February 21, 2020
By Cvent

The stage is set, your agenda is ready and has been sent out to all your registrants. You’re ready to get the ball rolling… or are you? You can't be sure how successful your event will be before it's over. A last-minute crisis can leave you helpless. To avoid any last-minute event hiccups, use these important event planning checklists to remember before, during, and after the day of the event:

Event planning checklist: One week before the event

This checklist is prepared to ensure that all the services that you’ve requested are in place. The following event checklist is not exhaustive but covers all the important aspects that you should check at least a week before the event.

Tasks Status (Completed/WIP) Comments
Have all appropriate contacts’ information handy   Keep it in a place where you can easily retrieve it, like your phone
Ensure all equipment is working and the quantity of any material ordered is correct, etc    
Recheck the schedule with the caterer    
If possible, set up registration area a day in advance    
Place parking and directional signs for attendees’ convenience    
Deliver all event-related material/equipment to the venue    
Check the weather forecast    
Be prepared to troubleshoot changes   Prepare plan-b and keep fillers ready for instances where the speaker doesn’t make it on time

Event planning checklist: On the day of the event

This is the most stressful day for event planners. You’ve to arrive early at the venue and ensure that everything is set according to expectations. This checklist, in particular, should be created with the utmost care as you wouldn’t want to miss anything. Your on the day of the event checklist should be largely packed with one important mantra – check, re-check, and check again!

Tasks Status (Completed/WIP) Comments
Do a last walk-through by arriving early    
Recheck vendor and AV set-up    
Make sure to carry the attendee list    
Ensure all speaker-related material is in place and you have the badge printers ready   Use on-demand badge printing to avoid typos and misspellings

Event planning checklist: After the event

Once the event is over, comes the three important things to do – feedback, evaluation, and final communication. All three steps are vital to identifying event success and failures, which will help you in chalking out better plans for the next event.

Tasks Status (Completed/WIP) Comments
Handle invoices    
Send thank-you emails    
Update all marketing assets such as websites    
Share pictures on social media    
Hold post-event meeting with key stakeholders   Prepare a preliminary post-event evaluation to report what went well and what needs improvement
Send post-event survey to plan your next event    

These are basic event checklists to help you prioritize your tasks before, during, and after the event. However, please remember, that these are generic event planning checklists that can be customized according to your event needs.

Good luck with your events!

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