Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bridal Show Designs

In honor of our upcoming bridal shows, we wanted to take a look back at our past bridal show booth setups!  We want to hear from you, which is your favorite? 

UPCOMING SHOWS:
February 9 & 10 - Bridalrama Winter Showcase -- Want FREE tickets? E-mail Catie today!
February 23 - The Metropolitan Club Bridal Open House -- To attend, contact Angi Rachford today!

Bridalrama Winter Showcase 2010
Bridalrama Summer Showcase 2010

The Metropolitan Club Winter 2012
The Metropolitan Club Winter 2012

Bridalrama Summer Showcase 2012

The Metropolitan Club Fall 2012
The Metropolitan Club Fall 2012



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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How To Host a Customer Appreciation Event: The 5W's

So, last week I touched on budget. This week I will cover the importance of the 5W's when it comes to hosting a customer appreciation event - the who, what, when, where, and why.

The Who:
There is no bigger mistake when it comes to hosting any type of event than getting the guest list wrong. Only invite guests who will have a positive impact on your gala. Don't feel obligated to invite every single customer - especially the disgruntled ones.  Also, do not forget to invite people from your own company who are high energy and will have a positive impact on the overall event.

Lastly, I strongly recommend inviting 'hot' prospects. This is a great way to help close a pending deal.  If the prospect sees a room full of happy customers, this will only help your cause. However, choose only one or two at the max, as your customers may catch on.

The What:
Time to get creative! What type of event would you like to host? Many make the mistake of hosting an event that THEY would enjoy as opposed to hosting an event their customers would enjoy.  Don't be afraid to reach out to some of your customers and ask them for suggestions. This will make them feel appreciated and give you another touch point with them.  

**Make sure you tune back in for week five's post on event ideas!**

The When:
Determine what time your event will take place. Will it be in the evening or during the work day? Keep in mind your guest list and their family commitments. We have seen great success with afternoon events - 4pm - 6pm is a popular time frame! This not only accommodates the people with families, but if there are those that would like to continue on through the night, they can! Also, we have found that Thursdays and Fridays work well for these types of events, as internal meetings start slowing down toward the end of the work week.

The Where:
Venue selection is extremely important in the overall success of your customer appreciation event. You want to make sure it is exciting, innovative and high class. Trust me, customers know when you produce products and services on the cheap and it is no different with appreciation events. Make sure your venue is close to your customers, and always take into consideration traffic patterns. If your event is not local, be sure the transportation you provide is nice, safe, and reliable.

The Why:
Throughout the planning process, you may lose sight of why you are doing this in the first place. Remember, you are having your customer appreciation event to thank anyone that has helped you grow your revenues.  Therefore, make sure you acknowledge each and every person in some way.  This can be done in the beginning of the event by introducing each person (if it's a small event), and if applicable saying a word or two about them.  Roasting your clients is great fun too - just be sure to choose your words wisely!

Don't let the stress of planning ruin this opportunity for you. If you have additional questions, contact Simply Events today. We would be happy to help you plan your next function!


Stay tuned for next week's post:  How To: Host a  Customer Appreciation Event - The Invitations & SWAG. 


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Knot Best of Weddings 2013


On December 28, 2012, I received a phone call and an email from www.theknot.com informing me that I am a winner for 2013 Best of Weddings!  I could hardly contain my excitement and was speechless for several minutes.  Receiving this badge of honor was incredibly unexpected considering I do not even pay for advertising with theknot.com.  

So, how on earth was I eligible to be a winner? It's all about the customer reviews! Therefore, I dedicate this award to all of my brides and grooms who shared their experiences about me and my company, Simply Events, with the rest of theknot.com community.  It truly does mean the world to me to be acknowledged for something that I have such a passion for! 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

To read my reviews click here! Also, if you are part of the Simply Events family, please feel free to keep those awesome reviews coming! I would love to receive The Best of Weddings 2014 and the only way that will happen is if YOU help me out!


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How To Host a Customer Appreciation Event: Budget!

Don't underestimate the impact of a good customer appreciation event.  Customers are your livelihood and they expect some type of token for their efforts. A customer appreciation event is an event where you can thank everyone at one time, and that is a beautiful thing.

