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melly3493392
melly3493392
Posts: 1

October 6, 2019
Topic:
Wedding on a BUDGET!!!
I am looking for a small venue in florida I am from Boston. My parents are in Florida and my dad has cancer and can not travel so i would love to wed there. ANY SUGGESTIONS
hopan3471231
hopan3471231
Posts: 1

September 29, 2019
Topic:
Corporate Holiday Parties
Have you heard of the Saran Wrap Game? It's hysterical, and people get really into it! You choose a bunch of prizes and wrap them up in a big ball of saran wrap.

To play:
The person with the ball starts unwrapping while the next player rolls dice until they roll doubles. As soon as that person rolls doubles, they pass the dice but get the ball. The person holding the ball unwraps as much Saran Wrap as they can, keeping all of the goodies they find along the way. (You can make it more challenging & last longer by having people wear holiday-themed oven mitts found at the dollar store.)

Prizes you can wrap up in the ball:
Lottery tickets, cash/coins, dress down passes for work, gift cards, gum/mints/candy, chapstick, cute socks, mittens, fancy pens/markers, company swag, etc.

--Other ideas--
Our venue (the Hop & Vine Inn in Michigan) also has an indoor pool with a projector screen, so holiday movies can be shown during the party while people float or hang out in the tropical feeling pool area. Chromecast games (like Pictionary) are free and allow everyone to use their own phone as their answer device. These games can be played on the big screen as well.

Activities:
Board games/puzzles/"Heads Up" (a free app)
S'mores & hot cocoa around the campfire
Karaoke
Gingerbread house building competition

Have a great party! smile
Amber
Hop & Vine Inn
bleue3428746
bleue3428746
Posts: 3

September 18, 2019
Topic:
Discount for Non-Profits
Wonderful event hall in Maryland for everyone
La Fontaine Bleue organizes unique events as you are! We have wonderful event hall in Maryland for your unique event. Our beautiful venues in Maryland all us to help you plan the perfect Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Holiday Parties, Birthday Parties, Baby & Bridal Showers, or Quinceaneras. For more information, visit https://www.lafontainebleue.com
i don't think it is anything wrong with that at all. especially for family and friends. Sorry for the late response.

A cute idea would be tho through an "Un-birthday" grill party. if the new date matches up with some sort of number coincidence with your age, or the date of the party, or your birth year etc.

Obviously too late for advice but maybe for another event. smile
booki1836105
booki1836105
Posts: 1

September 6, 2019
Topic:
Children at Weddings
Sorry to hear about that experience. Perhaps having outdoor games to keep them distracted is what I've seen and recommended our wedding clients.
al1476631
al1476631
Posts: 1

August 21, 2019
Topic:
Children at Weddings
I have had over 195 weddings and no major problem with children This past weekend I had children playing outside all over the property high on sugar. They trampled my 5' grasses and stepped all over the flowers.
Guest

July 20, 2019
Topic:
Cheap place to rent for a birthday party
Does anyone know place that’s reasonable price for 70th birthday party in Greenville, NC
My birthday was on Tuesday, May 21 and I really want to throw a grill with friends for my birthday. Initially I wanted to throw the grill this Saturday May 25 but the weather really hasn't been ideal; its been cold/raining lately. Also, this weekend is memorial day weekend. Im planning to have the bday grill the weekend after memorial weekend instead which is Saturday, June 1. The weather seems to clear up beginning next week. I was just wondering if it is acceptable to host a bday grill almost two weeks after my birthday? Thanks.
Guest

March 27, 2019
Topic:
Graduation Party Venue
I'm looking for a place to host a college graduation party(PLNU) for about 40 people in San Diego on Saturday May 4th, 2019
semen2734774
semen2734774
Posts: 4

March 6, 2019
Topic:
Surprise!!!!!!!!!
Ooh, this is cool, I would be very happy if my relatives were at my party.
Guest

February 3, 2019
Topic:
Rent a Hall, Space or Room for Birthday Party!
Looking for space for my wife's 70th birthday party. Need for 3 to 4 hours.
kache3146498
kache3146498
Posts: 1

February 1, 2019
Topic:
Question for Event Planners
BeyondElegantEvents wrote:
Fellow Event Planners:

I need some insight. I am in the process of restructuring my business and revamping my prices to cater to a middle-upper class clientele. I had a consultation with someone who is doing a corporate empowerment event - 1 day event for women -and I am struggling with pricing. The scope of work is as follows: she wants the venue to be on a yacht, approx. 75 women, organizing catering, booking celebrity speaker, obtaining sponsorship, put together gift bags, decorate, and secure vendors. This will also include on-sight coordinating on the day of.

