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By Sabrina Mesa on 8/19/2013 10:17 AM

Every year The Special Event allows for wedding specialist from all industries to show what they can do. Companies team up to create wedding vignettes in rooms. They completely convert basic conference rooms into wedding fantasies. They are SPECTACULAR!

This year I noticed the trend of elevation. Many of the vignettes included elements that seem to hover above the crowd.

Take for instance this first tablescape.

By Yvonne Ashton on 7/11/2013 10:46 AM

Believe it or not, I’m almost done blogging all about The Special Event 2013 that took place earlier this year!  We’ve been busy bees and still have to cover all the greatness found at Catersource and now the AIFD Symposium – so be sure to stay tuned!!  This round, I wanted to review a few of my favorite things that I saw during Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List show!  And what a show it was! 

For non-floral related, this is hands down my favorite part of The Special Event.  Like last year, we created a Pinterest board, containing the companies featured, but here are a few to get you started:

By Yvonne Ashton on 7/10/2013 5:52 AM
At The Special Event 2013 we met up with Dave from JRM Chemical to discuss his company's trendy floral accessories - DecoBeads, DecoCubes, DecoBalls, and SnowReal.  Here’s the video:
By Yvonne Ashton on 7/5/2013 11:13 AM

If you are an event professional in 2013 then you should be familiar with apps and you should be utilizing them to help step-up your game and sometimes to make your life easier!  No matter which end of the tech spectrum you are on, below are some apps that you should look into as suggested by the Julie Lyford of Fabulous FunctionsAlice-Lynne Olson, a floral artist, and Elizabeth Hinke of Mintahoe Catering & Events from the Apps for Event Profs session at The Special Event 2013.

After you review these apps, I’m sure you have your own faves and I would love to hear about them in the comments below!  Happy app-ing!

By Yvonne Ashton on 6/17/2013 11:53 AM
Destination weddings and events are hot, hot, hot!  Did you know that 24% of all weddings are destination weddings?  Mayesh Wholesale Florist participates in many destination events throughout the year, so much so that we have a program called, Mayesh Destination Events.  Be sure to check it out if you are or will be involved with such events, we would love to be your floral partner!

At The Special Event earlier this year in Chicago, I sat in a session all about destination wedding trends given by Jo Anne V. Brown of a Celebrations, a destination management company.  Here are some highlights from the program . . .
By Yvonne Ashton on 6/7/2013 9:49 AM
Wedding season has began, which means not only will you be working with lots of flowers, but you will also be thinking about aisle runners.  Well, while at The Special Event 2013, Julie Goldman of The Original Runner Co.  talks to us about their no-slip fabric aisle runners that come in over 30 colors and prints (see video below).  They also can customize the runners.  They are totally awesome and you need to check ‘em out!  A great addition for your wedding clients!
By Yvonne Ashton on 5/20/2013 9:37 AM

Blogger: Sabrina Mesa

Marriage is a big deal to many people, and the day is different for every couple. Whether you are for or against gay marriage, we cannot deny that same sex marriage is big business. By the end of this year, Minnesota will join Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Maryland, Washington, Rhode Island and Delaware in legalizing same sex marriages. What does that mean for florists in those states or florists who do destination events? It means that the wedding game has changed and assumptions need to be thrown out the window.

By Yvonne Ashton on 4/25/2013 9:32 AM

Blogger: Sabrina Mesa

In January, we attended The Special Event in Chicago, IL. We attended sessions and spoke to people who visited our green and white booth.

Because you cannot always make every show so, we try to bring the show to you throughout the year. Here is a recap of a session I attended.

Hollywood or Bust

There's no business like show business and if there is anything to know, Hillary Harris knows. How does she know? She is the Executive director for Warner Brothers’ Special Events division. As head of her division, she and her team have won numerous industry awards.

I attended a session presented by Hillary during The Special Event called “Latest Trends in Hollywood.” She presented trends to be on the lookout for this year in events and weddings.

By Yvonne Ashton on 4/8/2013 9:42 AM
If you have ever been involved with a wedding – either business or personally – then you know about The Knot.  I had the pleasure of attending a few of the city mixer events, which were fun and a great opportunity to do some networking.  Also, I’ve been following The Knot blog for a bit, as they post some great articles to help businesses, like yours, in the wedding industry.  So when I saw The Knot’s booth at The Special Event in Chicago, we stopped by with our video camera.
By Yvonne Ashton on 3/25/2013 6:34 AM
At The Special Event 2013, we stopped by the Over the Top Linens booth.  Jennifer reviews some of their geometric print, which are hot and trendy this year, linens including: chevron, houndstooth, extra large chevron, and chains.  This was the exact reason why I was drawn to their booth – I’m crazy for chevron and the chain link patterns!
By Yvonne Ashton on 2/27/2013 7:54 AM
If you are in the event biz, then you should know about the Champagne Creative Group.  If you have ever seen the beautiful women walking around with giant dresses holding champagne flutes or “living” red carpets, then you know of the Champagne Creative Group!  At this year’s The Special Event, Rolando showcased his new LED costumes.  Check out the video here and be sure to check out his Facebook page that shows great pics of these costumes in a dark party atmosphere:
By Yvonne Ashton on 2/4/2013 8:07 AM

When I’m walking a show asking people to present their products in front of our video camera, occasionally I get roped into being in the video.  This is one such time.  Check out as I catch up with Jacque Sir-Louis, of Oasis Floral Products, to discuss 2 brand new products - the 36 inch long Oasis Floral Foam RAQUETTES® , and larger bouquet holders – at The Special Event 2013!  Bigger is better!

Don’t forget that our Detroit, Cleveland, Charlotte, Chandler, and Riverside branches carry floral supplies!

By Yvonne Ashton on 2/4/2013 7:54 AM
The Mayesh team attended The Special Event 2013 in Chicago, IL.  Not only do we send our sales professionals, but I attend with my team.  We walked the show floor in search of great products & services to share with you and The Totty Belt fits the bill.  This great belt can be used as your floral or event tool belt which can even fit an iPad or other tablet device.  Check out Brit Bertino as she gives you a tour of The Totty Belt!

Do you have one already?  Are you going to get one now?  Let us know!

Mayesh Bloggers

Yvonne Ashton

I plan on bringing our readers all things flora and fun, mixed with some serious posts about the flower business. I like to think of myself as pretty well-rounded - having passion for design (flowers, web, decor, etc.), marketing, photography, tech, and business. I'm a huge believer in continual education, so I'm always looking for new ideas and hope to share that journey with you!

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Ali Dahlson

Coming from a background in interior design, I'm trying my hand at flowers, and will be spending the next year learning the ins & outs of the business. I will be sharing my experiences as the new kid on the block, hoping to inspire other young, aspiring floral designers like myself. I grew up in the wholesale flower business, but hope to use my education and experience to eventually create a unique and innovative approach to floral design. Follow along for a blend of educational tid-bits, my thoughts & musings on the business, and a peek into my crazy journey into the world of flowers! #alitheflorist

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