4 Tips To Ensure Your Event Is A Success!

Photo: Instyle Imagery | Featured products: staging, clear tent & leg drapes, uplighting, black pipe & drape, clear chiavari barstools, cocktail tables

 

Today’s blog post is brought to by Cara with Eventbrite! She’s sharing four tips that’ll guarantee a successful event- no matter the occasion!

The planning process for any kind of event is undoubtedly challenging. From catering and a venue, to guest lists and entertainment, there are lots of decisions to be made. With these tips, you’ll be able to conquer any planning difficulties!

 

Budget Management-

Before any planning begins, it’s important to sit down and decide how much money you are able to spend on the event in total; a financial “blueprint.” Weddings and corporate events have different kinds of expenses, and having a clear understanding of which you need to spend on will be crucial when hiring vendors. Really think this step through, as there are many things that are easily overseen during the planning process – from vendors and venues, to parking arrangements and security. Having all of these things accounted for and in order will ensure the day goes as smoothly as possible. If planning a wedding, consider your non-negotiables. When planning a corporate event, think long and hard about the group you intent to have in attendance. Is music and entertainment most important to your audience, or could they do with some light background music and a playlist created internally by your team? Another vendor trick is asking if they offer options for submitting payments in advance to avoid having every bill due right before or day-of your big event.

Start planning earlier than you may think necessary-

Once you have a budget in place, create a prioritized list of dates you’d like to hold your event. Don’t wait to check the availability of venues, also most vendors won’t be able to quote pricing for their services until they know where the event is being held and on what date. There are certainly a lot of moving pieces involved in planning an event – so as soon as you narrow down a venue, look into caterers, rental companies, photographers, florists and entertainers as soon as possible. It is likely that not everyone you like best will be available on the date you have chosen, and that’s where the prioritized list mentioned before comes in handy. To help with this planning process, there are many checklists catering specifically toward weddings and corporate events alike that can make your life easier. Even if you don’t want to rely on a checklist entirely, they are great resources for double checking to ensure you have everything in order to make sure your day goes off without a hitch!

Get online-

Your venue is booked, your caterer and entertainment are chosen and things are starting to really come together! The next thing to worry about is getting your audience informed and excited. In this day and age, there’s no better way to reach an audience for all sorts of events than online. If planning a wedding, important things to accomplish online are creating a registry, inviting people to view it, and organizing accommodations via a unique wedding website (or consider building your own wedding website!). The attendance of a public event often relies heavily on spreading word through online registration platforms, where organizers can create an event page and share information to find the right demographic. Through online marketing and social media, events can easily reach people who are looking for events similar to theirs and brand-new fans. Use social media strategies such as creating facebook pages, creating an official event hashtag, create a content calendar and update it with posts and create a formal agreement with event partners to share information on their social media channels as well. Combining all of these online tactics will ensure your event is seen by a large audience.

Engage and interact with your audience-

Once the event is underway, the most important thing for your attendees to do is have fun! Draw your audience in by reaching out beforehand to inform everyone of an official hashtag, to start a conversation on blogs and social media, and more. For weddings, couple-specific hashtags are huge for blending people on both sides of the wedding party and sparking excitement for the future bride and groom. For corporate events, if attendees post photos and include the provided hashtag, interact with them by commenting or reposting from your own social channels. Also consider incorporating live polls throughout the event to receive direct feedback on what people are enjoying or questions they may have. Whatever you can do to spark interaction throughout the crowd will help with the tone of the entire event and promote your brand on the interwebs. Once the day has run its course, provide the attendees with an opportunity to give feedback as well, or best wishes. One of the most important elements of event planning is evaluation and it is far too often forgotten. If you want to determine how successful your event is, collect feedback from participants through online evaluation forms that can be short and anonymous to learn what people want to see more of.


Trendy Vendy- Dishie Rentals

For this week’s Trendy Vendy, we have the pleasure of featuring Sheena of Dishie Rentals! An NYC native who found her “heart & home in the south,” Sheena joined Dishie in 2012 but truth be told Dishie Rentals is more than a business, it’s a passion! A passion for authentic celebrations, community, and creativity. Her mission is to “encourage celebrations of life through gathering at tables beautifully curated with pieces reflective of the unique heart and character of each party host.”

Since 2012, Dishie has worked with several local vendors and has been published in numerous publications! It’s not hard to see why! Her personal story is reflected in the pieces she offers to clients, so you know you’re getting a little piece of “heart & home” in your tablescape. Read more about Sheena & Dishie Rentals, below! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start!