What would you charge someone to organize such an event? All factors considered (time, scope of work, etc.)

HELP!



Hi there,

I break down each event accordingly:

- How much for the yacht rental
- How much to cater
- How many staff do you need to hire

- How many hours/days etc will you need to set up


I would think an event like this would cost between 10-15K but I would need to see your numbers
admin1115442
admin1115442
Posts: 3

January 6, 2019
Topic:
Discount for Non-Profits
Hi there.
My response may be a tad late and we are in Ohio. I am choosing to post in case this applies to any other current or future questions.
Phenix Banquet Center offers a discount for events by non-profit groups in our Atlas hall. Events in our all inclusive rooms are so well priced and chock full of value too.
Check out here
https://www.phenixeventvenuecolumbusoh.com/
DrRonShapiro
DrRonShapiro
Posts: 395

January 5, 2019
Topic:
Husband's 30th.. Oktoberfest in March?
Hi Guest,

I just noticed your posting and I hope you are still watching this forum for suggestions. I would suggest having a 30 plus 30 party... That is a party 30 days after his thirtieth birthday. That would put you right into April. Also, April is exactly 6 months from October... so you can have a Half Year Octoberfest at the same time. Your husband would have weekends off. You should not have much snow on the ground by April 10 if you decide on the home party. Instead I would suggest having it at the biergarten and hiring a limo to bring you, your husband and closest friends to and from. I think the limo will be much less expensive and easier than renting the tent... and easier to keep the surprise.

Let us know if you are still monitoring here and would like more suggestions.

Ron
Ronald G. Shapiro, PhD
Education By Entertainment
WEDDING VIDEO TIPS
In an effort to make this post an even more valuable resource we will periodically be updating our post with video tips from our newsletters. There are ten tips in this series and it is our hope that you will find them helpful.

When the bridal couple has made the decision to have professional video services for their wedding a call is placed to a prospective videography company. After the exchange of some pleasantries a question is asked (something like this), What do you charge to video tape a wedding?

VIDEO TIP #2: Pricing of professional video services is anything but a "one size fits all" quote and there are many factors that go into a price quoted for your wedding video services.

Consider the following ...
What would be the result of going into your favorite local pizzeria and asking the question, How much do you charge for a pizza? Before that question can be answered several questions like, What kind of crust do you want (thick or thin)? What size pizza do you want?, and What kind of toppings do you want on your pizza? Once all of the factors are considered then a price for the service is quoted.

The following is a general representation of what can go into a typical single camera professional wedding video. As with any general representation you should keep in mind that some weddings will require more of some services and less of others.

Let us start off with the general equipment needed for the wedding. The camera used to capture the wedding will cost on average between $4,500.00 and $6,500.00 (and don't forget that many video professionals will also bring a backup camera). There is also support equipment such as the camera tripod, tripod dolly, lights, camera and light batteries (enough to cover the entire event), a portable field monitor, microphones, miscellaneous brackets, and equipment stands. Typically a videographer can bring 75 to 100 pounds of equipment to shoot a wedding and has invested $10,000.00 to $15,000.00 to cover a single camera wedding. We haven't talked about the $15,000.00 to $20,000.00 of investment in editing equipment, editing software, duplicating and printing equipment for the studio, all of the month to month expenses involved in maintaining the studio itself, and finally payroll for the company staff. Oh, and while we are on the subject, keep this additional fact in mind on average every four years as technology changes we have to upgrade our equipment to keep pace with customer's expectations.

There is an old saying in the business world that states "time is money". This factor is not always considered by customers with regards to the amount of time involved in completing a typical professional wedding video after the contract is signed. The following example assumes a typical single camera (seven hour day) wedding and reception contract.

• A rehearsal visit a day or two prior to the wedding day. 1 - 2 hours
• Equipment prep, check, and test (day of the wedding). 1 hour
• Arrive & set-up prior to start of the wedding. 60 - 90 mins.
• Wedding ceremony coverage (then pack up the equipment). 1 - 2 hours
• Travel to reception. 30 - 45 mins.
• Reception coverage. 5 - 6 hours
• Post-wedding follow up (prior to editing). 1 - 2 hours
• Editing the wedding. 6 - 8 hours
• DVD authoring, media publishing and printing. 1 - 2 hours
• Review and final approval. 1 - 2 hours TOTAL 25 - 27 hours

A single camera 7 hour wedding and reception day can typically involve up to 27 hours of labor to complete. Take all of the information given above into consideration and then consider the question of price, not only from your point of view but also the point of view of the videography company that you're considering to cover your wedding day.

