10 Complaints Every Event Planner Hears

By Kelsey Ogletree, November 14, 2017

When large groups of people get together, often the smallest things can be a source for complaints. And as the planner, you’re charged with handling it all—performing near-miracles, in some instances—all while keeping your cool and projecting a smile, of course. We performed an informal poll to discover some of the most common complaints event planners hear (and the tongue-in-cheek responses they might think of), plus rounded up a few of the extra-special ones to give you a laugh.

Chicken as an entree, again?

How exactly are we supposed to make 4,000 people happy serving something else?

It’s too hot/cold in here.

That’s why we tell you to dress in layers, people.

My feet hurt.

Yup, we probably have walked more than you.

I’m tired.

Oh, were you getting calls during your three hours of sleep too?

I could do your job better/you have such a dream job.

You really have no idea.

The Wi-Fi doesn’t work.

Do I look like a tech wizard?

You’ve run out of coffee/there’s no Diet Coke.

There’s a Starbucks across the street.

Where are the bathrooms?

Do you see the giant arrow pointing to the restrooms?

The line is too long.

Patience is a virtue, my friend.

My phone is dead; where do I charge it?

With your charger, which plugs into an outlet in the wall.

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