Unique Venues Best Of Winners

Unique Venues would like to recognize the Best of the Best. These venues were chosen by planners and readers as the best in the industry. These award winning venues represent categories ranging from “Best Earth-Friendly Venue” to “Best Website.”

CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO OUR 2020 WINNERS


We are proud to introduce to you our Best Of award winners for 2020. Each winner was voted on by our vast network of planners in the U.S. & Canada to be the ‘Best Of’ the best – this is particularly special for this year, as we recognize venues that create a safe and unique environment for its guests. We hope that you take the time to learn about each of our winners and remember them when you are planning or re-booking your next meeting or event – the amount of care, service, and safety offered is truly thought out to provide a memorable experience for all. Congratulations to all of our winners – your commitment to making the events industry-unique and your commitment to customer service for planners is undeniable. Your passion and dedication to excellence is admirable and are well-deserving of your recognition and awards – thanks for pioneering a new way to meet and gather together.

And now, we present to you the Unique Venues Best Of 2020.

Chuck Salem and Neal Burghardt, Unique Venues Owners

Best Earth-Friendly Venue:

Colorado State University

Best High-Tech Venue:

Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center

Best Large-Market Venue:

Boston University

Best Marketing Campaign:

University of Delaware Conference Services

Best Mid-Market Venue:

The University of Rhode Island

Best Outdoor Event Space:

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Best Renovation/Addition:

University of Miami

Best Small-Market Venue:

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Best Social Media Presence:

Galena Country Tourism

Best Venue for an LGBTQ-Friendly Event:

Arts Club Theatre Company, BMO Theatre Centre

Best Venue for Concerts or Shows:

Orchestra Hall

Best Venue for Conferences:

American University Washington College of Law

Best Venue for Corporate Events:

Museum of Science and Industry

Best Venue for Day Meetings:

The Conference Center at Montclair State University

Best Venue for Expos and Trade Shows:

MEET Las Vegas

Best Venue for Formal Affairs:

San Francisco Film Centre

Best Venue for Life Events:

The Beacon Center

Best Venue for Locally Sourced Catering:

American University

Best Venue for Spiritual/Wellness Gathering:

UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center

Best Venue for Team Building:

The Mountain Winery

Best Venue for Unique Experiences:

Charles A. Hayes Family Investment Center

Best Venue for Weddings:

University of Maryland, College Park

Best Venue for Youth Retreats & Camps:

California University of Pennsylvania

Best Venue to Film a Movie or TV Show:

Saint Elizabeth University

Best Website:

AEG Special Event Venues

Professional of the Year:

All Hospitality Industry Professionals

Save Our Stages – What is NIVA (National Independent Venue Association)?

Save Our Stages Act Has passed as part of the COVID-19 Relief Bill 

 Thank you for helping to #SaveOurStages! NIVA thanks those across the country who sent 2.1 million emails to their elected officials expressing their support for the Save Our Stages Act. All 535 Congresspeople heard from their constituents through SaveOurStages.com. We encourage you to tell your legislators you appreciate their support and for including independent venues and promoters in the latest COVID-19 Relief Bill!

Without your support and continued attention, we could not have accomplished this goal together!

WHAT’S NEXT

We know you have many questions about the Save Our Stages Act and how it will be administered. NIVA has assembled the Implementation Task Force and is working with the Small Business Administration as they promulgate regulations – we are working hard to make sure that NIVA members receive the help they need via this program. We seek to ensure the emergency relief is dispersed as Congress intended, that the instructions and process to apply for grants ensure that the process is implemented accurately, fairly and as expediently as possible.

Since it could take many weeks, even months for the funding to flow, the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund, with The Giving Back Fund as its 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, continues to raise money to assist the venues at greatest risk of permanently going under as we wait for the grants to be issued. Anyone wishing to donate can do so below.

What is NIVA (National Independent Venue Association)?

  • We are a group of over 3,000 independent venues in 50 states and Washington D.C. that are banding together to ask Washington for targeted legislation to help us survive.
  • We were the first to close. We will be the last to open.
  • We are 100% shut down for an indefinite period of time.
  • We have zero revenue.
  • We are small businesses who are in danger.

What are we asking our Senators and Representatives for?