Hoarding beautiful tableware is in my blood! I always remember staring at (and wanting to play with) my mom’s pretty china. I built my own collection of vintage thrifted china as an adult, but our newlywed home was too small to fit all of our gifted wedding tableware, so I donated my collection to appease my new hubby. When a friend from college shared she was looking for a new owner for her company, Dishie Rentals, a dream bloomed in my heart. We met and it was the perfect fit! And I got my collection back ten-fold!

My husband and I are passionate about building an intimate community through consistently sharing meals with others, and I believe every good celebration starts at the table! Dishie is my outward expression of my deep gratitude for every day we are given. It’s my joy to create beautiful tablescapes to help others authentically celebrate all of life’s special moments.

 


What services do you offer?


Dishie Rentals has a large collection of curated boho, southern, and vintage tableware available to rent for any wedding or special event. Our collection includes large quantities of vintage glassware in every color, mismatched vintage china, tea cups & settings, chargers, and modern and vintage flatware collections.

We provide delivery and washing, and also offer complimentary tablescape design and set-up services for all of our rentals. This fall we are launching Dishie Shoppe, a curated collection of Dishie faves that you can purchase and have in your very own home! My clients always ask if my inventory can go home with them so creating the Shoppe seemed like a good fit. We’re excited!


What can we find at Dishie Rentals?

Tableware Heaven! We have a capacity to serve up to 500 people with our collection of mismatched vintage china & glassware – whether you are a boho bride or Southern belle we have something for your heart’s desire!


What inspired the pieces you selected for Dishie Rentals?

Heritage & Heart. My husband once made me a special dinner and set the table using my favorite tableware, decorated it with my favorite flowers, lit my favorite candle, and served me my favorite food. Everything was perfect, the table was so pretty, and I just felt so special – I want every one of our dinner guests to feel like that. I want them to feel like out of the hundreds of people these vintage plates have served, they are the most special one.


How do you keep up with the latest wedding trends?

Dishie is all about mixing and matching, and I love adding modern, trendy pieces like flatware or chargers to our vintage collection. Our luxe rose gold flatware has beautiful modern lines and looks gorgeous next to our china.


What sets you apart from others?

My team at Dishie believes that every celebration is really just a display of gratitude towards your attendees for the special place they hold in your life. We love engaging with brides and party hosts of all budgets to uniquely help them create tables reflective of their heart and character.


What advice would you give couples during the wedding design/planning process?

I love the quote, “The heart of hospitality is when people leave your home feeling better about themselves, not better about you.”

Remember that your wedding is really the first dinner party that you and your husband get to host together! Look at your budget and decide what the most important pieces will be to help you celebrate with your guests and thank them for sharing with you in such a special moment of your lives, and then spend your money and time on that.


What’s your favorite Dishie product?

Oh my stars, don’t ask me to choose! I LOVE our vintage champagne coupe collection. I just feel like a girl at one of Jay Gatsby’s parties when I drink out of one! I am also obsessed with our luxe flatware collection. It’s so sleek and the flatware is such a nice, heavy weight.


When you’re not helping clients, what can we find you doing?

Honestly, most likely tracking Hot Wheels tire marks into my sofa alongside my toddler, or dragging said toddler and my hubby throughout Disney! #boymom #disneyfanatic


Fun Facts About You:

I have a degree in Classical Humanities (Ancient Art, Culture & Philosophy) and Nonprofit Management. On the DL, I’m working to create a give back component to my business at Dishie and couldn’t be more excited about it.

 

I live in Winter Garden and am pretty obsessed. I just love my little town and I think everyone else should too!

 

I am also obsessed with our springer-cocker spaniel mix name Lady (yes, like the movie). She mostly chases bubbles and butterflies, sleeps in the sun, and snuggles with our family – she is my spirit animal.

 

I saw a quote on social media recently that said “Every pizza can be a personal pizza if you just believe in yourself” and I think I’m going to make it my new mantra for life.

 

 

 

 

Connect with Dishie Rentals!

Facebook // Instagram // Website

 

Featured photographers & products: Josh & Rachel Best Photography, KMD Creations, Kristen Weaver Photography, Andi Mans, Jessica Bellinger Photography, InStyle Imagery // farm table, gold rimmed glass charger plates, gold glitter charger plates, silver beaded charger plates, french country chairs, gold flatware

Unique Wedding Ideas!


Photo: Wings of Glory & Atmospheres Floral | Featured: White Pipe & Drape

 

Times are a-changin’ and we couldn’t be happier! We’re falling in love with unexpected as more and more couples are getting creative and including non-traditional elements into their wedding days. Here are few unique elements we’ve seen floating around the inter-webs that we’re obsessed with!

Say Yes to the Statement Dress!

Accessories: Bouquets, Jewelry, & More!