The most important thing to remember when hosting this type of event is, if you are not going to do it right then don't do it at all! Be creative and work hard to be sure your event is successful and remembered by all.

Over the next 5 weeks, I will be posting a weekly update on How To: Host a  Customer Appreciation Event. I will cover budget, the 5 W's, invitations & SWAG, additional tips, and event ideas!

First things first: Know Your Budget - and stick to it!
  • Plan a GREAT party within your budget
    • You want to host a great event for your customers, however, you do not want it to be at the expense of the overall well being of your company!  
    • Do not waste your time and energy on thinking up an elaborate shindig when your budget is minimal.  This will only discourage you from wanting to host an event all together. Recognize the funds you have to spend and create a realistic plan (similar to how you create your annual marketing plan(s)).
  • Co-Host
    • Still don't have the funds you wish you had? Consider partnering with another department and combine your funds. 
    • Co-hosting is a great way to increase the budget and introduce your customers to more of the company.
  • Have a multiple events throughout the year 
    • A way to highlight 'larger' customers is to split your budget up into multiple events.  This way you can allow for more specialized time to be spent with different customer levels.
    • REMINDER: Do NOT forget the little guys - they are just as important in the livelihood of your company's success.

Stay tuned for next week's post:  How To: Host a  Customer Appreciation Event - The 5 W's 

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Friday, January 18, 2013

DIY Wedding Decor for Under $100


          You will need:          
  • Three (3) rectangle vases 
  • Two (2) of each size cylinder vase with 3" floating candle
    • 6" x 3.25"
    • 7.5" x 3.25"
    • 10.5" x 3.25"  
      • A set (one of each size) can be ordered here for only $14.99.
  • Ribbon color of choice.
    • $4.00 for one spool at any craft store.
  • Nine (9) stems of hydrangea (3 stems in each rectangle vase)
    • You can order a stem of hydrangea for just $3.00.  Just make sure the florist you use sells wholesale.
    • If you need suggestions on a florist, contact Catie for excellent vendor recommendations!
  •  Green filler to create some fullness
    • You can use any kind of filler and should only need to spend about $10.
  • Bear Grass to float in the cylinder vases
    • One bundle will do the trick for a low cost of $10. 
         Total DIY Project: under $100!          



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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Top 10 Most Requested Wedding Songs of 2012

  Simply Events reached out The DJMG to see what they considered were the "Top 10 Most Requested Wedding Songs of 2012." According to their group of well known DJ's, the following 10 songs were the most popular for 2012. This playlist ranges from classic wedding tunes to just plain fun dance music! 
  1. "How Sweet It Is" by James Taylor  
  2. "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green
  3. "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang
  4. "Bust a Move" by Young MC
  5. "Let's Get It Started" by Black Eyed Peas
  6. "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO
  7. "Wobble" by VIC
  8. "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida
  9. "You're My Better Half" by Keith Urban
  10. "Amazed" by Lonestar

The DJMG has a roster of six of the most talented DJ's nationwide.  You may recognize these names: DJ Clockwork, DJ ETrayn, DJ D-LO, DJ DaveyC, DJ Drowsy, DJ Young Mase​! 




Are you searching for the perfect DJ for your wedding reception?  Contact Catie today to learn about our preferred vendors program!







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Monday, January 14, 2013

First Dance Songs

Last week, we asked Simply Events' Facebook friends to share their first dance song.  We absolutely l.o.v.e. the responses we received!  We got everything from the classic Etta James to a more modern take with the Foo Fighters! Check out these 5 first dance songs!!


From the owner of Simply Events, Catie Harris
"Lucky" by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat



From Simply Events bride, Meredith Stacy Harris:
"At Last" by Etta James




From the Marketing Manager of Prime Time Party Rental, Amy Grasso:
"Everlong" by the Foo Fighters




From Simply Events Facebook friend, Janelle Tinch:
"Sparks" by Coldplay




From one of Simply Events' go to wedding vendors, Amy Diller:
"I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz




Are any of these the song for you and your big day?!  Share your first dance song with us! 

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wrap It Up!