Visit our web site at www.kmcvideoproductions.com if you want to find more information.
How much experience do you have hiring a wedding DJ and photographer? What makes you think you might be good at it?

You may have gone to some online bridal sites and blogs to come up with a bunch of questions to ask potential DJs and photographers. Unfortunately, although those questions sound good, most of them are NOT the right questions to ask! Those questions were all written by writers that take those questions and pass them around from one website or blog to the next. Did you notice that they all have pretty much the same questions? How much experience do you think that THEY have hiring a wedding DJ or photographer?


Your wedding DJ is 85% responsible for the success of your reception. He or she isn't just someone that plays music, they are the person that will be coordinating your wedding reception for you and making sure that everything is just right! They are your entertainment, your MC, and they will be the one that keeps it all flowing smoothly for you. Your DJ is the one that will deliver the magic for your special day and night!

Your wedding photographer is responsible for capturing all of those special moments in beautiful photographs that you will treasure for the rest of your life. Hiring a friend, or a friend of a friend that has a nice camera is NOT the way to go for your wedding day. You may save a few dollars, but you can also expect missed shots, some blurry photos, some bad lighting, and some major disappointment in the results.

Making a hiring mistake with either one of them could deny you the fantastic wedding and reception that you deserve to have. Also just because some DJs and photographers charge A LOT MORE MONEY, it doesn't make them any better than someone who charges a lot less.

The first thing most brides think when it comes time to hire their DJ and photographer is to limit their search online for vendors in their local area. What if the best DJ and photographer are 50 miles away and much less expensive than your local people are? So how do you find these great vendors and get great prices?

YOU don't! What you do is hire a company that services a large area, either regional or national. They have extensive experience hiring great DJs and photographers and matching them up perfectly with each of their clients. Most of them have interviewed hundreds, in some cases thousands of DJs and photographers and built their companies using the very best. Those companies DO know the right questions to ask. Did you know that in a recent DJ industry survey it was discovered that 83% of all single operator DJ companies are amateurs or hobbyists that have full time jobs? When you deal with a multi operator DJ and photography company they usually have a full time staff with lots of experience that can expertly answer your questions, help you plan, and make everything perfect for you. They also have a backup plan in case the person assigned to your wedding gets very sick and can't make it.

Also remember that just because you like a DJ or photographer, it doesn't mean that they will do a great job for you! Regardless of who you hire, hire a professional! Your wedding day is not the right time to be part of someone's learning curve.


For more great tips and blogs on hiring your staff and planning your wedding visit our site at www.abetterdj.net
Hi

Happy to host you for your husband's 50th! We usually rent our place for $899 for 4 hours usage but considering his noble profession will offer you a special price of $499 only. Let me know if you're interested smile

Hello.
I am trying to locate a hall for my newly husband who is a volunteer firefighter. We used to use their fire house for our events. But now they are closing it down and I really needed it for his 50th birthday. I am trying throw a party on 1/12/19. We will provide food and DJ.
Guest

November 29, 2018
Topic:
Rent a Hall, Space or Room for Birthday Party!
Hello.
I am trying to locate a hall for my newly husband who is a volunteer firefighter. We used to use their fire house for our events. But now they are closing it down and I really needed it for his 50th birthday. I am trying throw a party on 1/12/19. We will provide food and DJ.
Guest

November 29, 2018
Topic:
Wedding Venues, any suggestions
If your looking for a perfect place to accommodate your wedding guest please contact Fairfield By Marriott Charlotte Gastonia at
(704)-867-5073. We offer complimentary hot buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi, indoor heated swimming pool, free parking, and much more!
Guest

October 6, 2018
Topic:
Rent a Hall, Space or Room for Birthday Party!
I need a venue to host our family Thanksgiving Dinner (my place is small. We need a space for 20-25 people (tables/chairs) we are bringing all the food (need long tables to place food on) date Thursday November 22, 2018, time flexible (ie 2pm-7pm, 1pm-6pm or based the rates if hourly??)
Location-Detroit including metro surrounding areas. Please help with your suggestions. Reasonable low price venue or large spacious air bb rental home (I’ll bring table/chairs) ie .....H E L P
Guest

