Match the Menu with Your Event’s ThemeConsider matching your menu with the theme you’ve chosen for your event. For example, a Great Gatsby-themed birthday party would benefit from a menu that offered a foie gras appetizer, beef medallion entree, and French macaroons for dessert. On the other hand, an outdoor event would probably call for more casual fare like potato salad bites, braised beef rib fingers, and milk chocolate pudding.
Don’t Load Up on Too Many of the Same ProteinsAnother thing to consider is how much of a particular protein you have on the menu. If you aren’t careful, you may end up with eight different pork dishes and only one of each other kind of protein available. Apart from flavor fatigue, some guests may have dietary restrictions that might not be compatible with a pork-heavy menu. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want at least one dish that features seafood, chicken, pork, and beef.
Diversify the Flavor Profile of Each CourseTry to make sure that the flavor profile of each course is diverse. If you’ve already chosen two spicy food items as hors d’oeuvres, it might be a good idea to skip adding even more spicy options for mains. If you’ve chosen some relatively salty appetizers, on the other hand, you probably want to choose mains that offer a bit of sweetness or creaminess to balance out your menu.
Bridal fairs and expos are a cost-effective way for wedding suppliers to reach their target customer base. Brides are usually together with their family and friends. Mostly, these brides have already started planning their weddings, which means they are ready to avail your services. Hence, it is necessary to make the most of the bridal fair experience.
Since wedding expos are usually held in large trade show venues, like the Tent at Enderun Colleges, you usually have to compete with a lot of other suppliers to gain attention. One of the best ways to attract interest from potential clients is to have an eye-catching booth. Here are a few ideas that will help your booth standout:
Use visual presentations
Familiarize the attendees with your previous works and projects by showcasing these through audio video presentations or slide shows. Doing this will make it easier for them to encapsulate the quality of your services and give them an idea of the roster of clients you have worked with.
Up your freebie takeaway game
To gain further attention from prospect clients, take your booth activity into a whole new level. Create a roulette game and let the attendees spin their luck for a freebie takeaway. You can prepare eco-bags, shirts, calendars or pens. Make sure these items have your logo imprints for further brand recognition.
Choose corner booths
Always opt for corner spaces when deciding your booth area. Placing your booth on corners makes it easier for brides to see you because they are able to view you from two directions. It also helps you to utilize your space since it is not as stuffy and enclosed as those vendors situated in between.
Display one focal item
If you are a gown designer, you can ideally put about three of your creations and position them in the center of the booth. By displaying a focal item, attendees can conveniently grasp the idea of your services. Also, they can easily decide to book you if they are able to spot and touch your works and pieces. It even gives you a leverage because showcasing your works means you are confident in giving quality outputs to your prospect clients.
Do not clutter the booth
Avoid bringing in unnecessary materials that can only take up space in your booth. Take note that people tend to roam around inside it. Make sure there’s enough space for inquiries and sit-down bookings. Give them the comfort they need to freely move around.
Utilize your logo and logo colors as possible
As much as possible, make your booth thematic in the sense that its design aligns with the colors of your brand. Since it’s a wedding expo, you can try to incorporate whites and creams, even silvers, in your booth colors. Do not overdo it, though. Try to mix and match and see if it blends well. Utilizing your colors increases your chance for a higher brand recall.
Optimize your booth for social media
Once everything is set up accordingly, determine whether your booth is social media ready. With today’s digital technology, it is guaranteed that brides would love to take pictures of all things they have seen during the fair. Take this advantage by putting together the most Instagram-worthy elements and pieces in your booth design. You can also create an event hashtag so brides have a more personal feel toward your services.
If you are in search of an event space in Manila for your next social gathering, Enderun Events offers exceptional facilities that guarantee an unforgettable and memorable experience. Not only will you have the best time of your life, your guests will surely have to.
One of the reasons why Enderun Events has been so successful over the years is because we are able to work with some of the most creative and talented partner suppliers in Metro Manila. Today, we’ll be featuring Gary Dacanay Weddings and Events, one of the top event stylists in Manila.
