Charles Caleb Colton said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Likewise, we believe that asking for free event-planning services is a sincere compliment. Unfortunately, it’s also a request that we are unable to fill most of the time.

After reading this great article about why professional photographers can’t give away free photos, and seeing this clever piece about how graphic design projects can’t be fast, cheap, and great all at once, we wanted to write a blog post addressing the issue of free event-planning services and why we so rarely provide them.

The simple truth is that it all comes down to finances. We simply cannot afford to provide too much unpaid work if we want to survive as a small business. We donate a significant amount of philanthropic services already, even though we take a significant loss on such services (see our previous blog post on fundraising events). It’s crucial that we keep such donations at a manageable level in order to ensure we’re still available for our current clients – and that we’re still around for our future clients!

If you’d like to read more about our donations policy, you can do so here; just click on “Donation Policy” near the top.

Thanks for your understanding!