Event planning mistakes to avoid

Planning a business event can be daunting and hindered by unforeseen event planning mistakes, especially if you are new to it. However, with the right approach, you can make the process manageable and stress-free. In this blog post, we highlight some of the most common business event planning mistakes and provide tips on how to avoid them.

Failing to set clear objectives

One of the biggest event planning mistakes you can make is failing to set clear objectives and goals. Knowing what you want to achieve will help you make better decisions about the event, such as the type of event to host, the venue, and the budget.

Make your objectives specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).

Neglecting the budget

Setting a budget is essential in event planning and helps you prevent costs from spiralling. Allocate sufficient funds for each aspect of the event, including the venue, decorations, food and beverages, marketing, and staffing.

Consider the cost of each item and prioritise the items most important to the event’s success.

Underestimating the time required

Planning a business event takes time and effort, and many underestimate the amount of work involved.

Make sure to allow sufficient time for planning, including for research, negotiations, and preparation. Create a timeline that outlines each step of the planning process, and stick to it as closely as possible.

Not considering attendees

Design your event with its target audience in mind. What do they want and need? What type of venue would they prefer? What type of food and drinks would they enjoy?

Ask for feedback from attendees after the event and use it to make improvements for future events.

Neglecting event promotion

Marketing and promotion are essential for the success of your event. Ensure your target audience is aware of your event and has all the information needed to attend.

Create a marketing plan that includes a variety of channels, such as social media, email, and direct mail. Start promoting your event well in advance to give people time to plan and make arrangements.

Not having a backup plan

Unexpected events can happen, and it’s essential to have a backup plan in place. For example, if the venue becomes unavailable, you must have a contingency plan, or two, or three!

Make sure to have backup plans for each critical aspect of the event, such as the venue, food, and transportation.

Neglecting the details

Finally, neglecting the details can be a big mistake. Pay attention to the details, such as decorations, lighting, and sound.

Check that the event equipment is in good working order and have backup equipment on hand in case of technical issues.


Remember to ask for help if you need it. Whether you are struggling to plan or manage an event on your own, or there are some specialist bits you need done for you, Bien Venue’s team is always on hand to help. Get in touch, and we can do as little or as much as you need.