Whether you are planning your mom and dad's 50th Wedding Anniversary, Company Picnic, Baby Shower or Best Friend's Bachelor Party, we have everything you need, to make sure your event is memorable and fun. Below we have provided tips for every type of event imaginable, complete with gift suggestions, party themes, planning tools and more. Our goal is to continuously inspire you with creative solutions to suit your needs, so check back frequently for more updates, ideas and tips.Anniversary
Consider placing a love advertisement in the newspaper or magazine to which your significant other subscribes. Write a short, romantic message, and if you wish, also include a picture of you two together.
The goal of a baby shower is for the mother to feel the support of her closest friends and family. Keep the honoree's interests in mind when planning the event. A mom wild about Disney would probably appreciate a Winnie the Pooh theme baby shower, while a sophisticated mother might enjoy a Tea party baby shower.
Get practical and thoughtful baby shower gifts, such as paying for a diaper/food service for the first 3 months so the new mom can relax and enjoy the new baby.
The candy buffet is a great new trend for baby showers. It’s wonderful for everyone since you can offer them a wide variety of candies to choose from. Provide boxes or bags and they can scoop up their favorite candy and take it home as a party favor.
A simple yet functional gift idea is a diaper cake because it is a special gift for the new mommy and it can double as an attractive centerpiece for the occasion. Take a package or two of diapers and tie bows or ribbon around them. Stack them in three tiers and decorate the layers with stickers, candy and other fun items.
Be sure to pick appropriate invitations to mail to your guests. This is their first impression of the feel and theme for the shower. Try making your own invites or get them at a discount store. Event Static can help you design cute invitations that match your theme as well. Please contact us for more information on how we can help you.
Sugar or plastic decorations in baby themes are fairly easy to find. Use frosting to "glue" small plastic baby decorations to the tops of cupcakes, cookies or little Debbie snack cakes. These are several money saving alternatives to expensive bakery cakes.
Many people are electing to hold the shower after the birth of the baby. This way the appropriate clothing can be given. It also gives Mom an easy way for many people to see the baby at one time. (This eliminates a constant stream of visitors; right after the baby is born, when both Mother and baby need their rest.) Check with the mother-to-be to see when she would prefer a shower before you start planning.
A fun and easy baby shower game that is sure to please is “Baby Price is Right”. Create a card with common baby items. Choose the closest winner on how much common baby items would cost.
The presentation is often more important than the actual food that is served. Use nice bowls and silver for a formal atmosphere. You can also buy plastic bowls and silverware that look like crystal or that match your décor.
Set up a personalized website for the baby shower so you can post photos, updates, gift registries and more, all in one place for your guests. Event Static can help create your custom website at a very affordable price. Contact us for more information.
If you'd like to give the mother-to-be something beyond the baby shower (which is a present in and of itself) consider inexpensive options like coupons for baby sitting, a gift basket of baby goodies from the dollar store, or the promise of a meal after the baby arrives.
Food for a baby shower can be very simple. If you have an early afternoon party that falls after lunch but before dinner, you can serve cake, punch, mints, nuts, and perhaps a fruit tray very inexpensively.
When thinking of a location for your baby shower, think about how many people you can comfortably accommodate in that space. If you have a large amount of people, reserving a community center, church or banquet hall might be the best solution for you. If budget is an issue, think about hosting it at home or outside if the weather cooperates.
Get creative with your theme. You can use colors as your theme, stuffed animals like a teddy bear, a specific theme like Noah’s ark for twins, a princess theme for a little girl or cars for a little boy.
Tradition has dictated that the bachelor party be given the night before the wedding, it's not a smart idea, especially if alcohol is involved. A lot of time, money and effort have gone into making the wedding day as perfect as possible, and having a tired/hung over groom will ruin the entire day. Be smart and have the festivities a week or two before the wedding.
Put together a scavenger hunt with a list of ridiculous items to round up. Search for things like: women’s lingerie, street signs, a toupee or a specified number of phone numbers from hot girls (bring a digital camera for evidentiary purposes). Divide yourselves into teams and allow yourselves a specific amount of time. Designate a driver, hire a limo or rent a party bus for the night. Event Static can help provide you with discounted pricing of your transportation needs. Contact us for more information.
