What do you do when you have higher expectations and lower budgets than you did last year? Find out how the experts get the biggest bang for their buck. PYM asked industry professionals to send in their budget tips on everything from Audio/Visual to Transportation. Here’s the fruit of their collective wisdom, compiled in this keepsake guide:
Among the tips are:
- If a vendor has regional offices, see if you can get a volume discount if you work with them on multiple events around the country
- Use universities or other public facilities such as libraries, parks, botanical gardens and museums. Most allow you to bring in your own caterers and vendors
- Instead of spending money on a centerpiece, use a lazy Susan, which will
- At an open bar, reduce the selection to one light beer, one regular beer, one white wine and one red wine.
For these and more, download Making Cents: 152+ ways to stretch your planning dollars
UPDATE: In January 2010, Kristi Casey Sanders led an educational session entitled “Making Cents” for PCMA, which found solutions planners and suppliers developed together. Read their findings here.
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