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Tips And Tricks For A Successful (And Stress-Free) Reception

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips And Tricks For A Successful (And Stress-Free) Reception

Once your ceremony is finished and you and your new spouse are finally married, the last bit of your special day will be taken up by your reception. But since so much time, effort, and money can go into a reception and things can still go awry, it can be incredibly stressful to plan a reception, as you’re always worrying if it will turn out okay. So what if there was a short list of things for you to consider that would make your reception more likely to succeed? If you’re looking for a few tips and tricks that can guide you towards a fantastic and stress-free reception, then here’s what you need to know. Number Your Stars Guests can make or break a reception – so be sure you know exactly how many are coming, and how many you can afford to come. Not only does feeding and seating your guests make up about half your budget, they also take up space (a good rule of thumb is to allot about 20-25 square feet per guest), so your venue will need to expand the more your guest list will. Culling your guest list with your spouse to be will help to not only bring your budget down, but also lower the chance of something bad happening because of a rowdy, vaguely-related guest – after all, will consistently drunk and loudmouthed Aunt Mathilda really add to your wedding experience? For Your Entertainment Entertainment is a big part of your reception, to be sure – bands vs DJs vs MP3 playlists, etc. etc. – but they’re not something that should require a lot of energy on your part. Make the really big decision without your spouse to be (aka who will provide the music) and then hand off the rest of the decision making and planning to your trusted Best Man or Maid of Honor. If you’re really concerned, have them pass the final decisions by you, but don’t bother nickel and diming the music companies yourself; getting someone who knows you well to do it will ensure great entertainment at your reception without overly stressing you out. Be Realistic About Your Time As the bride (or the groom), you’ll only have so much time and energy leading up to the big day, and the last thing you want to do is to be so stressed that you can’t enjoy the reason that everything is happening – your marriage. Drop non-essential tasks, or at the very least delegate them to a willing friend, and then put them out of your mind. Getting the birdseed for your guests to throw, making and placing some handmade ‘thank you’ cookies in personalized bags for the end of the reception, tying miniscule handmade bows around your tables’ centerpieces – at the end of the day, these tiny details aren’t worth the amount of stress that you’ll get from focusing on them. What’s important is that you’re celebrating your marriage – so let someone else worry about the...

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Event Planning Tips For Halloween

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Event Planning Tips For Halloween

If you are planning on throwing a huge Halloween party this year, you are likely excited and apprehensive. Halloween is a great holiday where both adults and children can enjoy themselves. However, it has its own special challenges that can make planning a party anxiety-inducing. Here are some event planning tips to ensure that your Halloween party is a success. 1. Keep Costume Expectations Reasonable You likely know that not everyone has the money or time to invest in making a killer Halloween costume. You will increase your guests’ comfort levels by simply keeping costume expectations low and saying so on the invitations. You can clearly spell out your reasonable expectations by saying something like “feel free to wear a costume or just a mustache” or by specifying that there will be costume pieces available at the party for people who don’t feel like putting together their own costume. This will allow everyone to get in on the fun without it being a financial burden or too large of a time commitment. No one will feel excluded. Be sure to specify if there are going to be children at the party in order to signal to the adults that they need to keep their costumes family-friendly. 2. Decide on the Mood and Set the Playlist Ahead of Time Another important factor is deciding on what mood you want to set. If you want a super spooky vibe, you might be better off avoiding songs like “The Monster Mash” and opting for soundtracks to horror films. Make your playlist ahead of time so that you’re not trying to throw it together at the last minute or having to play DJ at the party. The mood is critical because it help direct guest behavior and can put the guests that show up earlier at ease. 3. Have a Range of Snacks Finally, make sure that you have a range of snacks other than candy. You don’t want people who are trying to watch their waistlines decide to leave the party when they get hungry to find something that isn’t covered in chocolate. Even something as simple as a veggie tray can help you make sure that everyone feels as though their needs are being catered to. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in event planning. They will be able to help you ensure that you are throwing the best party...

