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TSE2015: The Wedding Gallery

TSE 2015 Wedding Gallery

 

If you have ever been to The Special Event, you know that the Wedding Gallery is one of the main attractions. Talented event designers put together a themed event space and I am always blown away at the transformations that take place in these little rooms at the convention hall. This year TSE was in Anaheim so there is lots of So-Cal influence in these designs.

A So-Cal Company Christmas

Team Leader: Connie Slykas

Team: Big4 Party Rentals

Being a born and raised So-Cal girl, I was really diggin’ this one. We don’t get much of a winter here so it was only appropriate to have a beachy vibe with the pier-like walk way and the walls made of pallets. I liked the detail of all our famous beaches and cities written on the pallets and the light up snowman and of course you have to throw a hammock in there! It is all very reminiscent of something you see walking in a beach neighborhood during Christmas.

 

An Eclectic Rendezvous In Southern California

Team Leader: Kamran Hussain, Kamran Hussain Designs

This design was split up in two. The fist half was a very chic white and gold set up using all gold containers and only white flowers and a whole lot of bling!

The second set up was quite the opposite of the first. It was jam packed with color and had more of a Moroccan feel. Bold accent pieces of mix patterned pillows and pops of solid color everywhere it was a feast for the eyes.

 

California Experience

Team Leader: Jorge Lopez, J&M Events

The California Experience room had a Los Angeles theme. Although the décor was very simple, the showpiece was the DJ booth. Flashing images of all things LA like the LAX sign, high rises in Downtown, beach scenes and of course a time lapse of traffic.

 

The Eco-Friendly Wedding

Team Leader: Cindy Lieber, OC Brides

This eco friendly design felt like living inside a fairytale. Seating areas made of moss and lush green plant life in every corner gave it a whimsical feel. The tablescapes also carried on the same woodsy and earthy look with simple floral designs that looked as though the plants were growing out of the container. LED trees gave it a modern twist and added eye catching lighting around the room.

 

The Merge Event

Team Leader: Brenda Lee Monteiro & Eleanor Yang,

Fiore Dorato International Pte Ltd

The Merge Event was all about high fashion. Each pillar in the room highlighted intricate headpieces, fierce high heels and stunning handbags. Every piece was backed by a beautiful floral design made of mostly orchids that was displayed on the wall.

 

TSE2015: Michael Cerbelli’s Hotlist

TSE 2015

 

Every year at TSE I look forward to Michael Cerbelli’s Hot List program. Loud music, high-energy performances and yummy (looking) food are all a part of what makes this the most fun program, even at 9am. With so many awesome things being highlighted I have narrowed down the list to my personal faves.

 

TSE 2015 Michael Cerbelli's Hotlist

#davishouselegacyball AFTER! #paintyourevent #nimby (with painting winners)

A photo posted by Heidi Schwartz (@paintyourevent)

 

Paint Your Event – Live Event Painter Heidi Schwartz paints your event as it is happening. This is a totally unique way to capture the event. Not only is it entertaining for guests attending, you also get to have a cool piece of art that will always remind you of a great event.

Express Kafeh – If you are a coffee lover like I am, you will love this! This premier espresso bar can brand delicious coffee drinks at your corporate event or wedding. You can get your logo or emblem printed on an edible and drinkable paper material that rests right on top of the foam!

DanCakes – These are the fist artistic pancakes and are a great alternative dessert. I have noticed a trend in having breakfast sweets as a dessert bar at weddings instead of a traditional wedding cake. Not only is this on trend, it’s also highly entertaining.

While on the subject of desserts, JARS by Dani are layered desserts that come in cute mason jars and who doesn’t love a good mason jar? You can order custom colors to match your event or order the traditional fudge brownie. These are the perfect sweet for a shower or small party you can even give them away as party favors.

3D Pop Up Cards – These are so beautiful! They are a little more expensive but make such a huge impression. These invites literally pop off the page and are little pieces of art your guests will surely keep for years to come.

I am always a sucker for a good dance performance! Bollywood Rise is an Indian and Western fusion dance group with beautiful Bollywood costumes and eccentric dancing that will amaze your guests.