As best man, join forces with the maid of honor to combine the bachelor and bachelorette parties into a stag and doe party. It can be catered, or to cut costs, formatted as a potluck. This is especially helpful to raise money for couples that are feeling the wedding pinch. Sell tickets, or include games to help raise money. Make it a cash bar and ask family and friends to help as wait and bar staff.
While at many the general rule may be "the more the merrier," at a bachelor party, the last thing you want is give out an open invitation to everyone. There isn't a set number of people that you should invite, but whether you decide on an intimate 5 person gathering or a 30 person bash, you'll want to ensure that all of the guests are trusted friends and relatives.
Las Vegas is a go to destination for people from all walks of life. No matter what types of guys are with you, sin city has something to offer each of them, from shows to dinners, to clubs and gambling. Event Static can put together a package for you that includes hotel, shows, clubs and more all tailored to your needs and budget. Please contact us for more information.
Do plan ahead. Nothing can make a bachelor party suck more than hasty or inadequate planning. Allow plenty of time for planning to make sure the event is perfect for the groom.
If your group always hangs out at the same bar or goes to the same restaurant or club, don’t go back to that place for the bachelor party. Take the groom somewhere different (hopefully somewhere nicer too.) Whether he’ll admit it or not, this is a big deal for him, so do something special. Go all out, that way there are no regrets when he looks back on this night 10 years from now.
Pimp Daddies, Retro 80's or Togas are all creative theme ideas for any bachelor party. Get costumes and props at your local discount party store and let the fun begin.
Whatever you do, don’t let the groom pay. No matter how generous he is, the groom shouldn’t have to pay for anything during his bachelor party. It’s his last night out as a single man, so take care of him.
Many men would rather not have the typical 'beer and stripper' type bachelor party. Try going to a sports event, playing golf, going fishing, visiting a classic car show, touring a brewery, or playing paintball.
Don’t look at this party as the last time to shove as much alcohol down the Groom as possible. Unfortunately, health and safety incidents can happen that may ruin the wedding and your friendship.
Making matching shirts is a popular way to let everyone know you are celebrating your friend’s last night on the town as a single girl. You can make them yourselves or have them made, either way once the party is over, you have a reminder of what a fantastic time you all had.
Be active. If the gals in your group are athletic, you've got some fun choices. A round of golf, a long bike ride, or yoga classes are all exciting possibilities.
Going wine tasting with your bridal party can be an enjoyable experience. Rent a limo or party bus and go to several wineries. Make arrangements for brunch, and make a full afternoon out of it. Event Static provides wine tasting deals at great pricing. Please contact us if you would like more information.
Get dressed up in costumes and go out dancing. Whether it's country western or disco fever, this will be sure to keep the party lively all night long.
You can save tons of money by drinking alcohol at home. Sure, not drinking at all is the least expensive option of all but let's be realistic. Learn to make some shots and fun drinks yourselves. It is much easier than actually cooking something and it will save you a bunch when compared to buying drinks at a club, bar or restaurant.
Take a shirt or pair of pants and cover them with candy. Offer random guys a chance to remove a piece off for $1 however they want. Give all the profit to the bride or use it to pay for her drinks. (Another option is to have the bride wear a white T-shirt and ask various men to decorate it.)
Plan a bachelorette spa party and pamper yourselves in style. Getting massages, facials, mud baths, manicures and pedicures are relaxing ways to unwind before the wedding. This can also save you time since most bridal parties set up nail appointments anyway. If you don’t want to leave the house, hire a mobile spa to come to you.
No matter what types of girls are with you, sin city has something to offer each of them, from shows to dinners, to clubs and gambling. Event Static can put together an amazing bachelorette package for you that includes hotel, shows, clubs and more all tailored to your specific needs and budget. Please contact us for more information.
