Budgeting for an event may not be easy, but it is a crucial part of all event planning. It helps when you set your budget before doing any other planning for an event. This way, you know and understand exactly where you need to spend money – as well as how much you have to spend – before you start spending it.
Below is an outline to help you with getting started with budgeting for an event
Each event is unique and has its own requirements for success. There is one aspect of event planning which rings especially true though, regardless of the type of event: the costs will come from a number of places, but most of those costs will fall under specific categories.
You can use categories, such as the ones below, to help you with budgeting for an event.
These include the costs and fees that the event venue charges:
- Room Rental
- Security Deposit
- Insurance Coverage
Food and Catering (Note: This could also be provided by a third-party vendor – see below)
- Bartender/Server Labor Fees
- Tax and Service/Gratuity Fees
- Screens and Projectors
- Internet Access
- Other Specialized Equipment
These include costs and fees for vendors you hire outside of the venue for your event. Each third-party vendor will bill you separately. Some vendors offer “bundled” packages and services, which can help keep costs lower as well as reduce the number of vendors you hire.
- Linens, Table Skirting, and Chair Covers
- Tents, Staging, and Amusement Attractions
- Physical Items Not Provided by Venue
- Labor and Delivery for Setup/Teardown
- Accent Lighting
- Flowers and Centerpieces
- Musicians or DJ
- Speaker Fees
- Contract Riders (food, lodging, transportation)
At Chef du Jour Catering, we partner with fabulous third-party vendors. Our shared goal includes creating the highest quality and most pleasing events possible for our clients.
You can visit our page here if you are interested in learning more about services we offer in addition to our catering services.
Geoff Beers, an event planning expert, explains budgeting for product expenses as follows:
Production includes all of the staff and resources required to plan and execute the event. These expenses begin the moment the event is dreamed up and continue through the post-event paperwork. In short, this category represents the cost of organizing the event, attracting attendees, and managing the administrative elements.
Marketing and Registration
- Print and Design Work
- Registration Management
Planning and Organization
- Event Planner Fees
- Part-time and/or Temporary Employees
- Office Supplies
- Communication Costs
- Travel Expenses
- Salaried Employee Assignments
- Accounting Costs
- Legal Fees
- Consultant Fees
Cost Overages and Emergency Funds
It is always a good idea to allow yourself some “wiggle room” on your budget for any unexpected expenditures…just in case.
Some event planners suggest budgeting five to ten percent over the anticipated expenses, while others choose a round number to work with. Larger events should of course allocate more because an oversight that is billed per person could run into the thousands of dollars.
We enjoy helping our clients with all aspects of event planning – including the challenging task of budgeting for an event. Please contact us online or give us a call at (503) 222-4553 and let us know how we can help you with your next event!