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Free Event Planning Template by Professional Event Planners

An easy-to-use and accurate event planning template in Excel, Word & PDF

Created by seasoned event planners, the OnePlan Event Planning Template is a comprehensive event planning checklist with insightful tips and a step-by-step guide to planning and executing your events. Download this free guide on event planning, which dives into the basics of managing an event.

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How to access OnePlan's Event Planning Document:

Sign up for OnePlan for free within seconds (no payment details required) and then:

  1. In the top left corner of your dashboard, click ‘Templates
  2. Click the ‘Event Management Form‘ to download it!

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Step 1 in your Event Checklist:
Fill out your Event Overview

Enter the essential details of your event onto the planning template. This includes the name of your organization, the event name, location, date, and key contact information. This section is the backbone of your planning process, providing a clear overview of the event’s foundational details. 

  • What your event goals and objectives are
  • Who’s hosting the event
  • Where and when the event will take place
  • Who are the key stakeholders, meaning the main people involved in the event that have to be kept up-to-date with certain or all details

Step 2: Contractors and Emergency Services

List key contractors for services such as food and beverage, temporary electricity, and infrastructure. Don’t forget to include essential emergency services contacts on your event planning template, this includes fire, police, and medical support. This preparation is crucial for addressing any unexpected situations during the event.

Step 3: Creating the Event Schedule

The event schedule  is a key part of any event plan, it gives an overview of tasks to be carried out in the run-up to the event, on event day, and post-event. It provides information on who is assigned for each task. Utilize the attached grid. Be sure to include as much detail as possible and circulate the schedule with all staff, vendors, and stakeholders.

Step 4: Define your audience and ensure accessibility for all

Define your audience profile and consider their needs, including any accessibility requirements. Making your event inclusive not only meets legal requirements but also welcomes a broader audience, enriching the event experience for everyone.

Step 5: Create a site plan

Create a detailed site plan using OnePlan, marking everything from temporary structures and emergency exits to toilets and waste management locations. A well-thought-out site plan is crucial for smooth operations and attendee comfort.

Step 6: Manage sanitation and waste management

Use the event planning template’s guide to ensure you have adequate bathroom facilities based on your expected attendance, and strategize for efficient waste collection and recycling to keep your event environmentally friendly. 

Step 7: Create a noise management plan

Ensure your event has a plan to communicate with nearby residents and adhere to local sound regulations. Consider engaging a sound engineer for larger events to maintain appropriate volume levels. A clear plan for minimizing noise impact, including monitoring and adjusting sound as needed, will keep both attendees and the local community happy.

Step 8: Planning your event workforce

From skilled staff overseeing various aspects of the event to dedicated stewards managing crowds and professional security ensuring safety, each role plays an important part. Ensure your team is well-informed of their duties and has access to the site plan. Adequate training and clear guidelines will empower them to handle situations efficiently, contributing to a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Step 9: Create a traffic and crowd management plan for your event

Plan how you will manage event capacity and traffic, ensuring safe and efficient movement for attendees. Consider public circulation routes and vehicle policies, especially in case of emergencies.

Step 10: Planning for a safe event

Your event must be a safe space for everyone. This includes fire safety measures, evacuation plans, and policies for lost children. Use the Event Template to go through and create a plan and checklist for each of these possibilities. Always be prepared for severe weather and have a cancellation policy in place.

Step 11: Bring it all together and share with stakeholders

Review your completed event plan thoroughly, ensuring every detail has been considered and addressed. Share with stakeholders. Remember, flexibility is key. Be prepared to adapt your plan as needed, right up until the event day.

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