If your group of gals always hangs out at the same bar or goes to the same restaurant or club, don’t go back to that place for the bachelorette party. Take the bride somewhere different (hopefully somewhere nicer too.) This is a big deal for her, so do something special. Go all out, that way there are no regrets when she looks back on this night 10 years from now.
Put together a scavenger hunt with a list of ridiculous items to round up. Search for things like: men’s boxers, a roll of toilet paper from the men's bathroom, or a specified number of phone numbers from hot guys (bring a digital camera for evidentiary purposes). Divide yourselves into teams and allow yourselves a specific amount of time. Designate a driver, hire a limo or rent a party bus for the night. Event Static can help provide you with discounted pricing of your transportation needs. Contact us for more information.
A great bachelorette party doesn't necessarily have to involve a wild night of drinking. Spending time with the bride and having a good time together is what's really important. You can enjoy lots of activities with or without a cocktail in hand.
As matron of honor, join forces with the best man to combine the bachelor and bachelorette parties into a stag and doe party. It can be catered, or to cut costs, formatted as a potluck. This is especially helpful to raise money for couples that are feeling the wedding pinch. Sell tickets, or include games to help raise money. Make it a cash bar and ask family and friends to help as wait and bar staff.
Whatever you do, don’t let the bride to be pay. No matter how generous she is, the bride shouldn’t have to pay for anything during her bachelorette party. It’s her last night out as a single lady, so take care of her.
Take a pole dancing or striptease class at a local fitness center. It’s an intense calorie burner that will show you some new moves and make you feel super sexy.
A really cute idea for a bachelorette party game is to have a homemade lingerie contest. Guests can take turns placing their lingerie creation over the bride’s clothing, and then she can pick the winner. Some examples of items that might be used include tissues, tape, wrapping paper and plastic cups.
Whether you are staying local, traveling to Las Vegas or some other tourist hot spot, doing a combined Bachelor/Bachelorette Party is a great and cost effective idea. Splitting bottle service at a club will help you save some money and maybe some of the guys will buy you ladies drinks. Event Static provides exceptional VIP Packages to suit your group’s needs. Please contact us for further assistance.
She’s still engaged, after all, so don’t let her get too out of control with whatever you decide to do. It’s the maid of honor’s job to make sure the bride to be behaves, which is actually the second most important thing she has to do – other than plan the bachelorette party.
Book a hotel room and have a slumber party. Order room service, takeout or bring lots of yummy snacks. You can stay up late talking, watching movies or playing games like you did when you were little.
Use a friends’ boat/yacht or charter one for a few hours for the bride. Spend the day out at sea sipping cocktails and tanning all day long without a care in the world.
While at many the general rule may be "the more the merrier," at a bachelorette party, the last thing you want is give out an open invitation to everyone. There isn't a set number of people that you should invite, but whether you decide on an intimate 5 person gathering or a 30 person bash, you'll want to ensure that all of the guests are trusted friends and relatives.
Have a belly dancing contest and play drinking games. Try to “shake it, not break it” by bending backwards, placing a drink on your chest and shimmying without spilling. The first person to spill has a drink/shot.
While some women really get into the stripper option, in other cases it just fails miserably. Gauge the crowd: few things are more pathetic than a man gyrating in a pink g-string with a room full of women who would rather be watching Martha Stewart. If you go this route, be sure to give the bride some single dollar bills to stuff into the appropriate places.
If you are still in doubt, go with a classic. Getting drunk and embarrassing the bride to be in public remains the most popular bachelorette party option.
Think about the time of year when planning your bachelorette party. If it’s happening during summer months try going to the beach or a pool party. Go ice-skating during the winter months.
Make a movie night gift basket. Included a DVD or gift certificate for a movie rental, box of candy, soda and bag of microwave popcorn.
An original and one of a kind birthday present is designing and creating your own sneakers. Check online for Converse, Nike and other retailers who have this option available.
Heading to Las Vegas is a typical rite of passage when someone turns 21. Event Static offers affordable packages that include transportation, hotel accommodations, pools, clubs and more. Check out our Free Vegas Trip section for a complimentary weekend on your Birthday.
