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Bachelor Party Basics

Bachelor Party Basics

OK, so we know bachelor parties (more commonly known in the UK as stag do’s) have gotten a bad rap. The bachelor party began as a gentlemen’s party – a civilised evening of drawing-room drinking, smoking and toasting to the bride’s health. But boy, have things changed! Most of today’s bachelor parties have ditched the civilised bit in favour of a raunchy night on the town. If you’re looking for how to plan a bachelor party that will keep you out of, both prison and the doghouse, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are our bachelor party basics for the best man, guaranteed (well almost guaranteed) to get the groom back in one piece for his wedding day…

The Guest List

While there isn’t a set number of people you should invite, the guest list shouldn’t include 100 of the groom’s closest friends, nor should it include people who don’t get along – you don’t want any brawls! Also, make sure that all the guests are trusted friends who aren’t likely to drop the gory details to the bride on the eve on the wedding night!

The Location

Bachelor parties can take place almost anywhere. The typical bachelor party usually involves some combination of the following: booze, strippers, gambling (not necessarily in that order). But the trend these days is more towards the old-fashioned, a weekend spent bonding in the woods, for example. Others plan high-adrenaline adventures such as white-water rafting, skydiving, or rock climbing. Tamer bachelor parties might involve a round of golf and a nice steak dinner. If time is of the essence, then a local bar, hotel penthouse suite, or the best man’s apartment are fine bachelor party locales. Remember to always keep the groom in mind… As best man, there is no doubt that you know the groom best, so think about what he would most want to do.

Time It Right

If you think the night before the wedding is the perfect time for a bachelor bash, think again. The last thing the nervous groom needs on the big day is a hangover. Plus a big night on the town before the walk down the aisle will surely stress the bride out (which is to be avoided). You should schedule the main event up to a month before the wedding or at the very least, the weekend before. Send out invitations or call invitees at least three weeks before the party, the out-of-towners in particular will appreciate the advance ‘warning’.

And The Obvious…

Make sure people don’t drive home drunk – hire a limo or car service for the night, have a designated driver or make sure everyone takes a cab. To ensure everyone gets home safely, bring extra cash with you, just in case!

Pay attention to the groom. Some people love to humiliate and tease the groom at the bachelor party, often getting him drunk, taking incriminating photos of him and shaving off his eyebrows (this never goes down well with the bride). Whether or not you get involved in these antics is entirely up to you, but when the groom says “stop!”, it means stop.

Don’t forget the camera, but it’s wise to have all risqu?� pics approved by the groom, before uploading to Facebook.

Once you’ve finished planning a bachelor bash to remember (following our careful steps), give yourself a pat on the back for all your hard work and don’t forget to HAVE FUN!!!…

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Popular Wedding Trends in 2010

Popular Wedding Trends in 2010

There seems to be a burst of creativity in weddings this season. I have started to see many weddings that have bright, bold, and trendy designs that are not so much traditional anymore. More brides seem to want their wedding to be anything but traditional. Here is a list of popular trends in weddings this year.

Wedding Locations- Outdoor weddings on a farm, vineyard, or even in a backyard are very popular right now. An outdoor event makes for a fun, laid back vibe. With outdoor weddings you don’t feel as much pressure to decorate as much, since nature has already taken care of that for you.

Veil- The birdcage veils are making a major comeback. You can have this vintage look combined with a jeweled clip, or a feathered headpiece with netting that only covers the face. This has a very unique look, and you still feel like a beautiful bride.

Bridesmaids Dresses- For many years, the brides would pick a color and fabric, and then let the bridesmaids pick which style fit their body the best. In 2010 many brides are choosing the color, and then letting the bridesmaids pick any dress they want. This takes some pressure off the bride, and she is free to choose what she wants.

