Your Event Theme: Where to Begin

As an event designer and planner, I have the privilege of creating and seeing so many types of beautiful events. Bringing out people’s personalities within their event is something that I strive for in many creative ways to create the unique effect the client wants for theirevent.

Choosing an event theme comes naturally for some events. Think of hosting a backyard barbeque, for example. Though there are many ways to create a unique theme for this, a pretty common theme would involve red and white checkered linens, picnic tables, lawn games, etc. With certain events, like weddings and birthday parties, themes can be a bit more difficult to decide on. There are key elements that can contribute to the theme of these events, however they can typically be personalized to any theme that you decide on. This makes deciding on a theme for these events a tad more difficult, as there is such a wide variety of options that include anything you could dream of.

These days, there is a vast array of resources available to browse event trends and ideas, and these can give you ideas for what you want your event to look and feel like. Sometimes having these platforms available to you can be a great help in identifying your likes and dislikes when it comes to event themes, décor, colours, attire, etc. On the other hand, it can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming to have so many ideas available to you.

A planner can help develop your interests and ideas into a cohesive theme. Often times, these themes will fall into a few categories, such as rustic, modern, bohemian, and so on, but these themes can also overlap and this is what creates a unique event personalized to you.

There are a few main things to think about when pondering ideas for your theme:

Colour Palette- What colours would you love to incorporate into your event? What colours do you absolutely not want to incorporate?

Venue- Is there a specific style of venue you want? Maybe a barn, rooftop, café?

Season- What season do you want to hold your event in? Is there a season or date that holds meaning to you and your event?

Age group: Who is your event for? Is it adults only or family oriented?

Event purpose: What are you hosting the event for? Is it a wedding, birthday party, family reunion?

Having a few images or ideas ironed out when you first meet with your event planner is key to helping us be able to iron out what you want the style and theme of your event to be. Even if you have no idea when you first meet your planner, we are trained to be able to pull from your personality, likes and dislikes, and any images you show us to create a theme tailored to your event.

Should you hire a planner?

There are many ways that event planners can assist you in creating your dream event. However, if you aren’t confident that you want to hire a planner, here are some key things to think about to help you decide.

Budget: Often times, hiring a planner can actually save you money because of the connections they have with vendors. However, if your budget is tight, you may just not reasonably be able to hire a planner and still have room in your budget for the other things you want at your event.

Organization: Maybe you love organization and planning, and the idea of planning a large event excites you! In this case, you can probably manage a simple wedding or event with the help of friends and family. If your event has a lot of vendors and a lot of details to pay attention to, you might want a planner to ensure you don’t miss out on anything you know you want for your event. If you aren’t the most efficient when it comes to being organized and keeping a schedule, or if you want an extra pair of eyes to make sure you haven’t missed a step, a planner is going to save you a lot of time and effort.

Clerical Work: Planning a wedding involves a lot of communication with a lot of people. If you like clerical work, you might not find it daunting to communicate with many vendors at the same time. On the other hand, if you don’t enjoy checking emails, reading contracts, and keeping up with other forms of communication, it might be nice to have a planner who can take care of the majority of these tasks for you.

Vision: If you don’t have a clear vision of what you want your event to look like, having a planner especially in the beginning stages of planning can be key. Planners are trained to know how to creatively involve your interests and create a unique event that reflects your personality. You may already have a Pinterest board full of ideas, and in that case, you might be okay tackling those DIYs yourself to create your vision.

Other Responsibilities: Life gets busy, and if you have full time work or anything else that takes up the majority of your time, it might just not be practical to set aside a few hours a day to plan your event. Hiring a planner who has the time and knows how to work efficiently will be key to hosting the event you have been dreaming of.

Day-Of: As a general rule, it is always a good idea to have someone other than yourself that vendors or guests can come to with any questions on the day of the event. Maybe you have someone responsible close to you that could handle this task, but if you can’t think of anyone, or if you want your close friends and family to be able to relax and enjoy your event, it would be a good idea to hire a planner or coordinator, at least for the day of the event.

Hiring a planner is never a bad idea, as there are always ways that a planner can assist you and things that a planner may know that you might not think of. Hopefully, if you have been unsure of whether or not to hire a planner, this list gave you a little bit of clarity and you are closer to making your decision!