You Have Questions? We Have Answers!

Exploring multiple planners to find your perfect match? We wholeheartedly support your decision! To help you make an informed choice and discover the ideal event planner guru, we recommend asking these essential questions. Simply click the plus sign to access our quick and comprehensive answers addressing commonly asked questions about our diverse range of planning services.

Why do I need an event planner?

Hiring an event planner can be a wise decision for various reasons, depending on the nature and scale of the event you are organizing. Here are some key benefits of having an event planner:

  • Expertise and Experience: Event planners are professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in organizing events. They are familiar with the ins and outs of event management, including logistics, budgeting, vendor negotiations, and handling unexpected challenges that may arise.

  • Time and Stress Management: Planning an event, especially a large or complex one, can be incredibly time-consuming and stressful. An event planner can take the burden off your shoulders, allowing you to focus on other important aspects of your life or business.

  • Budget Optimization: Event planners can help you create a realistic budget for your event and find ways to optimize it. They have connections with various vendors and suppliers, enabling them to negotiate better deals and avoid unnecessary expenses.

  • Creativity and Innovation: Event planners are often creative individuals who can bring fresh and innovative ideas to the table. They can help you design a unique and memorable event that aligns with your vision and objectives.

  • Vendor Coordination: Coordinating with different vendors and suppliers can be challenging, but event planners are skilled at managing these relationships. They can secure contracts, handle communications, and ensure that all parties work together seamlessly.

  • Risk Mitigation: Events can be unpredictable, and problems may arise unexpectedly. Event planners are adept at identifying potential risks and developing contingency plans to mitigate them, ensuring the event runs smoothly.

  • Attention to Detail: Successful events rely on meticulous planning and flawless execution. Event planners pay close attention to the smallest details, ensuring that nothing is overlooked, and everything runs according to plan.

  • Access to Resources: Event planners often have access to a wide network of resources, including unique venues, entertainment options, and other event-related services that you might not be aware of.

  • Professionalism: Hiring an event planner adds a professional touch to your event. Guests and participants will notice the well-organized and polished nature of the event, leaving a positive impression.

  • Post-Event Analysis: After the event, an event planner can help you evaluate its success, gather feedback, and identify areas for improvement. This information can be invaluable for future events.

While you can certainly plan smaller and more straightforward events on your own, for larger and more complex occasions, an event planner can prove to be an invaluable asset. They bring expertise, time-saving abilities, creativity, and peace of mind to the process, ensuring that your event is a resounding success. If you are planning a smaller event and just need advice/tips, we offer consulting services as well!

Aren't a "planner" and a "coordinator" the same thing?

While the terms "coordinator" and "planner" are often used interchangeably in casual conversation, they typically refer to different roles and responsibilities in the context of event management. The main distinction lies in their level of involvement and the stage at which they become actively engaged in the event preparation process.

Event Coordinator:

An event coordinator is usually involved in the later stages of event planning, closer to the actual event date. Their primary role is to ensure that all the previously arranged elements come together seamlessly on the day of the event. Their responsibilities may include:

  • Vendor Coordination: Coordinating with various vendors and service providers to confirm arrangements, timelines, and logistics.

  • Schedule Management: Creating a detailed schedule and ensuring that all involved parties, such as vendors, performers, and speakers, are aware of the timeline.

  • On-site Management: Overseeing the event on the day itself, handling any issues or last-minute changes, and making sure everything runs smoothly.

  • Troubleshooting: Dealing with unexpected challenges that may arise during the event and finding quick solutions.

In essence, an event coordinator is responsible for the execution and coordination of the event based on the groundwork laid out by the event planner.

Event Planner:

An event planner, on the other hand, is involved in the entire event planning process from the start. They are responsible for the overall design, organization, and strategy of the event. Their responsibilities may include:

  • Concept Development: Understanding the client's vision and objectives for the event and translating it into a cohesive concept.

