Whether you’re planning a small dinner party, a wedding for 500 guests, or a news conference, preparation is essential for putting together an event that runs smoothly when your guests arrive. The elements of “when,” “where,” “who” and “what” are all questions that need to be answered, of course—and to help you think through “how” to best tackle these, it’s time to have some fun.
Approaching and planning your media event by putting on your party hat will help to make sure your bases are covered—and bonus: your annoying uncle Leo isn’t on the guest list! Check out our new Event Planning Tasklist for tips on when to start your planning; who to invite behind the podium; how best to ensure a good turnout; and what to do the day after the “party.”
We’ve also identified a few key stages to planning a successful event, and we break them down by:
- Before the event (tasks for 4 weeks, 1 week and 2-3 days in advance)
- During the event (you’ve set the table, now it’s party time!)
- After the event (tying up a few loose ends)
Ready to get started? Check out the complete Event Planning Tasklist.
–Alison Lorenz & Aileo Weinmann