Summer Travel to Sandals Resorts

Summer Travel to Sandals Resorts

Summer means travel! There are so many reasons for a little getaway. Whether you are planning your romantic honeymoon, a family vacation, or just a weekend with the girls, we have you covered. We recently began working with Sandals Luxury Vacations to help you plan the most relaxing trip you could ever imagine. Make those dreams come true! Where to Travel To? Did you know Sandals has 16 locations in the Caribbean? Jamaica, Bermuda, Grenada, Antigua, Saint Lucia and Barbados house the exclusive locations to these stunning resorts. Travel to the bluest waters and most beautiful view for your ultimate getaway. What Kind of Vacation? Looking to just get some rest and relaxation, or planning to bring the family for a fun getaway? Sandals vacations are great for a trip to just get away from home. Enjoy scuba diving and other water sports. Golf, tours, and entertainment can be booked ahead of time so your family or best girlfriends can travel with peace of mind that there will be something to do every day between sessions of lounging by the pool. Weddings & Honeymoons There’s no surprise why Sandals Resorts were voted “Top All–Inclusive Resorts for Honeymoons” by BRIDES magazine. All-inclusive packages are available to create the most luxurious and worry-free experience. Enjoy the champagne chilling in your room and a variety of restaurant options for the most romantic dining. Couple’s activities and spa treatments will make your first days of marriage truly memorable.   Book...
Spring Fling | Event Planning Expert Tips

Spring Fling | Event Planning Expert Tips

The wakening of Spring brings forth so many traditions to pull us out of our winter shell. Annual Spring Fling events make their way onto our calendars in March and April. How do you make your event a unique experience to remember? We have the expert event planning tips. Up-lighting. As you may know, Events By Deb is offering up-lighting services in 2018. With competitive pricing and full set up and break down, we love the effects up-lighting adds to our events. A great way to incorporate Pantone’s color of the year, ultra violet, into your Spring Fling is by adding up-lighting to main areas of your venue. Creative hors d’oeuvres. Keep refreshments modern. Renting a food truck or mobile caterer that can set up stations for pizzas, sandwich bites, and sides are inexpensive and diverse. Having finger food stations will keep attendees moving and dancing, while cutting costs on dishes, linens, and formal catering staff. Spring Fling Favors. Photo booth services have come a long way since they hit the social scene a couple years back. With the integration of backgrounds, filters, props, and digital copies – having a photo booth at your event is trending now more than ever! As an easy party favor and forever memory in print, set up a booth and allow the guests to take their close up!   Need help planning a Spring Fling event? We have you covered! Inquire to see how we can assist you with a bundled service of event planning, decor, and...
Meeting Trends for 2018

Meeting Trends for 2018

What’s trending? Earlier this month, we talked about planning corporate events & parties. In case you missed it, check out the blog here! To go along with this topic, we wanted to touch on meeting trends for 2018. We get asked all the time to help plan office parties, large corporate gatherings, or tips on putting together a quality and enjoyable meeting atmosphere. In an industry that focuses on milestones, we like to plan events for these smaller victories, too! No matter your profession, at one point you have had to attend a meeting. Focus on Technology. Using digital media has been a meeting staple, but now all focus will be on the big screen. Don’t get stuck in dated methods, switch over to the screens. You’ll save paper and hold attention longer a little longer than classic binder presentations. Many companies are distributing tablets for agenda notes and revving up the creative displays of concepts. Facilitate focus. Refreshments can be a great addition to meetings. Create an informal discussion portion where the meeting attendees can help themselves to coffee and light snacks. Invite thoughts and opinions on an open forum basis while reviving staff with creative bites and catering. Follow Up. A lot of buzz can occur after a meeting. Follow up with staff with a follow up to prompt additional discussion and thoughts on your topics. This is also great as an agenda reminder, highlighting key points and asking for attendees to think beyond the initial...
Trends for Corporate Events & Parties in 2018