Color Scheme Decorating- Think of fun ways to decorate with you color scheme. For example, if you choose orange and turquoise, have a candy station with vases filled with candy that is orange and turquoise. You can also talk to your bartender about creating a drink that coordinates with your color scheme. You can even use personalized wraps around your water bottles.

Remember that presentation is everything. No matter what is “popular” right now, remember this is your day and everything should be done the way you want it to be.…

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What Is Event Planning Certification?

What Is Event Planning Certification?

What is event planning certification? This question comes into many people’s minds that are interested in event planning and want to adopt this as a career. Actually earlier people would not prefer to get education in this subject but later with the passage of time they have realized its importance and value of event management planning certification. It is really a very good opportunity for those who have know-how about this field and a little bit experience about the event planning with out having any professional education or who have done basic courses in this subject.

You can very easily get event planning certification if you have talent and skills. There are many organizations and companies that offer the certification. Requirement for entering a certification program vary by organizations but the common thing is they all require professional experience. The time of experience differs between the program for example some may require 2 to 3 years experience and some may ask for much more; it depends on the type of the program.

Applicants are given preparation courses by the organizations that are granting the certification. These courses may be offered online as a self study format or at planned workshops; it depends on you what type you choose. Preparation is done through the text books about the event management and planning and it consists of planning techniques, procedures and quizzes.

After completion of the preparation program, the applicants can take the scheduled exam; they just need to pay the registration fee before that. Most of the exams are given online for this certification.

Earlier it was considered that event planning certification is a short cut to get the education in this field but it is really not true. It is the way to recognize your talent and skills and experience in the world of event planning. Now it has become important to get certified in this field because you can get more job opportunities by getting certified by a well reputed organization. You may be very good at planning the events and have experience of arranging the events but if you give your talent recognition by a good company, you will find much difference in your career weather you are into a job or running your own business.

So if you have not taken any professional education or degree, you have an opportunity to get event planning certification, and give your talent recognition.…

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A Look at the Top Pakistani Wedding Fashion Designers

A Look at the Top Pakistani Wedding Fashion Designers

There is no doubt that the South Asian culture has the most celebrated version of weddings and wedding rituals. It is a at least a four to five day custom with modern weddings consisting of intense wedding planning and taking place in carefully managed hotels and elite event planners who charge a big fee. With so many traditions, the bride–unarguably the most important person in the wedding–has a huge task to pick what she believes is the most beautiful wedding dress in the world within her budget. This is a query not even the most prestigious wedding planners or event planners having the most elite and highly recognized wedding planning certification can easily solve. I have compiled a list of the best Pakistani designers (in my opinion) to make this tedious task of finding the perfect dress a bit easier on the bride, the bride’s family, the groom’s pockets, and of course the wedding planners. Especially for the wedding planners, I hope this list will make your job easier and not make you wonder why a wedding planning certification wasn’t offered where you were chose to specialize only in bridezilla’s dress finding fever! The most recognized bridal couture designers in Pakistani would be HSY, Maria B, Karma, and Nomi Ansari.

This is naming only a few personal favorites who all have distinctive styles so it might be easier to match a designer with the personal style of the bride based on these choices. For example, HSY is known for his modern bride. He carries unique color combinations and takes risks with the traditional red bridal color and matches it up with a bold yellow or purple underlining- a good choice for today’s power woman who always stands out. Maria B is for the decent, traditional girl who wears royal styles in pastels. Karma is all about the detail of the handwork and goes well with the bride who gives a lot of attention to detailed quality. Nomi Ansari is simply for the fun girl- one who is not afraid to try something different and cute. These individual designers been mentioned, I would also like to tip the wedding planners on suggesting fashion labels to your brides that carry many names under one roof. This makes the choice a little easier as the bride can easily see what type of styles she is leaning towards most and then either buy that dress of the hook or go to the designer who’s dress she liked under the fashion house and ask for something similar. Not an easy job, wedding planners, but if your bride is happy with the end results, you can celebrate the credit.…

