Resources

A carefully curated collection of essential articles, vendors and inspiration for planning your event.

Topics for 2015 include Planning a Wedding, Planning a Corporate Event, Planning a Social Event, Event Planners, Wedding Photographers, Vendors and Suppliers.

HAPPENINGS PARTY RENTALS

LOCATED IN COLLINGWOOD, ONTARIO

Happenings Party Rentals has served the special event market in and around the Georgian Triangle with innovative ideas and events for over 25 years. By keeping current with the new trends in the special events industry and by continually educating ourselves, we provide our clients with superior customer service, quality rental inventory, and invaluable party planning knowledge. 

Call us today and our event rental specialists will be happy to assist you in creating unique and memorable ‘Happenings’ for your next special event!


ELITE PARTY RENTALS

LOCATED IN BARRIE, ONTARIO

We are your headquarters for all your event planning. Elite Party Rentals is a  company designed to give you the ability to put your function together in one place, whether it is a small, intimate dinner, or a large affair. Elite Party Rentals is committed to a high level of customer service, and satisfaction is always top priority.
 

Our mission is to bring you the best in quality, service, and selection of all rentals. We are here to make your event successful, and stress free. At Elite Party Rentals, every job is a self portrait of the people who did it. We autograph our work with excellence!


TIFFANY PARTY RENTALS

LOCATED IN BARRIE, ONTARIO

Whether your corporate event is strictly business or mixing business with pleasure, you’re in good hands with Tiffany Party Rentals. We work with a network of other professionals to make it all exactly right. All this for a surprisingly small impact on your bottom line.

We're here to help you throw a great party! Tents, canopies, tables, chairs and a whole lot more! Stop into our showroom to see all the items we have to make your next event enjoyable and easy!


5 TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

LOCATED IN A WEBSITE

Engagement photos will be one of the first things on your to-do list when planning your wedding. It’s about capturing your personality as a couple, and a moment in time that you’ll both remember forever.

All of it can be overwhelming, but your engagement photos can also be one of the more playful and fun things you’ll get to do during the whole process. The most successful engagement sessions are the ones that tell the story of the couple, and there are so many things you can do to achieve that. The most important thing to remember is to keep it simple. Don’t overthink the details, and make sure to let yourself shine in the moment. Keep this in mind when considering your outfits, locations and props.


6 SIGNS YOU'RE TOO STRESSED OVER WEDDING PLANNING

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You know wedding planning has taken over your life when these things start happening.

1. You're using your lunch hour to run wedding errands...instead of eating.

Skipping meals is bad news for your mood -- and more important, your wedding fitness plan! It can lead to exaggerated emotions, amped-up stress and an overall dark cloud over your head (sound familiar?). Basically, making a habit of planning instead of lunching is a lose-lose. Set a limit on how often you can swap your salad for a wedding task. "I decided that only one lunch per week was allowed to be wedding-related and the rest needed to be a break," says Chelsea, a user on TheKnot.com...


9 CREATIVE WAYS TO DISPLAY COMPANY LOGOS AT EVENTS

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Today’s event planner is expected to ‘think outside the box’ and create unique experiences rather than run-of-the-mill corporate events. One of the main criteria that event planners must decide upon is where and how to display company logos at events. As expectations grow – and audiences and clients demand more ‘wow factor’ experiences – so every element of an event must be well thought out and individually tailored to an event.

Just relying on banners and flyers to be a sufficient way of displaying a logo is out of the question if you want your event to really stand out. Branded goody bags and logoed photo walls are no longer ‘new’ ideas. With the use of interactive technology, new ideas, entertainment and plenty of creativity, event planners can ensure that company logos are displayed in a variety of ways; some clever or modern and others simply mind-blowing!
 


HOW TO ENSURE YOUR CORPORATE EVENT COMES OFF WITHOUT A HITCH

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There are many moving parts that take place when planning a corporate event. You want the event to come across as educational, inspirational, informative and, most importantly, enjoyable for those who attend the event. Nobody really understands the hard work that happens behind the scenes when planning a corporate event.

There are numerous daunting tasks, checklists, vendors to wrangle and manage, and steps from beginning to end to get through while keeping your cool and making sure everything gets completed on time and seamlessly. Here are a few ways any Event Planner can ensure your corporate event comes off without a hitch!


THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF CORPORATE EVENT PLANNING

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They say you can never be too organized. Warning – if you’re anything but too organized corporate event planning, or any other type of event planning may not be your cup of tea. 

As an event planner for over ten years, I’ve found the most successful way for staying organized when planning a corporate event is to come prepared with what I deem the holy grail of the events world – a corporate event survival guide.

A complete checklist and how-to guide for anyone preparing to plan a full-blown corporate event. 


5 TECHNOLOGIES EVERYONE IN EVENT MANAGEMENT SHOULD BE USING

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Many event planning professionals are looking for tools that make their life easier and their event planning efforts more organized and hassle free. Here are five useful technologies that will make your event management experience a much more pleasant one.


WHY YOU SHOULD MEET YOUR EVENT PLANNER IN PERSON

LOCATED IN A WEBSITE

If you are selecting someone to oversee the creation of a major event, whether it's an awards reception or a business conference, then you are delegating a major responsibility. Understanding that you need help with event planning makes it all the easier to see the value in scheduling a face to face meeting with the planner. Here are some reasons why those meetings are so crucial.

