What does a Event Planner do?
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An event planner organizes a variety of events to include business conventions, weddings, and educational conferences, and more. They ensure all event details meet their client’s specifications. They may work with vendors to arrange transportation, meeting locations, food service, lodging, and other services such as photography and videography.
How to Become an Event Planner
Event planners typically require a bachelor’s degree with work experience in planning or hospitality because of the increasing complexity of work responsibilities. Some colleges offer bachelor’s degrees in meeting and event management, tourism management, or hospitality.
There are colleges that offer continuing education courses in meeting and event planning as well so a degree may not be vital with work experience. Those with a background in hospitality and event management may begin their career as an event planner with greater responsibilities than others. Certifications may provide you with an advantage for a job as it demonstrates knowledge and competence.
The Certification Industry Council offers the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential and is widely recognized in the industry. Other certifications include, the Certified Meeting Professional-Healthcare (CMP-HC) certification, and the Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designation. There are a few other certifications such as the American Association of Wedding Planners and the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants.
Job Description of an Event Planner
Event planners typically meet prospective clients to gain an understanding of the expectations and needs of the event. They evaluate the size and scope of the event such as cost, time, and location. Event planners may then solicit bids from potential service providers and venues and inspect the venues to ensure they meet all necessary requirements of the client. Next, they must coordinate the event’s services such as food, lodging, transportation, and even entertainment.
During an event, a planner handles the logistics such as guest registry and arranging the audio/visual equipment. They also often arrange activities and speakers. In addition to all of this, they also examine the event bills and approving payment. This career field requires excellent communication, negotiation, and organizational skills.