...and you should of course! While Dollar Bill is your event invitation solution, when it comes to most of the remaining preparations, well, the metaphorical ball is in your court. We'll try to point you in the right direction though!
I found the following article with some great tips on putting together a successful, special celebration. While some of these suggestions might seem obvious, it's easy to get overwhelmed, so having a quick reference guide is good practice:
"Event planning is not rocket science, but it requires an acute organization and constant attention to detail. If everything goes off without a hitch, it often goes without notice, but if something goes awry, it’s a public display of failure:
1. Start Early
2. Create a Retroplanning Document
3. Negotiate with Vendors
4. Divide and Conquer
5. Make it Social
6. Create an Event Bible
7. Have a Plan B for EVERYTHING
8. Do a Mental Walk-Through before The Real One
9. Take Pictures, Pictures and More Pictures
10. Send the Recap out ASAP"
Read entire article... courtesy of The Buzz Bin. Don't forget that Dollar Bill can also help out with programs, banners, and more when the big day arrives!
Nonprofits make up a considerable portion of Dollar Bill's clientele. After reading this article, I better understand your organization and, as a result, we will be able to meet your needs even more effectively.
This is not to exclude our small businesses and larger corporations either; the following guide is beneficial to anyone planning an upcoming engagement:
"Ad books can be given to event guests. The ad book is made up of paid advertisements and also includes information about the nonprofit. Prospects for ad buyers include local businesses, vendors, entrepreneurs and even donors who want to advertise a service.
Give each guest a card stating, 'You are seated at Table # ___.'
Provide individual printed menus listing each course that will be served.
In your printed program, communicate your mission and the purpose for the event.
Your program should include a special thank you from someone that will benefit from the event such as the people you serve."
Read entire article...from About.com