Bouquet from Inspired Floral Design. Photography by Ron Wood Photography.
Every bride visualizes what she wants to look like on her wedding day; the dress, the shoes, the hair, the makeup, the veil, the jewelry, and of course the bouquet! However, many brides forget about one very important element within their bouquet - what it will be wrapped with! 

Here is a small detail that can really go a long way when it comes to your dream day!  Here are a few things to consider when choosing what to wrap it up with:
  • Make it flow
    • Go with something that is in line with your decor and overall wedding theme. However, don't be afraid to mix up the elegant with something that is more casual.  The whole 'matchy-matchy' thing is way outdated!! Mixing the old with the new, and the classy with the casual is 100% acceptable!
  •  Make it comfortable
    • Choose a fabric/material that is not completely uncomfortable to touch and hold.  Remember: you will be holding your bouquet for hours during photos. The last thing you want to worry about is the material hurting your hands!
  • Make it meaningful
    • If possible, try to use this decor element as an opportunity to create meaning.  For instance, maybe you didn't want to wear your mother's wedding gown, but you want to show her some love by using just a small swatch to wrap your bouquet in.  Just image how she would feel by this surprise!  Or maybe you were gifted by your grandmother with an embroidered handkerchief, those make great wraps!
 What did you wrap your bouquet in?



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Monday, January 7, 2013

Umbrella Decor

Umbrellas are a great way to add a pop of color to your wedding/event decor for a low cost. Especially if your bridal party colors and/or color palette is neutral.  There are so many creative ways to incorporate the elegance of an umbrella while still creating a fun, fresh, and modern atmosphere. 

In June 2010, Simply Events bride & groom, Caitlin & Phillip, used a spring green color pop in their big day.  The umbrellas made for super cute pictures and really added a spark of fun during pre-ceremony photos!  





If you're looking for a more vintage approach to your decor, check out these a.m.a.z.i.n.g. vintage umbrellas for rent from Bella Umbrella! 
 
Ruffled for just $30
Double Layered for only $30
Prints for a low price of $10




Which of the above umbrellas is your favorite?!




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Friday, January 4, 2013

#instagram your wedding day

Image from Pinterest

TREND ALERT:  Looking for a way to capture every angle of your wedding day? Create a #hashtag for your special day to be used on Instagram!

I would suggest creating this hashtag early and including it in with your invitations.  
 Note: do not add this on the actual invitation!  Just simply add a small card with the instagram & hashtag information for your guests!


Make sure you also have a sign up at the wedding to remind your guests to use your hashtag during the night! Here are two pinspiration images to spark your creativity!


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Tell us, did you are will you be creating a customized hashtag for your wedding day?!


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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Flowergirl Gift Ideas

So many brides want to give their precious little flowergirl(s) something they will actually enjoy and cherish at such a young and innocent age.  At Simply Events,  we love the idea of giving gifts that are meaningful and personal!  Here are three examples of how to put a personal touch on common gifts for your flowergirl(s)!

#1: Build a Bear
This is a great gift for your flowergirl to enjoy not only at the wedding/reception, but in the years to come as well.  Anytime she plays with this personalized bear, she will be reminded of her part in your wedding!  Feeling extra creative?! Buy the bear a matching dress!! How cute?!

#2: A String of Pearls & Matching Bracelet
No matter what age, every girl loves a string of pearls! Help your flowergirl feel like a princess by having custom made jewelry created!  To add personalization, add a crystal in their birthstone color.  If you look closely enough, you can see the small clear crystal hanging from the flowergirl's bracelet!  Her birthday is in April, therefore, her birthstone is a diamond (clear colored crystal/gem).

#3: Custom Made Headband
Every little girl loves to dress up their hair with a simple headband.  Gifting your flowergirl with a beautiful headpiece will brighten up her day. Not to mention, she can re-wear a headband!  You can add personalization the same way with these by placing their birthstone gem in the center of the roses! This headband is just $22 on Etsy!


We want to hear from you! What are you giving your flowergirl(s) as gifts or what did you give your flowergirl(s)?


For more ideas on how Simply Events can help create an amazing and memorable day, contact our coordinators now! 


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