Planning

Pros to Hiring an Event Planner

Should I hire an Event Planner?

Ask yourself:  Is your time more valuable than your sanity? I know we’ve all had that question come to mind at least once in our life, and often in hindsight. We can look back at an event and take joy and pride in the accomplishment, but at the same time be relieved it is over.

We’ve told you how to be more organized when putting a function together, is there a way to make it even easier on yourself? Whether the event is personal or work related, the main objective is doing it… Continue reading

Are You Planning a Retro Wedding?

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Unique and memorable weddings will never go out of style, but today’s engaged couples are resurrecting some trends from the past and incorporating them into their modern day “I do’s”. We found these trends to be rather memorable. Take your personality and style and make them uniquely yours. Pulling from trends dating back as far as the 20’s, vintage and retro weddings are lavish, whether done simply or extravagantly.
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Fall hats are a fun way to compliment an outfit and make a lovely addition to an already unique bridal party. As we see in current fashion, fedoras are not… Continue reading

How to Choose a Corporate Holiday Party Venue

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When choosing a corporate holiday party venue, a hotel seems to be a go-to place. When it comes to corporate parties and conferences, however, there seems to be some pro’s and con’s to that idea. I wanted to take a moment to tell you two stories about businesses, one who chose a hotel as their corporate holiday party venue and one who didn’t, and why.

The Hotel Corporate Holiday Party Venue

I met a business client who would book a hotel for his staff as their annual corporate holiday party venue. Each staff member and their partner were treated to a dinner in a private dining area and after the evening’s activities, could retire to their rooms.

While his staff was captive at dinner, he would give a “state of the company” address and present awards. When done, he would head to his room early and allow the staff to enjoy the dining area and drinks (on their own dime) as long as they wanted. After the dining area closed, the hotel offered a bar with music, and the staff could dance and enjoy the hotel. He didn’t worry about staff driving home drunk, especially with the winter weather outside.

The employer gave the staff an experience and it was something some of them looked forward to every year, while others were a bit indifferent. (It seems this would be true of any perk an employer were to give.) The problem with the hotel corporate holiday party venue concept was that some staff, given the permission to drink as much as they wanted, shifted the business experience to “less than professional”. Additionally, the next morning, some staff (and their partners), were pretty sick from their night of partying. Continue reading

Holiday Party Checklist

Let’s Get Ready to Party for the Holidays! A Holiday Party Checklist
The fall hQuebec Place Holiday Partyolidays are right around the corner. Corporate holiday parties, family gatherings, New Year’s celebrations with friends… they will all be happening before you know it. What do you need to be ready? This checklist will guide your holiday parties to make them a success!
Holiday Party Checklist: 6-8 Weeks Out
Set a date and announce it. People are busy, busy, so get the date out there so your invitees can save it, and prepare, if needed.
Create your guest list, set a theme and a… Continue reading