Special Events Blog http://specialevents.com/blog/3224/feed en Get rolling: Tips on managing guest transportation at special events http://specialevents.com/blog/get-rolling-tips-managing-guest-transportation-special-events <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Often, it&rsquo;s the least glamorous parts of event planning that can make or break your event. If you want the event to flow smoothly, it&rsquo;s essential that the transportation provided for guests is reliable, safe and on time. As in any industry, there are bus charter companies that are fabulous and others that are less so. Here are a few tips for selecting a reliable bus charter company:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/get-rolling-tips-managing-guest-transportation-special-events" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/get-rolling-tips-managing-guest-transportation-special-events#comments charter busses guest transportation shuttle services Special Events Blog Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:02:00 +0000 16701 at http://specialevents.com Time to start getting ready for Europay, Mastercard and Visa http://specialevents.com/blog/time-start-getting-ready-europay-mastercard-and-visa <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Payment processing expert Daniel Ruiz of Point of Rental Systems discusses new security rules for credit cards</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/time-start-getting-ready-europay-mastercard-and-visa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/time-start-getting-ready-europay-mastercard-and-visa#comments archive credit card security Special Events Blog Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:34:00 +0000 16511 at http://specialevents.com The 2014 forecast for bar and bat mitzvahs http://specialevents.com/blog/2014-forecast-bar-and-bat-mitzvahs <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Personalization and technology are overwhelmingly the two biggest influences when planning today&#39;s bat and bar mitzvahs.</p> <p>The trend towards &ldquo;personalization&rdquo; encourages flexibility and ingenuity. Families are thinking outside of the box to capture the teen&rsquo;s personality in elegant and stylish receptions. Celebrations are carefully crafted to reflect the guest of honor&rsquo;s favorite foods, colors, activities and fashions.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/2014-forecast-bar-and-bat-mitzvahs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/2014-forecast-bar-and-bat-mitzvahs#comments Bar-Bat Mitzvahs/Children's Events bar and bat mitzvah trends Special Events Blog Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:08:00 +0000 16231 at http://specialevents.com <p><em>Cigall Goldman and Sheryl Daboosh (left) are the owners of Mazelmoments.com, an award-winning website dedicated to planning Jewish-inspired events including weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and baby celebrations.&nbsp;</em></p> Midcentury, eclectic looks to be top event looks in 2014 http://specialevents.com/blog/midcentury-eclectic-looks-be-top-event-looks-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Event design experts Jordan Carbotti of Perfect Surroundings and Kevin Dana of CORT Event Furnishings predict top event trends for 2014, which will include midcentury modern, eclectic, Victorian and steampunk.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/midcentury-eclectic-looks-be-top-event-looks-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/midcentury-eclectic-looks-be-top-event-looks-2014#comments Decor CORT Event Furnishings midcentury modern steampunk Top event decor trends for 2014 Victorian Special Events Blog Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:04:00 +0000 16181 at http://specialevents.com <p>Jordan Carbotti (in photo) of Perfect Surroundings and Kevin Dana of CORT Event Furnishings share their take on event design trends for 2014.</p> Reduce and reuse for design drama http://specialevents.com/blog/reduce-and-reuse-design-drama <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Working as an event professional, I have always found myself with not enough time and not enough money for an event. I am constantly in that weird place of, &ldquo;Do I buy more or do I reuse what I have?&rdquo; In most cases the answer, is &ldquo;Reuse what I have.&rdquo;</p> <p>The challenges that we face as designers include the ability to think outside the box. By using an item from a previous event (if you are lucky enough to not have the item ruined or stolen), you can stay within your budget and make modifications to make the upcoming event fresh and new.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/reduce-and-reuse-design-drama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/reduce-and-reuse-design-drama#comments Decor Mohegan Sun special event design Special Events Blog Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:37:00 +0000 16101 at http://specialevents.com Thoughts on winning a Gala Award http://specialevents.com/blog/thoughts-winning-gala-award <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/specialevents.com/files/uploads/2014/01/Andrea_Pillar_Portrait_USE.png" style="width: 180px; height: 224px; margin: 3px 6px; float: left;" />Once in a great while there is an event of such monumental importance that you have to absorb it for a while before sharing it.