3 Venue-Based Pre-Wedding Events You Should Consider
For many people, their wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. There is a reason why it is called the ‘big day.’ It won’t be wrong to say it is the biggest day of one’s life (barring the day of their birth, of course). However, celebrating a day that changes the course of your life within a couple of hours seems lacking and underwhelming sometimes.
This is the reason why there exist multitudes of pre-wedding celebrations. Among them, some can be arranged within the house. Some are destination-based and require traveling. And some of them need a venue just like the main wedding day. Here, we are going to discuss pre-wedding events that are supposed to be held in a dedicated venue.
1) Rehearsal Dinner
Rehearsal dinner is probably the most popular pre-wedding event in the US. This event is held the night before the wedding where families, close friends and people helping with the arrangements gather and have a spread. Rehearsal dinner is surely less formal than the wedding event. There are many reasons to have them. As the name suggests, it gives the bride, groom, groomsmen, and bridesmaids to rehearse their entries, speeches, etc.
Moreover, it is a great window to relax after the long-drawn-out span of wedding arrangements. It also helps particularly bride and groom to relieve themselves of the jitters of the big day. A rehearsal dinner is also great to recognize and thank all those people who have been helping you with the wedding work.
2) Wedding Breakfast
It is relatively a newer trend and gradually catching on with couples. A wedding breakfast is a more relaxed, cordial and casual gathering than rehearsal dinners. Wedding breakfasts are great to set the mood of your big day. Like a rehearsal dinner, it also allows you to freshen up and divest yourself of the preparation burnout.
Wedding breakfast can also be improvised as a reception for all of your out-of-town guests. To make this event smooth sailing, you must schedule your engagements with vendors accordingly. Otherwise, your cell phone will remain abuzz and you can’t get the window of respite you are looking for in the first place.
3) Stage and Drag Party
The pre-wedding event is actually a Canadian tradition but has also become popular in some US states in the last couple of years. This pre-wedding event is less of a celebration and more of a fundraiser for the marrying couple. If you have decided to have this peculiar pre-wedding event, make sure it has a celebratory zing as well. Book it in a venue and make sure the guests are treated the way they should be as your loving donors.
If you are looking for a venue for pre-wedding events, then consider Scottsdale Hanger Parties It offers all the logistical arrangements for all sorts of pre-wedding events with its in-house catering, lighting, and photography and music facilities. The venue is good enough to set the customized ambiance of your choice.
9 Surprise Elements to Make Your Corporate Party Stand Out
Employees can get sick of attending the same old corporate events, so you need a way to get them excited about attending yours. Make your events stand out and become memorable by adding that one special element that will push them that extra mile.
Here are a few fun ideas that you can incorporate into your next corporate party to make sure people keep talking about it:
Everyone loves a good old fashioned karaoke night. There’s not much that goes into planning a night like this except booking a location that already has a setup or then hiring someone that can come in and set up a screen and projector for your event; a quick and easy way to add some oomph to a dull party.
If you have the time and budget, have a company come in and set up casino tables and send dealers. A casino night is a super memorable way for employees to get together and have an enjoyable night. You can get a Vegas-style party right in your town. You can even hire Vegas-style showgirls for a fun photo op.
Close Up Magic
Hire a magician to perform close up magic in small crowds around the party. Close up magic is a lot more interactive and fun for guests since they don’t just have to sit on a seat and watch. This way, they can still walk around and network without missing out on the experience.
Team Obstacle Course
Who said corporate parties have to be at night? Have a day time event where you can divide up your employees into teams and have them go through an obstacle course. This will be a fun and memorable experience and also a great team-building exercise.
There are comedians that specialize incorporate humor, and who doesn’t love to laugh? You can hire a corporate comedian to tell office-related jokes; these jokes will be relatable to your employees and you don’t have to worry about anything non-kosher or inappropriate.
This is a great way to get employees talking to each other at bigger companies. Post a topic on the top of each table and anyone standing around it has to speak about the topic. People will move to another table after sharing personal or professional stories on the topic. This can be an excellent way to network within a company.
Circus or other entertainment acts can be a once in a lifetime experience for your corporate event guests. With fire breathers, acrobats and aerialists around, people will be in awe of the entertainment. With an act like this, your event will be one to remember.
This is another way to get people at an event talking and mingling. By assigning characters to all the guests, and giving them storylines, they will be forced to break out of their comfort zones and talk to new people in order to solve the mystery.
Immersive Food and Drink Stations
Try setting up a make your own taco station, or assemble your own sundae, or why not a DIY bar where guests can experiment with making cocktails? This would be a fun and interactive element to add to your party that guests are sure to enjoy.
Some of these ideas require a bigger, more open space to pan out. Instead of renting halls or conference rooms in hotels, try booking a hangar to get the space you need for your event. If you are in the Scottsdale, AZ area, you can book a hangar here.
