A seasoned independent event specialist will have a significant number of vendor, supplier, and venue contacts. They know the caterer who specializes in delightful food and service the large 400 to 1000 person galas, the creative caterer who displays works of catering art, and the finest catering company to use for an intimate dinner of 10.
If you want exclusive access, an independent event specialist will deliver it! These planners have relationships with the most prominent restaurants and can secure the “hard to get reservation at the last minute”.
Want to recreate an event you saw in a magazine, your independent event specialist can do it. They know the production company (more importantly the specific tech) that provided lighting for the coveted pre-Super Bowl party. Your event will have the same lighting effect for a fraction of the Super Bowl party’s cost courtesy of your event specialist;s contacts and relationships.
Last minute requests, no problem. Independant event specialists are able to fulfill last minute requests for a specific type of chair to be used on stage for the president of your organization with only hours to spare. When a major storm hits and floods your event venue, they can quickly call another venue/hotel, coordinate a transfer of all vendor deliveries to the new space, and work with the stakeholders to communicate the changes to the guests.
Why are independent event specialists more successful in delivering these positives results? Typically an independent event specialist has worked as an internal planner for a few companies, they have had clients within a number of industries, and they have had experience planning variety of event types. All of these traits create a rather extensive and robust vendor and venue contact list.
If you have an event to plan, considering hiring Christi Rich your strategic event specialist today.