When it comes to an event, planning is crucial. No matter how much planning you do, especially in advance, you can bet something will always go wrong. It’s always good to have a backup plan however some issues are totally unexpected. Thinking on your feet is a major key! Mastering the art of problem-solving is critical when you’re experiencing a huge blunder.
Instead of complaining, be quick to find a solution.
- The caterer cancelled at the last-minute? Have options that won’t need a long lead time to accommodate large groups such as Subway.
- Your florist promised seasoned flowers that turned out to be in late bloom and can’t deliver as promised? Get alternative flowers or get fake flowers from Hobby Lobby or Michael’s….get real flowers from Walmart if you have no choice but make sure the florist gives you a hefty discount for your next event.
- The venue double-booked but you already printed invites? Make sure you notify everyone on the invite list and that have RSVP’ed to understand any changes in venue or schedule. Call them, email them, text them…make sure you communicate any and all changes to your guests!
Figure out how to solve the problem now and then find the best solution for the variable that caused the issue. Make sure you are made “whole” if someone unexpectedly changes or adjusts what was discussed and contracted out for the event. Sometimes your solutions will not be glamorous but it will help you plan and prepare for future hiccups and continue on with your event.
Have your contracts ready!