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Tips! Have a great event without breaking the bank! Part 2-The Event Coordinator

Don't break the bank to have a great event! Trying to save money while making a celebration can be a daunting task. In the second posting in this series,  I am going to talk about the event co-ordinator, sometimes called the event planner.  

Remember that I still plan to give advice about the other services you may need at your party including the Photographer, the Caterer, the Decor and Flowers, and theEntertainment.

Hiring a coordinator to work on all or some aspects of your event is always a good idea. Prices will vary depending on how much of their services you require. They will do everything from hiring all of your vendors, arrange everything at your venue, and be on site for you during your event. There are some that will do same- day services. I strongly suggest you to meet with them a few weeks before to go over details, and get to know each other. Then again a couple of days before. This way if there are any changes you and the coordinator will both be aware of them. Having a coordinator assures you that all goes smoothly and you can enjoy your celebration with no worries.

Full service venues, most likely will have their own coordinator on site. Make sure you check on this, because they are very valuable and knowledgeable about their venue. They will work with you on your linens, chairs, food choices, putting out your place cards, centerpieces, etc... and they will be there on the day of your big event.


Tips! Have a great event without breaking the bank! Part 1-Entertainment

Don't break the bank to have a great event! Trying to save money while making a celebration can be a daunting task. Over the next couple of weeks or so I am going to run through the main services/vendors employed at an event to show you a few ways you can try to save a little. These postings will include advice and tips on the Event Organizer, the Photographer, the Caterer, the Decor and Flowers, and the Entertainment.

In this posting, I am going to start with the Entertainment.


Whether it's a DJ or a live Band, this is a big one. You want your guests up there dancing and having fun.

A band is great if they play a variety of music and have an MC. There are people of all ages at your wedding and while Lady Gaga may be all the rage, a little Glen Miller wouldn't hurt. You know for Uncle Lew and his wife Sally! Here is a selection of Glen Miller tracks to enjoy for good measure!

A DJ can do it all! They have any music you want, lights, an MC and some come with dancers to get your crowd moving, in case they are shy! DJ's have different packages depending on your needs.

Entertainment may also include a small quartet or flutist for a wedding ceremony, or a pianist for cocktail hour. There are professionals out there, that have cd's to listen to and websites where you can see them on video footage. Another option may be a local music school, there may be students that offer their services, or even instructors may play for you at a reasonable price.


The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Expo at Temple Sinai

   With the car loaded with linens, a backdrop, centerpieces, a cocktail table that lights up, business cards and more, we set out early in the morning and headed to Marblehead, MA. Most of the drive was highway, until we came to the ocean and drove for awhile along the shoreline. Ahh, Beautiful!

We were excited to go to a new area, meet new vendors, exchange ideas, and sell us some parties!!!!

The Temple is lovely, and is next door to a JCC. We were there nice and early and met Robin the coordinator of the event. She showed us our space and we set up. Our neighbors were, photographers, DJ's, balloon artists, tattoo artists, caterers, other event planners, etc...

     Everyone had set up wonderful booths, we went around and introduced ourselves. Made a flip book. This is a relatively new idea, it is fun. I will be showing my clients how much fun they can add to their parties with this new item! We knew two of the vendors, so it was nice to catch up!

    The show was set to start at 11:00 am. Everyone was getting ready, our computer was set on the slide show I prepared, and the cocktail table was turned on the setting that changes colors, Cool!

I pour the candy into my bowl and got ready............................

    Well, needless to say it wasn't a very busy show, but I think it was a nice show, coordinated well, set up nicely, plenty of great vendors to network with.

Why wasn't it busy? Not sure, maybe it was too nice out. If you hear of these shows, you should go. They are FREE, have tons of great ideas, and special services. Weather you are a vendor yourself, or having an event, it is well worth the time. Gold Events thanks Robin and her committee at Temple Sinai in Marblehead, MA for their hospitality, and making us feel welcome!


Information overload! Or not?

   Although I have been in the event planning business for over 15 years, it seems I am still living in the dark ages.

 bar-mitzvah seo, bat mitzvah seo, bas mitzvah seo, bar/bat mitzvah planner for massachusetts and rhode island Until… 2 weeks ago. When my talented brother-in-law redid my website and got me hooked up so to speak. Yes, I now Tweet, Blog, network, join groups, and all the other good things (that I’m sure have fun names, but I can’t think of them at the moment) to get my business out there more! Guess what? IT IS WORKING!!!
  I now have over 100 followers on Twitter! What does that mean??? It seems to mean that lo and behold all of our efforts are paying off! People are paying attention , and I am finding new resources out there!
  This just goes to show, that keeping up with the times in our age of cyberspace, you really can make your business grow, but you have to want it and be diligent.
   So get out there and network, blog and tweet! See you on the web! Please send me a Tweet!


Mitzvah, Mitzvah, Mitzvah!

Most often the Bar/Bat-Mitzvah has a Mitzvah project (a good deed done from religious duty). As an event planner I work with my clients to help make their projects as meaningful as possible. At times these projects have been incorporated into the theme of the celebration.

Here are a few ideas of some of the ideas we've used:

bar mitzvah party centerpiece, sports theme centerpiece, awesome centerpieces for party in ma and riIf it is a sports theme, there may be a local school that needs items. I have used sports balls, equipment, cleats,bags, etc...These items were made into elaborate centerpieces, and at the end of the celebration I collect all of the items then the Bar/Bat-Mitzvah and parents bring the items to their destination! This is also, a nice GREEN way to have a centerpiece!


One client loved books, so new and used were collected from family, friends, and a book box was left in her school. I collected them and wrapped them with cellophane and coordinating ribbons. These were donated to a local children's hospital.


Other items used have been canned goods, toys, art supplies, or toiletries have been other items that are wrapped nicely and placed as a centerpiece.

Many donation sites may include;

Hospitals, shelters, women's shelters, schools, etc...


If you have any other clever ideas , I'd love to hear about them!