Trends for Corporate Events & Parties in 2018

Planning a corporate event can require a little extra attention to detail. These types of parties have to reflect professionalism and stick to a tight budget. These events also cater to a large group with a specific theme. To lift morale and celebrate achievements within an office environment, planning a corporate event may seem overwhelming! Location, location! The best corporate events and parties are held in a location that is not the office. The change of environment is a necessary expense that will set the event apart from the regular work week. Choosing a venue that facilitates chairs and tables, and even offers catering packages, is the best way to execute a change of scenery. Don’t put in more work than you have to! Many locations can combine packages of different vendors to the type of event you’re looking to host. Go digital. A major benefit to hiring an audio and visual expert is the seamless use of technology to keep material accessible. Music to allow guests to mingle and the easy switch to any presentation or special recognition videos will integrate information in an exciting way. Plan a Takeaway. A well thought out corporate event will leave all attendees with a take away. This could be a clever piece of marketing material integrated into a bulk purchased item they will use like pens, notepads, etc. Personalizing materials will add a unique gift that will continue to spark creativity and ideas past the event. Virtual Content. With smartphones and tablets always on hand, utilizing virtual content such as check ins and contests can set your corporate event apart. Inspire...
High School Prom | Event Planning Expert Tips

High School Prom | Event Planning Expert Tips

Prom is an iconic time in any teen’s life. There are so many essential pieces that come together to make this event happen! Prom-posals The trend of prom proposal has become a popular right of passage to prom. These elaborate and charming occasions can yield just as much excitement as the prom itself! Taking this to the next level can require some guidance. We love planning these magical moments! Some great ideas are hiring a band or arranging a romantic carriage ride. Flowers The corsage and boutonnière are staples of prom flowers. Choosing matching colors and and arrangement that suits your date’s style are key points in executing the perfect prom night. Roses are a traditional option available in a variety of colors for a timeless look. Exotic orchids are trending for prom flowers in bright, bold color selections. Set Up & Decor This is our speciality! Setting up a prom and creating the scene that transforms the space and translates into an inspiring evening. We offer uplighting services that can add warmth and ambiance to any space whether you choose to go with a venue or area of the school. Our design team can work with any theme and provide guidance on staying in budget for decor. We also are experts on setting up and breaking down seating, centerpieces, and florals. Having Events By Deb on site to coordinate vendors such as DJ and catering will make the flow of your school’s prom simple. Create a night to remember with Events By...
WeddingWire 2018 Couple Choice Award

WeddingWire 2018 Couple Choice Award

We won! We are overjoyed to announce for the second year in a row we have been selected for the WeddingWire 2018 Couple Choice Award. This award comes with a great investment in Events By Deb and our clients. As we take our stride in 2018, you may recall our announcement of all the new services we are offering. Just one small part of our mission is to provide the best and most inclusive variety of event and wedding necessities. We want to be able to provide quick and reliable advice, recommendations, and in-house services to make your event go off without a hitch. What’s New: Officiant Services Uplighting Services Vacation & Honeymoon Services via Sandals Planner/Bridal Mentoring Classes Stay tuned for more information on what’s to come and don’t miss our 2018 overview blog...
Creating A Budget For Your Event | Event Planning Expert Tips

Creating A Budget For Your Event | Event Planning Expert Tips

Your first step in any event planning should be to set the budget. This will allow a much smoother process moving forward as you book vendors and make purchases. It can feel a little overwhelming at first to pin down exactly how much to spend and what to make major allowances on while laying out your vision. With a clear budget in mind, planning your event will become a much simpler task! Where to begin?  We like to stick to the main points: the who, what, where type questions. What is the type of event you are planning? How many people will be on the guest list? Where is the venue for your event? These three key points will determine the bulk of your budget. What is your event? The money needed to create an amazing birthday party is far less than a grand wedding. This may seem like an obvious answer, but take it a step further and determine what kind of event. Are you aiming for an upscale retirement party? A modern wedding? A boho-chic birthday bash? How many attendees? Your guest list total will create the logistics of catering, seating, and how much space you need. The next questions following will have a lot to do with how many people you will be accommodating. 20 people versus 200 makes a big difference on where to allot your spending. What is your venue? Securing a location should always be one of the first steps in your event planning process. Your other vendors will need to charge travel and services accordingly. Often, your venue may want to take...
Countdown To Success | Event Planner Expert Tips