October 6, 2018
Topic:
Husband's 30th.. Oktoberfest in March?
So my Husband is turning 30 years old March 11, 2019. I want to throw him a German Oktoberfest style birthday party, I'd love for it to be a surprise but its not absolutely necessary. Here's my problems:
1) His days off from work rotate and his weekend days off are in January and April.. so I wouldn't be able to pick a date all that close to his actual birthday, or I'd have to tell him the date so he could take off, and probably the day after as well, but then his work friends won't be able to come because they can't take off also.
2) There are no biergartens within 40 minute drive of our home so I was thinking I could do it in our backyard, with heated tents, but what if there's snow on the ground?!
3) Should I wait until he's 30 and a half to surprise him with a backyard party in September?
4) Should I just have it at a biergarten and deal with the drive home (or maybe stay in a hotel nearby)?

Any advice is much appreciated!
Guest

September 21, 2018
Topic:
Affordable Wedding Services
Hello smile

I"m not able to find you on Facebook upset
lalal3035060
lalal3035060
Posts: 2

September 21, 2018
Topic:
Affordable Wedding Services
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edited by lalal3035060 on 10/2/2018
bobby2989555
bobby2989555
Posts: 1

August 10, 2018
Topic:
Pointers for my First outdoor banquet!
Thank you so much for this submit!
mlarochelle
mlarochelle
Administrator
Posts: 65

July 18, 2018
Topic:
Wedding Dresses
kmicheventplanning@gmail.com wrote:
Congrats! Beautiful Dress



Thank you!! Do you have a photo of your dress?
kmicheventplanning@gmail.com
kmicheventplanning@gmail.com
Posts: 4

July 17, 2018
Topic:
Wedding Dresses
Congrats! Beautiful Dress
Hello, Wedding on a Budget!

Here's what you should do? Check with venues for a weekday rental. Their space is not that busy during the weekday so they are willing to rent it for way less that weekend rate, which we know runs roughly $3000 and more.

For example, our past bride last year (July 4) had a small budget, and we advised her to look into weekday rental. She lucked up and got a weekday (Tuesday) for $600, this included chairs, tables, standard white linen and other amenities; she brought in outside catering and used us for consultation and day-of-service.

I don't know where you are located but. you should be able to find a venue with reasonable weekday pricing. If you need more help, send you an email with your concerns.

Good luck,
Philly Wedding Planner

ddcat2043476 wrote:
scife2663413 wrote:
Hello! My fiancé and I are planning a wedding in the Philadelphia area. Our budget is 8k or less and our guest count is 125-130. Every venue we find is ridiculously expensive in this area for all inclusive. I don’t think it’s outrageous to have a nice wedding for 125 ppl at a 8k budget but I am losing hope trying to find a place. Please help!!!


Greetings,
Wedding on a budget. We would love to assist you with the wedding of yours dreams and budget. As a full service Catering and Event planning company, we also travel across the United States. We have created weddings and events in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Washington, North and South Carolina, Florida, Kentucy and California to name a few. Contact us as soon as possible as it was unclear as to your date in the post.

Chef Byrd
770-733-0525
kmicheventplanning@gmail.com
kmicheventplanning@gmail.com
Posts: 4

July 17, 2018
Topic:
Anniversary!
Great advice!

Here are more great ideas that you can consider for parents and your own anniversary!

Your marriage is an everyday celebration, and that one day of the year you get to celebrate your love for each a bit more. The traditional gift for the first year anniversary is paper... So, do you have to do the traditional paper or go beyond traditional? Well, you don’t have to...

Click to see them http://www.weddingssoireeblogbykmich.com/2018/07/best-anniversary-gifts-for-him.html
kmicheventplanning@gmail.com
kmicheventplanning@gmail.com
Posts: 4

July 17, 2018
Topic:
Be a DIY bride
Hello DIY Bride;smile

Congrats on your engagement and good work so far on your planning!smile

It's great that you can save money on the things you want for your wedding; we love a great saving here and there. However, keep in mind that you should always do research on companies or sites you plan on using before moving forward. Remember, this is your moment to shine, and you don't want any chaos on your big day, right?