About Gary Dacanay Weddings and Events
Gary Dacanay Weddings and Events was established in 2014, fulfilling a childhood dream for Mr. Gary Dacanay. “From a young age, I’ve always had a big interest in flowers and stage design. It was all about that love and passion for the arts, which is why the interest developed into a full scale event styling company.” he says–and he hasn’t looked back since.>
Over the course of the last five years, Gary Dacanay has worked on the styling for numerous events in and around Metro Manila, including festivals, beauty pageants, concerts, weddings, and more. His stunning designs are truly a sight to see. In fact, his unique designs has helped him build an impressive list of celebrity clients like:
- Sitti Navarro
- Richard Gutierez and Sarah Labhati
- Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez
- Vic Sotto and Pauline Luna
- Gladys Reyes
- Senator Koko Pimentel
- President Rodrigo Duterte
On Working with Enderun Events
Enderun Events and Gary Dacanay Weddings and Events have built an amazing partnership over the years. Many of Gary’s clients have chosen The Atrium or The Enderun Tent for their events, ranging from weddings to debuts and everything in between, thanks to the near limitless possibilities the event venues offer.
“I love working with Enderun Events. They are easy to work with since they are so organized and supplier-friendly with their policies. Their two main venues, The Atrium and The Enderun Tent, are blank canvases and a dream for any full-scale event styling company.” Gary says.
“Every event in Enderun, big or small, is a ‘positive challenge’. Their event venues are beautiful, inspiring me and my team to be as creative as possible when coming up with designs for our clients.”
Gary’s creativity definitely shines bright every time he and his team handles an event at Enderun Colleges. Eye-catching flower arrangements, elegant ceiling treatments, and other thoughtful personalized touches are the hallmarks of his designs. Every design is bursting with color and life, yet completely tailored to the personalities and preferences of his clients. The result is a truly customized events that his clients and their guests will never forget.
Gary and his team also never back down from a challenge. “In the world of event styling, there is no such thing as an ‘obstacle you need to overcome’. Every aspect of styling is a new opportunity to let your creativity shine. No matter how big or grandiose a client’s vision is, Gary and his team find ways to bring that dream to life.
“In event styling, the manta Hakuna Matata really applies. There’s no point in worrying. It’s all about ‘No worries. We’ll get the job done and do our best to match or even exceed your expectations’. This mindset helps us come up with designs that are pretty and create positive vibes all around.”
Add Gary Dacanay’s Unique Vision and Designs to Your Event!
Still looking for a stylist for your upcoming event at The Atrium or The Enderun Tent? We’d be more than happy to recommend you to Gary Dacanay Weddings and Events! Simply give us a call at (632) 856 5000 local 534 or 560. Together, we can make your event unforgettable.
Company events can be intimidating endeavours. Often, these are the stages on which companies are judged for their capability, reliability, and success. Whether an event hosted solely by your company, or an expo that your company has joined, It is important to make a good impression.
One way to do so is to have giveaways! Though it may seem old-fashioned, giveaways are still one of the best ways to be remembered by those who visit your event or booth. Here are some ideas for your next event.
- A really good ballpen
It seems trite, but the truth is that a really good ballpen is still valued! If you can give out good ballpens, people are sure to keep them and use them regularly. With that comes their keeping your company in mind. Be sure the pen is branded, looks good, and writes excellently!
- USB sticks
A useful item still, and one that you can utilize in two ways! The first is by branding the device with your company logo, and the second is to have a folder with your company profile and other information in it! Just be sure that there is enough space for people to still use it for themselves. This will not only be appreciated, but it will also encourage them to keep the USB stick!
- Instagram food lights
These days, it’s all about the ‘gram. One well-appreciated present is an Instagram light. These pen-like devices have LED lights that let people light up their photo subject, whether it be food, products (for flatlay), or themselves!
Nothing beats a really good discount coupon, especially if you have a sought-after product or service. It also encourages event visitors to become customers. Make sure the discount is enticing enough for potential customers to become real customers, and count the discount given as a marketing expense!
- Metal drink containers and umbrellas
Metal drink containers and umbrellas are two items that people always need and always appreciate receiving for free! Just make sure that you will be able to bring in the latter. Some corporate event venues are strict about what you can and cannot bring in to the event space, and the last thing you want is to be told you can’t bring in your giveaways!
Just as important as the items you give away are the corporate event venues you choose for your company events! There are many event spaces in Manila, but not all of them have what is necessary to make your company look capable, serious, and a brand that customers and/or suppliers can trust. Apart from ambience and what it can convey, do not forget to consider location. The location of corporate event venues can determine the success of the event. Accessibility is ideal, but so is parking–something many event spaces in Manila do not have, but guests appreciate. Do your research on different event spaces in Manila and do not forget to consider these options before your next company event!