1. PROVIDE LONG-TERM ASSISTANCE FOR SHUTTERED BUSINESS

NIVA supports the Save Our Stages Act (S. 4258)led by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and (H.R. 7806) led by Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Roger Williams (R-TX) which would provide a critical lifeline for independent venues. The bill has significant bipartisan support with more than 196 co-sponsors and was included in the Heroes Act passed by the House on October 1, 2020. Key provisions of the Act include:

  • Establishes a $10 billion grant program for live venue operators, promoters, producers and talent representatives.
  • Eligible recipients must have fewer than 500 FTEs, not be publicly traded companies, and not own or operate venues in more than 1 country or more than 10 states.
  • Each recipient is eligible for a grant no greater than 45% of gross revenue from 2019 or $12 million, whichever is less.
  • Grant funding may be used for expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2021.
  • A recipient is eligible for a supplemental grant equal to 50% of the initial grant if the entity is still experiencing 80% or greater revenue loss on December 1, 2020.
  • Grant funding may be used for payroll and benefits, rent, utilities, mortgage interest payments, interest payments, insurance, PPE, existing loans, payments to 1099 employees, and other ordinary and necessary business expenses.

2. RELIEF THROUGH TAX CREDITS

  • Rent/Mortgage Tax Credit. NIVA supports proposals like the Keeping the Lights on Act (H.R. 6799), which was included in the House-passed HEROES Act, that permit severely distressed small businesses to earn a tax credit for rent, mortgage, and utility expenses.  
  • Employee Retention Tax Credit.  NIVA supports expanding eligibility for the ERTC in the CARES Act to include shuttered businesses that are recipients of PPP loans, and continuing this benefit until the industry is able to resume normal operations at full legal capacity.
  • Safe Workplace Incentives. NIVA supports proposals like the Clean Start Act (H.R. 7079), which provides a tax credit to businesses for added costs related to cleaning & disinfecting products, PPE, and other tools needed to ensure both workers and customers remain safe. 
  • Excise Tax Relief on Beverage Alcohol. NIVA supports making the federal excise tax rates on beverage alcohol permanent, as proposed in the Craft Beverage Modernization & Tax Reform Act (H.R. 1175/S. 362), and opposes increases in state excise taxes on beverage alcohol. 

3. Support For Live Event Workers And Artists

NIVA supports continuing additional unemployment insurance for employees of shuttered businesses, as well as the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act (H.R. 7691/S. 4442) which ensures that workers who earn a mix of traditional (W-2) and independent (e.g. 1099) employment income are able to fully access the unemployment assistance provided in the CARES Act.

NIVA also supports the Help Independent Tracks Succeed (HITS) Act (H.R 7886), which helps independent music creators by allowing an individual to fully expense for tax purposes the cost of new studio recordings.

PPP DOES NOT WORK FOR SHUTTERED VENUES

As arguably the hardest hit industry by the pandemic, with no revenue, high overhead and no timeline for reopening, the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and the proposed updates to the program found in the House-passed HEROES Act, Senate Democrats’ P4 and Senate Republicans’ HEALS Act are not viable solutions for this industry. Here’s why:

  • PPP penalizes companies with many part-time employees: Per the SBA 7(a) program, eligibility is based on every single employee. Therefore, original PPP funding was available to those with fewer than 500 employees using a full headcount. This disadvantages many NIVA members and other small businesses like ours who depend on part-time employees. For example, Merriweather Post Pavilion, just outside of DC, provides seasonal, part-time work to more than 1,000 part time employees like schoolteachers and students. These are small businesses that are ineligible due to the fact that they rely on part-time workers. Using a Full Time Equivalent (FTE) count is more practical. NIVA members across-the-board have fewer than 150 FTEs. 
  • Flexibility to use funds to keep the lights on is necessary: Due to high overhead (large spaces often in high-rent districts), lower payroll costs as a percentage of expenses, and having no work to offer employees for the foreseeable future, the 60/40 requirement necessary to obtain forgiveness under PPP does not work for this specific industry. We need help to cover fixed overhead to pay rent, mortgages, utilities, taxes and insurance until we can all fully reopen safely. 
  • Payroll is not our only, nor our biggest expense: For PPP and the extension of the program in the HEROES Act, PPP Second Draw in the HEALS Act, and P4 the loan amount is 2.5 times average payroll costs. We are in high-rent districts in large buildings with enormous overhead, so the ratio of 2.5 times payroll costs is not enough to cover our fixed costs or sustain our businesses with no revenue well into 2021. Basing the loan amount on multiple expenses/gross revenue/operating costs, and not just payroll is crucial. 
  • Long-term support is needed with reopening not expected until a vaccine: The Heroes Act includes no long-term program to provide assistance for shuttered industries. P4 and the HEALS Act extend through the end of the year. Large gatherings will likely not happen until there is a vaccine, and we will not be able to fully recover until large gatherings are permitted again at full capacity – which may be until well into 2021. By all predictions, our industry will come back stronger than ever – we just need federal assistance to help us stay afloat until we can reopen our doors. 
  • Forgiveness is crucial for shuttered industries with negative cash flow: Forgiveness restrictions in PPP, P4 and HEALS Act make forgiveness unattainable for many NIVA members (more detail below). The Recovery Sector Business Loan Program in the HEALS Act provides no forgiveness at all. Due to the nature of our business – large public gatherings – our industry is experiencing essentially 100%+ revenue loss for an indefinite period of time. We cannot take on more debt with negative cash flow. For many small business owners, this could mean potentially losing their homes in a quest to ensure their livelihood. 
  • Opportunity Zone Requirement penalizes industries that foster economic growth: The HEALS Act Recovery Sector Loan Program is only available to those in an opportunity zone. Not all of our venues fall into opportunity zones, but we are all experiencing essentially 100% revenue loss with no idea of when we will be able to reopen. Our members have historically helped developing neighborhoods all over the country. For example, when the 9:30 Club opened in DC, it was in an economically distressed area, but it led the charge in fostering local economic growth, paving the way for other businesses like bars, restaurants, and retail shops that knew events would generate income for their businesses.

Check out our full letter to Congressional Leadership here: 

https://www.nivassoc.org/niva-letter-to-congressional-leadership

Help us  #SaveOurStages

Hiring Professional Live Music for Corporate Event

4 Tips for Hiring Professional Live Music for Corporate Events

When you have a live band playing at any kind of corporate event, it can make a drastic difference to the ambiance it creates. Any event in Scottsdale can become a lot more fun and entertaining if you have the right kind of music playing to liven up the place. There are a lot of other things that you need to take into consideration for your corporate event in order to make it a success. A lot of people might make the decision to hire professional musicians passively but if you make the decision wisely, it can make a world of a difference for your event. Here are some of the tips that we at Venues in North Scottsdale think you should keep in mind when considering a band to play live music at your next corporate event at one of our unique venues.

 

  • Professionalism Counts

 

If you hire a band that is highly professional about the way they work, it can be very beneficial for you and your event. Professionalism would mean that the musicians are easy to work with, they are willing to play the music that is perfect for the kind of environment there is at the event and they will enjoy it as much as the audience does as well. The entire event in Scottsdale becomes more streamlined when the live music that the professional band plays is great. A professional band will have all the information about them on their online websites and portals.

 

  • Quality Is Paramount

 

Before you actually select a band to play the live music at your event hosted in one of our unique venues, we suggest that you listen to recordings of their performances elsewhere. Most of the bands have their live performances recorded and uploaded on online platforms. An ideal band will play live music at your corporate event with very high sound quality and deliver the best music that your guests would prefer to listen to.

 

  • Volume Control

 

You do not want a band playing at your corporate event too low that nobody can hear or too high that you cannot hear anything else. The aspect of volume control is key when it comes to the live music at corporate events in Scottsdale and anywhere else. A professional band should be able to play live music in a more mellow volume when required but they also need to be able to spice things up when the need arises.

 

  • Sound System

 

Of course the key aspect of delivering both good volume control and sound quality is the sound system that the band uses. For good live music to be delivered to the audience properly, you need the music to be played in a proper sound system.

At our unique venues, the aspect of acoustics will be very important. Aircraft hangars are a particular specialty with Venues in North Scottsdale. They provide for some of the most special experiences when it comes to corporate events or events of any kind.

If you want to host a truly successful corporate event, we advise that you take these suggestions into consideration while hiring a band to play live music. If you want to find a unique venue where you will host the event, you should contact us for that. Feel free to contact us at any time. We’d be more than happy to sort out the best possible venue for your corporate event.