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Company Picnic Or Fundraiser? How Event Management Companies Can De-Stress The Event For You

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Company Picnic Or Fundraiser? How Event Management Companies Can De-Stress The Event For You

An annual company-wide, corporate-sponsored picnic, holiday party or fundraiser can be fun, but it can be very stressful too. It takes a lot of time, effort and organizational skills to get an event to pull together seamlessly, and that can be very stressful. Instead of assigning employees or volunteers with the task of planning these events, you could just hire an event management company. Event management companies can de-stress these events for you by doing all of the following. Secure the Venue Even if your event is in a public park, the space for sitting, eating and grilling has to be secured. The pavilions in most public parks can be rented for events, but they need to be secured months in advance. Other venues, such as ballrooms, hotel conference rooms and the like also need to be booked and paid for. Scrambling to find and secure these areas can be a real nightmare when you do not have professional help. Secure the Entertainment Does your annual event frequently have music? A DJ? If It does, then you have to track down several names and businesses that specialize in party entertainment. You have to audition these entertainers and then decide who you should get for your company event. That’s a lot of time spent just trying to find somebody or something to make your event festive. The event management company already knows several entertainers and DJs and has already interviewed and auditioned them for you. With any luck, the event management company you hire has also recorded auditions of the entertainers and DJs so all you have to do is watch from the select few that fit what you are looking for and then pick one. The event management company handles the rest of the booking, hiring and confirmation processes. Secure the Food Okay, so at a corporate picnic the grilling is the thing. You and a few other employees could handle that, but then you are at the grill for the entire picnic and not really having much fun. You could buy the food and then hire a catering team to grill instead, or you could just hire a caterer outright to supply everything. With all of the decisions to be made in this department, things can get overwhelming really fast. This is where it is especially helpful to delegate these tasks to a coporate event planning company so that you take part in the three-legged race or the potato sack race this year. As for all other events, the event planning and management company can make sure you have a caterer and plenty of food ready when the party or event starts. Contact a business, such as Andy Mirkovich Productions, Inc., for more information....

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Creating A Small Chapel Wedding Environment In Your Backyard

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Creating A Small Chapel Wedding Environment In Your Backyard

If you’ve been struggling to find the perfect wedding venue to bring your chapel wedding visions to life, you might want to consider the possibility of creating that venue in your own backyard. It’s easier than you might think to create a chapel environment in your yard. You can use a gazebo or even just a standing altar for your ceremony depending on what you have available for space. Here are a few tips to help you create that chapel wedding at home. Find Your Focal Point For The Ceremony The very first thing you should do is select the focal point that you’re going to design the rest of the ceremony around. This can be a lattice archway, a gazebo or something similar. The focal point inside a chapel is usually the altar area at the front, so you’ll want some kind of structure around the altar space in your yard, too. Adorn the structure with flowers and other decorations that fit your wedding theme and colors to make it more eye-catching. Once you’ve settled on that focal point, it’s time to position the altar. Whether you choose to turn a podium into an altar space or you’re actually renting an altar structure, make sure that you have enough space for it to fit. Remember that you’ll say your vows here, so you want it to be easily visible and roomy enough for you all to stand comfortably. Set Up Your Seating When it comes to seating for a backyard wedding, you won’t need to go as elaborate as renting pews. You can invest in benches or even white decorative folding chairs for your seating area. The goal is just to ensure that everyone is facing the focal point you created and is able to see comfortably. Depending on how you design the seating, you may need to customize the way the bridal party walks to the front of the space. If there’s one central aisle and two sections of seats, you can follow a traditional path of having everyone walk down the same aisle. However, if you have three sections of seats with two aisles, you’ll want to alternate the bridal party members so that you have someone walk down one aisle, then the next person walk down the other. From there, decide which aisle is best for the bride and send the flower girl and ring bearer down the other one. That way, you have a balanced entrance and everyone knows where they are supposed to go. Add Decorative Touches Adorn all of the rows of chairs with ribbons, flowers and bows to help them appear more festive and decorative. If you’re looking to represent your religious beliefs, you can include trinkets that are faith-based, too. The goal is to enhance the overall appearance of the ceremony space so that everything is celebratory. Sometimes, even your best decorative and planning efforts just can’t bring that vision completely to life in your own backyard. When that’s the case, you might want to work with a wedding planner or other specialist in your area to find the wedding venues that represent the image you’ve been trying to create....