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Event Planning – Get Professional Help for Event Planning

Event Planning – Get Professional Help for Event Planning

Usually people are able to arrange small events but when it comes to large events like wedding or a business conference then it becomes really difficult for that single person to handle every task. Event planning may include; reservation of a place, event registration processes and systems, water, food, sanitary, electricity arrangements, choosing interior, tables chairs designs etc. All of this can only be carried out by a group of individuals who know very well how to handle these tasks. And if you are a person who is very busy in their daily schedules then it would be impossible for you to arrange such event. Therefore it becomes necessary that you attain help from a professional event planner so that your occasion becomes successful.

Professional event planners who have experience in this regard will arrange your event very appropriately. They are trained people who are multi tasking and it is no issue for them to takeover each and everything as their full attention is on that particular work. You can tell them your budget and they will cover each and everything within it. With the help of these professionals you will be relieved because you would not be taking stress about organizing your occasion.

The best thing about event planning is that experience is what counts that most. The more experience a planner has the better it will make the occasion. There is no requirement to getting a college degree even some certified courses will make you a good event planner if you have the interest and stamina it takes.A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�

In America, there are a lot of business companies which have reputable event planners so you can hire one after you have read testimonials about them. You can search over the internet and find different event organizers, as internet is the most easily accessible research tool. There are a lot of organizers out there because this career is flourishing day by day. Also ask your friends or relatives if they know any event planner. There are a lot of chances that they would know or give you guidelines where you can find a good one.A�A�

Occasions leave a remarkable impact on the minds of people, so it is every individual’s dream to make his event memorable and ever-lasting. He wants people to appreciate his thoughts and encourage his feelings and do the same to keep the bonds stronger between them.…

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Corporate Event Designing – Why Leverage Others Time and Efforts?

Corporate Event Designing – Why Leverage Others Time and Efforts?

Usually company organizations embody events as a key half of the integrated marketing plan. Outsourcing the coordination, carrying out and evaluation of corporate event designing can enable in-house groups to focus on the overall strategy of the selling plan and its core components instead of the detail, artistic, technical aspects of the event. The alternative is to make use of an in-house employee although this leads to a potential loss in output as this person is now troubled by event planning instead of completing their primary role. Outsourcing corporate event designing has its own benefits and although there is a service fee, the final net benefit of time and cash saved will definitely even out cash wise.

Company event planning will be a advanced beast that requires budgeting, planning and execution. Just one of those areas can be overwhelming to the unqualified person and also consume a nice deal of your time and that’s why outsourcing is therefore essential. Take for instance an employee awards evening. The elements embrace an member of staff rewards program, nomination and winner selection method, communication plan and also the awards event. Allowing the in-house groups to concentrate on the inner areas of employee reach, the selection and judging process and outsourcing the event designing, budgeting, communication, supplier contact, project management and execution allows the in-house team member to stay targeted on the strategy and association with the key target audience.

Another space that company event planning company will assist a corporation is with social media for events. Advertising and promotion is creating a shift out of ancient media shops and there are new and distinctive ways targeting audiences for events through social media. A social media arrange can consist of Digging it, Twittering, Blogging, Facebooking, mixing, mashing, RSS feeding and making it Delicious. There’s a great deal of commitment required to set up and maintain social media strategy. We tend to have seen some organizations putting in place the social media set up and begin off on a good note however it quickly turns to dry wood when not followed through. Working with a company event planning company will guarantee that the arrange is executed and come back on investment can be seen.…

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Event Security Planning

Event Security Planning

In order for you to have a successful event, event security planning must include some vital processes. Your event patrons will gauge the success of your event based on their experience at the event and one area that gets over looked is the image of security. Patrons want to feel safe and secure at the event. Having a well made plan for possible threats is very important. Even if nothing happens at the event, having a preparedness plan to mitigate any occurrences is worth it’s weight in gold.