10 Ways to be Heard

Membership Home

WE ADVOCATE FOR AND SUPPORT THE MANY VOICES THAT MAKE UP THE LIVE EVENTS INDUSTRY.

WE ARE CATERERS, EVENT PLANNERS, TALENT, MUSICIANS, TECHNICIANS, FLORAL DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS, BANDS, DISK JOCKEYS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, EVENT RENTAL COMPANIES, SUPPLIERS, FREELANCERS, SPORTING EVENT TICKET TACKERS AND CONCESSION WORKERS, PRODUCTION COMPANIES & TECHNICIANS, TRANSPORTATION, EVENT VENUES, DESTINATION MANAGEMENT COMPANIES, CONVENTION CENTERS, HOTELS AND SO MUCH MORE. – WE ARE LIVE EVENTS.

 How to Support the #WishIWasThere Campaign

Intro:
We all share in some degree of nostalgia for the fun summer events being cancelled this year. We need your help to remind everyone that not only are they missing out on a good time, but that you’re experiencing financial uncertainty.


Steps:

  1. Find a photo of you and/or your team working a popular event last summer. Please try to find an image that clearly shows people at work or wearing easily recognizable “crew” / “event staff” shirts or uniforms.
  2. Make the photo black and white. Most social media apps include filters that can do this, or you can adjust photos using your phone’s built-in photo app.
  3. Tell us why you #WishIWasThere. Write a short caption explaining what event is shown in the photo, what it means to you that you’re missing it this year and how that has affected you financially. Please include the #WishIWasThere hashtag.
  4. Post… and repeat. Publish your post on your favorite social media channel. If you have more stories to tell, share those, too.

Do you have media contacts?

The Live Events Coalition would love for you to represent our cause on the local and national media! Please email our Public Relations team with any opportunities you may have and we will help you with your talking points and media prep!

Do you have political contacts?

The Live Events Coalition would love to work with you to advocate to your political network! Please email the Government Relations team with any opportunities you may have!

Who should join?

Any person in the USA who is a part of the live events industry

  • W2 workers
  • Freelance/1099 workers
  • Self employed Individuals
  • Small Businesses
  • Large Companies & Corporations

We are 12 Million Strong.

The Live Events Industry is:

  • A very powerful contributor to the American economy, supporting more than 12 million jobs
  • Delivering over $1.3 Trillion in direct and indirect economic impact in the U.S.
  • Therefore delivering more than $1 Trillion in direct spending globally.

Many Americans attend live events in nearly every facet of their life, whether for business or leisure. Our workforce is essential. We are the faces behind the events that most will never even see.

We need to come together in a way that has never existed before, from every segment of the live events industry, and show our strength in numbers. Your membership adds to our strength:

Entertainment Activities for Wedding Parties

Wedding Reception Games & Activities: Fun Entertainment Ideas

As soon as we hear the word ‘party’, things like fun, adventure, memories, lights, liveliness, and activities click automatically. Regardless of the type of party that you are organizing, you can expect it to be successful or outshine other usual gatherings if you fail to add the X-factor by adding fun games and activities to keep it going.

Choosing activities and games for events is difficult in itself owing to the fact you have to consider several things like the type of event, demographics of your guests, location, etc. But it gets even difficult in sacred, idyllic events like a wedding party.

If you are looking for fun ideas, games, and activities to make them a part of your big day, we have got your back with the following ideas. Read on!

Table Games for Wedding Parties

1.      Write-up Games

The easiest and cheapest way you can make your wedding fun is by getting colorful cards or papers and some pens. All you have to do is get the stationary distributed among your guests and ask them to write something like:

  • A secret that they know about either of the new spouses
  • Wishes for the couple
  • Comments on things they don’t like or like the most about your party

Once the writing part is done, you can have some volunteers read the notes out loud. Both you and your guests will enjoy this activity thoroughly.

2.      Board Games

Board games are slowly becoming an integral part of activities incorporated in wedding parties. You can either choose a single board game and arrange it on every table or get different board games placed on the side of each table and allow your guests to play whichever they want to.

