Friday, April 15, 2011

Planning A Themed Wedding

Masquerade Themed Wedding
When making plans for a wedding many couples may choose to go with a theme of some sort. A wedding theme is a great way to share something special about yourselves with your guests. In a way you are letting your guests know a little more about what you like and your personal style. Your theme can be anything that is special to you, whether it is a fairytale theme or a chocolate theme. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. The theme that you choose for your wedding can be incorporated into every aspect of the ceremony from the colors, to the decorations, to your wedding attire.

The first step in planning your theme wedding is to decide on the theme. A helpful tip in this process is to sit down and make a list of different things that are important to you. In that list you can include activities that you like to participate in, as well as colors and holidays that you like.

Once you have your list, you want to create your wedding budget, as this will play a big role in what type of theme you are able to go with. With your wedding theme list and budget in hand, you can now begin the process of narrowing down your list. The date of your ceremony also plays a role in which theme you decide on. Do any of the themes on your list require items that are seasonal? If so, you may end up paying more for certain items that are out of season.

Some popular themes for weddings include; fairytale weddings, tropical weddings, and holiday themed weddings. Below are some tips on how to plan weddings with the above themes.

Fairytale Theme Weddings
Fairytale weddings are beautiful, and can be planned for almost any location. Think about the classical fairytales like Cinderella and Snow White for a little inspiration. Pretty much anything glamorous will work with this theme. Bubbles and confetti are fun to add to the reception. If your budget allows, you may even want to check on renting a carriage to take you and your groom to the reception after the ceremony.

Tropical Theme Weddings
Tropical weddings are extremely fun to plan. There are so many options as far as color and floral arrangements. Almost any bright, vibrant color will work. Tropical weddings do work best for the summer time months, and if at all possible outside ceremonies are the best choice. Butterflies and leis can be fun additions to the reception as well.

Holiday Theme Weddings
Holiday weddings are great, and can easily be done on a budget if you start planning well in advance. Christmas and Valentines weddings are very popular among this group. If you start planning a year in advance you can usually find all of your decorations, and even things that can be used as favors at the after holiday sales. Although holidays are usually a busy time of year, they do work well for weddings.

Whatever theme you may be considering, remember to keep an open mind and an open eye. You never know when you may run across something that will work wonderfully in your wedding.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tips for a Green Meeting or Event

Have you ever thought about what environmental impact your meetings or special events might have? Hundreds of invitations, plastic cups, utensils, plates, napkins, and food go in the trash during just one event.  The impact from just one event, especially large gatherings, can be pretty significant.

What if you could do it better? What if you could make it greener? Global warming aside, it just makes sense to reduce waste. It’s good for the world, and it can be good for your business. Now, that doesn’t mean if you hire us, you have to go green, but if you choose to do so, you’re in good hands.

For specific suggestions on how to make your meeting or event green, call us at (678) 937-6647.

Here are some tips both guests and the Earth will enjoy:

  • Establish a green team to brainstorm ideas and practices to green your events.
  • Establish detailed environmental policies and a strategy to implement them.
  • Document and track successes, problems and failures of green event initiatives.
  • Consistently communicate the policies in internal publications, event print material, and even at the podium.
  • Work with or encourage your event venue to donate leftover food, floral and greenery.
  • Ask your vendors about their green policies, and support those who share your green objectives.

Food Service
  • Provide local, organic and vegetarian food and beverage options.
  • Provide water in pitchers or bulk coolers.

  • Ask exhibitors and contractors to reduce their waste – use less packaging (provide a storage area for re-usable packaging) – and to follow the recycling program. Ensure information is provided to them in their exhibitor pack and conduct an exhibitor briefing to provide further information.
  • Create a ‘green’ booth for exhibitors – ask your supplier to design a more environmentally-friendly option.
  • Promote the use of custom stands that can be reused at other events.

Print & Promotion
  • Promote your environmental initiatives as a marketing tool. Use this as an opportunity to explain your initiatives and educate your delegates.
  • Reduce printed material by using electronic communication wherever possible – eg, websites, email, electronic presentations, broadcasts, podcasts, online video, USBs, SMS etc.
  • If printing is unavoidable, use recycled paper. Aim for at least 50% post consumer waste recycled paper and print double sided with vegetable inks.
  • Ensure printed material is produced in a reasonable size and quantity and include a request to recycle after use.
  • Consider SMS to provide confirmations, seating and registration details.
  • Ensure your event communication includes a green message reminding people to think before printing.
  • Submit proposals and quotes electronically and limit handouts in meetings.
  • If you need to print information as well, using recycled paper and an environmentally-friendly printing process can help reduce the environmental impact of your event.
  • Look at environmentally-friendly options for delegate satchels – instead of plastic bags offer hemp or calico bags or something that can be used again.
  • Avoid printing programs, delegate handbooks or collateral – provide this information online, via email, CD or even on a memory stick. If you need to print, make sure you use recycled paper and that the printing process is also environmentally-friendly.
  • Collect and reuse name badges if possible.


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