  • Budgeting and Resource Allocation: Creating a budget for the event and allocating resources accordingly.

  • Venue Selection: Finding and securing an appropriate venue based on the event's requirements and budget.

  • Vendor Selection and Contracting: Identifying and hiring vendors and service providers (caterers, decorators, audio-visual teams, etc.) and negotiating contracts.

  • Event Marketing and Promotion: Develop a marketing strategy to promote the event and attract attendees.

  • Overall Event Design: Overseeing the aesthetic and thematic aspects of the event, including décor, themes, and branding.

  • Logistics Planning: Organizing transportation, accommodations, and other logistical details for guests and participants.

In summary, the event planner is involved in the strategic and creative planning process, while the event coordinator is responsible for the smooth execution of those plans on the day of the event. However, the specific roles and responsibilities of an event planner and coordinator may vary depending on the scale and complexity of the event and the preferences of the client or organization. Sometimes, a single person or team may fulfill both roles, especially in smaller events. We do both! Set up a FREE consultation to discuss your options.

How do you charge for services?

Determining how to charge for event planner or coordinator services involves considering various factors, such as the type of event, the scope of work, our experience level, market rates, and the specific preferences of the clients. Here are some common methods of charging for event planning or coordination services (we do all of these and the method will be determined after the FREE initial consultation and will be outlined in the proposal prior to signing/hiring) :

  • Flat Fee or Package Pricing: This involves setting a fixed price for the entire event planning or coordination service. You'll need to assess the scope of work, the expected time commitment, and the level of complexity to determine a suitable package price. Package pricing is often preferred for standard or straightforward events.

  • Percentage of the Total Event Budget: Some event planners or coordinators charge a percentage of the total budget of the event. The percentage can vary depending on the scale of the event and the level of involvement required. For instance, you might charge 10% of the total budget as your fee.

  • Hourly Rate: Charging by the hour is a common method for event planners or coordinators, especially when the scope of work is less defined or the client needs assistance with specific tasks. You'll need to track the time spent on planning or coordinating activities and invoice your clients accordingly.

  • Day Rate: If you're hired to work on-site for the event day or on specific event-related days, you can charge a flat day rate. This approach is suitable for event coordinators who focus primarily on the execution and management of the event.

  • Retainer Fee: Some event planners or coordinators charge a retainer fee upfront to secure their services. The retainer fee is typically a percentage of the total estimated cost or a fixed amount. The remaining balance is then billed after the event is completed.

  • Additional Services and Add-ons: You can also charge separately for additional services or add-ons that go beyond the standard package. For example, if a client requests additional decor elements or a more complex event design, you can charge an extra fee for those enhancements.

  • Travel and Expenses: If you're required to travel for the event or incur other expenses related to the planning or coordination, you may bill these costs separately or include them in your overall fee.

Are deposits refundable and what is payment process?

Deposits for event planning or coordination services can be refundable or non-refundable, depending on the terms agreed upon between the event planner or coordinator and the client. Here are the common scenarios for deposits (we do both and how this will be done will be determined after the FREE initial consultation and will be outlined on the contract in detail):

Non-Refundable Deposits: In some cases, event planners or coordinators may require a non-refundable deposit to secure their services and reserve the date for the event. This means that if the client decides to cancel the event or no longer requires the planner's services, the deposit will not be returned. The non-refundable deposit is often used to protect the planner from potential losses due to other opportunities they may have declined to take on the event.

Refundable Deposits: In other cases, event planners or coordinators may offer a refundable deposit, which means that if the event is canceled within a certain timeframe or for specific reasons outlined in the contract, the client may receive a partial or full refund of the deposit.

The specifics of the deposit and payment process should be clearly outlined in the contract or agreement between the event planner or coordinator and the client. The contract should include details such as:

  • The amount of the deposit and when it is due.

  • Circumstances under which the deposit is refundable or non-refundable.

  • Payment schedule and methods for the remaining balance.

  • Any late payment fees or penalties for overdue payments.

