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5 Tips To Look Out For When Planning Your Event Logistics

Your Event Logistics

There are many things that you need to look out for when you are planning an event that will be a great success. You will want to take into consideration all the things that can go wrong so that you are prepared for the things that can make your event turn bad. You want to be prepared and able to take on any challenges that come your way.

1. The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you are able to keep your event on track. There are so many things that can go wrong when you are planning something. You do not want to get discouraged when it comes to planning something wonderful. You want to keep the event going the right way so that you do not give up and get frustrated. You need to keep patience and keep motivated so that you are getting exactly what you want and need for your event.

2. You have to make sure that you are not planning your event for a day that is already taken by another event. You want to keep the dates open so that you are not interfering with other big parties because you want everyone to show up to yours. You will want to check the dates that are best first so that you can start planning the big party. Once you have the right date, you can then start to book everything else so that you are able to make sure everyone can come.

3. Keep organized. Being on the right track is the best way to stay focused on what you need to get done? You will want to make sure that you are able to keep things running well and on track. The best way to do this is to stay focused. You will want to have accurate records of everything that you are doing so that you not wandering later. You will want to make sure that you get receipts for everything that you pay for. You will want this to ensure that you get what you are paying for.

4. Keep aware of unexpected things that can happen. You will want to be on the lookout for any thing that can come up. You will be better off when you are prepared for the bad things and able to keep up on them. You will find that when you have things handled before they happen, you will be better prepared and able to handle anything that can come your way. This is the one reason why you need to make sure that you are going to have a back up plan.

5. Trying to make the best event ever is not going to happen on its own. You will want to be motivated and able to stay on track. Keeping on the right path is the best way to make sure that you are able to have the perfect event planned. You will feel better and get things done easier. You need to be ready to work and keep things moving. Staying committed to your cause is going to help you with your event planning and making things happen.

These are all great ways to make the event be a success. You will feel better and have a better experience when you are going to be prepared and organized. These are the top things that make an event work and you will find it fun and exciting when you have the right tools.

3 Venue-Based Pre-Wedding Events You Should Consider

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.

Why Having an Event Planner Can Save Your Life

Why Hiring an Event Planner Can Save Your Life

Event planning is a stressful job, especially if you’re planning your own event. Rather than getting caught up in the minor details of the occasion you’re planning, you can leave it up to an event planner who knows how to do their job. In fact, event planners can often save you from destroying your event by helping you make realistic decisions. Here are some reasons why you might need to hire an event planner too:

They Are Responsible

Event planners stress over every part of the event you want to host because they know they’re responsible for anything that goes wrong. They know how to plan and work on a budget. They have contacts in different industries like catering and décor. They can make appointments for you to visit food vendors and decide the menu. Since they work in the event management industry, they have experience with a variety of vendors and know who’s reliable and will give you the best for your occasion. If you need a host for your event as well, such as for a wedding, you can hire them as well. This leaves you with the luxury to mingle with your guests and actually get a chance to eat as well.

They Are Realistic

Event planners will do their utmost best to follow your guidelines on the itinerary for your event. However, a smart organizer will know when your ideas are going too far and how they can ensure they plan as close to your requirements as possible. Sometimes, we feel that an idea is realistic when we see it from afar but someone who’s in the industry will have a better idea of what’s falling within our budget and what isn’t. Of course, they won’t discredit your ideas altogether. Instead, they will help you come to a compromise with something that you’re not only satisfied with but that doesn’t leave you with a huge mess to clean up afterwards. Remember—just because you could do it doesn’t mean you should.

They Are Efficient

Event planners earn their living from helping you have the best event possible. They know that if you lose money or your event fails, they failed at their job. This is why they’ll work full-time to link you with the best vendors, caterers, and decorators to work for your event. Many caterers turn out to be unreliable and inefficient, but you’ll only find out once they’ve ruined your long awaited event. To avoid being left with a dent in your pocket and no event to show for it, hire an event planner with experience in the industry.

If you want to check out our event planning services, take a look at our website here and see if any of our services seem like a good fit for you. We’ll make sure you have a memorable event that you’ll be proud of hosting, all while getting a chance to enjoy it as well.

9 Ways to Make Your Corporate Party Stand Out

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:

Karaoke

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.

Casino Night

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.

Comedian

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.

Topic Tables

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

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.

Murder Mystery

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.

How to Pick the Right Day for Your Corporate Event?

How to Pick the Right Day for Your Corporate Event?