Always know the budget. Be realistic as to what your company can afford in terms of food and beverage costs. If this is the smallest area of the allotted budget, you may have to save the gourmet buffet for another day and go for the snack table instead. There are always ways to make a food table look fancier by adding decorative arrangements and multi-level serving platters.
The choice of location is also important. For a company that puts a premium on ideas, an open and natural setting is preferred to trigger off creative ideas. Horseback riding, trekking, mountain climbing, parachute jumping, canoeing and river rafting are some outdoor events, which aim at improving team spirit among corporate clients.
Nothing looks worse than empty tables in front of your stage at a banquet or meeting. To ensure the tables in front are full, put reserved signs on the back rows of tables. This will force people to sit at the tables closer to the stage. Once those front tables are filled, simply pull the reserved signs off and fill the tables in the back of the room too.
Don't limit your thinking to grand openings. Restaurants can hold seasonal tastings, electronics stores can host seminars about innovative products, and apartment complexes can attract new renters with art showings, catering or live entertainment. Please contact us for more details on hosting an exciting event for your corporation or small business.
Although outdoor events can be tempting to plan, especially during the spring and summer months, it is always important to consider the possible downfalls of being unable to control Mother Nature. The possibility of even the tiniest amount of rain falling should always be in the back of your mind. Having a portable rain canopy available is always a good idea.
Parking your car at a formal event should not be a stressful endeavor. In order to avoid possible parking dilemmas, make sure the facility you are renting has adequate parking available. Try negotiating a flat rate for your guests and make them aware of the price for parking before the event. If at all possible, consider having valet parking for those that desire it, or host the parking for all attendees.
Team building, leadership quality, and different management skills are what most corporations are concerned about. Driven by a motive to maximize the output from the employees, corporate events are planned to hone these skills of their employees. Indoor and outdoor corporate events are designed in a way that is entertaining as well as rewarding for learning experiences.
Music has always been the life of any event. Corporate events are no exception. A manager who is known for his tough exterior can lead his executives to have a glimpse of his humane side by the choice of songs to be played by the DJ in a corporate party. Live music entertainment is also the central theme of many corporate events. Music can really loosen up people to relate better with each other.
Pictures are a great way to show that your event was a success, especially when you share them correctly. Upload pictures to a company blog and post them on your social media networks. Include them in your next company newsletter or e-blast. This will also help drive traffic to your company’s site. We can assist you with blog, website and e-blast creation and design. Please contact us for more information.
Themes are a great way to increase employee participation and create lasting memories within the company. To optimize the experience, make sure to not only incorporate them into the advertising, but into the food, drinks, music, and setting as well. Take-home thematic gifts or door prizes are also a great idea if the budget permits.
Another point to consider, if your event is to be held outdoors, is the instability of the ground (including possible holes, unevenness of ground level, and softness of soil), which can be a poor choice for more formal occasions where women may be wearing high heeled shoes.
One of the most common mistakes made when organizing events, is leaving insufficient time for planning. The time required for planning a company event is very much dependent on the type and size of the event. However, in an ideal world, the planning process should start approximately 6-8 months before the date of the event.
One of the major benefits to including team-building activities as part of your conference program is their effect on staff morale. Surveys suggest that at any one time, over half of the staff of a typical workforce is unhappy and actively seeking new positions.
Every relationship needs a little recharge every now and then. Even when you're settled and comfortable, don't forget to plan a night out or a weekend getaway to bring some excitement back into your relationship. Something as simple as holding hands or a welcome kiss after a long day goes a long way.
At check-in, remember to ask for a Funbook. This little book is filled with coupons for a wide variety of things offered for free, or discount prices, like food, drinks, shows, buffet coupons, and free slot plays.
Vacation bundle packages, that include your transportation and hotel, are the best option for discounted pricing. Event Static can create custom vacation packages for you that include hotel, pools, clubs, shows and more, all at an affordable price. Please contact us for more information on our free Bachelor/ette & Birthday Las Vegas trips.