Countdown To Success | Event Planner Expert Tips

As we embark on a brand new year, we all adjust our goals to fit the timeline we have set up. No matter what kind of event you are planning, having a month by month countdown with achievable milestones will keep you stress-free and in line for success. Time to break out the calendar. Whether you use a pen to paper planner or rely solely on the calendar on your phone, marking specific dates to hold yourself accountable will help you A LOT in the long run.  What date is your event? What vendors have you already booked? We just saw many engagements on our Facebook over the holidays which gives you a fresh map to success. 10-12 Months Before Event Collect inspiration images and determine the budget. This is the best time to hire an event planner to keep you on track and answer any big questions if you have never planned an event before. Organize names and addresses for your guest list. 8-10 Months Before Event Time to establish goals and objectives. Your date should be chosen. Next, research and book your venue. Our last blog went over creating a budget. In that blog we detailed the big questions such as where the event is being held, how many guests are attending, and what kind of event & theme you are envisioning. Book your florist, caterer, photographer, DJ or musicians.. 6-8 Months Before Event Book additional vendors such as hair and make up and rentals. Planning a wedding? Choose your wedding dress and cake! Create a registry. Book hotel rooms and a honeymoon. The Last 6 Months...
What To Look For in 2018 Events & Weddings!

What To Look For in 2018 Events & Weddings!

Officiant Services – Starting at $175-$200 We are excited to announce our very own Deb has been ordained as a Minister! We will be offered Officiant and Premarital Counseling in North and South Carolina. The flow of your ceremony depends on your wedding officiant. We aim to offer services that relieve the stress of choosing the perfect person for this important role. Traditionally, an officiant drafts the ceremony based on your unique relationship, pulling inspiration from details on how you met, your personalities, and your core beliefs. By arriving early and preparing with you for the precessional, the overall experience of your guests and introduction of speakers of your choosing, an emotional time is made seamless. Most importantly, the signing of the marriage license is completed by your officiant. Uplighting Services – $25 Per Light (Minimum 4 Lights) Many venues remain plainly decorated with white walls so they can cater to any client’s decor. An easy way to bring your theme into fruition is by uplighting. This service allows lighting to point upwards from the floor to cover wall space with the ambiance of glowing color. Creating a mood and cohesive color scheme with lighting is a stunning way to add warmth and personality to your venue! Our service will include set up, breakdown, and travel. Vacation & Honeymoon Services via Sandals After spending so much time putting together your dream wedding day, your honeymoon should fall effortlessly into place. Every year we have so many clients ask for our advice for vacation and honeymoon planning tips we decided to offer these services via Sandals so you truly get...
Year In Review

Year In Review

With more than 17 events this year, all we can say is, 2017 was amazing! I give thanks to my awesome clients for hiring me and sharing your awesome families with us. I also give thanks to all my hubby, family, volunteers and helpers this year. You’ve done a lot and I’m grateful for all you’ve done to help me have a successful year! Special shout outs to: Sandra Burson, Crystal Patterson, Charon Pilgrim, Melissa Stitt, Stephanie Vinson, Donna Barden, Donna Gasper, Anissa Burton, Stephaine Silas, Michelle Holland, Nicole Smith and Wanda Soloman. To our fellow vendors: You have all been amazing and I look forward to our partnership in 2018! Our 2017 Events: Honorable 2017 Events (Not Pictured) Celebration of Life – November 18th Sean Grim’s Surprise 50th Bday party – Dec 9th 50th Vow Renewal Mr.& Mrs. Kearney – Dec 22nd We are excited to work with our 2018 Clients! Kayleigh & Justin April Wedding Amanda Baker’s 50th Birthday party Lake Norman Prom May Event Zakiyyah & Donovan May Wedding Haley & Steven August Wedding Jessica & Terrance Sept Wedding What an amazing year! We took a role in planning proms, business events, birthdays, socials, and of course, weddings! We love all our clients and are so grateful to be included in their special events, families, and hearts. We look forward to the upcoming year and have some great new services coming your way. Stay tuned! To inquire about your 2018 Event – complete the form...