Lighting is What Brings Events to Life – Here’s How
Whether it’s a residential structure, commercial property, public place, or a temporary event, the easiest and cheapest way you can enhance the look of everything is through lighting.
With the introduction of new lighting tools and technologies, increased usage of lights, and awareness of the wonders simple lighting techniques can do, the demand for lighting professionals has increased radically. Yes, we said ‘lighting professionals’ because it has become a separate profession today.
While lighting for homes and properties are too common, something that is still not as popular is that lighting can be the sole reason for the success or failure of all types of events.
If it is a formal corporate event and you add a fancy, colorful lights that keep glistening, you know where you will end up. Likewise, if it is a dance party and you add subtle, single-colored lights without any effect, it’s going to fail badly.
That said, event lighting is extremely important. Businesses’ that realize the importance and effect of effective lighting even endeavor to use specific colors in their logos and boards to develop brand association.
Nonetheless, if you are clueless about how lighting can affect event ambiance and venues, here is your answer.
Below are five ways effective event lighting results in successful events.
1. Event Lighting Impacts Moods
Colors influence moods and this is especially true when they are displayed intensely, such as through lighting. For example, white and subtle golden lights can feel your guests feel calm and relaxed while red, green, and orange can make them feel energized. Therefore, you must choose event lighting according to the type of occasion.
2. Lighting Creates Better Experiences
So, you are looking forward to this particular event over the weekend that involves several stage acts. You get ready and reach to the event venue all excited and happy only to find out that the event is completely lit with uniform white lights. Do you think a stage act can deliver a good experience and influence your mood without appropriate lighting effects that they should be enhanced with?
Of course, not!
And this is how event lighting creates experiences. The lights that you choose must be selected considering four things:
- Nature of the event
- Event theme
- Event agenda
- Event venue
3. Event Lighting Can Effortlessly Emphasize What Needs To Be Emphasized
As mentioned in the start, the easiest and cheapest way you can decorate events and impress your guests is through event lighting. Not only does effective event lighting make venues a lot better but they can be used to highlight things that need to be highlighted.
For example, if it is a corporate event, the brand’s name and logo can be lit up using the official colors of the brand. In case of a private event like a wedding, the names of the couple can be displayed with added lights to create a unique revelation.
As much as it is important to rent appropriate venues, you can’t expect your event to do wonders without arranging for suitable event lighting.
If you are dubious about choosing the venues and how to go about light selection, leave it all to the team at Scottsdale Hangar Parties.
Three Common AV Mistakes that Event Organizers Make
AV production in events is a really tricky thing. Organizers and managers only understand its importance when it fails and doesn’t produce the desired results. Unlike food and catering that is centered at some particular point in an event, seamless AV production is needed throughout the proceedings.
However, event planners and managers commit some mistakes that often lead to audio-video production difficulties or even failure during the event. Let’s have a look at all those AV mistakes that can easily be avoided with prior planning.
1) Not Taking Into Account the Entertainment Rigging
If your corporate event is heavy on music and entertainment, then you must take care of rigging settings to ensure impeccable AV production. For instance, the music band going to perform at your event might come with some hanging equipment. To accommodate them with your stage setting, you will need the rigging points.
Asks the music artists beforehand if they need rigging points for their equipment and also work in close coordination with the venue manager to arrange them. Otherwise, be prepared for the last minute mayhem.
2) Not Assessing the Quality and Outreach of the Sound
Keep in mind that the loudness is not the only indicator to assess the sound quality of the system you are going to use at the event. What’s the point of great loudness if the sound quality is bad and couldn’t capture the texture of the singer and pick up the sound of every single instrument?
If you are hosting the event at a large venue, then it also becomes important to check the outreach of the sound. Use sample track and see how they are heard at the front row, the middle row and at the back of the venue. You might need to use delayed speakers for the back rows to create a synchronized sound environment throughout the venue. Do all this before the event instead of finding these issues in the attendees’ bad reviews.
3) Not Factoring in Visual and Audio Inputs
Many people don’t factor in how many audio inputs their sound mixing boards offer. This can create a considerable problem as the event proceeds, for example when an extra microphone can’t be plugged in. Similarly, you must know if you need extra video switchers for the vision mixer. Do all these calculations beforehand to avoid any AV compromise during the event.
Using In-House AV: A Better Option
There is one way to avoid major AV slip-ups during the event i.e. work with the in-house AV equipment and team. First of all, it streamlines the coordination and communication. Instead of three different parties (you, the AV production company and the venue management) trying to figure out whom to talk to, you can have more clear coordination when you are directly working with the venue AV team.
This definitely reduces the probability of AV slip-ups. On top of that, in-house AV production comes at a lesser price.
Scottsdale Hanger Parties provides first-rate services for incentive events and corporate parties in Arizona. In their long list of venue services, they also provide in-house AV production for events.