Sure, it's easy enough to alphabetically arrange 100+ tent-folded escort cards on a banquet table directing everyone to their tables, but it's more fun (and memorable) to put a little creativity into it. Here are some fun examples we found of ways to direct your guests to their spots. Whether you add graphics or photos or just take an elegant twist on the list, the seating assignments can easily be styled to fit the look of your wedding.
We've all been to at least one office party in the conference room for someone's birthday/shower/going-away party, right? It's always nice to take a break and fight the afternoon slump with a sweet treat (and celebrate a coworker), but why not step it up a notch with a few affordable decorations? Put down the styrofoam cups and thin paper plates from the office kitchenette and try something a little more fun.
Simple and cute -- yet more environmentally-friendly than the usual party supplies -- plates, cups, and napkins from Susty Party are compostable, non-toxic, and made from renewable materials in America.
A little confetti, like this blue pack from Acme Party Box, makes a conference table a little more festive.
Stationery brand Minted offers a wide range of party decor including customizable table runners, like this one for a shower.
Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with clever ways to use office supplies to decorate: colorful masking tape on folders, glue small balloons to wooden sticks (maybe coffee stirrers would work?), and crafting a customized birthday banner out of bright sticky notes.
Photos: Miss A, Susty Party, Acme Party Box, Minted, Martha Stewart/Diane Fields
Sometimes when we receive a call from a new client, it's actually the mother of the bride (and occasionally, the mother of the groom) who starts the conversation either because they're helping to foot the bill or because the engaged couple isn't living locally but wants to get married here in Syracuse.
Helping your child plan their wedding while navigating the expectations, responsibilities, and etiquette of how involved to be can be daunting. Brides magazine recently launched their new section devoted to the mothers.
The section includes lots of links to fashion and beauty slideshows, planning and etiquette articles, and blog posts dealing with the topics and advice most moms wonder about. We think it's a great start for our clients and all moms preparing for this milestone.
Photo: Jill Thomas/Brides
In case you haven't heard about our sister company SKY Armory, we wanted to share a little more information. Yesterday, the team at SKY held a press day where members of the press, local bloggers, and community activists were invited to get a hard hat tour of the property while learning more about SKY from our owner Nicole Samolis and the SKY executive team Amy Preble, sales manager, Jason Neville, food & beverage manager, and Jason Jessmore, executive chef.
SKY had a great turnout and has already received some lovely press mentions from the reporters who attended:
WAER Syracuse Public Media
Time Warner Cable News
The building is still under construction and will be open mid-September for their first event. SKY Armory is also hiring for various positions in the events and food service areas - employment opportunities.
Now more than ever, we find we are helping our clients add social media components to their events and thinking about the media now goes beyond the old-school traditional formats; bloggers are considered major players. A guest blog on Special Events discusses how to get bloggers involved in your event the right way.
Bloggers are trusted influencers and their readers often utilize services and make purchases based on what bloggers recommend. In the article, publicist Jenni Izzo gives five guidelines for engaging bloggers for your special event. We agree and add some thoughts:
1. Think Local
It makes the most sense to consider where your event takes place, who the guests will be, and if the event impacts a specific location. Bloggers have reach beyond the local, but are often very interested in promoting local companies and events and can help drive attendance and interest in your event.
According to the article, there are no more than 152 million blogs on the internet. Targeting the right bloggers who have similar interests and values as your company is essential. Be sure that your event is something that aligns with the kinds of content the blogger posts before engaging them to help promote your event.
3. Read multiple posts
Get a real feel for the blogger's personality, interests, values, and voice by reading through their posts and any other pages on their website like the 'About Me' page. Check their category/tag list to see if any of the tags lists include content that syncs well with what your event is about. Just as you would with a member of the traditional media, be sure to spell the blogger's name correctly, include the right name of the blog, and craft your email specifically to that person. Create a connection and the blogger will be more willing to engage with you.
4. Clearly define the offer and expectations
Once you have narrowed down which bloggers you'd like to work with, spell out exactly what you're hoping for and what you can offer in return. Can you provide tickets for a giveaway? Is there a VIP section the blogger can gain access to? Blogging is time-consuming, so understanding their time has value goes a long way. Determine your goal and in what way you hope the blogger can help. If you have a timeline, discuss that as well; many bloggers plan their content in advance.
5. Share the love
As the blogger publishes posts about your event, be sure to share it on all your social media platforms by liking, sharing, retweeting, or reposting. This gives the blogger additional exposure to a like-minded audience and builds good will.
Bloggers are an excellent resource for generating buzz and boosting ticket sales and attendance. Get to know them and their audience and it can be a beneficial tool for your business.
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