Fun Foods & Crafty Cocktails

Ceremony Back-drops

Details, Details, Details!


Fall 2017 Color Inspiration!

We see your true colors…

Cover photo & above photo- Floral/Design/Photo: Andi Mans 

 

It’s wedding season! But first, coffee.

 

We are so excited for the upcoming Fall season, and to kick things off we’re serving up some color inspiration as Pantone just released their Fall 2017 trending tones. To say we’re inspired is an understatement! In Florida, we have one season/ one temperature {HOT} so we have to give some *snaps* to Pantone for getting us in the Autumn spirit. So, does this mean we can start decorating for Halloween now? (Asking for a friend).

 

 

Pantone’s top colors of Fall 2017!

 

 

 

 

Which Fall trends are you excited for?

  

 

Photo creds- 1. Dandy Details, Ais Portraits, Quantum Leap Winery, Flowers by Lesley, Cami Monet Calligraphy | 2. / 3. Andi Mans, The Branch Orlando, The Acre, Farm & Haus, FL Federation of Garden Clubs
Featured Products: Silver industrial chairs, gold flatware, gold-rimmed glass charger plates, silver scalloped glass charger plates, farm table, ivory pipe & drape

A Tale As Old As Time

Be Our Guest!

 

Okay be honest with us, how many photos is too many photos? We were so inspired by this “Tale As Old As Time” styled-shoot we couldn’t help but share a ton of images. We have a feeling though, that you won’t mind! “There’s no wonder that her name means beauty” with photos like these. We can’t get over how the rich colors play well with the industrial background. Our hearts are all a flutter. Major kudos go out to the entire vendor team for making this happen. It’s true what they say- it takes a village {in a poor, provincial town} 😉

 

 


 

 

La fin. (cue Celine Dion..)

 

 

 

 

The Villagers:

{Narrator} coordination/ design / floral: Jeane Cognac Designs

{Magic mirror} photographer: 28 North Photography

{Dancing} china: Dishie Rentals

{Bleu} linens: Over the Top

{Enchanted furniture} rentals: Bonjour, c’est nous!

{Spell-bound castle} venue: 1010 West

The {not so gray stuff} cake: Bake Me A Cake

{Madame wardrobe} gown: Something New Bridal Boutique

Tress patrol: Shannen D. [Trend Studios]

Belle: Brianna Bennett

Prince Adam: Matthew Bengston

 

 

Featured products:

Gold candelabras, Gold chiavari chairs, Gold-rimmed glass charger plates, Crystal votives, Vintage mirrored cake table, 8ft banquet table

 

Enjoying the Sunset at The Grove Resort & Spa!

A Slice of Paradise…

Pavone Events styled this bright and beautiful styled-shoot at the Grove Resort and Spa, and it was a perfect start to the Summer! Love bloomed against exotic florals and white sandy beaches. See for yourself!

Vendors:

Coordinator/ Designer(s): Pavone Events, Carousel Atelier, Soiree Co.
Photographer: Nima Photography
Venue: Grove Resort & Spa
Floral & Greenery: Lowe and Behold, Greenery Productions
Yummy treats: Couture Cakes by Lia, Florida Candy Buffets
Linen: Connie Duglin
Paper Goods: Themes Come True/ Impressions
Rentals: Hey, that’s us! ♥ and A Chair Affair

Luxe Wedding Experience at Bella Collina!

An evening of wedding bliss!

 

We had so much fun at the Luxe Wedding Experience, hosted at Bella Collina! With stunning views, and amazing vendors it’s not hard to understand why. Couples enjoyed an evening of “wedding bliss” as they talked with local vendors about inspiration for their upcoming nuptials. See for yourself with photos by Concept Photography, and an incredible video by Castaldo Studio!

 

 

The Spring Color Palette!

Blush- The New Neutral!

 

Photo: Amalie Orrange Photography  Floral: Velvet & Twine  Planner: Blush by Brandee Gaar  Dress: Calvet Couture Bridal

From florals to bridesmaid’s dresses, blush is in bloom this Spring! Pantone recently released their Spring 2017 colors to watch and we fell in love with Greenery & Pale Dogwood, a light-pink shade.

We’re dedicating this blog post to “the new neutral,” and how you can incorporate it into your next event. Add it to your décor, place-setting, or lighting options- you could even experiment with blush-colored cocktails. The options are endless!

 

 

Check out some inspirational photos!

