Wait!!! You Did WHAT With That Lemon??

So I was on my way to an event when I realized I had a run in my tights.  WTH Lord Why Meeeeeeee (dramatic I know) was what I said as I felt the 10 degree wind seeping through the tiny holes onto my skin. I immediately dove into my pocketbook arsenal and pulled out my clear nail polish which temporarily saved the evening.  When I got home I wondered what other everyday items could be used to save me in a cinch when attending an event.  Check out my top 5 items that will change your life forever 🙂  Continue reading

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Go Ahead… Help Yourself!

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I found myself watching Four Weddings on TLC tonight and one of the competing brides had a bacon bar at her wedding.  Yes you read that right… BACON! Although I do not eat pork, I thought that was pretty cool and original.  Contrary to popular belief, not every bar has to serve alcohol. Why not spice up your next shindig with these cute non-alcoholic bar ideas (To go along with your regular bar of course 😉 ) BON APPETIT!

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If These Event Walls Could Talk…

No matter the size of an event, 5 to 50,000 attendees, there are always people working diligently to make sure that event goes off without a hitch.  The attendees usually have no clue who these people are, as they are behind the scenes working like Santa and his elves making miracles happen with the point of a finger and the stroke of a pen.

Networks such as WeTV, Bravo, TLC etc., have removed the masks from some of these mythical magicians and pulled back the curtains so that the every day person can see what it truly takes to execute an event.  While these shows are based in the truth, most of them walk the fine line between fiction and the hard truth because they edit out the “raw” realities of working in the industry.

After speaking to a few friends in the events world, it’s obvious that everyone has interesting stories, words of advice and cautionary tales to share regarding working in this truly stressful yet rewarding environment. They know the raw reality and they are ready to share it (Well some of it… can’t give away all the secrets ;)).

Meet Janine Miller

I’ve known Janine for many years and can confidently say that she rarely has anything less than a smile on her face! She works in a fast paced ever-changing environment yet manages to make it seem like she waves her magical wand and gets stuff DONE! She definitely has more than a few stories and tips to share with people interested in entering event planning or curious about what really goes on behind the scenes while you are enjoying your filet and chicken entree.

janine millerWhere are you currently employed and what do you do?

I work at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios in the Communications and Event Marketing department.

How did you get into the event marketing industry?

Having worked on the media and agency side of public relations in the past, I found that  assisting with events, RSVPs, meet and greets, floor lay-outs, booking hotel/venue blocks etc., came along with the role. Being that it was a part of my day-to-day, I naturally became interested in seeing an event through from beginning to end. In the process I transitioned from communications to a more media relations and event marketing focus.

What is the craziest thing you were asked to do for or during an event?

I was asked to work on an event with less than 24 hours notice. Oh, and did I mention it was in another state?!

What do you find difficult about working in this field?

Long hours and my being on my feet!  It usually takes a good 6-8 months out to plan most events while others are at the drop of a hat. A lot of work and long hours go into planning an event.  In addition to the long hours, I am always running around (never in comfortable shoes – ahhh the life of Corporate America!) and your feet are very angry with you towards the end of the night!

What is something that you deal with as an event planner that others may not realize from the outside looking in?

Everyone thinks that you are always at some big party having fun and engaging with everyone else because you are in this field. That is not the case at all. Yes you try to remember to have fun while you are there but first and foremost you are there to work. Most of the time you leave tired, hungry and never realize because your adrenaline kept you afloat throughout the night.

Is there any advice you would give someone interested in entering this field?

Stick to your guns.  Asses your skills. If you’re creative and have great people skills, but could use some help getting organized, look into getting event software or buying books on planning event so that you can become educated on the many elements in the field of event planning.  

Practice makes perfect – start to plan a few events on your own and build a portfolio.

Have you ever been starstruck or nervous around anyone while working an event?

Two words. Michael Ealy.

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Creative Save The Date Ideas

When hosting an event, you hope to get your attendees to lock in the date immediately. While the internet is a quick and easy way to send out save the dates and invites, sometimes you need something a little more creative to capture the attention of your future guests.  Check out these creative save the dates below and hopefully you will feel inspired to plan outside the box (or computer screen) Continue reading

Chic Looks for Real Fêtes

When you receive an invite in the mail for an event, what’s the first thing you think of? If you are anything like me, you are thinking of what to wear!

While we often look to fashion blogs, celebrities and catalogues for inspiration, there are others outside of the spotlight who get it right every time.

We decided to put a monthly spotlight on individuals who put the Chic in every Fête.  Hopefully they can serve as inspiration for others looking for something to wear to a similar event.

Enjoy!

This month’s spotlight is on Noelle N. She wore this stunning Sherri Hill gown to a black tie wedding recently.  Even though you are a guest, there is no reason slack on your A game when attending someone else’s wedding.

To find this dress and other stunning gowns from this designer, check out www.sherrihill.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in being featured in “Chic Looks for Real Fêtes” email Neakai@chicfetes.com with a picture and event you attended.

Excited to see how you all turn heads at your next event!

French Manicure My A**, I’m Making A Statement!

The past few years have been chock full of daring nail art and colors seen on everyone from Katy Perry to the FLOTUS Michelle Obama. Even men (confident with their manliness)  like Seal and Cash Warren have gotten in on the trend. ImageImage

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It has apparently become acceptable to rock artistic nails everywhere from the boardroom to the red carpet. So, why not add the biggest event of your life to the list… YOUR WEDDING DAY!!!

           

Why has the French Manicure become a uniform for brides today? With all of the quirky unique ideas people come up with for their special day, it is interesting that some will play it safe when it comes to their nails.  Here are some ideas for trendy wedding nails that will look awesome in your close up wedding shots.  Try them if you dare to be bold!

Caviar Nails

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Ombre Nails

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3-D Nails

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Suede Nails

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Lace Nails

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ENJOY!

5 Crazy Locations for Your Next Event

With shows like Rich Bride, Poor Bride, Bridezillas, My Fair Wedding, Dina’s Party etc., It’s difficult to come up with new and out of the box ideas for your events.  There is always a competition to make your event one of a kind and something that will have people talking for days, even years. Sometimes, it’s all in your location. Who needs outrageous decor and entertainment when you have places like the ones below.  These venues will definitely have your guests talking.

1. Sands SkyPark – Marina Bay, Singapore

At 656 Feet off the ground, guests will enjoy a spectacular view while partying literally under the stars.

http://www.marinabaysands.com/

2. Emirates Palace – Abu Dhabi 

Why not host your next conference at a palace. I mean you are royalty aren’t you? This magnificent space offers guests more than a five star experience and their website claims that you’ll never want to leave.

http://www.kempinski.com/en/abudhabi/emirates-palace/welcome/

3. Events in the Sky – Various Locations 

Have your meeting, dinner, product launch or wedding while suspended in mid air. This event space is only for the truly daring individuals.  Just for the hell of it, brides and grooms can bungee jump off the platform after they say their vows.

http://eventsinthesky.com/

4. Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Bay Lake, FL

Bring out your inner kid and mix it with your hidden hollywood star while celebrating in your private space at Disney’s Hollywood studios.  They are equipped to transport guests  into the fantasy world of their choice!

http://disneytravelbabble.com/blog/2011/08/02/private-party-locations-at-disneys-hollywood-studios/

5. Cocoa Island – Maldives 

Why not have complete privacy while you host your meeting or special event on your own private island. Cocoa Island by COMO offers guests both privacy and total luxury.

http://www.comohotels.com/cocoaisland/cocoa-island-como-maldives