Planning and holding a corporate event and making it a success involves hard work. From selecting the right venue to set up the right itinerary, every big and small thing matters when you want your corporate event to be a hit among your staff and outside attendees. Among all these things, picking the right day for holding a corporate event also matters very much.

No matter how stunning your venue and tasty your menu is, you won’t be able to pull in the crowd if your corporate event is being held at a wrong date. So, what are those wrong dates and how to steer clear of them? Read on to find out.

Don’t Plan it in and Around Holiday(s)

Often, organizations get selfish and pick an event date that falls in and around holidays. Companies need to remind themselves that people, especially in the roles of staffer and employee, diligently keep track of dates. There is no way you can fool them by saying that it is just a coincidence. If you persist with your event on such a date, then be prepared for getting an abysmal response.

If you want to make your corporate event a success, then take its planning seriously. Reserving a full working day for it won’t harm your business. The success of your corporate event will reap you some tangible benefits in the long run.

Take the Weather Forecast into Account

Sweating and grinding it out to organize a corporate event only to get it washed up by weather— this is the most underwhelming thing an organizer could go through. If you don’t want to experience such heartbreak, then also take the local weather forecast into account. This becomes very important, especially if you are hosting the event at an open-air venue.

But even if you are using an enclosed venue, you need to make sure the day you have chosen is not going to experience a downpour or snowstorm or some other acute weather activity.

People Love Sports, and it Wins Over Events

The other blunder many corporate organizers make is that they choose the date for the event without considering if any major sporting event is going on around the same time. For instance, holding a corporate event on the eve of Super Bowl is just a recipe for disaster, even if you have used the best of the best venue, catering, and entertainment services. Similarly, any big event or match of baseball, basketball, football, or soccer can affect the attendance of your event.

Is Any Local Event Going On?

Lastly, also keep an eye on the local events happening in Arizona while planning your corporate event. Please avoid a clash with any such popular local event. Events like Beer Week and Renaissance festival get a lot of traction and may affect your event to some extent.

After picking the right date for your corporate event, take a seasoned contractor like Scottsdale Hanger Parties on board that can take care of everything— from venue to catering and entertainment to transport— to make your corporate event a successful affair.

Common Mistakes in Event Catering That You Should Avoid

Organizing Event Catering – Here Are Some Telltale Tips You Can Ace This Activity

So, your big event is coming up and you are spending days looking for top-notch event venues, decor service providers, and other such vendors. Apparently, everything that is important for a successful event is on your to-do list already.

But have you thought about how important an event menu is? Do you know a small slip-up in choosing your event catering service can cause your event to completely fail?  Yes, you read that right.

There are a lot of things that you need to consider when finalizing an event catering service for important get-togethers in your life, regardless of whether they are corporate events or private family affairs.

The reason organizing event catering is deemed a lot more difficult than choosing other vendors is because you simply can’t choose food or caterers based on the pictures of food that they share with you. While the presentation of food is important, you can’t expect good looking but tasteless or stale cuisine to impress anyone.

Fortunately, there are some telltale guidelines that can help you organize event catering without fail.

Read on to learn what matters in organizing event catering.

1.      Don’t Overdo the Menu

Humans naturally get overwhelmed when they are given too many choices. The same is the case with event catering.

If you include too many food items in the hope of impressing your guests or arranging a lavish event, you will do more bad than good. The most notable disadvantages of doing so include the wastage of money and food.

As much as variety add colors everything, the formula doesn’t work in case of event catering.

Try to keep your menu simple but all-inclusive. Don’t include a lot of items but make sure there is something for everyone to eat by adding items from all three categories including vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegetarian food.

2.      Don’t Let Your Excitement Compel You to Outdo the Budget Limits

When planning events, you have a leave a little buffer in the budget you prepare. As for catering, you must try to leave a small margin when choosing items to be included in the menu.

For example, if you have dedicated $200 to food. Try and include items that collectively cost $170 -$180. However, this margin should not be in more than a couple of hundred dollars or else you will be in crisis.

3.      Get Enough Food Made

If you are expecting 200 guests in your event, add a buffer of at least 10 to 20 people when communicating the number to your event catering vendors. You don’t want to handle embarrassment due to a shortage of food. Do you?

The above-discussed tips may sound like usual advice but they are your 3-step staircase to event success. Try to organize event catering for your upcoming event using these tips and see the difference yourself.

Get in touch with Scottsdale Hangar Parties if you need help!