Planning an Event

by Robbie Schlosser · 2 comments

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Planning music for a wedding or a party?  Think about planning the entire event.

You won’t do the entire event, of course, but thinking systematically about planning an event will help you focus down to one aspect at a time.  Like the music, and how it will fit in with everything else.

Now, what are some main landmarks for planning an event?  

Lots of them.  Here’s one of the easiest: Begin your planning carefully by asking for professional advice.

For example, as you plan your party’s music, remember to ask the musicians you interview for their recommendations.  They’ll have good suggestions, especially if they’ve played successfully at hundreds of similar events.

I recently wrote about planning music for an elegant party and planning music for a wedding.  In my opinion, planning an event needn’t be a hassle.  Whether your event will be straightforward and uncomplicated, or filled with complex details, words of wisdom from a few experienced pros will make your work MUCH easier.

Whatever type of event you’re planning, and whatever your background as a planner, you’ll find professional advice is a great help for getting started, polishing the final details, and coordinating everything in between.  And if you ever get pressed for time or resources, consider hiring a few professionals to lay their expert hands on the problem.

Magnolia Jazz Band in Mountain View  2011Here we are entertaining at a benefit auction & cocktail party at the Computer History Museum back in 2011.  I coordinated ahead of time with the event planner, caterer, and photographer.

Because we shared advice and suggestions, everything went smoothly and the guests enjoyed a wonderful evening.  Thanks to Edward Lin for the nice photo.

For years I’ve been making a living working with top hospitality professionals — including weddings and party coordinators, caterers, photographers, florists, musicians, DJ’s, and rental companies.

Many of my favorite colleagues are members of Silicon Valley NACE.  They’re the best of the best, and they consistently produce flawless, memorable results.

When the time is right, contact several of them.  With their experience to guide you, knowing what to do will be a snap.  Your work may be exacting and intense, but as they say, “It’s not rocket science”.

So here’s a tip:  Question?  Ask the pros you work with.  Experienced professionals have a wealth of valuable know-how for creating exactly what you want.  They’ll save you time, money, and get it right the first time. What could be better?

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Meanwhile, the Magnolia Jazz Band entertains at weddings and parties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are ever nearby, you’ll love catching us in action, seeing and hearing us create a great mood.

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So true Robbie! I try to always ask experts what they think. This includes asking a waiter or waitress the most popular menu items when I’m at a new restaurant. They know better than I 🙂

Sometimes it’s hard though to put aside my own preconceived notions and trust another persons expertise because often it’s hard to differentiate between expertise and opinion. But if you know the person you’re talking to is qualified it’s worth asking the question and giving consideration to the advice they give.


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