Be sure to Sign Up for a Casino Players Card at your Favorite Hotels – It’s Free. Use the Card to Accumulate Points and Receive Free Perks. It helps to be on the Mailing List for a lot of hotels. Who knows, they might pick you for a special room rate or decide to send you tickets to a free show.
Check the Las Vegas Convention Calendar to make sure there are no major events in town when you plan to be there. Conventions will mean higher room rates, more people and cost you more money.
A must see free attraction on the strip is The Sirens of T.I. show located in front of the Treasure Island Hotel. With 4 showings a night, you can see sexy girls, hunky guys, sword fights, sinking ships, explosions and more.
Since Las Vegas has a desert climate, be sure to drink lots of water to prevent dehydration and nose bleeds. Stop at Walgreens or CVS along the strip to buy your water, their prices are a lot cheaper than the hotels.
Bottle service is a wonderful alternative to waiting in line and paying a cover charge. Included with Bottle Service is a place to sit, mixers of your choice and often complimentary waters. If your group splits the bill, it can work out to be less per person then it would be for individual drinks and cover charge. Event Static offers affordable pricing on bottle service. Add one to your VIP Vegas Package today by contacting us.
Keep your Valuables well covered while checking out the Attractions, Gambling, Shopping, Eating at a Buffet, Lounging at the Pool, or even walking the Strip. Any Place there are Large Crowds of People, makes it easy for someone to Pick Pocket You.
Frequent the buffets and casino food courts while in Vegas, they are generally less expensive than the restaurants.
With all of the Amazing Stores and Souvenir Shops, it's easy to end up with more items that you can fit in your Suitcase or take back on the Plane. Luckily there is a UPS Store inside the Flamingo Hotel’s East Entrance near the Monorail. They can box up and ship just about anything for you.
The playfully named “Menage a Trois” at Tryst in the Wynn Hotel, is a sexy threesome of gold embellished liquors. The $3,000.00 cocktail is served with a gold straw and a glittering 9-point diamond.
A Great way to Save Money is to take Advantage of the “Free Cocktails” Casinos Provide while Gambling. People should realize that you don’t have to just order Booze, they will bring Soft Drinks, Energy Drinks, Coffee and Other Beverages too. Tip Your Waitress and they drinks will keep coming.
Go to Vegas during the summer months when the pools are open. Day clubs stay open longer than traditional nightclubs and have a much more relaxed atmosphere. For VIP Packages that include entry or cabanas at these pool parties please contact us.
Traffic Congestion on the Strip can get Heavy, Especially at Night and on the Weekends. Whether you are taking a Cab, Limousine or Driving, be sure to navigate the Strip by using Koval Lane. It Runs Parallel to Las Vegas Boulevard & Dead Ends into the Wynn.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Café is a must go to spot for a tourist. Grab some of their famously huge volcano nachos, catch the free volcano show and of course a few margaritas.
Before leaving on your vacation, decide how much money you'll spend on gambling. (Don't make this decision when you get to Vegas.) This amount is your gambling bankroll, so try not to go over it.
Remember that you don't come to Vegas to stay in your room, so why blow your budget on a bed? Save on hotel rooms whenever you can and get more out of your next Sin City vacation.
The extravagant XS Nightclub at Encore in Las Vegas serves up one of the most expensive cocktails in the world. The signature “Ono” Cocktail is a mixture of the rare Charles Heidsieck 1981 Champagne Charlie, as well as Louis XIII de Remy Martin Black Pearl cognac and served in a jewel-encrusted champagne glass. Costing $10,000.00, male customers receive a pair of 18-karat gold cufflinks and the female customers get an 18-karat gold necklace in addition.
Don't valet your car. While valet parking is free at hotels, it is expected that you tip the valet attendant. Save a few bucks and walk off that buffet dinner, park your own car in the free garage or lot.
Go to Las Vegas for free on your birthday. Event Static offers a Free Las Vegas Trip for your birthday.
Every Sunday from 9:30AM to 2:30PM, the Sterling Sunday Brunch Buffet, at The Steakhouse at Bally’s, serves up unlimited champagne, caviar, lobster, sushi and scrambled eggs for $62.00.
