This post is sponsored by Square Meal.
Preparing for an event of any kind is challenging. There is a reason why people take up event planning as a career – it is not for the faint hearted! Planning an event often requires an abundance of organisation and dedication. Without the funds to hire an event planner, finding a venue for your event can be overwhelming.
Before planning an event of any kind, it is vital that you research what is available in your area. Square Meal is an online database that allows you to search for everything from wedding venues to meeting venues with ease. The Square Meal website has a new look and is an incredibly useful event planning tool. You can even use the Square Meal website to book a table at a restaurant. The clever search filters which include pricing, ambience and cuisine will help you to discover new and exciting eating experiences.
Events such as parties and weddings are meant to be enjoyed, not stressful. Square Meal is the tool that everyone needs to plan an event regardless of budget or event size. There are so many ways you can eliminate stress when event planning, arranging a venue gives you a starting point, but what about the rest? What about the guests, the entertainment, the food? Sounds like an impossible task, doesn’t it, but let me reassure you, it is entirely possible with a little know-how, time and patience.
Before you organise anything else, check what your venue can offer. Depending on the location and nature of your venue, you might be able to make use of the in-house catering. Your venue may even be able to help you to dress the event.
If you are a long-term follower of Just The Three Of Us, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of lists. I have lists for everything, without lists I don’t think I’d cope! As soon as you have a venue, you need to make a note of what you need to organise and arrange. When you organise the entertainment, tick it off the list, when you’ve sorted food, tick that off the list too, it’s surprisingly satisfying to see your list of tasks dwindling. Keeping a list of tasks also reduces the risk of forgetting anything – what if you forget to arrange a birthday cake or send out invitations? It’s just not worth the risk, starting preparing your list right now!
Don’t be afraid to delegate, many hands make light work. If you know you aren’t good with negotitation, but you know somebody that is, then let them do it for you. What have you got to lose? You can’t do it all, share the load.
Finally, unplug and be off-duty for a little while. Event planning needn’t consume every hour of every day. As often as you can, switch off, ignore the RSVP’s and colour schemes and take time out to focus on yourself. Take as long as you need, whether that be five minutes or five hours before returning to event planning with a calm and fresh outlook.