Your event will only be as good as your management skills are behind the scenes, regardless of how great a host you may be. Don’t forget about the people who are actually putting your entire event planning into action on your behalf. Communication is definitely the key here and having everyone on the same page as to your ideas is crucial to ensure smooth running.

Organise meeting time

Always do yourself the favour of arranging sufficient meeting time with any vendors, contractors or venue event staff leading up to the event and on the day of the event itself. Don’t rush these meetings and if you feel you need more than one, then insist on it. It is always better to be safe than sorry!

These meetings are essential in establishing requirements and expectations and a simple telephone call will not do you justice.

Meeting on the day will also confirm final plans and is the vehicle through which to communicate any last minute changes, hiccups (these can happen) and/or any other unexpected factors that to everyone’s absolute surprise, although mostly yours, may have suddenly reared their ugly head.


Following a University degree and a drastic career move, Fiona Warren-Bassett soon found herself rapidly moving forward in the events and PR world. Enjoying the change of direction, Fiona went on to further her Event Management experience, spending 6 years working for a renowned cruise line company. Having travelled extensively and been actively involved in many events and weddings, Fiona has since returned to land and has successfully launched her freelance writing and PR career.
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