3.      Snap It Game

This game includes distributing a list of objects or people that is distributed to the guests. The guests will then use their mobile phones to snap those objects at our wedding venue. Arrange gifts for those who get done quickly and distribute them during the wedding party only.

Games for Outdoor Wedding Parties

On the off chance you have chosen an outdoor venue for your wedding party, there is a wider variety of fun options that you can choose from. But make sure you don’t end up choosing the wrong game. And this can be done by considering things like the budget, location, number of guests, and available space.

The games that you can arrange for include the following:

  • Bean Bag Toss / Corn Hole
  • Ring Toss
  • Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Giant Yahtzee
  • Ladder GolfGiant Connect Four
  • Giant Jenga
  • Lawn Dominoes
  • Yard Pong

Need help making your wedding party fun while evading usual errors? Let the team at SPEV Scottsdale Private Event Venues do it all for you!

Wedding dishes from other cultures

Exotic Wedding Dishes

Weddings are all about happiness and sharing in the love and joy of two people committed to each other. The perfect wedding is a blend of beautiful colors, happy people, and accompanying music. But it is hard to be happy and stay happy on an empty stomach. Therefore most weddings have elaborate plans on how to feed their reception party. 

You can never go wrong with a mix of meat and poultry, fresh salads, and a nice selection of wines and liquor. Wedding food has a bad reputation for being far too bland, so it’s a good idea to spice up your wedding menu with a few exotic dishes.

Understand that they might not all be suitable for your chosen dining method. Whether you have gone with a sit-down setting, buffet or serving stations, it can have an important impact on what you choose to serve your guests.

Bruschetta

A common staple in Italian weddings, it is composed of thick bread slices. The slices are grilled and topped with tomatoes or herbs. They are usually served as snacks as either starters or complimentary dishes at cocktail style wedding parties.

Ravioli

Another part of Italian cuisine, Ravioli is a dumpling/pasta with a filling dipped in sauce. The filling is usually cheese, chicken or vegetables. The traditional shape of these dumplings is square, though other shapes can be seen as well. These dumplings can be served alone as well as dipped in a thick creamy sauce.

Achiote-Marinated Grilled Chicken

A tasty main course from Mexico, this tasty grilled chicken can be served to your guests with a variety of salad options, dipping sauces, roast potatoes or even boiled mushrooms. You can spice up the accompaniments of this spicy food item however you want.

Shredded Beef Enchiladas

If you and your wedding guests crave red meat, you can go with this beefy option. They usually go well with wheat or corn tortilla, or you can simply eat it raw. It is another great Mexican dish to serve your wedding guests.

Hot Berry Tarts 

For a cool dessert option, we will go back to Italian cuisine. These traditional desserts combine the two tasty worlds of pastry making and fresh fruit into small little tarts. These tasty delights will definitely let your guests taste the sweet happiness and joy of your wedding.

Mexican Wedding Cakes

Though they already have enough credibility in the name, their taste and the ability to melt in your mouth makes them a great choice for wedding desserts. They also go by many other names, Mexican wedding cookies, Russian tea cakes, and even Italian butternuts.

These are not just different names; every variety of this dessert has its own nuances that make it a bit different than others. All of them can delight your wedding guests.

Weddings are where people come together. They can also be an event where a lot of good tastes come together. Choosing the right food can be just as crucial as choosing the right venue. And good food can be what makes your guests enjoy the event as much as you do.

Reasons to Have a Celebration of Life Events Instead of Memorial Services

We have come a long way in bidding farewell to deceased loved ones. From primitive burials to memorial services, funerals have changed a lot over the course of human history. In the last couple of years, people are gravitating towards an arrangement where the departed soul is remembered in the more cherished and heartening way instead of typical doom and gloom.

These unique farewell services are called a celebration of life events and have emerged as a more poignant and thoughtful option than a regular funeral and memorial service.

1) Celebrating a Life Is Better than Mourning a Death

This is one of the simplest mantras for which such events are getting popular. It is always better to treasure the achievements and highs of the deceased individual with joviality instead of dismay and dismal.

Having said that, it doesn’t mean people are not supposed to mourn the death of their loved ones. Mourning always takes precedence over any other emotion. You can’t stop the intrinsic outpouring of sorrow that the passing of a loved one begets. However, the idea of a celebration of life event is to remember the deceased in a positive way.

