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How Lighting Can Enhance Your Event

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

You’re visiting another potential venue and here comes the grand finale, the ballroom. Except, it’s exactly like every other hotel or venue ballroom you’ve seen and it will be; they’re all mixed color carpet, bright lights, neutral wall coloring, an empty room with a few chairs set up – all left for your imagination to run. We admit to this, however a ballroom is a space to transform the room into the event you want.

What is going to make the room pop on the night of the event? Lighting! Adding personal touches with lighting and monogrammed logos or initials on the wall and floor, make your event go from basic to WOW! See these after pictures from The National Ballroom at West Belmont Place where clients opted for lighting; the Facebook fan page also allows clients and potential brides to receive a special lighting upgrade offer.

Our bride & groom wanted a Miami themed wedding. We were able to pull it off with lighting.

This bride & groom wanted to add a personal touch with their names and wedding date.

Our client hoped to steer clear of the same-old dinner over bright white lights.

We created a room that had a spotlight on stage and made the evening more entertaining.

A Mardi Gras lounge as created by adding neon lighting and sectioning off the room.

A bride & groom wanted lighting that would showcase them as the “spotlight” of their cultural wedding.

We placed small lighting effects to enhance the mood at a small tasting for clients

Are there any lighting tips or ideas that you believe can make a difference in the outcome of the event?  What’s your experience in enhancing a venue space with lighting? Did you highly recommend it for weddings and events?

Are You An Event Planner’s Dream or Nightmare?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The term “Bridezilla” puts an image in our heads of a difficult and unpleasant bride. These “bridezillas” receive attention on popular cable reality shows, but what about the pleasant ones?

In a two-part series, we hoped to find out the characteristics of what makes an ideal bride and what the bride believes makes up an ideal wedding planner.  These articles apply to event planners and professionals as well! We spoke with a planner at West Belmont Place to find out what most planners believe is the “ideal” bride (and possibly dream of). Here are the 6 commandments of an ideal bride or client:

  • HomeworkThou shall do their homework. Yes, we said homework. Event and wedding planners both appreciate a client who has done their homework ahead of time and knows what he or she is looking for in their event. This client knows their budget – which can save a lot of time and money for the planner.


  • The Planner is on “Your Side”Thou shall know thy planner is a professional friend. Know that your planner is working for you, not against you. Many clients or brides believe their planner is “out to get them.” The planner wants to make their client happy and take them to the best vendors – meaning vendors who are creative and fit the budget best.


  • Come with ?sThou shall come prepared. Similar to when you bring your hairstylist a photo, planners love it when clients have photos. Go to a planner with as much information as possible such as a list of likes/dislikes, themes (or no themes), etc. It’s okay to figure out what you like as you go, but approaching a planner with a collection of “this is what I want” works wonders!


  • Limitations (if any)Thou shall know the limitations of a budget. Every couple or client should know their budget and be willing to compromise. Perhaps the floral arrangements are out of your budget – be willing to work with your planner. He or she will try to find the best alternative and most importantly, the planner knows when something is out of your budget!


  • Smothering – Thou shall not fear and give your planner room to be as creative as possible. In preparing for an event, you’ve given your planner chores and tasks – they’ll need some time to complete these. Eliminate emailing your planner everyday with questions, this takes the planner’s time away from your event. You must accept the planner as the person who you’ve allocated to do the planning and trust that it will be done, and more successful than you hoped!


  • Upgrade Your EventThou shall not be reluctant to spend extra on linens and lighting. Don’t be afraid to spend extra on making your event even better! Upgrading linens and opting for lighting can completely change a room and give it the “wow” factor. People won’t remember the pricey centerpiece but they will remember if you had inexpensive lighting and a bare room.

Event planners, what has been your experience with these six commandments?  Are there any other commandments you believe make the “perfect” bride or client? Brides, please let us know about the “ideal” planner. BR>

Lighting Makes a Difference – Event at West Belmont Place