I recently went to a conference of event planners. Yesterday I covered what you should know about planners in order to get gigs and make contacts. Today, let's look at what they want you to know! Luckily for me, one of the sessions at the conference focused on how to work with vendors. The wedding planners were asked to talk about what they wanted to tell different groups of vendors, including entertainers.
Some of this may be a little hard to read. Keep in mind that these planners aren't talking about you personally, they're talking about entertainers as a group. Also, keep in mind that they were focusing on the problems in the relationship, not the good stuff. The good news is that planners absolutely know that entertainment can make or break an event.
But you do have a reputation for being a wee bit ditzy. Seriously, it may not be fair or earned, but you should know that entertainers are seen as not the most reliable group.
Also, they're not sure that you always understand that you aren't the star of the show, and that you need to be a little more attentive to the needs of all the guests.
They'd LOVE it if you could take a look at the timeline, and give feedback on it. They'd also like to involve you in other ways. They want to communicate with you better, be more mindful of your needs (both logistical and in terms of things like food and drink). They want to involve you in the process more, and definitely have you do site checks ahead of time.
The last thing they said was that there needed to be much better communication about the issue of alcohol at the event and whether or not the entertainment should or should not drink.
In case you're curious, here's the list of words they gave when asked what they value in vendors: reliability, competence, organization, trustworthiness, professionalism, loyalty, friendliness, integrity, flexibility, efficiency.
Now it's your turn, what do you think the issues are between planners and entertainers? If you could give advice to them, what would you say?