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Looking For Great Adult Party Ideas For The Ultimate MLB Lover? Hit It Out Of The Park With This Plan

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Looking For Great Adult Party Ideas For The Ultimate MLB Lover? Hit It Out Of The Park With This Plan

Does someone important to you in your life absolutely love baseball and they have a special birthday coming up? If so, you can surprise them and celebrate the big day with all their family and friends in a really fun way. By planning the perfect day of baseball and fun, you can give them a birthday celebration they will never forget. Here are a few key points to planning this memorable affair. Buy a Group Package of Tickets You can get online and purchase a handful of tickets or more that are all together, or you can look at different MLB group ticket packages that are available. You want to get an estimate of the head count before your purchase tickets, and people who want to join in the fun after you’ve bought the tickets can always easily get online and get their own; they just won’t sit directly with you during the game. Get the Bus                        Any type of party bus, or charter bus, where everyone can rid to the stadium or to the city together for the game is great. This allows everyone to have fun with the guest of honor, and they can bar hop, relax, or do what they want before, during and after the game. If the stadium is a long drive from where you live or if just don’t want to deal with the game traffic, get estimates for busses, and you can have everyone meet at your house. Memorabilia Gift Find a local sport memorabilia shop or find a retailer online and get them something that is signed from their favorite player or sports team, or get them something that was a part of the team. Old equipment, signed photos, photos of the stadium where they play, and anything that has to do with their favorite highlights from past seasons are great gift ideas. You can choose to start or end the day with this great gift. It will take a little planning to put all of this together and you’ll want to let people know what game you choose to have the event at in advance so they can clear their schedule, but if the person loves baseball, this party is going to be a home run. Start planning the event online and make sure that no one gives away the surprise, so you can tell them yourself when you are ready to leave for the stadium.  Click the link to buy MLB tickets online or do an online...

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Preserving Your Wedding Memories: Ideas For You

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preserving Your Wedding Memories: Ideas For You

When you are busy planning your wedding down to the very last detail, one of the many thoughts on your mind is how to preserve all of the memories of your big day so that all of your efforts and planning are commemorated for the rest of your life. However, you may not have the budget to hire the highest quality wedding photographer and videographer to capture all of the moments of your big day. Luckily, even without the unlimited budget that celebrities have for their weddings, you can create memories that will last a lifetime and beyond and preserve those memories beautifully. You will just want to get creative to do so. Get to know some of the ways that you can accomplish your wedding memory goals and get started. Have Several Friends and Guests Take Video Footage at the Wedding When you are talking to your friends and various wedding guests about your plans for the big day, they are likely just as excited and enthusiastic as you are about the celebration that is to come. As such, they are often very willing to provide any assistance you may need in making your wedding a perfect event for you and all those involved. As you talk about your wedding with your friends and guests, ask them if they have a video camera of some sort. Chances are several of your guests will have some kind of video camera in their household that they use to capture events and important moments in their lives. If a guest does have a video camera, ask them if they would be willing to shoot footage of your wedding and your reception to help commemorate the day and capture unique moments. Most likely, they would be happy to do so for you. Be sure that you offer to pay for any tapes or other data storage devices needed so that you can then get the footage from them when the wedding is complete. When your wedding is over, you will have video of your wedding from several perspectives and vantage points and will have special moments captured that a single camera could not catch. Hire a Video Editing Service to Compile the Footage Because you will have several friends and guests filming your wedding, you will likely end up with several hours of raw footage from your wedding to go through. To make this easier and to have a wedding video that is cohesive and complete, you can then hire a company that specializes in video editing services. The video editing service will go through your raw footage and cut the different angles together to create a wedding video for you that captures all of the key moments from the best angles. They will also be able to ensure that the soundtrack and footage line up properly and make titles, transitions, and the like that take your raw footage and create a masterpiece from it. The end result will be far more unique and less expensive than a traditional wedding video with a single videographer in charge of capturing the memories of the most important day of your life. You can also take a similar tactic with photography at your wedding, having guests capture candid and posed shots and having a professional...