2) Better Participation from the Social Circle

A funeral and memorial service is a somber state of affairs. Everyone attends them after getting into a certain disposition. It inadvertently creates a stiff environment where everyone just waits to end the proceeding and leave. If you want to ensure the family, friends, and colleagues participate with more dedication, hold a celebration of life event. The light and a gently cheerful ambiance of such a commemoration allow people to feel more at home. Friends and colleagues are also able to share funny anecdotes that they may refrain from sharing on a memorial service.

3) You Can Personalize It Better

The idea of a funeral or memorial service is to remember and saying a final goodbye to the deceased individual. Isn’t it best to arrange a gathering that is entirely customized with the personality and preferences of the departed? You can do this in a better manner in a celebration of life event. From setting the menu with the favorite dishes of the deceased and having their favorite music playing in the background, you can transform every bit of the event into their remembrance.

4) Convenience

Truth be told, organizing a celebration of life event is more convenient than a funeral service. Funeral services entail burial as well. This makes taking care of the schedule of visitors difficult. Also, you don’t get time to make the service more thoughtful. Celebration of life events usually happens after burials and cremations. Here, you can accommodate more people by setting a convenient timing. Similarly, you get enough time to outline more pensive proceedings of the event.

SPEV Scottdale Private Event Venue is an ideal venue for the celebration of life events in Scottsdale Arizona. Here, you can personalize the event to perfection for remembering and bidding farewell to a deceased loved one.

Event Lighting Plays a Very Important Role in Success of Events

Lighting is What Brings Events to Life – Here’s How

Whether it’s a residential structure, commercial property, public place, or a temporary event, the easiest and cheapest way you can enhance the look of everything is through lighting.

With the introduction of new lighting tools and technologies, increased usage of lights, and awareness of the wonders simple lighting techniques can do, the demand for lighting professionals has increased radically. Yes, we said ‘lighting professionals’ because it has become a separate profession today.

While lighting for homes and properties are too common, something that is still not as popular is that lighting can be the sole reason for the success or failure of all types of events.

If it is a formal corporate event and you add fancy, colorful lights that keep glistening, you know where you will end up. Likewise, if it is a dance party and you add subtle, single-colored lights without any effect, it’s going to fail badly.

That said, event lighting is extremely important. Businesses’ that realize the importance and effect of effective lighting even endeavor to use specific colors in their logos and boards to develop brand association.

Nonetheless, if you are clueless how lighting can affect event ambiance and venues, here is your answer.

Below are five ways effective event lighting results in successful events.

1.      Event Lighting Impacts Moods

Colors influence moods and this is especially true when they are displayed intensely, such as through lighting. For example, white and subtle golden lights can feel your guests feel calm and relaxed while red, green, and orange can make them feel energized. Therefore, you must choose event lighting according to the type of occasion.

2.      Lighting Creates Better Experiences

So, you are looking forward to this particular event over the weekend that involves several stage acts. You get ready and reach to the event venue all excited and happy only to find out that the event is completely lit with uniform white lights. Do you think a stage act can deliver good experience and influence your mood without appropriate lighting effects that they should be enhanced with?

Of course, not!

And this is how event lighting creates experiences. The lights that you choose must be selected considering four things:

  • Nature of the event
  • Event theme
  • Event agenda
  • Event venue

3.      Event Lighting Can Effortlessly Emphasize What Needs To Be Emphasized

As mentioned in the start, the easiest and cheapest way you can decorate events and impress your guests is through event lighting. Not only does effective event lighting make venues a lot better but they can be used to highlight things that need to be highlighted.

For example, if it is a corporate event, the brand’s name and logo can be lit up using the official colors of the brand. In case of a private event like a wedding, the names of the couple can be displayed with added lights to create a unique revelation.

As much as it is important to rent appropriate venues, you can’t expect your event to do wonders without arranging for suitable event lighting.

If you are dubious about choosing the venues and how to go about light selection, leave it all to the team at Scottsdale Hangar Parties.

7 Wedding Photography Ideas You Don’t Want to Miss

The day of your wedding will end up passing by way faster than you’ve ever imagined. It’s hard to accept that a day you spent months preparing for lasts only for a few hours. After that, the only thing left is the memory of it. And what’s an easier way to make memories last than photos?

