Monday, July 20, 2009

Cost Saving Tips For Events

Many people often ask me how can they have a wonderful event on a limited budget. I always reply that what makes an event wonderful are the memories and the memories are tied into the visual. There are so many things that a client and event professional can utilize to save money for any type of event. Here are just a few tips:

1.Venue Sharing- this is especially useful for conventions. Businesses and/or organziations can share the price of a venue and furniture rentals. One organization can use the facility and items for the 1st part of the day while another organization can use it for the latter part of the day.

2.Dress rentals- this is great for weddings. Wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses can be very costly. There are many boutiques and consignment shops that specialize in the rental of wedding attire. If the groomsmen can do, why not the women?!?!

3.Fake Designer Cakes- Okay, I know what you are thinking, why would someone want a fake designer cake? Well, the cake can serve as a main focal point for events such as weddings, showers, and conventions. But designer/couture cakes can be very pricy due to the intricate details that are on them. A lot of bakeries will provide alternative fake cakes made out of foam and covered in fondant. Regular sheet cakes can be prepared and kept in the back until serving time.

There are so many other money saving tips that can be utilized. When planning your next event, just discuss these options with your planner. I am sure that he/she would love to help bring your event to life at the most minimal cost.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Memories Are In the Music!

I have planned many events and the one thing that always arouses conversation is the topic of what type of music to be played. Music has always played a large role in my life. My uncle is a musician, my cousin is a musician/songwriter, and I spent my early college years as an intern in the music industry. Mostly all of my memories have a song associated with them. I think that a lot of people can pinpoint a period of their lives by a song, so why not a memorable event in their lives???

Although I plan a lot of events, I am not a traditionalist. I believe that a person should set their own course which includes doing their events on their own terms. When you think of wedding music, most people automatically think of Trumpet Voluntary, The Wedding March, or Canon in D. Yes, these are beautiful songs but they do not always reflect the personality of the couple. When I got married, my wedding music was all jazz-based instrumentals. The songs themselves reflected by personality and expressed exactly how I was feeling at that time.

I am currently working with some clients on their upcoming nuptials. The groom wants his bride-to-be to walk in on "Heaven Can Wait" by Michael Jackson. Although the bride loved the selection, she was worried about what her parents and guests would think about this choice. I had to remind her that the wedding is her and her fiance's special day, no one else's. This is a special moment in their lives that should reflect how they feel about one another, plus this song is a major thumbs up from me (smile). Sure enough, she began to see our point of view and decided to use her sweetheart's suggestion. Now, she is creating the soundtrack for the reception as well. I encourage this!!!

Creating musical soundtracks are not only useful for weddings and receptions, but for almost any event that you are having. So do not limit your self to traditional ideas. Although they are a part of tradition because they are good, they may not always suit what you envision for your day! Remember that the memories are in the music!!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Mommy & Me Spa Retreat

Sunday, October 18, 2009 2:00 PM
Natural Elements Spa
Virginia Beach, VA

Memorable Events By Apryl is hosting a Mommy & Me Spa Retreat for mothers and daughters of all ages. Come out with your mother or daughter and experience one of many relaxation packages.

Each package includes:

Cozy spa robes and slippers during your visit
Showers and individual lockers
Use of the beautiful Zen Room in between treatments
10% off any retail items purchased on the day
20% discount on your next treatment (must be used within 3 months)
• Light hor d'oeuvres and beverages

Please click here for more information or to register.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Light of the Party

One of the things that brings out the table decor of an evening event is the lighting. Most people think of candles as the primary choice for table lighting, but there are more innovative ways to illuminate this area. One such way is by using LED Lite Ice Cubes. These lights may be used as a stand alone prop, inside drink glasses, or inside table centerpieces as shown above. The average lifespan of these candles are 12 hours. Unfortunately, they can not be re-used by installing new batteries as they are sealed tight to allow for operation within liquid. There is a large array of colors that they may be purchased in- pink, blue, and orange to name a few. So, the next time you want to add some luminary creativity to your tables, check out LED Submersible Light Ice Cubes.