Just a quick thought as the day wraps up. Yesterday I sat down with a colleague and we talked about the linen business. The key takeaway from the conversation was Fashion and the fact that we are part of the fashion industry. Now, let’s be honest, not all linen rental companies fall into that category. Most of the rental companies are purely functional. You have a table and you need it covered, they can help. You want a poly napkin, they can help. We can do that too, but we also go way beyond functionality. When you are planning an event, it is special. It is special to you and the people that attend it. When we work with clients, we work with them to create their dream event. Doing so, comes at a cost. It does not mean you have to break the bank, but it means you have to spend money to get what you want. This is no different than picking out the perfect dress. You have to love what you pick out, not just like it. Our linens help you express a feeling or desire. They can transform the space from yawn to YES! So when you are thinking about that next event, call us. We know how to step it up a notch or two! Our continued goal is to move our clients beyond just functionality and into fashion.
Last month, Pantone, selected its 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “We don’t all have access to the green forest, but we do have access to things we can bring into our home environment.” The same goes true for weddings and events.
Pantone describes the color as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring… (and) symbolizes the re-connection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose amid a complex social and political landscape.”
So this year we expect to see many shades of green popping into our events. Here are just a few of many choices we offer in greens. We look forward to seeing what our clients put together this season. So whether you are planning a wedding or birthday, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or graduation, we can help. Call on Fabulous Events for all your rental needs.
Recently I stumbled onto a website with someone renting chair covers for $1.45 each! I thought to myself, it can’t be true, but yep, it is! Getting the very best price is not always the best way to go. Our chair covers start at $2.50 including a satin or organza sash. At $2.50, you are getting a great product along with great customer service. If you choose to search for cheap chair cover, that’s what you are going to get. Most likely, a wrinkled hot mess! All of our products go through a thorough process from our commercial laundry to our commercial presses. You will always get a clean and pressed cover right out of the box. Better yet, you are going to get some of the best customer service on the planet when calling Fabulous Events.
I felt compelled to re-post the blog below to summarize my thoughts on costs for events. Hope you enjoy the re-read.
So the big question when planning your event is how much to spend. This question applies to each and every type of event. Whether you are planning a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah celebration, birthday or just a party for fun, you will ask yourself what the budget should be.
Well, this is always a tough choice. Do I invite less people? Do I get 1 less appetizer or do we eliminate the chair covers and table linens? The answer could be yes or no. Obviously nobody wants to cut corners on their special day, and we understand that. There are many ways to reduce your costs and keep everything you want.
Here are some ideas to consider, not all of them will apply to every situation, so filter out the irrelevant ones.
Being in the event business for over 31 years, I can personally say the most important pieces of any event is food and entertainment. If you serve crummy food, people will remember your event as having crummy food. If your DJ/Band is awful, people will remember that too. Looking back, we have all been to an event that the entertainment was lackluster at best. So make sure to taste the food and listen to the entertainment ahead of time. Do not go based on price alone, you will regret it. On the flip-side, the most expensive does not mean the best either. Word of mouth is the best advertising for any company. Oh, and make sure they dress appropriately.
Decor can get out of hand sometimes, so sit back and take a look at the whole picture. Do you need to have over the top florals or centerpieces on each and every table? Maybe, maybe not. This is an area where you can trim the fat so to speak. Maybe you integrate some candles and other media into the centerpieces. Think GREEN, Eco-friendly perhaps. Keep in mind, at the end of the event, what will you so with all of the decor? Understand, I am not saying anything negative about Florists or other Decor people. We have many great partners in the industry and they all do great work. When looking for vendors, make sure that they care about your budget and are able to design within any limitations if need be. Don’t skimp, but be realistic!
Photographers and Videographers can range in pricing as well. Don’t get caught up in a situation where a friend of a friend of an uncle 3 times removed just bought a nice digital camera and is now a photographer or videographer. Chances are very high that you will not be happy with the results. Photography and Videography are both arts and as such need to be treated that way. Having a digital camera and shooting a ton of pics does not count. This is like painting a wall without a brush and throwing the paint bucket at the wall. Yes, some of the paint will stick, but much of it will be wasted. Same goes for photos and videos. Just like any other business, you can encounter highs and lows in pricing. Make sure that the company you choose is showing you pictures and/or footage shot by a certain individual. You also need to like his or her personality, you are spending most of the day with them.
