Event planners coordinate the details of large as well as small events, including educational conferences, business meetings, and family weddings. They help clients select and inspect a location for an event, receive bids from vendors such as florists, photographers, and musicians, coordinate food, beverage, and transportation services, hire or coordinate with an event venue’s security staff, and provide clients with an event’s total projected costs. Event planners are also responsible for reviewing and paying any invoices related to an event. The job responsibilities of event planners have become more complex and demanding in recent years, and more planners are now entering the profession with a bachelor’s degree.
Some technical and community colleges offer diploma or certificate programs in wedding planning, catering, and other aspects of event planning. More typically, event planners will hold a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management or a related field such as public relations, marketing, or business administration or have completed a continuing education course in event planning. Employers are likely to favor candidates with one to two years experience in coordinating events. Certification as an event planner is not required but may help with career opportunities and advancement. Meeting and convention planners can apply for the Convention Industry Council’s industry-recognized Certified Meeting Professional credential.