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/thoughts-winning-gala-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/thoughts-winning-gala-award#comments Gala Awards Andrea Michaels Special Events Gala Awards Special Events Blog Wed, 22 Jan 2014 05:43:00 +0000 15991 at http://specialevents.com Who needs a meeting producer when we have our own communications department? http://specialevents.com/blog/who-needs-meeting-producer-when-we-have-our-own-communications-department <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>You can achieve the best results and return on your meeting investment by getting the internal communications people to work closely as one team with an experienced meeting production team, Michael Caplan says. And here's why:</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/who-needs-meeting-producer-when-we-have-our-own-communications-department" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/who-needs-meeting-producer-when-we-have-our-own-communications-department#comments Corporate Events corporate event planners independent event planners Special Events Blog Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:35:00 +0000 15931 at http://specialevents.com S.F. caterer copes with venue change after U.S. government shutdown http://specialevents.com/blog/sf-caterer-copes-venue-change-after-us-government-shutdown <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>A wedding caterer copes with changing venues in light of the U.S. government shutdown in 2013</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/sf-caterer-copes-venue-change-after-us-government-shutdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/sf-caterer-copes-venue-change-after-us-government-shutdown#comments Catering catering emergency wedding plans La Bonne Cuisine venue shutdown Special Events Blog Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:46:00 +0000 15191 at http://specialevents.com Solving the award ceremony challenge http://specialevents.com/blog/solving-award-ceremony-challenge <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Most awards ceremonies are one big yawn--but they don't have to be. Michael Caplan gives tips on making ceremonies exciting--even for the 'non-winners.'</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/solving-award-ceremony-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/solving-award-ceremony-challenge#comments Corporate Events exciting award ceremonies Special Events Blog Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:50:00 +0000 15062 at http://specialevents.com The 'no video' priest was right http://specialevents.com/blog/no-video-priest-was-right <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Special Events editor Lisa Hurley explains why the priest who told a videographer to stop shooting a wedding was correct to do so</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/no-video-priest-was-right" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/no-video-priest-was-right#comments Weddings no-video priest weddings Special Events Blog Mon, 23 Sep 2013 23:20:00 +0000 14602 at http://specialevents.com Why are we giving you the gate? http://specialevents.com/blog/why-are-we-giving-you-gate <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> <img alt="" src="/site-files/specialevents.com/files/uploads/2013/08/Hurley_Lisa_Portrait_1.jpg" style="width: 188px; height: 224px; margin: 3px; float: left;" />You may have noticed the little black &quot;padlock&quot; icons on some articles on specialevents.com. You can no longer read all the information on these &quot;gated&quot; articles without registering with us, which means sharing your email and a bit about yourself. No, we are not doing this to drive you nuts.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/why-are-we-giving-you-gate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/why-are-we-giving-you-gate#comments archive gating website Special Events Blog Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:01:00 +0000 14042 at http://specialevents.com ISES education program makes bold change that pays off http://specialevents.com/blog/ises-education-program-makes-bold-change-pays <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> <img alt="" src="/site-files/specialevents.com/files/uploads/2013/08/Hurley_Lisa_Portrait_0.jpg" style="width: 188px; height: 224px; margin: 3px; float: left;" />Everyone says they want to dump the status quo in favor of a radical change. That is, until they see the familiar start to fade away. And then they want it back.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/ises-education-program-makes-bold-change-pays" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/ises-education-program-makes-bold-change-pays#comments ISES ISES Live 2013 Special Events Blog Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:55:00 +0000 14022 at http://specialevents.com Thank you, Tim http://specialevents.com/blog/thank-you-tim <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> <img alt="" src="/site-files/specialevents.com/files/uploads/2013/08/Hurley_Lisa_Portrait.jpg" style="width: 188px; height: 224px; float: left; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom: 3px;" />In our last issue, we put the spotlight on <a href="http://specialevents.com/archive/special-events-presents-25-young-event-pros-watch" target="_blank">25 young event professionals </a>worth watching. Those under age 31 on our list weren&#39;t even born when <em>Special Events</em> made its debut in 1982. Three years after the magazine came on the scene, The Special Event show followed.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/thank-you-tim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/thank-you-tim#comments archive Special Events magazine The Special Event Tim Novoselski Special Events Blog Wed, 21 Aug 2013 04:51:00 +0000 13842 at http://specialevents.com Six reasons a prepaid expense card program beats traditional credit cards http://specialevents.com/blog/six-reasons-prepaid-expense-card-program-beats-traditional-credit-cards <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Michael Noles of PEX Card gives his reasons why using prepaid expense cards is a good strategy for owners of special event companies</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/six-reasons-prepaid-expense-card-program-beats-traditional-credit-cards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/six-reasons-prepaid-expense-card-program-beats-traditional-credit-cards#comments Silver use of prepaid credit cards Special Events Blog Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:49:00 +0000 13662 at http://specialevents.com Take that trend and spin it http://specialevents.com/blog/take-trend-and-spin-it <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>DMC marketing expert Lindsay White of The Event Team gives tips on putting new spins on popular-but-stale event themes</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/take-trend-and-spin-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/take-trend-and-spin-it#comments Themed Events DMC event decor ideas event trends Lindsay White The Event Team theme ideas Special Events Blog Wed, 07 Aug 2013 01:22:00 +0000 13522 at http://specialevents.com