Ok, so I waited a few paragraphs to talk about chair covers and linens. Of course, these are a must! What else would I say? Actually, these items are not typically a must have, but a like to have item. It starts with the venue you are at and what, if anything, they are offering you. Many will say that linens are included, but most will not be floor length. You also may get a choice of 5-10 colors for napkins. If you don’t care about linens and you like the look of the chairs, then you are all set. Believe it or not, adding chair covers to an event is not too expensive. This little additional expense can make a huge improvement in the overall look of your event. When we work with clients, our goal is to find the perfect chair cover, linen and napkin selection. Our pay is not affected by the client’s choice. Our goal is to give you a great look on any budget. So the shameless plug here is we have over 500,000 items in inventory, we are sure to have what you want.
Planners and “Day Of” coordinators are great to have, but not always needed. If you are working 80 hours a week and don’t have time to gather up all the things you need, a planner may be the perfect choice. Planners all work on different price points, so do your research and get those referrals. Maybe you have time to run around and hire all your vendors which is great. This is a great way to spend money on other things. Maybe you just need a “Day Of” coordinator to manage the big day. This can take the stress off of you and your family.
I am not going to dive into invitations, gifts for the guests, etc. This would span over pages of banter. What I can say, these areas are places you can save money on.
So before you decide you want a wedding for 500 people and no budget to speak of, think about it. Is everyone on that list important to you on this day? Some choices are hard to make, but Don’t Break the Bank for your event.
If you need some great referrals, please give us a call at 877-200-2424
Have a Fabulous Day,
Fabulous Events, Inc.
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to design and execute the linens and decor for Anthony and Erica’s wedding. While we get to do this quite often, this one was extra special. Erica is our oldest Daughter and I was honored to get to pick out the decor.
Originally Erica came to our west Bloomfield Gallery to look for what she wanted. Only to spend 90 minutes and looking at hundreds of linens, she could not decide. So my wife asked me to jump in and help out. At first I was reluctant as I wanted this to be her choice. Finally it was determined that nothing popped out to her and I was going to choose. The original colors were navy and gold, but I really did not want gold. Nothing in the wedding was gold, so why gold?
So after several weeks of thinking, I decided to use our Silver Alexandra Damask for the table linens. We custom made a navy shantung napkin with a matching poly back. Then we used our navy majesty dupioni on all the other tables. I showed my ideas to Anthony and Erica and they both loved it. That was where we left off, I kept everything else from them as I wanted it to be a surprise.
The big day came and myself and my team converged on the reception location. The reception was at Waldonwoods located in Hartland, Michigan, in their tent overlooking the water. I’m not a huge fan of tents as there are so many unknowns when working in them. Including the need to hide or mask the frame.
We started out by adding a triple layer backdrop behind the head table. The backdrop consisted of silver sateen, iridescent beads and white voile in the front. Once that was done, we hung 7 of our crystal spirals above the head table. These are 6’ long and look amazing when lit up. Then we framed in the dance floor with our crystal columns extended up to ~16 feet. We installed our wireless LED pinspots throughout the ceiling to light up the centerpieces as well as the crystal spirals. For the crystal columns and the perimeter of the room, we use our wireless LED Uplights. We lit the room in blue with white accents and switched over to red as the evening progressed.
As mentioned, we used our Silver Alexandra Damask on all the guest tables along with our Navy Shantung Napkins. We brought in our crystal clear Chiavari chairs and added a white tufted chair pad. When everything was set, the transformation was amazing. We received numerous compliments from guests and staff. The staff had commented that the tent had never looked so good.
While we always work our hardest to make someone’s day just right, It is always great to hear feedback. We have left the comments open below to hear what you have to say about this amazing event.
