Natasha Spencer Weddings & Events
Kent wedding planner specialising in marquee weddings & events in Kent


Dos and Don'ts of Planning a Party


We all love a good party but sometimes the idea of planning and executing one is a daunting process. Wouldn't it be lovely if we could just blink and the party be planned, everything in place and you are good to rock and roll?! If only!

So to help you keep calm and carry on partying we've put together a little list of Dos and Don'ts to help you put on a perfect and effortless event.

DO - Delegate
You may be a wiz in the kitchen, a master cake maker and a creative genius when it comes to decoration but don't forget you are just one person and you can't do everything yourself. Whether it be sourcing a planner (wink wink), a caterer or someone to make the cake, share the responsibilities. It will take the stress off you and ensure all aspects of the party come together in time for the celebration.

DO - Have a Timeline
Plan, Plan, Plan. Write a rough list of everything that needs doing and a deadline of when it should be completed. Try and stick to your deadlines as much as possible, spread out the deadlines to ease pressure but having a timeline will make sure things do get done.

DO - Have a Rainy Day Plan
Typical Britain, you can never predict the weather. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst! Make sure you have a contingency plan for wet weather.

DON'T - Over Plan
Some things are out of your control and you can't plan for them. Guests are a big one that we are always telling our clients not to fuss over. Lots of people planning parties try and control their guests movements but guests will do what they will do and it is best to leave them to it. As long as they are there for the party it's best not to think about the logistics outside of the event. It will save you a lot of hassle and stress. 

DON'T - Lose Focus
Keep to the task at hand. Try not to start two things at once, if you are putting up fairy lights, finish the job before moving on to the next task, it sounds silly to say, we know, but it happens to the best of us. Before you know it, you have 7 different things that are all half finished and no time to complete them all. 

DON'T - Rely on Mental Lists
We all love some form of list, most of us like a mental list but sometimes we forget things. Nobody's perfect... however hard we try. So it is best to have a written list you keep on you that you add to whenever you think of something that needs doing. It doesn't matter what order things get ticked off in as long as they get ticked off! It is far better to put pen to paper than to rely on your noggin. 

Written By Natasha


Natasha Hildyard