From Concerts and Festivals to Sports Events and Holiday Celebrations, Pierce Events has been a part of bringing people together for great events. They work within their client’s budget to help save time & money by connecting ideas and their team of event professionals that are second to none. Today we sat down with Shaun Pierce of Pierce Events to find out what sets them apart from other Pittsburgh area event planners.
Tell us a little bit about your company and what you do.
Pierce Events is a event planning and production company based in Pittsburgh, but we produce events all over the country. We create a wide variety of events – from corporate meetings and marketing programs to weddings, reunions and non-profit events. We provide our clients with just about anything event related.
How many events do you typically plan per year and what type of events do you do most often?
We currently produce about 30 events per year. A large portion of those events are corporate events such as product launches, grand openings and event marketing. We also do amazing weddings where we bring a very unique approach to planning the perfect celebration for couples.
What do you think is the most important thing people should look for when hiring an event planning company?
Experience. You are really purchasing knowledge when you hire an event planning company, not just someone to make things look nice. Be sure to work with someone who understands your needs, goals and budget. It should be someone you enjoy working with and trust.
If your event is important to you, make sure you hire an experienced professional who has the knowledge to make your event a success.
How long before the event would you recommend someone to hire an event planner?
This really depends on the event. For weddings, I suggest hiring your event planner a year before your wedding date. That really should be one of the first decisions you make in your wedding planning process.
Corporate events can often be planned in a few months. The more time you can give your planner, the better the results will be.
What are some of your favorite ways to enhance an event on a budget?
Budget is so important. Oftentimes, people don’t want to share what they are willing to spend. A good planner will save you money and time by knowing upfront what your budget is.
Lighting is a great way to transform a space at little cost. Repurposing items, going outside traditional expectations and renting items can all save money and create fun surprises for your guests.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share with those looking to hire an event planning company?
You really need to interview a planner and look for a good fit for your style, personality and budget. It will be a working relationship, so you need to find someone who understands your needs.
Planners are creative. Let them share ideas and be open to options and suggestions and make sure they hear yours. Don’t shop strictly based on price. A good planner is a professional and they will save you time and money in the long run.
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