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Ep. 7: It’s All About The Photos

Alex welcomes Jerry Hayes of Jerry Hayes Photography, Sara Champagne of My Event is The Bomb and Caitlin McWeeney of Caitlin McWeeney Photography.  Alex and guests discuss the art of event photography – before, during and after.  What can clients do to guarantee that great memories are captured at the event?  Alex gives a shoutout to the SAY Foundation (SAY.org) and George Springer of the Houston Astros.

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For more information, visit www.rentmyevent.com or @rentmyeventcom on Instagram.

Music: Roos – https://soundcloud.com/roos

Ep. 6: No Venue Is Created Equal…and We Discuss Why

Alex returns to where it all began and welcomes guests Brandon Badillo and Chelsea Mansfield of FBR Management and Tacy Infante of Meritage Events.  Join us for this special on-location recording in downtown Austin, Texas, for this week’s episode!  Alex and guests discuss the challenging process of selecting an event venue and what every client should know upfront.  No venue is created equal and we discuss why.

Be sure to subscribe to Chat My Event for new episodes every week.  Submit your *OMG* event moments via hashtag #omgALEX.

For more information, visit www.rentmyevent.com or @rentmyeventcom on Instagram.

Music: Roos – https://soundcloud.com/roos

Ep. 5: When Tragedy Strikes…Guest Safety and Security

Alex welcomes guests Scott King and Jason Riggs of Gatekeeper Support Services and Steve Richter from Five Star Support Services.  Alex and guests discuss the recent terrorist attack at a concert venue in Manchester and how it affected the event industry.  What preventative measures can event professionals take to protect their guests?

No event is too small or too big to implement safety and security.

Be sure to subscribe to Chat My Event for new episodes every week.  Submit your *OMG* event moments via hashtag #omgALEX.

For more information, visit www.rentmyevent.com or @rentmyeventcom on Instagram.

Music: Roos – https://soundcloud.com/roos

Ep. 4: All about Weddings …. Royal, Adventurous, & Saving the Day!

Alex welcomes guests Cheryl Bailey, of Yellow Umbrella Events, and Lauren Chumbley and Kristi DePew of Eclipse Event Company.  Alex and guests discuss wedding rescue stories that no one will ever forget.  How far will someone go for the ultimate wedding?

Be sure to subscribe to Chat My Event for new episodes every week.  Submit your *OMG* event moments via hashtag #omgALEX.

For more information, visit www.rentmyevent.com or @rentmyeventcom on Instagram.

Music: Roos – https://soundcloud.com/roos

Ep. 3: Lawsuits, Event Design and Emergencies

Alex welcomes guests Brian Dawson and Katherine McCommon, Managing Partners at Intelligent Lighting Design.  Brian and Katherine discuss controversial approaches to event design, while Alex mentions a $1.8 million dollar lawsuit that everyone’s talking about.

Be sure to subscribe to Chat My Event for new episodes every week.  Submit your *OMG* event moments via hashtag #omgALEX.

For more information, visit www.rentmyevent.com or @rentmyeventcom on Instagram.  Music: Roos – https://soundcloud.com/roos

Ep. 2: Music Festivals – The Good…and the Bad

Alex welcomes guests Callie Ogden of EventVines, Cara Fischer of FBR Management, and T.J. McAloon of Inspire Pro Wrestling.  What happened at the Fyre Festival in the Bahamas?  Alex and guests share their feedback on how to optimize the festival experience for all attendees.

Be sure to subscribe to Chat My Event for new episodes every week!

Submit your *OMG* event moments via hashtag #omgALEX.

For more information, visit www.rentmyevent.com.  Music: Roos – https://soundcloud.com/roos

Ep. 1: What is Chat My Event?

Host Alex Stivers welcomes Katherine McCommon, co-producer, as they introduce their inspiration behind the podcast.  What do top event planners have to say about the event trends that need to GO — or STAY?  Alex shares a peculiar sight he witnessed as well as shocking news coming out of the Bahamas.

Be sure to subscribe to Chat My Event for new episodes every week!

Submit your *OMG* event moments via hashtag #omgALEX.

