Today's guest blogger is Terri Bergman of Terri Bergman Events (formerly TLB Events). Terri is a member of our Party Favorite's Portfolio. We selected Terri Bergman Events for our Party Portfolio because of Terri's experience, knowledge and creativity. We love her "do whatever it takes" attitude. Following are Terri's thoughts on event budgets...
photo via Terri Bergman Events
Everyone planning an event has a budget. Your planner should be able to establish perimeters for you even if you have no idea where to start and are overwhelmed by the entire process of spending so much money for a 5 hour party!
Always start backwards from the cost of your venue and food, then figure out what items are the most important for you event…music, entertainment, décor etc. If I were your planner, I would help you to determine those priorities then select your vendors accordingly.
It is so important that when you establish a budget..STAY THERE! It is so easy to get carried away in the moment and then completely lose track of your spending. The next thing you know, you are over your allotted funds and have to start scaling back... then the disappointment follows.
When I begin working with my clients, everything is in writing- I provide a décor proposal and then the vendors begin to create. You should never be in the dark regarding costs. THERE SHOULD BE NO SURPRISES! When you stay within a budget and let a professional work with you to make sure your event is within your means...it takes an incredible amount of stress off of you. This way you lifetime celebration is just that ..a celebration and everyone is happy!