Custom Bars Insights: Design

A top shelf bar and delicious food are the life of any event.  Many venues will offer you various options on how to serve alcohol to your guests.  Let’s begin with the non-alcoholic beverages; it’s important to consider having these included with your venue package so that those little guests as well as those who don’t drink are well taken care of.  Now let’s talk drinks!  When considering the type of bar you would like to have at your event consider the type of event and the type of drinkers you will be having.  Venues will offer a flat per person rate that covers the bar level you choose, which will outline the types of alcohol, mixers and soft drinks as well as the cost per those drinks, wine, shots and cocktails.  A flat per guest rate is a great option if your event will have guests that will consume large amounts of alcohol usually over a four to five hour period of time.  Another option is place a bar tab where a decided amount is placed on the bar and once that bar tab is reached, it can be a decision made by the host to increase the limit or go to cash bar.  Once again depending on the type of event you might be having and type of consumers this is a great option as well.  It’s always great to way the financial costs  out with your coordinator so that you are making the best decision for your event.  Also if you are having a corporate, or non-profit event, it could also be a great idea to provide drink vouchers to your guests upon registering so that at their leisurely they are able to drink through the evening.

Customized Bar Design

Specialty drinks and wine service are also other forms of bar that you could opt for.  Specialty drinks are a great touch at private engagements and weddings, especially when the bride and groom create their own drinks that could be served through a Martini Ice Luge or a custom bar.  At dinner it’s a great idea to have wine service so that guests can enjoy their dinner and wine without having to go to the bar.  Blue Lotus Insights can most definitely cater to you and your event’s specific bar needs and wishes!

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Wedding Planning: Custom Designed Escort Cards

Custom Designed Escort Cards

An organized event always allows for a great guest’s experience.  Assigned table seating creates an easy flow when guests enter the reception ballroom.  Seating arrangements might be difficult to create by the host families, and seem like a tedious task that can be put off — but be assured your time and efforts will most definitely pay off when guests appreciate the ease of finding their table.  It’s not an easy task but it’s one of the most important for satisfying guest experience. There is nothing worse in terms of a guest feeling frustrated than discovering they don’t have a seat because Seating was not taken seriously.

Escort Card Insights

Seating cards are a great way to let your guest know where they are sitting as well as a great way for you to add details that bring forth your creativity, personality and event themes.  Many times seating cards are themselves small mementos that guests will take home with them.  (It’s always advised to have an overflow table just in case)

On the off chance that your guest count is very high then it is also a great option to beautifully frame your seating arrangements in a frame for you guests to look up their names.  This is a simple yet effective way to stay organized without having to create many many seating cards. 

Event Seating Cards

On the flip side if your guest count is low – then there are some great creative ideas to enchant your guests upon their arrival with personalized gifts. 

Some examples include a decorative box with sweets, a personalized note to each of the guests and book-marks with your logo. All of these which could be customized for your design and meet your needs with the help of a good Event Designer.

Ticket Booth Seating Cards

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Event Lighting Insights

Insights into Lighting Design:

Event Lighting Insights

Lighting is an essential decor element because it makes all the details you’ve planned for months look and feel alive and vibrant. You can have a beautiful cake, or stunning centerpieces – but if they are poorly lit, they will NOT be noticed in darker venues.

Lighting always sets the mood and it is the first element of design your guests will viscerally experience as they walk into any space. Various types of lighting exists for the type of event you might be wanting to have. You definitely want to choose a lighting company that will work within your budgeted amount, as well as your design needs and wishes.

Lighting enables you to set various moods throughout the evening so that your guests can enjoy different ‘settings’ from the same environment. It is also a great idea to create lighting around the specific theme of your event so that it compliments your other decorative elements, and makes the style of your occasion seamless.

To add a little more glamour to your event think about adding moving heads that shoot patterns on a surface, as well as pin spots, pattern projections and color washes. Every bit of lighting you decide to place will only go to create a more stunning atmosphere for your guests to remember, and it is far less risky to have too much lighting than not enough. Your event planner, along with your lighting vendor – will look at the venue during a walk through and guide you to find the right balance.

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