For more information, visit www.rentmyevent.com or visit @rentmyeventcom on Instagram.  Music: Roos – https://soundcloud.com/roos

{Ask Allison}: Transform Your Tent – From Drab to Fab

{Ask Allison}: Transform Your Tent – From Drab to Fab

Four Ways To Transform a Tent

 

There are many ways to create a transformative event using AV and lighting design. For Intelligent Lighting Design, transformative events is our specialty. Adding uplighting to the perimeter of the room can create the mood for guests. The color “amber”, for example, adds a illusion of warmth to an event space. ILD offers wireless lights that are remote controlled so the client can have the lights switched to a brighter, more fun color during the dancing portion.

 

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photo by Jenny DeMarco / featuring our uplighting and Versailles chandeliers

Other elements that can be added to create more dimension to an event are chandeliers, grapevine globes, lanterns, and even pinspots. These elements can create focal areas for the guests that catch everyone’s eye and transform the space from a square room to an atmospheric experience. The variety of chandeliers that ILD has ranges from romantic and elegant chandeliers to jaw dropping Versailles chandeliers. Pinspots can create a focal point for cakes, special ceremonies, and where the couples are seated. These are just some of the ways the ILD can transform a tent from drab, to fab.

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photo by Jerry Hayes / featuring our Sparkle chandeliers and pinspots

{Cait’s Captures}: Gala Material

{Cait’s Captures}: Gala Material

See what a little Sparkle can do to your décor.

Upgrade your wedding to a gala feel that your guests will love and adore. Have a look at The 2016 Crystal Ball Gala for the Helping Hands organization. This elegantly planned event utilized the lighting from our Sparkle, Versailles, and Pearl chandeliers to illuminate the space.

Did you know? The Crystal Ball Gala is a fundraiser that benefits the organization Helping Hand Home for children. HHH provides a nurturing and therapeutic home for children who have suffered severe abuse and neglect. ILD is grateful to have participated in an event that supports this cause. The Crystal Ball Gala is a 71-year running event and this year raised $1 million dollars–HHH’s largest earning fundraiser yet. The proceeds will support therapeutic treatment and services, enrichment activities and education services for children living at HHH.

We asked ILD’s event design and Lighting Design Specialist, Michael McGuire, to share his design process for this extravagant event. “The client came to us a year in advance with only a concept,” said Michael. After the designer-client consultation, Michael used a pen and paper to draw a 3D visual of different designs that incorporated our chandeliers. “The chandeliers were critical to the concept, all the décor and scenic elements were designed around the chandeliers.” During the “design phase, once we collaborated to find the right mix, the client made use of our entire inventory.” From there, everything fell into place and the elegant-garden party concept became the event the client had envisioned.

(Photos by: Jerry Hayes Photography- http://www.jerryhayesphoto.com)

{Cait’s Catch}: Dimes & Diamonds, Budget Lighting – Saving money never looked so extravagant

{Cait’s Catch}: Dimes & Diamonds, Budget Lighting
Saving money never looked so extravagant.

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When I usually think of budget I think of settling.  Settling in the aspect of essentially trading my wants for being more practical in a financial manner. As we all know putting together elaborate events, such as weddings, figures can really add up. There seems to always be a constant struggle between what to sacrifice: the bank or that diamond infused-satin tablecloth. Well sacrifice no more; thankfully, there are ways to keep your bank a float with that diamond infused-satin tablecloth. If you want that “diamond infused-sating tablecloth” look just take a glance at your lighting. There are various ways one can use lighting to enhance the ambiance of the event. For example, try adding candlelight, the least expensive option, to the décor. One step up would be to use festoon lighting (string café lights) to set the tone. If you have a little more room, this would be the ideal option, is to go ahead and acquire a lighting designer. They are experts at picking the right kind and color of lighting to create the desired glow. The take away is this: when managing the budget for the event at hand spend less money on other décor aspects and more on lighting. Budget lighting is more cost effective than having more diamonds in your centerpieces. Lighting is a huge and critical factor when creating that extravagant atmosphere you and the guests will love.

 

 

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