  • Cancellation and rescheduling policies.

It's essential for both parties to review and agree to the terms in the contract before proceeding with the event planning or coordination services. This helps ensure a transparent and mutually beneficial working relationship and protects both the event planner and the client's interests.

As each event planner or coordinator may have their own payment processes and policies, it's recommended to discuss these details with the specific professional you are considering hiring for your event. In Alignment Collective will always be very transparent on pricing and fees and open communication is encouraged.

Do you have a backup plan in case you get sick or can't be at my event?

It is standard practice for In Alignment Collective to have backup staff or a team that can step in if the primary planner becomes unavailable. Additionally, we will communicate our availability and potential backup plans upfront in the contract or agreement to provide you with peace of mind and ensure a successful event regardless of any unforeseen circumstances.

Do you have a vendor reference or partnership (caterer, photographer etc)?

Yes! With over 20 years in the industry, our team has preferred vendors in every category. These are people who have been vetted and we have personal experience with them to assure you that you have a smooth event.

What if there is an emergency? Can we change the date or details without additional fees?

The ability to change the date or details of an event without incurring additional fees depends on the specific terms and conditions outlined in the contract or agreement between you and the event planner or coordinator. It's essential to discuss and agree upon these terms before finalizing the contract to ensure clarity and avoid any misunderstandings later on.

Here are some key considerations regarding emergencies and changes to the event:

  • Force Majeure Clause: A force majeure clause is a provision in the contract that addresses unforeseen circumstances, such as natural disasters, extreme weather events, political unrest, or other emergencies that may make it impossible or impractical to hold the event on the scheduled date. This clause typically outlines the procedures for rescheduling the event, the responsibilities of both parties in such situations, and any potential fees or penalties associated with the change.

  • Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy: The contract should clearly state the event planner's or coordinator's policies regarding event cancellation and rescheduling. It should cover any potential fees or costs that may arise if you need to change the event date or details due to an emergency or other reasons.

  • Timelines for Changes: The contract should specify the deadlines or notification periods within which you can make changes to the event date or details without incurring additional fees. It's essential to adhere to these timelines to avoid extra costs.

  • Open Communication: In the case of an emergency, open communication with the event planner or coordinator is crucial. They should be informed as soon as possible so that they can assess the situation and work with you to find the best solution. Early communication allows for better planning and minimizes the impact of changes.

  • Flexibility and Understanding: While contracts and policies provide a framework, it's also important to consider the specific circumstances surrounding the emergency. A reputable and understanding event planner or coordinator will strive to work with you to find a reasonable solution that meets both your needs and theirs.

To ensure a smooth process in the event of an emergency or the need for changes, carefully review and discuss the terms of the contract with the event planner or coordinator before signing it. Make sure you fully understand the policies and procedures for rescheduling or making alterations to the event, and address any questions or concerns you may have.

If I hire you as my planner, you're going to get me a bunch of discounts, right?

In Alignment Collective will work to secure the best possible deals and negotiate with vendors to help you stay within your budget. Event planners often have established relationships with various vendors, which can sometimes result in access to discounts or special pricing. However, the extent of discounts and cost-saving measures will depend on several factors, including the event planner's experience, their network of vendors, the event's budget, and the specific arrangements made with each vendor.

It's important to discuss your budget and cost-saving goals with your event planner upfront. They can then use their expertise and connections to recommend the most suitable options and help you make informed decisions that align with your financial expectations.

Remember that the primary role of an event planner is not just to find discounts but to ensure that the event is well-organized, meets your objectives, and provides a memorable experience for attendees. They will work diligently to manage the logistics, coordinate vendors, and handle any unforeseen challenges that may arise, ultimately contributing to the success of your event.

If my event is local, will Gertrude be available?

Gertrude knows she is cute, and a bit of a diva. She likes to go everywhere with her mom, however, sometimes likes to make her own rules. If planned in far enough advance, she will try to make an appearance.

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