I was lucky enough recently to help plan and coordinate a spring community event at Salisbury Village in Sherwood Park. I’ve worked with my friends at Avillia Developments for a few years now, and in that time I have been able to get to know Salisbury Village well. This area is a beautiful residential and commercial development just south of Wye Road in Sherwood Park, and it’s always a pleasure to spend time here.
2016 was a whirlwind year, and one of the most exciting projects I worked on was Live in Space!, a concert planned in conjunction with Edmonton musician Letters from Pluto. Presented by Lexus of Edmonton, this event was an OUT OF THIS WORLD experience incorporating a live concert by Letters from Pluto paired with a laser show and projections from outer space. Today I am sharing a gallery of some of my favourite photos from that evening.
As an event planner, I appreciate that my friends and family can be some of my greatest supporters, helping me to build my portfolio and gain experience, and backing me in all of my small business endeavours. But I find far too often that people I know are pretty clueless about the type of work that I do and what it encompasses. And if my close friends and family aren’t really sure about what I can do to help, how am I supposed to convince other people to hire me? In order to combat this issue, I’m going to shed some light on this topic. What exactly does an event planner do?
Last Thursday wrapped up a whirlwind month during which Letters from Pluto and I planned an amazing concert experience. Live in Space! finally happened and it was a smashing success. If you want to know more about this epic evening of live music, lasers, and awesome visual effects taking place at the Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre, you can check out my pre-event post titled I’m Planning an OUT OF THIS WORLD Concert in Edmonton.
Anyone who follows my blog or social media accounts probably already knows that I’m planning an awesome concert & laser show with Edmonton musician Letters from Pluto, who also happens to be my friend. The event is taking place on November 3, and I’m pretty excited about it (if you want more info, hop on over to last week’s blog post). That being said, I can hardly believe that it’s been only two weeks since we announced that it was happening. The timelines for this event have been so condensed that it really wasn’t that long ago that I was debating whether or not I should put my time, energy, and money into making this concert a reality. What makes an event worthwhile? Keep reading for my instructions on deciding!
As an event planner, I’m used to scrutinizing the details of a project, and coming up with plans to combat problems that arise. It’s my job to do everything I can to ensure a smooth and successful event. Usually I’m really great at this. Typically I’m able to mitigate problems down to be a non-issue, and my client usually doesn’t know how many I solve. But there’s one thing I just can’t control, and that’s the weather. This is an important event planning lesson.
I recently helped to plan a beachy bridal shower for one of my very best friends, who was married in Hawaii this summer. When the two other girls in the bridal party brought up the idea of a beach theme for the shower, I was immediately on board for a couple reasons. A beachy bridal shower was perfect for this particular friend, but on top of that, this theme is also relatively easy to do really well.
As you probably already know, networking is important in any business. If you’re not really on board with this philosophy yet, check out my previous post Networking: Difficult, but Necessary for my thoughts on the topic. As an event planner, thinking about any type of event leads to breaking down ways to make it successful. Keep reading to find out the 4 keys to planning a killer networking event!
Today I’m straying away from event-focused posting, and I’m going to discuss something a little more broad: networking. It’s important for business. It’s important for events. Let’s be real… it’s key to life in general. So why does it have to be so difficult?