anyone who has used an event planner or designer, spread your search to online communities.
Local social media communities offer a wealth of knowledge about local contractors. Unlike anonymous Internet posts, these are personal opinions and may provide the specific information you need to make a choice. If you still need help to select a planning professional, ask your potential contractor for customer references.
For more information, reach out to local event designers and planners in your area.