Event Planning Books

Become a Certified Event Planner to grow your business and career

The Top 10 Event Planning Books as selected by our team of experienced Event Planners.

 

best event planning books1. Event Planning and Management: Principles, Planning and Practice (PR In Practice)

Event Planning and Management is an ideal resource for those seeking a step by step formula to plan and deliver a successful event. With the vital balance of professional experience behind them, the authors teach the next generation of event planners with unrivaled knowledge, ensuring an effective event process from start to finish. This book delivers a practical understanding of the theory and practice needed to activate each stage of planning, from initial venue selection, budgeting, and programme content, to managing stakeholders and sponsors, promotion, risk assessment, safety, and post-event evaluation.

 

 

 

 

 

best event planning books2. Event Planning: The Ultimate Guide To Successful Meetings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Conferences, Conventions, Incentives and Other Special Events

This bestselling all-in-one guide to the event planning business is back and better than ever, fully updated and revised to reflect the very latest trends and best practices in the industry. This handy, comprehensive guide includes forms, checklists, and tips for managing events, as well as examples and case studies of both successful and unsuccessful events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

best event planning books3. Special Events: Creating and Sustaining a New World for Celebration

Providing a comprehensive guide to understanding, planning, promoting, and producing special events, this seventh edition of Special Events, 7th Edition describes the theory and practice of all aspects of event management. Written for current and future event leaders, the text continues to expand its emphasis on the growing globalization of the profession, taking into account the skills leaders need to deal with other cultures, societies, and business practices to plan and deliver successful events. New coverage includes sustainability, technology, security/risk management, and the impact of social media on events and event marketing. 15 all-new case studies have been included, as well as a brief glossary of terms at the end of each chapter to further define the terms used in the chapter.

 

 

 

 

best event planning books4. Meeting and Event Planning For Dummies

Meeting & Event Planning For Dummies is a practical step-by-step guide to the strategies and techniques event-planning professionals use to bring people together. This comprehensive resource covers all the angles from the little details to the big picture to make sure your business meetings and special events come off without a hitch!

 

 

 

 

 

best event planning books5. Event Management For Dummies

Whether you want to break into this burgeoning industry, or you simply need to plan an event and don’t know where to start, there’s something for all would-be event planners in EventManagement For Dummies. Packed with tips, hints, and checklists, it covers all aspects of planning and running an event – from budgeting, scheduling and promotion, to finding the location, sorting security, health and safety, and much more.

  • Planning, budgeting and strategy
  • Guests and target audience
  • Promoting and marketing events
  • Location, venue and travel logistics
  • Food, drink, entertainment and themes
  • Security, health and safety, permissions, insurance and the like

event planning certification best event planning books6. Start your Own Event Planning Business

Weddings, graduations, birthday parties, anniversaries, and conferences—what do these all have in common? Everyone would rather hire someone else to plan and run them! That someone can be you.

Take your passion for event planning to the next level with in-the-trenches advice and tools you need to start, run, and grow a successful business. From writing a solid contract to finding reliable vendors, our experts help you identify your niche, teach you how to scout potential clients, evaluate the competition, market your business, and more.

 

 

 

 

event planning certification best event planning books7. Confessions of an Event Planner

For anyone planning events—student, novice, or experiencedprofessional—Confessions of an Event Planner is an“apprenticeship in a book.” This insider’s guide takes you on a narrative journey, following a fictional event planning company that stages various types of events around the world for many different clients.

While other books, college courses, and training programs give you the theory and how-to of the profession, Confessions of anEvent Planner reveals the real world of event planning and what can happen—usually the unexpected—on an event program when actual participants are added to the event planning design and execution mix. In a climate of media scrutiny and corporate scandals, event planners must be masters of discretion, knowing how to avoid and deal with everything from sexual romps to financial shenanigans, to chainsaw-wielding salesmen dead set on“re-landscaping” the grounds of the resort they’re staying at. From an event planner who’s seen it all and knows how to deal with it all, comes practical first-hand advice delivered in an entertaining and accessible format.

 

 

 

event planning certification best event planning books8. The Complete Guide to Successful Event Planning

The Complete Guide to Successful Event Planning is designed to assist any planner with meeting all the challenges that surround a production. Whether you find yourself in charge of one important event or you have chosen event planning as a career, you want your events to be incredibly successful and remembered for years to come. A memorable event is one that flows smoothly with every detail carefully orchestrated and meticulously produced with the participant in mind.

Successful events do not just fall together; they are the result of hard work, creativity, awareness, and careful attention to detail – every detail.

 

 

 

 

 

event planning certification best event planning books9. Event Design Handbook: Systematically Design Innovative Events Using the #EventCanvas

This handbook will change the way you think about how events change the world you live in. It shows the way to re-design your world on one sheet of paper using the #EventCanvas. This book identifies the starting point of any event and outlines steps of how events come to life. It focuses on the DNA of specific aspects of events, and provides insight into how to observe and analyze events, understand stakeholders, and define behavioural changes required to deliver value. It also identifies the levers and mechanisms that influence such behavioural changes in event design.

This handbook lays the foundation for creating a common language. A language that can be spoken and understood by those who know and those who don’t yet know the mechanics of events. It is a pragmatic approach for designing and creating events that matter.

 

event planning certification best event planning books10. The Business of Event Planning: Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Successful Special Events

Before planning an event, there is much that must be done behind the scenes to make the event successful. Before any thought is even given to timing or location of the event, before the menus are selected and the decor designed, there are proposals to be written, fees and contracts to be negotiated, and safety issues to be considered. This book takes you behind the scenes of event planning and explains every aspect of organizing and strategic planning. This book will be of value to both the professional event planner and to clients who are dealing with planners.

Its comprehensive coverage includes: how to prepare winning proposals, and how to understand them if you are the client; how to determine management fees; negotiating contracts; safety issues; designing events in multicultural settings; and new technology that makes operations more efficient (such as online registration and response management, database project management tools). The book also includes practical tools such as sample letters of agreement, sample layouts for client proposals, forms, and checklists. Professional event planner Judy Allen offers first-time or professional event planners all the top-class advice they need to make their special events come off without a hitch.