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Need To Host A Large Business Meeting But Lack A Large Commercial Space? The Answer Is Easy

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need To Host A Large Business Meeting But Lack A Large Commercial Space? The Answer Is Easy

If you need have a meeting with several of your customers or your suppliers and you don’t think you can fit everyone into one single space at your office, considering renting out a conference center for the day. There are many types of conference centers you can use and many benefits to choosing this option. Avoid Interoffice Distractions It can be a distraction for the people in your office that aren’t going to be in the meeting to have tons of other people walking around the office, using the restrooms and wandering around areas of the building. You don’t want to decrease the productivity of your staff members, and you don’t want to have the staff wondering what is going on if it isn’t any of their concern. Instead, you can leave the office for the time needed for the meeting and eliminate the hassles. If you want to have lunch catered in you don’t have to worry about catering the entire office staff, or if you want to give out promotional items the office staff won’t see it. Don’t Stress About Parking or Seating Are you worried that your parking lot can’t facilitate all of the vehicles that would be at your office for the meeting, or that you don’t have a room large enough to seat everyone? You don’t want the people at your meeting to feel cramped, and you don’t want to pull out folding chairs or try to make other seating arrangements. At a conference center you’ll have tables and comfortable chairs for everyone, and you can decide how you want the pieces arranged. Take Your Electronics to the Center The location you choose should have the amenities to have slide shows on a projections screen or a smart board, and you should be able to bring your own tablet or computer to hook up. Call around and find out what rooms have, and you may even want a room with speaker system if you are talking to a large group of people in a large space. If you need to hold a large business meeting and you aren’t sure where you can have it, figure out how many people you’ll have and then find the best location at local conference centers and business meeting facilities, like Chez Shari. These locations are set up to hold large numbers of people, to have a space for caterers, and have other amenities as...

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Cooperation Station: How To Become A Premium Conference Facilitator

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cooperation Station: How To Become A Premium Conference Facilitator

Making a name for your company as a conference facilitator will have its perks. The first and most notable of the perks is that you will be granted contracts for hosting conferences from different fields. The second is that you get to schmooze as an easy way to bring in new business, through individuals or companies that your current clients know. The hard part about becoming a conference facilitator is that you will need to ramp up the offerings in order to entice bigger and better clients. Here are some methods and offerings you should use to become a premium conference facility supplier in your area. Offer food and meals One of the more difficult parts about a conference is having to find a company to cater or deliver meals. Some companies will struggle more with finding caterers who can set up at their conference facilities than they struggle to find the meeting facilities in general. If you have an on staff caterer that can offer food and snacks for booked conferences, you can offer premium customer packages and save your clients time. Offer several different cuisines and detail just how many meals, snacks, and drinks will be provided in each package. Some conferences may need all three meals served, while others will act as day conferences and service one meal and a snack during the short recess. Invest in the technology Companies will be drawn to a space that offers the best in new market technology. Most conferences feature presentations, both oral and computer based which means that you will need to have proper microphones, computers, screens, and internet. Put your money into creating excellent tech rooms, where everyone can have computer and internet access, and the best and biggest screens for presentation viewing. Remember to have staff on hand who can handle the IT and help run presentations, if necessary. Build next to hotel accommodations If you do not plan to offer hotel accommodations along with your conference facilities, situated your business right next to some hotels in the area. Typically cities will have several hotels in one area, due to tourism being situated in one area or traveling accommodations being nearby. Set up your commercial space near these hotels, so that the trip to your conference facilities is short. Offer a regular shuttle bus service along with accommodation packages. For major conferences or more upscale meetings, consider having a contract with a limousine service to provide rides for VIP...