 

Building Rapport and Trust

While it is possible to build rapport using email or telephone calls, it does take more time and effort. When the planning needs to get underway immediately, an initial face to face meeting goes a long way towards establishing that rapport. Meeting at the start of the planning makes it easier to relax, and trust that the work is in the hands of someone who knows what he or she is doing...


EVENTS BY PARRIS

LOCATED IN TORONTO, ONTARIO

Events By Parris creates, plans and executes exceptional corporate and personal events for local, national and international clients. Creativity and style are apparent in every aspect of our events which include small, intimate gatherings to fabulously, large extravaganzas.

Katherine Parris and her team of event planners partner and collaborate with you to ensure the integrity of your vision and the success of your events, delivering customized services to unique clients. Creativity and style are apparent in every aspect of our events. Our years of experience and consistently meeting and exceeding our clients’ expectations have earned us both trust and respect in the industry and an extensive track record of success in both the private and public sector. We deliver exceptional service and results.


42 TIPS FOR PRODUCING A MEMORABLE SMALL BUSINESS EVENT

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Memorable events don’t just happen.  Organizing and holding an event takes planning. Whether it’s a conference, seminar or a customer appreciation day, and whether you have three weeks to plan or an entire year, your event’s success is in the details. We’ve collected 42 small business event planning tips from the experts, including some of the organizers of the annual Small Business Influencer Awards.


HOW TO PLAN A CORPORATE EVENT

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Whether you are a professional planner or you got stuck with the task for your business, knowing how to plan a corporate event can be a tricky endeavor to ensure that you cover all of the details. From food, to location, to atmosphere and more, the perfect event takes planning and effort to come off seamlessly.

Step 1: Conceptualize your big idea, a.k.a. come up with your theme.

  • Whether you are doing a cocktail party, a workshop or the company picnic, setting a theme gives the tone of the event and gives you a starting point when picking your food, your music, your decor and more.
  • Make sure that your theme is appropriate to the crowd for which you are planning. You can find a large variety of theme ideas online to get you started.

2015 WEDDING INVITATION LINE

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Minted’s 2015 line of wedding invites is here! The new designs basically encompass everything we love about wedding design this year: flirty florals, hand-painted details, gold (or rose gold or silver) foil, and lots more—here’s a peek ...


DISTINCT OCCASIONS

LOCATED IN TORONTO, ONTARIO

Our team of Planners of Once-in-a-Lifetime Awesomeness are here to make your wedding dreams a reality. We each bring a unique sense of style, creativity and fun to your big day.

We are strong believers in marriage. A wedding is just the launchpad for the start of a new adventure. It should be intimate, romantic and a whole lot of fun. You don’t have to break tradition to make it yours. You need to own what you love. Be who you are. Celebrate this moment; this love.

We dream of weddings and celebrations filled with colour, awesome details, moments and memories worth remembering. We enjoy delicious food, a great champagne (or scotch) and lots of gorgeous blooms. We think that fun is fabulous and you should have the wedding you want - at home or abroad.

Love stories are once-in-a-lifetime - so too should be your wedding.


SPLASH EVENTS & DECOR

LOCATED IN MIDLAND, ONTARIO

Splash Events is an award winning full service business creating stylish weddings, corporate events and unique celebrations for more than 20 years.

Understanding the clients wishes and desires is our top priority. Jaime Crouch and his team of professionals transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Splash Events has become synonymous with style, creativity and vision with attention detail. 

SPLASH Events is a full service Award Winning Event Business. 

Our team of professionals specialize in the the productionof Weddings, Special Events, Private Functions, Entertainment, DJ, Decor, Lighting, Linens, Draping, Floral Design, Photography, Event Management, Catering, Staffing, Limousine Service, Cakes, Sweets, Destination Weddings, Bridal Fashions, Men's Fashion, Hair, Make Up, Gift Registry, Tented Weddings, Unique Events and Destination Weddings. 
 


2015 MEETING AND EVENT TRENDS FOR EVENT PLANNERS

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Each year the experts break out the crystal ball and predict what will be new and innovative event trends in the upcoming year. The meeting and event industry is especially exciting. The rate at which technology changes, and event trends develop is staggering. In general, some new developments will help planners plan better, be more creative and engage attendees more. Other developments will help venues and other stakeholders. In this post, I’m addressing a handful of predictions that stand out.

EVENTS AS COMMUNITIES

Events are no longer a two or three-day project, but create a community that starts before the event begins and continues indefinitely after. Planners must think about a much longer lifecycle of their events than ever before. More are using technology to extend that lifecycle. The biggest barrier to the emergence of these connected communities is that planners may not have time to manage these communities as they are moving on to planning the next event. As this event trend develops, planners will have to incorporate strategies to manage these communities ...


MIKE GUILBAULT PHOTOGRAPHY

LOCATED IN ELMVALE, ONTARIO

For over 25 years Mike Guilbault Photography has provided award winning wedding photography to couples from Barrie and Orillia, to Midland and Collingwood.  Accredited by the Professional Photographers of Canada in Environmental Wedding Photography as well as Engagement (couples) Portraiture, you can rest assured that Mike will work with you, before, during and long after your wedding to make your treasured memories all you want them to be.