With that, you mentioned you ordered from wish.com. Have you ordered from them before? Have you seen what the items are like - is it quality or just... blah? (You really don't want your guests to know that you got any of your items for cheap, only you should know that. You want to WOW your guests from the time they enter the ceremony to the reception area...)

Most sites do not do returns (its WYSIWYG) thus setting up a lot of stress for individuals. So, you are stuck with whatever you purchased without any recourse. Therefore, make sure you read their disclaimer before ordering anything.

Lastly, check to make sure you don't need a permit to have your wedding in the park. Most counties require you to get one before you can have an event there. These permits usually include limitations, whether you are allowed to have alcohol or fire and so forth.

One other thing. Make sure you designate someone to be the buffer between you and the setup crew. This person should be there with you through the initial planning, reliable and have an idea of what's going on; or, hire a day-of-service coordinator. They will review all contracts (if you have) and meet with any and all vendors (again if there are any) and oversee ceremony rehearsal, setup, and breakdown; this is dependent on what's in their contract and what you agree to.

For more ideas, visit our DIY page here - http://www.weddingsbykmich.com/diy-brides

With great enthusiasm,

Wedding Planner in Chestnut Hill, PA
mlarochelle
mlarochelle
Administrator
Posts: 65

July 13, 2018
Topic:
Wedding Dresses
Want to show off your wedding dress? Post a photo of your dress or maybe a dress you're planning on getting for your special day! Where did you get from and how much did it cost?

I included a photo of my dress (front and back) that I wore below. This dress was from David's Bridal for $850.00.

info2031798
info2031798
Posts: 2

June 24, 2018
Topic:
Company Team Building Events
TEAM BUILDING IDEASCorporate TransportationWhich company team building ideas should I do? The team building experience is an essential part of any companies growth strategies. By working together management and staff can learn from one another. By identifying your group’s strengths and weaknesses will make your group stronger.
Make your organization stronger with these “Top 10 San Diego Team Building Ideas”. We provide these ideas for you to help build your team and company. If you are not in need of limousine transportation services please thank us by liking or sharing our page.
Before we get into some these team building activities we would like to get into the importance of a team.
1) SOCIALIZING
Networking or socializing improves team morale and productivity. If your team is happy and focussed on your companies goals you have a greater propensity for success.
Try and stay away from hiring employees who have low E.Q. (Emotional Quotients). These individuals tend to hyper-focus on personal issues and are not level-headed, or good listeners.
2) PERFORMANCE
Teams working together on fun activities will break communication gaps and increase performance.
These team building events will show to you which of your fellow employees can focus on tasks. Unorganized individuals will waste time and slow down unit cohesion.
3) COMPETITION
Competition always will bring out the best in great workers. It will also shine a light on those who may need you to push them in the right direction. Constructive criticism and confidence building may be exactly what your “lagger” needs. Be sure not to embarrass them or shame them in front of peers.
4) TEAM SPIRIT
When your team is all on the same page and hyper-focused on the ultimate goal you will have champions 100% of the time. Regardless of the outcome you will all come out winners and carry you on to success.
You won’t win all your company fights but you will see how your team learns from their mistakes. Sometimes defeat will bring a team closer together and make them work harder to achieve.
5) CREATIVITY
Creativity or problem solving is something a team will always do better. There’s a big reason why “think tanks” have solved the world’s toughest problems. Bouncing ideas off of one another also takes off the pressure of one person having to come through all the time.
6) COMMUNICATION
Last but not least, Communication! Without communication, every team and individual will fail. Time is of the essence, and the inability to understand one another will cause more headaches than achievements. Make sure your team is on the same page with their projects.

16 AWESOME TEAM BUILDING EVENTSNow the fun part is figuring out what you should do? Here is a great list of 16 Team Building Ideas for your company.
In the past, we have worked with numerous companies. We have done Company Bowling outing. Del Mar Fairgrounds. Del Mar Races. Pokemon Go. Treasure Hunt. Scavenger Hunt. Christmas Lights party. Fourth of July fireworks picnic. Vegas Party Bus. Wine Tour. Brewery Tour. Padres Baseball. Rams / Chargers Football. Community Service. Outdoor Concerts. ** Bonus Ideas** – Horseback Riding, Sky Diving, Best Shot Golf Outing, etc…. Feel free to email us with any of your awesome ideas and we will give you an extra bonus discount.
info2031798
info2031798
Posts: 2

June 24, 2018
Topic:
Surprise!!!!!!!!!
My sister is having a big birthday party and she has no idea that my entire family and her two best friends will be flying out to be at the party. We are planning to surprise her at the venue and are looking for a really cool way to do it, instead of just walking in to the party and saying "surprise". (This is not a surprise party just 5 of the best surprise guests).