The Twenty Dollar Bill Trick is sweeping the travel industry and becoming extremely popular, especially in Las Vegas. When you check into a hotel you simply slip the front desk clerk a $20 bill with your confirmation credit card, while asking "Do you have any complimentary upgrades available?". The general rule of thumb is that the front desk clerk will check for upgrades and if they cannot find anything they will return your tip, making it risk free for you!
Starbucks on Koval behind the Vegas strip is way cheaper than any of the Starbucks on the Strip and still open for 24 hours.
Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace is the place to go for tasty treats like frozen hot chocolate, cotton candy martinis or a heaping mound of Apple Cobbler. For those who want to take it to the next level, order the Golden Opulence Sundae. It will set you back $1,000.00 and is made with Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, 23K edible gold leaf, passion caviar and the world's most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porceleana. (Requires a 48-hour advance order.)
To get a good view of the Vegas Strip, (rather than pay up to $15.00 to see the Strip from the Stratosphere observation deck), head to the Mix Lounge atop THE hotel, at Mandalay Bay, before 10PM for a better view free of charge.
At Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina, located at the Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood, if you eat an eight-pound plate of nachos in less than 55 minutes, you get the nachos and a T-shirt for free.
Get your Wine Fix in Vegas. From 4-8PM Every Day, the Fortuna Wine Bar & Café at the Las Vegas Hilton offers Free Wine Tastings.
Buy your beer at the nearest Seven Eleven, CVS or Walgreens. Any bar will allow you to walk in with a beer in your hand, so why not save some money buying some of your drinks on the cheap?
If you are looking for something fried and spicy, head on over to Stripburger at the fashion show mall. Ask for the deep fried jalapenos, which weren't on the menu, and you won’t be disappointed.
The first evening expense you will encounter when clubbing in Las Vegas is a mandatory cover fee. Cover charges are a popular way for a club to gather funds from the start, even if you don’t buy any beverages, they make money off of you for enjoying their club. If you can find a club without a cover charge, you will save money, but might not have as much fun. Event Static provides preferred entry to clubs, and VIP entry when booking your Las Vegas Package. For more details please contact us.
If you're feeling adventurous, (and use good judgment on this one), while waiting for bags at baggage claim or standing in the long taxi lines at the airport, ask if anyone nearby is heading to the same destination. If they are, you can ask to split the fare. Cabs charge the same amount whether there's one rider or five.
There is a 3-foot tall, 100 pound bottle of Ace of Spades champagne available for you to purchase at Encore, inside XS Nightclub. This huge bottle of champagne will cost $100,000.00 and would serve the whole club.
Getting married quickly and cheaply is what sin city is known for. The average number of weddings per day is 315. The cost of a Nevada marriage license is about $35.00. Just don’t jump into any impulse marriages, the average cost of filling for divorce is $450.00.
Beware of the "Hot Girls to your room in 20 minutes" people that line the Vegas strip handing out cards of naked women. (You will notice them by the annoying sound they make flipping their cards.) There is nothing hot about these girls and it’s not wise to give anyone your hotel room number or phone number.
Nothing looks worse than empty tables in front of your stage at a fundraiser or auction. To ensure the tables in front are full, put reserved signs on the back rows of tables. This will force people to sit at the tables closer to the stage. Once those front tables are filled, simply pull the reserved signs off and fill the tables in the back of the room too.
Hold a rent-a-puppy fundraiser. Contact the humane society to borrow some puppies and rent them out for $5 per 30 minutes. This works great at a college campus where students aren’t allowed to have pets.
Know how much money you need and when you need it by. Make sure to add estimated costs for supplies etc to your fundraising goal in advance and stick to it. We can help you create an amazing event for your non-profit/charity group at an affordable price. Please contact us for more details.
Pictures are a great way to show that your event was a success, especially when you share them correctly. Upload pictures to your group blog, website or social networking site. Include them in your next newsletter or email blast. This will also help drive traffic to these sites.