Depending on how many attendees there are, selecting the right menu can be either a simple or complex task. It all starts with choosing the right venue and catering company. Once those two decisions have been made, here’s how you can make it easier on yourself when planning your next business lunch.
1. Get to Know Your Guests in Advance
Even before the lunch, try to get information on any dietary restrictions that your guests might have. It also helps to know their food preferences. If you are unsure of this information, speak to the restaurant or your catering service beforehand to provide options for your guests and to avoid any cases of embarrassment or humiliation.
2. Showcase Your Culture
If you are dealing with foreign guests or overseas partners, it might be a good idea to allow them to experience the local cuisine. Not only will it be a new experience for them, but talking about the food is also a good conversation topic to break any ice or tension, while showcasing your culture and what your country has to offer.
3. Avoid Causes for Embarrassment
When designing the menu with your chosen catering company, it is best to choose dishes that are clean, fresh and easy to eat. Avoid food that is difficult to eat, such as whole meats and unpeeled and unopened shellfish as well as dishes that have the potential to cause stains or may leave unpleasant tastes and odours in the mouth such as food with strong flavours of garlic and onion.
Selecting the right menu for your business lunch is more important than most people think, as this is the impression-making stage. Be sure to select the appropriate catering services to fit your occasion and guest profile to ensure the smoothest business transaction possible.
Corporate training is essential for any company looking to help their employees reach their potential. Given the importance of corporate training, it’s only natural for companies to want to make sure their training sessions to want to make sure that every training session is as effective and engaging as possible.
As discussed in one of our previous articles, it is often more efficient and effective to conduct corporate training at a third-party events space in Manila. This begs the question: how do I know which event space is the right one for my company’s needs? Here are a few tips to help you do just that:
Make Sure You Visit the Site
You’ve probably heard of some great corporate training venues around Metro Manila from your business connections. Suggestions should always be welcomed and considered, but make sure you visit the site before you book it. This isn’t just about seeing the place for yourself, but it’s also about gauging the venue’s location and the travel time. Ideally, you want to choose a space that is accessible for all the attendees, so choose a place with easy access to public transportation and ample parking for those bringing their own cars.
Check the List of Inclusions
Events spaces that cater to corporate training seminars will have an extensive list of inclusions that come with renting the venue. Make sure you take a look at this list carefully to help you get a clearer picture of what you’ll have on-hand on the day itself and what you may need to bring with you. Standard inclusions such as projectors, sound systems, and WiFi are must-haves.
Review Venue Set-up and Capacity
All event spaces will provide you with the capacity of their venue, but make sure to ask what kind of set-up this number reflects. Chairs and tables can be set up in a number of ways, which directly affects the number of guests a certain venue can accommodate. Similarly, how your tables and chairs are set up can have an impact on how easy it is for your participants to listen to trainers and speakers. Make sure you discuss this with your event venue representative to make sure your preferred venue can accommodate your preferred set-up and number of guests.
Does the Venue Come with Catering?
If your training session will take up the whole day, you’ll definitely want to try and choose a venue that offers in-house catering services. Food plays a big role in whole-day corporate training sessions and is often what most attendees remember the most. For whole day events, it’s often a good idea to provide a morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Not only does this keep participants happy, but it also helps everyone stay focused on the sessions instead of wondering where they’ll be having lunch.
The debut that we know today originated from the French word début, which means “first appearance”. This is an event where a girl makes her first appearance to her family and friends as a young woman. Although planning the perfect debut may seem to be a challenge and a headache, here are some tips to ease your worries and make the process more smooth and seamless.
1. Make Your Guest List
The first step in planning your event is to make a list of your guests. Knowing how many people you want to invite and be present on your special day, will allow you to move forward with the rest of the planning and decision making. After all, the number of guests you plan to invite will dictate a lot of things, including catering, event venue, and more.
2. Benchmark Your Budget
From your list of invitees, you can now set a preliminary budget. This will usually be a discussion among family members to know how much will be allocated to your coming-of-age party. Whatever budget you come up with initially, it’s a good idea to pad it by around 10 percent in case of any unforeseen extra expenses.
3. Decide on Your Theme and Event Scale
Now that you have a budget, you can see if your guest list needs to be shortened or if you have extra resources to allocate for more invites or other special effects to your event. This is also the time for you to decide on the theme, so you can better choose an event venue that is most suited for your party. Knowing your guest count will also help you choose the right venue with the right size.