 

 

TSE 2015 Michael Cerbelli's Hotlist

May your #holidays glitter with unforgettable moments. http://bit.ly/BLsilver #fashion #metallic #temptats #bling #silver #fashionista #holidays #NYE14 #skinjewelry #trendy #stylish #blacklaceskin

A photo posted by Black Lace Skin Jewelry (@blacklaceskin)

 

I have been seeing skin jewelry everywhere I go and I LOVE it! Black Lace SkinJewelry has beautiful collection of black, white and metallic skin jewelry. This has the same effect as a temporary tattoo but in elegant designs fit for weddings. I have also seen stations with skin jewelry at events too! Very cool.

And last but definitely not least POTTYMINTS. That’s right, potty mints. These dissolvable air freshener tablets leave behind a perfume-like fragrance for those times when ya just gotta go.

Check out our TSE 2015: Michael Cerbelli’s Hot List Pinterest board for these items and the rest of the cool things happening in events.

 

TSE 2015 Michael Cerbelli's Hotlist

Trends In Event Design with David Merrell of Design Dawgs

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The first session I attended at The Special Event 2015 was “Trends in Event Design” with David Merrell of Design Dawgs. This company specializes in high end, very chic and very hip events. Their events are heavily influenced by pop culture and all things trendy, one particular thing they thing they look to for inspiration is fashion. Pulling elements from what’s walking down the runway at fashion week and adding them to their design is part of what makes this company so successful. We get inspired by fashion in every form of design whither it be interior design, event design, graphic design, even food. David highlighted what he sees trending and what inspires his design.

Shabby Chic – This is when you take something old and add something new. We all have that old pair of jeans that we love and just can’t part with. Adding a new pair of shoes can really spruce them up and add a new, fresh, hip look they had been lacking before. Same goes with event design, adding a modern pattern or a few modern accents to a vintage style really changes the vibe and look of your design.

Metallics – Recently there has been a surge of metallic furniture in events. Grand gold and silver seating adds a lux feel to any space. Using metallic is great because they lend themselves to any color and really makes it pop. We have even seen this walking down the runways. Metallic purses and shoes add flare to any outfit.

Black & White – The classic color combination. Black and white will never go out of style but is always being reinvented! We have been seeing black and white used in bold patterns and mixed shapes in both linens and furniture even in flooring. A black and white event with pops of color is very modern and ultra sleek.

Mixed Patterns – In the past, mixing patterns was a big no-no! Now its highly embraced by the fashion and event industry. By mixing patterns you are able to bring in a lot of color and excitement without being too overwhelming. Bold patterns and geometric shaped are very in right now.

Gingham – I cannot think of a more adorable textile. We are always looking for something to add a little edge both in fashion and design. I think that gingham does the exact opposite. It adds an element of sweetness and innocence. We are so used to seeing it in the classic blue or red but now it is being used in so many colors, the options are endless!  Never the less, it is a classic pattern that will never go out of style.

Statement Pieces in Event Design – A big thing in event design is just that, big. Large statement pieces in the room make for good focal points. They could be anything – a giant mirror, a large lamp or even an over sized couch, Anything that can stand alone and crate impact.

Bring the outdoors, indoors – This is especially popular if you live in an area what doesn’t have great weather. Who needs it? You can create an entire garden setting indoors! AFR offers an amazing collection of grass seating that is surprisingly really comfortable and looks incredibly real! We have also seen flowers walls popping up everywhere thanks to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. I love flower walls because the options are endless with what type of flowers, greens and other elements you can bring into the design.

Floral Trends – Along with flower walls, floral chandeliers are being seen more and more and all I can say is WOW! If you are looking for a show stopping pieces one of these chandeliers is the answer to all our prayers. I’ll let the picture speak for themselves (see Pinterest board below).

Food Trends – Events are the best places to eat some of the best food, am I right? Everyone loves comfort food and in the past wasn’t considered event appropriate but chefs have been adding high-end ingredients and turning our favorite comfort foods into a luxurious dining experience. By adding a nice bleu cheese or maybe a fine Gruyere in your Mac & Cheese, you have automatically bumped it up a notch and took it to a new dimension.

For the past few years bacon has been wildly popular in the food industry and is still just as popular as ever! The options are endless when it comes to bacon because its flavor lends itself to so many categories of food. Bacon signature drinks and sweets are always a hot item on the menu.

If heavy home-style meals aren’t your bag, there are always the small plates! This is the best way to give your guests a variety of good food and good flavors. They are the perfect food choice for cocktail parties or intimate get-togethers. Your guests won’t leave stuffed but they will leave satisfied.

