Wednesday, February 10, 2016

High Expectations, Low Budget

As an event planner, it is your duty to stay within budget and go above the call of duty to cut costs for your clients. We have five ideas to help you stay under budget on your next event:

  1. Do not feel the need to have a sit down meal for every course. Change things up by having a standing reception for a night or two.
  2. Bring in your own technology equipment if you own it. Why pay for something you already have?
  3. Make sure you know all costs before booking with your venue. Delivery, setup and post-event storage are just a few hidden costs the venue may impose on you.
  4. Do not print off your speaker presentations. Paper can get expensive so go digital with everything.
  5. It never hurts to ask for a deal. See if the venue can give you a break on staff room rates if you’re having a substantial amount of guests.
Meetings & Conventions has a list of Top 25 Cost-Cutting Tips to also reference when planning an event.

Do you have any other ideas to stay in budget? Share them with us in the comments below.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

New Technology Enhancements for Events

A local favorite of ours, The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), has come and gone in the Sin City. MEET Las Vegas has our list of new technologies for event planners to be on the look for when booking an event venue:
  1. Want to show off your event’s theme, but utilize the newest technology? Panasonic’s Transparent TV will blend into any d├ęcor or surrounding.

  2. Attendee’s and client’s comfort is always a priority, and sitting at a desk can be strenuous on one’s hands and wrists. The KeyMouse’s Ergonomic Keyboard-Mouse will allow for a more comfortable classroom style meeting for everyone.
  3. Connecting to the internet is a must for attendees, and G.Fast’s 750 megabits per second download speeds will have all attendees amazed at your event.
Are there any new technologies you would like to see at a venue you plan to book? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Virtual Tours: A Vital Aspect in Bookings

As we all know, everyone is always connected to the internet through phones, tablets or computers. For this very reason it is vital for the event world to evolve with the times and create virtual tours for venues that are available with the click of a button.

 Below are three reasons how a virtual tour can change your business as stated by ICEF Monitor:
  • Extends the venue’s brand to every corner of the world for potential international clients.
  • Gives clients a clear picture of the venue and builds upon a real life tour they may have taken previously.
  • Encourages the prospective client to research as much information before the initial meeting.
Check out the virtual tour of the MEET Las Vegas venue for a perfect example of how to implement this essential marketing strategy.
Do you think there are any other advantages to having a virtual tour for your venue? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Colors of Spring for Your Perfect Wedding

Color trends change as often as the seasons When it comes to your wedding, you will want to make sure the colors you use are both popular and in style. To make sure your big day’s colors are perfect, we have some advice for you to keep in mind:

  • Pick complementary colors. This never goes out of style, so it will forever be timeless.
  • Pastels are in, so you can’t go wrong with a soft shade of mint or pink.
  • Choose colors that will look good on everyone’s skin tone. Who What Wear lays out the best colors to wear for different skin tones.
We want to know what colors you are having for your spring wedding. Tell us in the comments below.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year’s Resolution for Team Building

Couldn’t figure out the perfect New Year’s resolution for 2016? Don’t worry, we have the perfect one for you! Host a fun team building party by celebrating a wacky holiday to fill your team with laughter and fun throughout the year. Check out this list of holidays to start your planning now.

 To help you with your year of celebrations, we have some advice to get your party started:

    ·         Fully commit to the holiday. If it is Pi day, you best be eating pie all day and calculating numbers using 3.14159265359.

    ·         Invite all your co-workers to the extravaganza to see how awesome Star Wars Day just might be.

    ·         Show everyone how cool your team building party is by sharing pictures on social media using the national holiday’s hashtag to get the day trending.

 Have any other ideas on how to throw a rocking party for a weird holiday? Share them in the comments below.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

2016 Event Trends

The New Year is (almost) here, and it is time to start thinking about how 2016 events and the event industry will change and transform to meet the needs of our clients. Event Farm has outlined several trends we will see for the year.

Some of our favorites are:
  • Event professionals are starting to replace the word “event” with “experience”.
  • Event marketers can be more effective by understanding psychology.
  • Mobile event apps are on the rise, and are here to stay!
 We want to know your favorite trends for 2016. Share them in the comments below.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

May the Force be with You and Your Part

As the whole world anticipates the release of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, people are coming out of the woodworks to celebrate the special and unconventional occasion. To get your party goers hyped up for the release, here are a few ideas to have the best Star Wars themed party, Padawan!

  1. A Star Wars party would not be complete without all of the famous characters people know and love making an appearance. Give everyone a character to embody for the night and enjoy as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, R2-D2, Yoda, Princess Leia and Darth Vader, all make an appearance.
  2. Cut some pool noodles in half to make light sabers! Everyone can have their own personal weapon to fight off the dark side of the force.
  3. Serve some themed cocktails to your guests! We love the idea of a Yoda-rita. Check out this Pinterest board for some inspiration and yummy cocktail recipes.
Have any other ideas for throwing the ultimate Star Wars party? Share them in the comments!