Putting together a pancake breakfast fundraiser is a classic way to raise money for any non-profit group. For a pancake breakfast, all you need is a large space with kitchen facilities, plenty of batter, and lots of volunteers. Try to be creative and hold raffles or give-a-ways during the breakfast for extra profit and community involvement.
For maximum exposure make sure to stagger your fundraisers to avoid flooding your potential consumers and to avoid competing with other fundraisers.
Collect cans and bottles for your charity/non-profit group. Designate a date and go door to door to pick up the recyclables. After sorting, take the items to the recycling center and cash in. For help facilitating fun, creative and profitable fundraisers please contact us for more information.
One of the most common mistakes made when organizing events, is leaving insufficient time for planning. The time required for planning a company event is very much dependent on the type and size of the event. However, in an ideal world, the planning process should start approximately 6-8 months before the date of the event.
Asking for pledges/donations is also a great fundraising source. List potential donors and approach them for support. These can be colleagues, co-workers, friends, family, businesses or door to door solicitation.
You need at least two weeks to advertise. Use different color flyers with different ads for the same event. Use original artwork and be creative. Be brief, too much information is bad information in modern advertising.
Tell people about the show in person. Americans are increasingly shut in and need convincing to come out. Tell your friends, have them tell their friends. Don’t be annoying. You can tell quickly if someone wants to learn more. If they don’t, thank them and leave.
Pictures are a great way to show that your event was a success, especially when you share them correctly. Upload pictures to a business blog and post them on your social media networks. Include them in your next company newsletter or e-blast. This will also help drive traffic to your website.
Add a creative touch to any special event by making DIY napkin holders. For a Christmas party add peppermints, mini presents or snowmen to a plastic holder. Try adding red, white and blue buttons or gems for a 4th of July BBQ.
Bartender: Tip the bartender between 10% - 15% depending on the complication of your drink order. If you just order a beer in a bottle, there's not too much effort involved in providing the service, but if you order a mixed drink that takes time and includes a lot of ingredients, then offer up a more sizable tip, somewhere closer to the 15% range.
Be sure to have the appropriate music for the type of event, so guests of all ages can relate. If you are going to Las Vegas in a Party Bus, popular/top 40 songs are great. While wine tasting or a romantic date in a limousine, might require easy listening/smooth jazz.
Before leaving on your vacation, decide how much money you'll spend on extras such as shopping, shows, attractions and more. Try to stick to it and not go over it.
Make sure you get enough sleep. Often times people are extremely tired after a vacation. Maybe it’s because they stayed up late and woke up early in a frantic attempt to get it all in.
Pearl bridal jewelry is fairly standard for most traditional weddings, but don't be afraid to break tradition. It's your day, and you should wear what suits you the most. Try to match your bridal jewelry to your personality and your dress.
If a number of relatives and friends have to fly in, check with your local hotels or motels for discounted group rates and let people know right away. You want to give your guests advanced notice so they can make proper arrangements.
Set up a personalized website for your wedding so you can post photos, updates, gift registries, hotel discounts and more, all in one place for your guests. Event Static can help create your custom website at an affordable price. Contact us for more information.
Weigh the cuteness factor versus the unpredictability factor when thinking about using children in the ceremony under the age of five. They have notoriously small attention spans during long periods of time.
Get the bridesmaids' dresses at a regular department store such as Forever 21 or H&M, as opposed to a specialty shop. You can usually find the dress, shoes and accessories all for under $100.00.
Always get specific contracts with your vendors - Bands, DJ, Florists, Caterers, Bakery - have everything in writing. Be sure to ask for additional costs that could be charged to you, such as traveling, over time or sales tax. Insist that all of the details are in the contract, that way there are no discrepancies later on.
Send out custom made Save the Dates. Event Static can help design and create affordable custom STDs that you can have printed (or print yourself) and made into postcards, refrigerator magnets and other inventive mailers. For more information, please contact us.
Don't plan to leave on your honeymoon immediately. This invites disappointment and ill feelings since both of you will be extremely exhausted right after the wedding. Wait a few days, open gifts, sleep in late, slow down and rest before you pack and take off on your honeymoon.