It would entirely depend on what your Sister loves! We have a great list of whats cool to do in San Diego for groups!

https://www.sdhotlimos.com/san-diego-limo-services/

Perfect for 5 to 50 people!
garim2942052
garim2942052
Posts: 1

June 21, 2018
Topic:
Surprise!!!!!!!!!
It Sounds great that you want to give surprise to your sister, I am totally agree with Dr Ron Shapiro advice. You can add games like "Name The Guests" or "Act It Out" to have fun with your friends. Here i found top fun games for party that you can choose
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cvQJ4w-tgg http://www.planetjashn.com/
Hi! How exciting.

In the past I did an event for a company that had a 10 year anniversary as well.
We decided to do a "through the decade" party. So what we did is each department was assigned a decade and they had to dress from that time period. Then we highlighted each department and thanked the for the companies success but in the style of their decade. It was very fun and everyone really enjoyed the theme. If you like the idea let me know, I can send you over more details of what that event had! (kuptain@goeventti.com)

Also, if you want to check out my service we do event evaluations where we go to your event and compile a detailed report for you. That way once your event is over you have a stack of tips on how to maximize ROI and your bottomline for next year. Visit us at goeventti.com.
Excellent planning guide you posted.
Game Baltimore is a vast 10,000sf event venue located in the central DMV area in Baltimore, Md just 12min from BWI Airport.
We book conferences, seminars, trade shows and more from all over the world.
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queen2916983
queen2916983
Posts: 1

May 20, 2018
Topic:
Be a DIY bride
I am a DIY bride. I have planned my wedding thus far. My FH and myself are getting married July,23 2020. I have searched and planned from Mason jar mixed drinks to my own catering menu. Ordering from wish.com to Dollar tree.com and walmart.com allows me to save money. I am making my own decor and hoping to have a beautiful outdoor park wedding. With diy buffet catering.
Guest

May 18, 2018
Topic:
Suggestions for Unique Meeting Formats
Harrisburg Golf Simulator! Order in dinner or eat out afterwards.
Does anyone know of places that will let you have a pool party in the Prince George's County, Maryland/Washington, DC area?



Have you tried contacting the hotels in that area to see if they would allow you to use the pool area?
Does anyone know of places that will let you have a pool party in the Prince George's County, Maryland/Washington, DC area?
I often use local rental service to get an event equipment such as Mobile staging, Restroom facilities, event cleanup, ticket booths collection gates, Sanitary stations, Power generator and Crowd control barriers from Jee Biz Total Event Solutions. So you can consult with your local event organizer.
Guest

May 12, 2018
Topic:
Pointers for my First outdoor banquet!
If your event is on your property please consider having a pest control company come out and treat your entire yard prior to the event.

For heat, check the typical temperatures at various times of day and schedule your event accordingly.

You can, of course, rent various types of heating devices if it gets cool in the evening.


Ron
Ronald G. Shapiro, PhD
Education By Entertainment
Guest

May 12, 2018
Topic:
18th Birtrhday
It all depends upon what you and your friends/family like to do.

  • What do you enjoy doing most?
  • Are you adventuresome?
  • Do you like surprises?
  • Do you view this as an event for you? For your friends? For your family?
Also, you cannot overlook the fact that events vary from bring very inexpensive to very expensive.

  • How much money do you want to spend?
  • What are your priorities in therms of event?
  • How many people do you want to include in your celebration?

Ron
Ronald G. Shapiro, PhD
Education by Entertainment
Hi Michele,
My name is Mary Norred I am a Wedding Coordinator for Norreds Weddings and Events, LLC. We are on Eventective you can look is up we offer many services, so feel free to check out our website at Norredsweddingsandevents.squarespace.com. One of our services pertains to Virtual Wedding planning contact us to find out more information.
mlarochelle
mlarochelle
Administrator
Posts: 65

May 11, 2018
Topic:
18th Birtrhday
Bailey1119 wrote:
What would be a good idea, theme, and venue for my 18th birthday?