For several years my friend Katie would tell me “You’re doing my wedding when I get married”! I gleefully smiled and agreed. During that same time period, I was fortunate enough to do the weddings for 2 other mutual friends. So last summer, when Katie call me, I was ecstatic to hear she had picked a date. The big challenge, Katie and Alex had just recently moved to California for their jobs.
Katie had emailed me many times with pictures of things she liked. All I could say was, “Let’s wait and see the venue first, then decide on the décor”. After the summer, Katie and Alex made one of several trips home to Michigan to plan their Big Day! Katie and Alex had chosen this new space called “The Eastern”. I had never heard of it before, but I was curious. We met down in Detroit at the venue and it was very raw and in some aspects untouched for decades. The owners had done some major updates, but left the rustic brick and paint alone. At the time, Katie’s biggest concern aside from having to bring everything in, was the mural of the people running. Katie wanted it covered, but I talked her out of it. She did mention it a couple dozen times after that, but I kept reassuring her that covering it would be a bad idea. I thought it added a neat feature to the space and covering it would draw more attention that leaving it as is.
So the planning began and Katie and I shared ideas of what her and Alex wanted. They wanted Edison style lights strung inside and a chandelier over the dance floor. I thought to myself that now would be a great time to make a custom piece for this wedding. I sketched out what I was thinking and started buying parts. Then the parts sat on my floor for several months. It wasn’t until about a month ago that I finally put my thoughts on paper into reality. I really wanted this to be a unique piece that fit in with the venue and the other items we were doing. Lastly, I scoured the internet for vintage looking bulbs that were LED. I wanted to retain the vintage feel but be energy efficient at the same time. The entire unit was completed and it uses less than 100 Watts of power.
Oh, so back to the planning… The ideas all started to come together and everything was looking great. Katie and Alex were visiting from California a couple more times and we had a chance to continue working on the wedding. All of a sudden, Katie and Alex both decided that they wanted to move back to Michigan. And that’s what they did. They quit their jobs and came home to friends and family. It was a huge leap of faith for them to do that and I commend them on doing so.
So here comes the Big Day and I set out with my staff at 5:00AM to The Eastern to get everything set up. We also had to send staff to Comerica Park to set up chairs for the ceremony that was taking place there. The weather was not on our side and things started to look bleak. Not only was the ceremony outside, but we were stringing up lights outside The Eastern. I kept looking a the radar and it was not looking good. Now this being Michigan, you never know what will happen with the weather. So my staff and I set up everything outside as planned, in the rain!
By the time we finished installing all the tables and chairs, linens and lights, the rain picked up. I headed home to get ready for the ceremony. Remember, Katie and Alex are friends, so my wife and I were invited to the wedding as well. I was getting ready and rushing my wife out the door so we could stop back at The Eastern to check on the caterer and florist. We then headed over to Comerica Park for the ceremony and it was still raining. I was now stressing out over the rain. How could this happen to such great people? All the while, my wife kept reminding me that I did not bring an umbrella! Thanks dear for the reminder. The rain had slowed down and was now at a drizzle, but enough to make it miserable at best. We were standing around under cover at Comerica Park with close to 200 friends and family all there to see Katie and Alex get married. The staff at Comerica was diligently trying to dry the chairs off and vacuum up the puddles. All of a sudden, not more than 5 minutes before the ceremony, the rain stopped and the clouds slowly opened up. Everyone took their seats and closed their umbrellas. The ceremony took place and it was awesome.
After the ceremony was done, we had a little time to waste before the reception started. My wife and I walked around, went into a store and then to a little restaurant around the corner for a drink. We had a great time chatting with the family that lived across the street from Katie’s family. They watched her grow up and with their daughter and now get married. We sat and shared a few more stories before the time came to go to the reception. We all walked out of the restaurant and the sun was shining and almost all the clouds had moved out. The weather was amazing and the temperature was perfect. The reception was perfect from beginning to end. My wife and I had such a great time at this event as did all the others in attendance. The bride and groom were happy with everything! It was such a pleasure working for friends and getting to attend as well. I hope you like the photos we have to share. Lyle….