Most banquet halls or hotel ballrooms are ridiculously expensive. Before you drop down a hefty deposit, think about places you could say your vows that won’t put you in debt. Backyards, parks, restaurants, your best friend’s parents’ enormous house, even a community recreation room can all be wonderfully intimate spots for a wedding.
Ask everyone to bring a dish in lieu of a gift. You’ll have a great variety of food, save money and you won’t be stuck returning a bunch of toasters you don’t need.
Skip the bridal boutiques and look for your wedding dress in department stores, bargain shops, vintage shops and online sites like eBay and Etsy, for one of a kind steals.
Make your own wedding programs. The availability of supplies at scrap booking stores, specialty paper shops and mass retailers, makes it easy to find the materials you need for a homemade look. If you are good with computers, try typing them up yourself and adding photos, creative fonts and your wedding colors. Event Static is able to provide you with wedding programs tailored to fit your needs. Contact us for more information.
For every service you need, there’s a student willing to provide it for a nominal fee in exchange for experience. Check your local beauty schools for students to do waxing, hair, makeup, manicure and pedicure all at discounted prices. Or contact local schools to find photographers and bands.
Nearly 70% of all weddings take place May through October of each year. By planning your wedding during the offseason, you can save a lot of money.
Scour thrift shops, garage sales, and online for interesting vases, mugs, or knickknacks to use as fun focal points or centerpieces, instead of huge and costly floral arrangements.
Don't worry about renting a DJ. Instead just have a few mixed CDs or iPod with your favorite songs that can be shuffled throughout the night. (Consider letting guests play DJ and play songs they like off of your iPod or CDs.)
Get the Groom his Tux for free. Most tuxedo shops will give you the groom’s tuxedo rental free of charge when the rest of the groomsmen purchase theirs from the same shop.
If you plan on going all out for your honeymoon, create a website where guests can help you pay for it. List everything you need covered from necessities like airfare and hotel, to fun things like massages, scuba diving and fancy dinners. Ask your guests to donate money as your wedding present. At Event Static we can create your personalized honeymoon page at an affordable price. Please contact us for more information.
Skip the pricey rehearsal dinner and have a pizza party or barbeque instead. There’s enough formality in a wedding, and everyone will be happy to blow off some steam before the big day.
It may be painful, but the simple truth is that there is no quicker, easier way to control your budget than by limiting the size of the event. Your single biggest cost will be reception food and alcohol, so you can reduce that expenditure by paring down the number of mouths. (Remember: single guests who aren’t in a serious relationship can be invited solo; you may invite parents only; and you need not invite anyone who you haven’t spent time with in the last five years -- even if they invited you to their wedding.)
Understand that this wedding is also the joining of two entire families. If you are different in religion, background or culture, celebrate each side's uniqueness and emphasize the things that are in common.
Beautiful wedding favors, place cards and holders decorating the guests’ tables are a great addition to any wedding. Try making them yourself to cut costs and add a personal touch. Event Static can help you design the perfect place cards for your guests. For more information, please contact us.
If you'd rather not have one person be solely responsible for the photographs, hand out some disposable cameras to your guests and have them take candid photos of you and your groom/bride. It will be interesting to see these photos from the guest's perspective.
Let's say that all you can afford for bridesmaids gifts are hairclips. Not a package of hairclips for each bridesmaid, but a single hairclip. You may have to get a little crafty here, but by attaching that hair clip to a fine piece of stationary (scented, parchment, and in the same color scheme as your wedding), together with a hand-written poem, romantic quote, or even just the date of your wedding with your names and a hand-written “Thank you” on it, suddenly turns these cheap bridesmaid gifts into something really special and unique.
Skip the expensive florist and grab some flowers at a local flower shop or grocery store and make your own bouquet.
Remember that Save the Dates are not invitations, but merely a note to let people know when your wedding is coming up, so they can try to avoid planning vacations or other special events on the same day as you. This also allows out of town guests a chance to start booking airfare, hotels, transportation etc. (STD's are usually sent out 4-8 Months before the wedding, whereas the actual invitations don’t go out until 4-8 Weeks prior to the wedding.)