4. Pick A Venue
Do you prefer an intimate picnic or brunch, an outdoor cocktail party, or an elegant dinner in a ballroom? Choosing the right debut venue will make a big difference in setting the right theme for your event and will make an impact on your guests too. Once you’re set with the venue, you can also call in your event stylist and caterer to ensure your debut vision comes to fruition.
5. Form Your Program
Many debuts are all about the program – from the performances to the dancing and speeches. Come up with a list of the people who you want to be part of the program, so you can also inform them in advance to prepare for their roles. Having a program will also help you know what else you will be needing and which suppliers to contact.
6. Embellish the Event
This will be the fun part. Embellishing your event is all about the extras and added features to make your debut more memorable, from your choice of dresses to choosing the cake and the giveaways. This is also the part where you consider other suppliers such as a photographer and videographer, lights and sounds, an event host, a DJ, and the list goes on depending on the theme of your event. Some venues may have more complete event packages that will lessen your headache to search for other suppliers, so this is something that you can also keep in mind. When in doubt, there are always family members and event coordinators who you can turn to.
When it comes to the catering services aspect of your wedding, your wedding caterer might bring up reception cocktails. Should you or should you not include cocktails in your wedding program? Here are some of the factors you can consider when deciding whether or not to hold cocktails before your wedding reception.
Ultilize your beautiful venue
Apart from the main venue hall, your event space might have features such as pocket gardens, a beach front, or other beautiful views and backdrops. Holding pre-wedding reception cocktails is a great way to fully maximise the use of your event venue while also providing more diverse photo opportunities for you and your guests.
Allow family and friends to mingle
If you have a packed reception program, pre-wedding reception cocktails are the perfect opportunity for family and friends to get to exchange greetings, converse and mingle amongst each other. Set the tone and atmosphere of what is to come for your guests with eye-catching canapés and refreshing drinks before heading in to your main reception venue.
Give time to those running late
You might have a few guests running late or coming from other obligations. Holding a cocktail hour will minimize your chances of having guests arrive late to your wedding reception, and will give them a chance to relax and mingle with your other guests as well.
Capture more moments and memories
If you planned a photo shoot with your entourage and as a couple after your wedding ceremony, having pre-wedding reception cocktails is a good opportunity to keep your guests distracted while they wait for you. Your guests might be holding their own little photo shoots at the same time too!
A quick respite before the reception
You might have gotten up early in the morning for all the wedding preparations, or perhaps haven’t even slept a few nights before the big day. Holding cocktails for your guests will allow you and your groom some time to breathe before you make your grand entrance as husband and wife. If you plan to have a change of outfit and a few make-up retouches, this will also give you the time and opportunity to do so. Use cocktail hour as time for you to sit back, relax a bit and sip a glass of wine or champagne.
One of the biggest challenges to planning and hosting an event is finding a good caterer that will make you and your guests happy, both in terms of food and service. There are plenty of caterers to choose from, and not all of them are created equal. Because of this, it is important that you do your due diligence.
Here are four questions you should ask a caterer before hiring them!
- Has anyone used them before?
One of the best ways to choose or find good catering services is to ask your friends! Simply asking them if they know a good caterer will give you an idea of who you should and shouldn’t call! Because not only will they tell you about good experiences, but they’re likely to tell you some horror stories too. From these reviews, you will get a good initial idea of what you can do for your event or party.
- Can you do a food tasting? Are the flexible with special diets?
Once you start calling caterers, ask them if you can do a food tasting. It is important that you are happy with the type and quality of food at your event. Usually, the more seasoned caterers allow for food tastings because they understand how important it can be to the client.
In line with this, asking if they are flexible with special diets is also important. Some guests may be vegan, require halal, need things to be gluten free, etc. Being able to find a caterer that can fit these requirements and still create delicious food is like finding gold!
- Do they have staff? If they do, is that separate from cost?
Some start-up catering services are unable to provide staff or can only provide staff at great cost because they will outsource the staff on the day of the event itself. This is an important question because some events require more staff than others, and if the staff is a separate cost then the entire cost of the service can suddenly become less feasible.
- What are the costs?
For some, this is Question #1 due to budget constraints. Wherever it may be on the list, it is definitely an important question to ask. It is important that catering services be fair to clients with regard to what is being required and what they can properly provide. It is usually during budget discussions that adjustments need to be made
The more questions you ask a caterer, the more questions you will have. Keep asking! There is nothing more important than finding the right caterer for the occasion to keep both you and your guests happy! So ask all the questions you want and find the right catering service for you!