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Basic Strategies And Techniques To Ensure NLP Success

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Basic Strategies And Techniques To Ensure NLP Success

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) training can be the key to finding the self empowerment that you need to be successful and happy. This model takes advantage of the interplay between mind and language to help you make the most of your human condition, as you strive for both excellence and wisdom. Incorporating just a few NLP strategies into your daily life can help you begin this process of self actualization. Novice NLP Techniques The following are a couple of simple techniques that you can try out immediately to see if NLP is right for you. Dissociation from emotional responses. This is a good technique if you experience emotions that aren’t serving a practical benefit, such as frustration with your child or anger with a co-worker. To use this technique, first identify the emotion you want to get rid of. Then, visualize the entire situation that elicits the emotion. Now mentally add in a comedic element to this “mental movie,” such as funny clothing. Speed up the mental replay and play it backward. Do this until your first instinct is to add the humorous aspect. This helps separate you from the negative emotions you felt before, so that you are less likely to feel them in the future. Creating anchors. This is another technique that gives you control over your emotions. Simply determine the emotion you want to feel, and then make yourself feel it. For example, smile and think about a joyful moment in your life if you want to feel happy. Once you are solidly within this emotion, visualize a happiness circle on the ground in front of you. Step into this circle and bask in happiness. Then, step out and focus on a different emotion until you feel it. Once again, step into the happiness circle. With proper visualization, this circle should elicit happiness no matter what emotion you were feeling before. Succeeding With NLP The exercises above are just a sample of true NLP training methods and benefits. If you truly want to succeed with this and improve your life, you will need to work at it. The following are just a few of the ways that you can begin to master NLP techniques. Practice daily. Just like any learned skill, your emotional control and NLP methodology knowledge will become rusty if you don’t use it. Set aside time each day to practice NLP. Create a routine. A routine helps you stick to a practice schedule. Pick a few of your favorite techniques and make them a normal part of your day. Perhaps you will start each morning with visualization right before you shower, or maybe you will anchor yourself before bed each evening. Repeating similar exercises daily at the same time makes them a natural part of your life. Seek further training. Although basic exercises can be learned online or through books, the best training comes from a skilled NLP practitioner. Connect with the best NLP courses and get training so you can advance in your...

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4 Reasons to Use Party Rentals for Your Next Event

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons to Use Party Rentals for Your Next Event

If you’re planning an upcoming big event, you may be excited and nervous. You will want to make sure that all of your affairs are in order. Part of planning a party is making sure that you have the right products and services to make the day or night go well. The good news is that with the use of party rental services, you can get everything that you need more easily. Take a look at the following information to better understand the reasons as to why you should use party rental services for your next event. Save Money Planning a big event can be extremely costly. Before you know it, you’re looking for ways to stay under your target budget so that you don’t overspend. The good news is that with party rentals, you can save on costs. This will keep you from having to purchase items that are brand new. Since you will save on some aspects of your planning, you can then have more money in your pocket for last-minute party needs. Have a Big Selection Party rental companies are used to collecting and offering a wide range of products in order to please all of their customers. If you don’t want to have to search all around for the products that you want most, you’ll appreciate working with a party rental company. They can do the work to find the right products for you so that you can focus on other aspects of planning your event. Get Help with Setup and Transportation Party items can be especially heavy and difficult to set up. This is especially true if you need tables, chairs, and/or a dance floor. If you want to take some of the stress away and make sure that your event goes smoothly, it’s best to work with a rental company. They can set up, break down, and transport your items to you so that you have nothing to worry about.  Access to the Latest Trends When it comes to events, the product trends are always changing. If you want to make sure that you have attractive products so that your event is as memorable and exciting as possible, it’s a good idea to work with a rental company. They’re always adding new inventory. As you can see, it makes sense to order from a party rental company. If you have any questions or if you’re ready to start planing your event, contact a local party rentals company...

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