We’re here to give you some wedding photography ideas to help you remember your big day as accurately as possible. Get a professional photographer and make a shot list for them to know who and what they have to cover.

1.     Take Photos of the Invites

You know a wedding is final when the invites finally start to go out. This is why you should include them in your wedding album.  Layout all the cards on a nice background and make sure you get all the details that are printed on.

2.     Take Photos of the Rings

If wedding invites finalize your wedding, then wedding rings really set the wedding in stone-literally. Make sure you get clear, close-up shots of both yours and your loved one’s wedding ring.

3.     Take Photos of the Preps

A wedding takes a village to pull off. You need to ensure all the people involved in your wedding get the representation they deserve by covering them while they’re in action. Whether it is your makeup crew or the family members that help you adjust your train, have them all in the photos.

4.     Get a Photo of the Dress

Get aesthetic photos of the dress hanging in your dressing room. You’ll obviously get photos of yourself in it, but why not also include the dress in its full form and glory?

5.     Take Photos While Exchanging Vows

Exchanging vows can often be emotional, not just for the couple getting married, but the people in the audience. You shouldn’t only get photos of the people getting married, but the reactions of the people who are listening as well. It’s a great way to remember the sentiments that everyone was going through.

6.     Take Photos of the Cake

A cake is often customized to represent your relationship. It might have decorations or little figurines of the two of you and this is why it becomes extremely important to capture a photo of it before it’s gone.

It’s also a good idea to take photos of the seating and all the other decorations and signs that have been set up throughout the venue, to get a good feel of how the event was overall.

7.     Take Photos of the First Look

It’s always emotional when the couple sees each other for the first time that day. Taking photos of that moment is a wedding essential. However, what some people don’t cover are the seconds right before they see each other. This gives you a perspective into how excited the couple is to see each other again and the nervousness they feel.

Conclusion

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. It’s easier than you think to forget to take the right photos when you’re busy worrying about everything else. Making a list beforehand should help you stay on top of things.

Reasons Corporate Events Should Be Planned At Special Venues

Ditch Your Conference Room to Arrange Events that are More Impactful

In order to make your event successful, you must endeavor to deliver a memorable experience to the guests. This is particularly important in case of corporate events where it is generally hard to capture the attendees’ interest and retain it for long.

If you find yourself struggling to impress your corporate guests or fail at delivering experiences that can be retained, you are probably doing it wrong. Since corporate events are naturally dull, things like venue, food, décor, and lighting should be used resourcefully to make them successful. 

But the question that arises here is what do you do when you have a corporate event coming up but there are budget constraints? What if you can’t afford lavish venues? Are there any alternatives to spending extravagantly on décor or food?

In such a situation, simply ditching your conference room and renting a simple venue can do. You don’t have to be overgenerous. No need to spend too much on adding several food items on the venue or paying to get the venue decorated. The goal here is to DODGE the boring conference room and choose an external venue. Sometimes all it takes to entice the audiences is a new venue, especially ones that are outdoors.

Here are a few reasons why you should not hold back from renting a corporate event venue.

Make Your Event Stand Out

By renting a specific venue for corporate events that complements the event theme and type, you get the chance to make your event memorable and impressive without putting in a lot of efforts or investing generously. This benefit is even more significant when it is a corporate event arranged for existing and prospective clients or business partners who you want to compel to partner with you.

A good venue can easily tell your guests that they are valued and keep them engaged throughout.

Get the Limelight

Corporate events that are arranged in nice venues instead of closed conference rooms are more likely to get media attention. This is something that businesses spend thousands of dollars to get.

Only by going a bit out of the box, stretching your budget a little bit or compromising on other less important things, and choosing the most suitable venue, you can get something that businesses spend thousands of dollars and years to get.

How cool is that?

Make Your Otherwise Dull Event Interesting

Events that are well-planned have a greater likelihood to capture audiences’ interest and result in increased audience engagement. By arranging your next corporate event on a unique rented venue that is appropriately embellished to create brand awareness, you will get the benefit of creating brand awareness and association without specifically investing in it. This implies increased market share and profits without targeted marketing activities.

If you are on the lookout for a decent corporate event venue already, Scottsdale Hangar Parties is where you should head right now.