One tools that is very effective in the planning stages of an event is a risk assessment tool. A simple form that allows you to document what could happen, what potential level of risk does it pose and the action steps to prevent or react to it. By using this tool for your event security planning stages will assist you in developing real actions based on real potential threats. Using this form, start in the parking lot where your patrons will arrive and visualize what threats are possible in this area. Continue on to the inside of the event and make documentation on possible threats that could happen before the event starts, while the event is going on, and when the event ends.

Understanding what could happen and planning in detail to prevent possible risks is important to reduce liability. Your reputation as an event coordinator is also on the line. Should an incident occur and there are no plans on paper for any potential risk, you may find it difficult to secure other events in the future, and be held liable in possible law suits.

Taking into consideration employee safety, patron safety, and structure safety are all vital components to an event security plan. Making decisions on proper crowd control strategies, staffing communications and emergency plans will have a great effect on the outcome of any incident that may occur. I have been to many events where the only training people had to deal with an emergency was communication to every one where the first aid kit was. No one even had first aid certification on site.

Hiring a security company to assist in detailing the risks and creating an action plan is the easiest and most cost effective way to ensure that your event security includes the greatest risk factors and allowing them to train your staff during your event planning meetings can give you more freedom to planning the event festivities.…

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How Many People Will Come To Your Next Event?

How Many People Will Come To Your Next Event?

When you select a venue, one of questions you’re venue operator will ask is “How many people do you expect to come to your event” You’re planning your event in advance so now you must speculate how many people you expect to attend your event. Finding a venue requires you to judge your approximate attendance and reserve an appropriate space in advance. Now, you wouldn’t want to reserve a hall for 500 if you only have 50 attendees, and you wouldn’t want a classroom-size room for 200 people. When selecting a venue, here are my tips for planning ahead with built-in flexible options.

Price of the Venue Dependent Upon the Number of Attendees

Some venues price their facilities based on the number of attendees at your conference. This can be an excellent option if you’re not expecting many attendees, or if you don’t know how many attendees to expect. The cost-per-attendee minimum number in many cases is lower than the per-room rate if you just rented the room. However, a per-head rate can become far more than the cost of the room if you have many attendees.

If you’re not sure about attendance, discuss a per-head rate. If the per-head minimum is lower than the cost of renting the room outright, and you have an uncertain number of attendees, the per-head rate could conceivably cost you less if you need to cancel or don’t have enough attendees. If your risk tolerance is low or you need to conserve your budget, consider a per-head pricing structure. Otherwise, rent the venue outright.

Is the Venue Flexible?

If you receive substantially more or substantially fewer attendees, is the venue operator flexible? Is there a smaller room that can accommodate your group if you have fewer attendees than anticipated? Does the venue have partitions to close off a section of the room for a more intimate meeting space? Alternately, does the venue have a larger space available if you get more registrations than you anticipate?

A flexible venue gives you the option of accommodating a larger-than-expected crowd, or down-scaling your event if attendance isn’t as high as you’d anticipated. You wouldn’t want to schedule a venue for 100 people and have only 10 attendees, but if you have the ability to switch to a smaller area, you can retain the confidence of knowing you can accommodate any size group. The question for you then becomes whether the event is justifiable based on the attendance; not whether the venue can accommodate your group.

Selecting the Right Venue for Your Group

When considering the size of your group, select a venue that can accommodate the specific needs of your group. If you have 200 people attending your event, and you expect to serve refreshments, lunch, or dinner, you’ll need a different venue than, for example, an exhibit hall where vendors demonstrate wares to 200 attendees. Consider the facilities that your group will need, and whether the venue can comfortably accommodate a group of your size.

Estimating the number of attendees can be challenging. Utilize pre-registration techniques to get a preliminary head count, and try to select a venue that is flexible enough to adjust to your needs. Avoid committing to a firm number until as close as possible to your event, and evaluate whether a per-head or a flat room rate better benefits your event.…