 

 

Photo: Amalie Orrange Photography  Floral: Velvet & Twine  Planner: Blush by Brandee Gaar  Dress: Calvet Couture Bridal

 

Photo: Amalie Orrange Photography  Floral: Velvet & Twine  Planner: Blush by Brandee Gaar  Dress: Calvet Couture Bridal

 

Photo: Live Happy Studio  Floral: Weddings by Carly Ane’s

 

Photo: Live Happy Studio  Floral: Wedding by Carly Ane’s  Featured product: Gold-beaded glass charger plate 

 

Photo: Tabitha McCausland   Floral: Wedding by Carly Ane’s  Featured product: Gold-rimmed glass charger plate

 

Photo: Amalie Orrange Photography  Featured products: Gold-beaded glass charger plate, Blush sequin linen

 

Photo: Rudy & Marta  Featured products: Sweetheart farm table, Blush sequin linen, Gold chiavari chairs

 

 

 

Photo: Rudy & Marta  Featured product: Blush sequin linen

 

Photo: Victoria Angela Photography  Dress: Solutions Bridal

 

Photo: Victoria Angela Photography  Featured products: Blush sequin linen, High-back loveseat, Pipe and drape

 

Photo: Shaina Deciryan  Featured products: Clear tent, Farm tables 

 

 

 

Tips for Planning a Corporate Event!

7 Tips to Make Your Next Corporate Bash A Success!

 


Featured: Clear Tent

Corporate events are becoming more & more essential to a company’s marketing strategy. When done right, they help spread the word about a business and how it treats/rewards its customers & its employees. Whether you’re throwing a fundraiser, company shindig, or private party, we have some tips to simplify the planning process!

 

 

•Identify the “What”•

-Establish what you’re wanting to achieve at the event. Whether it be to raise funds or launch a new product, setting these goals ahead of time can help you decide on a budget, not to mention, a venue. Knowing what you want to spend allows you to decide what elements are most important to you, for instance, do you want a guest speaker? Do you want the latest technology? Answering these questions early allows for safe and easy planning!

 

•Choose the “Where”•

-Select a venue that reflects your goals! The new club in town may seem hip & trendy but if you’re trying to host an event to educate employees, a club might not be the best choice. Once your venue is set, everything else can fall in to place! We recommend choosing a venue as soon as you know what you’re willing to spend. Check out our blog on Downtown Orlando venues for inspiration!

 

•Make a Plan; Establish the “How”•

How are you going to make sure your event goes off with out a hitch? By avoiding the assumption that everything will go perfectly! Schedule a site visit with your vendor team & have back-up plans for your back-up plans.

 

•Spread the Word!•

– Utilize social media to build excitement leading up to the event. Also, consider making an email campaign targeted towards fellow vendors to advertise your shindig. On the day/night of the event, make it social with a custom Snapchat filter, a Photobooth, and/or a Live stream. Share those photos & make folks wish they were there! Be sure to check out our Photobooth, here!

 

•Relax & Stay Awhile•

-Consider adding lounge furniture to your seating options. Not only is it on trend, but guests have the chance to relax & stay awhile rather than being confined to a table and chair set-up. Check out our lounge furniture options to see what all the buzz is about!

 

•Make it Creative•

-A corporate event doesn’t need to feel like work. Break the mold & create an event that’s fun and interactive. Not only will your guests appreciate it, but you’ll make a lasting impression on fellow vendors & even the competition!

 

•Debrief•

-Alright, you’ve survived and your event was a success! See what your guests thought by conducting a survey and consider giving those who respond, a little reward for taking the time to do so. Talk with your team and gather ideas for future corporate functions plus, see what expectations you all exceeded! This feedback can be invaluable when planning your next event.

 

 

 

Check out this video of the ARA “The Rental Show 2017!”

 

 

Lakehouse Open House!

A lakeside venue full of cool vibes!

 

February has definitely been a busy month for us and we started it off right with the Lakehouse Open House! We got to chat with fellow vendors and provide rentals for not only a styled-shoot, but for a ceremony & reception set-up as well. Guests got to see the many possibilities of this venue’s space and the view didn’t hurt either! We’ve had the pleasure of visiting this venue in the past for Frankie’s Dirty Thirty so we were excited to come back for this special event. From business meetings to weddings & social events, Lakehouse has it all! Check out some of the photos from the open house, below!

 

 

 

Featured products: Elios benches, Silver industrial chairs, Sheer pipe & drape, Black chiavari chairs & cushions, Silver-rimmed glass charger plates, & Grey linen 

 

Vendors:

Venue: Lakehouse
Photography: Ais Portraits
Styling & Coordination: Dandy Details
Florals: Flower Girl Designs & In Bloom
Desserts & Catering: Canvas Restaurant
Dress: Calvet Couture
Calligraphy & Paper Goods: Cami Monet Watercolor & Calligraphy