Drinks! – Arguably the most important thing to be served at any wedding or event and thanks to Bethenny Frankel we can enjoy our cocktails with just a little less guilt. That’s right! I’m talking about skinny drinks. In the health conscious world we live in, skinny drinks offer your guests the same amount of fun with less calories.

It’s no secret that craft beer is probably the trendiest thing happening in the beverage industry with micro breweries popping up left and right, so it’s no surprise that it has carried over into the event industry. Having a variety of craft beer available to your guests is just as exciting as a menu of mixed signature drinks or a refined wine list. Often times they have a higher alcohol content than regular beer so you are also getting more bang for your buck.

To get a visual of the trends in event design, click to view my Pinterest board!  So now let me here what your favorite trend is or what you are seeing in your neck of the woods in the comments below.

 

David Merrell Trends in Event Design

TSE2015: Leadership Lunch Event Flowers

TSE2015: Leadership Lunch Event Flowers

 

About 200 event professionals gathered for The Special Event Leadership Lunch on January 8th at The Ranch.  Jerome Raska AIFD, AAF, PFCI, CAFA, CF and J. Robbin Yelverton AIFD, AAF, CF, PFCI of Blumz… by JRDesigns headed up the design and being a great customer of our Detroit/Romulus branch asked us to sponsor the flowers.  We asked the design duo about their inspiration for the event and this is what they had to say:

 

“ Inspiration…it was a combination of both the venue and the keynote speaker.   The venue, The Ranch, has a very strong “western saloon” feel. The Speaker was a military veteran who lost his leg while serving in the Middle East.  So the look was decidedly masculine, western, organic, rugged and textural.  The linens selected were very earthy in greens, browns and taupes.  Floral product colors were white/cream, green, and a hint of darker red.  The use of the various mosses, bark, stones and succulents added depth to the composition.   The function was also a luncheon so designs were kept lower and not so over the top.  However, the unique floral products such as bromeliad bloom, protea, and artichoke gave an exotic feel while the roses and orchids lent elegance.”

 

We ran over before the lunch began to snap some photos to share with you – enjoy!

 

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Wholesale Product Showcase: Japanese Flowers at The Special Event 2015

Take a tour of all of the fabulous Japanese flowers that Mayesh had displayed at The Special Event. Charity shows off flowers that last up to 3 weeks including: lisianthus, clematis, ranunculus, sweet peas, Ripple lisianthus, green crisp, Black Magic vanda orchids with 13 blooms per stem, white gloriosa lilies, Snake allium, tweedia in white, blue and pink, scabiosa, and spray roses.

Also, if you are looking for some flowers that will compliment Pantone’s color of the year “Marsala”, we have that too!

 
Wholesale Flower Product Showcase: Japanese Flowers at The Special Event 2015 from Mayesh Wholesale on Vimeo.

Japanese Flowers: Sweet Peas, Scabiosa, Ranunculus, Tweedia & More

Japanese Flowers

It is that time again … Japanese Flower season!  We brought in lots of Japanese blooms for our Special Event booth this year.  We plan on taking more pictures and creating a video, of course, but in the meantime hopefully these pretty pics will hold you over.  Below you will find: pink tweedia, pink cosmos, light pink sweet peas, pink ranunculus, green ranunculus, scabiosa, light pink scabiosa, lavender scabiosa, purple lisianthus, pink lisianthus, white lisianthus, sweet peas, white tweedia, purple sweet peas, blue tweedia, and purple lucocoryne cravelle.

Please note that Japanese flowers are available at ALL of our Mayesh branches, however, due to price sensitivity, most items will only be available for pre-orders only.  So if you want to spice up your designs with this product, be sure to place an order with your rep because you won’t see this product sitting around in the cooler.

 

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TSE2013: Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List 2013 TM

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:

Paint Your Event – Live Event Painter Heidi Schwartz paints your event as it is happening. This is a totally unique way to capture the event. Not only is it entertaining for guests attending, you also get to have a cool piece of art that will always remind you of a great event.

Express Kafeh – If you are a coffee lover like I am, you will love this! This premier espresso bar can brand delicious coffee drinks at your corporate event or wedding. You can get your logo or emblem printed on an edible and drinkable paper material that rests right on top of the foam!

DanCakes – These are the fist artistic pancakes and are a great alternative dessert. I have noticed a trend in having breakfast sweets as a dessert bar at weddings instead of a traditional wedding cake. Not only is this on trend, it’s also highly entertaining.

