To be an Event Planner, you need to be a well-rounded person with at least a minimal understanding of the different aspects of planning. If you have a minimal understanding you must have connections and a network that can help supplement your lack of knowledge as you learn. When I did my internship, I wanted it to be for class credit so that I would be able to devote time to it. Because of that, I had to be able to explain what makes event planning is interdisciplinary. So here is my breakdown:
Summary of disciplines involved in Event Planning
- The Sciences-Mathematics, Biology, Engineering
- The Social Science-Psychology, Sociology, Public Policy ( Law and Political Science), Economics, Communication, Education
- The humanities Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Religion, Philosophy
Mathematics – Mathematics is can be seen simply from the basic computing of the number of linens or gifts you need. Mathematics can also be more complicated in the engineering aspects of planning, specifically civil and mechanical.
Engineering – While you don’t have to be an engineer to come up with a concept and have a professional execute it, it is extremely imperative to have a basic understanding of it to create design and layout ideas that can actually be implemented ( I used an example of this in one of my intern events, we came up with the idea and figured out the basics and let the professionals set everything up).
Biology – Knowing a bit of Botany can help you understand how plants works, which is important for floral/plant arrangements surviving. If you don’t have a basic understanding of how to keep a plant alive outside in the middle of summer in Texas and your clients really want floral arrangements for their evening reception, you have to know how long the plants can be in the heat before they wilt beyond disaster. Also little tips and tricks you can use to help them last longer. Your florist is your friend in this case.
The Social Science
Psychology- Psychology can be seen in the color wheel of emotions (I will cover this later). Industrial and Organizational Psychology ( Business Psych) is incredibly helpful if you have employees under you.
Sociology- Sociology is the ability to understand people. Sometimes you will really need to be able to relate to your client’s needs and sometimes the event planner is needed to keep everyone from fighting over the wedding plans.
Public Policy- Public policy is in the ability to oversee that all the laws are being upheld by the events being planned (fire code, alcohol, etc.).
Economics- Economics because at its core event planning is about an exchange of goods.We are exchanging a service for cash, between private parties.
Communication- Communication because there is a lot communicating involved. There is a lot of face to face communication, vendor relations, and PR involved in planning.
Education- Education is on at least two levels that I can identify. You can teach others about planning either for profit or for service. Also to keep up to date in this industry we must keep learning.
Arts – The arts can help with the aesthetics of an event and make an event pop. Performing arts consist of musical performances to dancing.
Religion and philosophy help us to understand the different values or cultures and religion (another aspect of sociology as well). We live in a place that is extremely diverse and we won’t always be planning events that are easy and straight-laced, at least I hope not.
To clarify, this was a post that is a summation of my original intern project. This is linked elsewhere on D&S, but perhaps this will help provide some clarity. Also, feel free to drop a comment or email me!