18th Birthdays are exciting! I would take a look at some venues listed in your city here:
https://www.eventective.com/muncie-in/party-event-venues/

Some top locations would be:

Eventfully Yours, LLC, Marion, IN

Delaware Country Club, Muncie, IN



Good Luck!
Bailey1119
Bailey1119
Posts: 1

May 11, 2018
Topic:
18th Birtrhday
What would be a good idea, theme, and venue for my 18th birthday?



Event planners are often responsible for making countless decisions ranging from catering to entertainment, down to the smallest details such as place settings. Not only is the decision-making process stressful, but it can be a logistical nightmare dealing with all of the different companies and vendors for each service. In many cases, AV is the staple of an event for speeches, music, slideshows, videos and more. We believe that a reliable AV company should always make sure that you are fully prepared. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, so we have compiled a short list of questions you should be sure to ask your AV company prior to your event.

Can you work with my budget?
Failure to be upfront with what you are looking for as well as your budget can result in a huge waste of time and energy—both of which are scarce while planning an event.

Right off the bat, let the AV company know exactly what you need (speakers, microphones, projectors, live mixing, streaming, etc.) and how much you are willing to spend. If you don't know the AV space very well, there’s no need to worry. It is perfectly fine to let the company know where the event is, how many people are attending, and what you will need the equipment for (speeches, live music, projecting a sporting event, etc.). They will be able to tell you the specific equipment that it would require and if they can do that within your budget.

A lack of transparency here could lead to getting all of the AV planned only to realize they cannot do it within your budget, or perhaps they can be within budget but can’t provide a crucial service you need.

Are there any issues with the venue?
Be sure to go over your venue contract thoroughly and don’t hesitate to ask your AV provider for help— they will want to know what they are working with at the venue. Some venues actually penalize clients who hire an outside AV provider, some don’t supply power, and we’ve seen a multitude of additional rules and restrictions that an AV provider would need to know beforehand. It is far better to be aware of any limits or issues during the planning phase. An AV issue on event day is the last thing you need while making sure everything goes smoothly.







What additional information do you need?
As always, the more communication, the better. When working with an AV provider, countless questions can be answered to help them execute a seamless event for you.

Some questions to answer up front for them are:
  • What content will be presented using their equipment?
  • How many people will be attending the event?
  • How many microphones are needed? Wired or Wireless?
  • What is and isn’t provided by you or the venue?
  • How much space will they have?
  • Will they have access to wifi or ethernet (if needed)?
  • Will you require an on-site technician for troubleshooting or more complicated equipment operations?

Some questions to ask them are:
  • What are their needs for bandwidth, power, and space?
  • How much time is needed for setup and strike (teardown)?
  • How many site passes will they need for their staff?
  • What kinds of microphones/speakers/projectors will be best?

Once all of the information is communicated, always be sure to ask your AV provider if they have any additional concerns so event day troubleshooting can be avoided at all costs.







Can you do a walkthrough?
Having your AV provider tag along for a walkthrough can be a significant way to prevent any misunderstandings ahead of time. Walkthroughs allow them to work much more effectively and efficiently. They will be able to plan the load-in and setup, find the locations of nearest outlets, take measurements, snap photos, and address numerous potential obstacles that too often need to be figured out on the day of the event.

What team will you be bringing?
Depending on the size and technical specifics of your event, your AV company will most likely come in the form of a team. Often, a larger team will come in to help with setup while only two or three people are needed to remain on-site during the event. It is always good to know how many will be staying and what they will be operating so that no oversights occur. The most important detail to figure out is who the point person is going to be. In most cases, you’ll communicate your needs with this person, and they will know who on their team to talk to and how to effectively address your needs—similar to the relationship between you and your client in regards to the entire event.







Conclusion
Dealing with an AV company on such an important piece of your event may seem daunting, but it really comes down to communication. If you are sure to be upfront about your budget and your needs, ask the right questions, and put as much effort as possible into preparation for both you and your AV company, you are sure to be covered.

The best part is once these are all addressed, chances are you will find a company that you work well with to service your future events—which can end the stress of searching, allowing you to spend more time overseeing your event on all other ends.


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Awesome wedding venue tips. Thanks
mlarochelle
mlarochelle
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May 8, 2018
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Pointers for my First outdoor banquet!
You may want to consider tiki torches or bug repellent candles. Normally those work. Having bug spray on hand is not a bad idea either. Bugs can be out any time of day, but they seem to really come out after 6 or 7pm at night. It depends on your location.
It is in June so how do you manage bugs, heat, etc.? Do's + Dont's? There will be about 40 people. What time of day(plus evening) is best?