While on the subject of desserts, JARS by Dani are layered desserts that come in cute mason jars and who doesn’t love a good mason jar? You can order custom colors to match your event or order the traditional fudge brownie. These are the perfect sweet for a shower or small party you can even give them away as party favors.

3D Pop Up Cards – These are so beautiful! They are a little more expensive but make such a huge impression. These invites literally pop off the page and are little pieces of art your guests will surely keep for years to come.

I am always a sucker for a good dance performance! Bollywood Rise is an Indian and Western fusion dance group with beautiful Bollywood costumes and eccentric dancing that will amaze your guests.

Every year at TSE I look forward to Michael Cerbelli’s Hot List program. Loud music, high-energy performances and yummy (looking) food are all a part of what makes this the most fun program, even at 9am. With so many awesome things being highlighted I have narrowed down the list to my personal faves.

Every year at TSE I look forward to Michael Cerbelli’s Hot List program. Loud music, high-energy performances and yummy (looking) food are all a part of what makes this the most fun program, even at 9am. With so many awesome things being highlighted I have narrowed down the list to my personal faves.

I have been seeing skin jewelry everywhere I go and I LOVE it! Black Lace SkinJewelry has beautiful collection of black, white and metallic skin jewelry. This has the same effect as a temporary tattoo but in elegant designs fit for weddings. I have also seen stations with skin jewelry at events too! Very cool.

And last but definitely not least POTTYMINTS. That’s right, potty mints. These dissolvable air freshener tablets leave behind a perfume-like fragrance for those times when ya just gotta go.

Check out our TSE 2015: Michael Cerbelli’s Hot List Pinterest board for these items and the rest of the cool things happening in events.

 

TSE2013: JRM Chemical & DecoBeads

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:

 

 

Have you used these before?  Share your design tips in the comments below!

The following local Mayesh branches carry floral supplies: Detroit, Cleveland, Charlotte, Chandler, and Riverside.

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

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 Functions, Alice-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!

 

PhotoToaster – photo editing software

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Sunrise Sunset – know when the lighting is best for events or photos

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

EasyRelease – track all of the people that you need a photo release from

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Floral Fan Deck and Flowerwheel – I know, I know … we need to work on our Flower Library and make an app.  I promise, we know and we will be doing so soon.  But, if you need a flower app on your phone now, here are a couple to choose from:

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Colorchooser – gives you Pantone colors based on your pictures

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Carpenter – has a level and ruler feature

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Point & Measure – there’s a video to explain how it works and is usueful for clients that want something tall.

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Pandora – a great way to help set the mood, especially for a photo session

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

The Food Guide – your culinary advisor

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

PhotoSynth – to make panoramic pictures

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

DropBox – this is another app that is highly used by Mayesh’s Marketing Team.  I don’t know what we would do without it as it allows us to easily upload/share/download large amount of files – like pictures and video after attending The Special Event.

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Facebook – one of my personal favorite apps.  Use this to find out more about your clients, but stay away from “friend-ing” them unless you guys really do become friends.  Also, have you tried out Facebook’s Graph Search?
https://www.facebook.com/about/graphsearch

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Check In Easy – use mobile devices to check-in guests fast & easy

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

PDF – sign, stamp, and annotate documents

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Pinterest – event ideas and a great way to check on clients to find out what they like

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Super Planner – this app provides a variety of planning tools, including calculators for venue capacity, staffing, catering, staging, projection and dance floor, etc.

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Pro Party Planner – is similar to Super Planner, but you can share and sync

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Intronex – hosted online, detailed spreadsheet, and contact relationship menu

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Hours Tracker – keep track of the time you are spending on your events

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Loveit.com – is like Pinterest

TSE2013: Apps for Event Professionals

 

Pantone – has a few apps for different devices and uses:

 

Social Tables – a layout app

TSE2013: Destination Weddings & Events

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 . . .

 

Top Locations for all types of events:

 

The Caribbean is ranked the number one destination wedding location.

 

Common misconceptions:

  • You are often planning destination weddings probably more than you think
  • Your mind set has to be slightly different from planning a local wedding and your clients are paying for your expertise
  • Do your research to find local vendors to save money as this is much cheaper than flying in talent
  • Destination clients typically spend more money per guest but you need to get more bang for the buck

If you want to break into the destination market, then create a location wish list and work on becoming the expert in those areas.

Destination weddings and events really focus on all of the details – big & small – to make the whole trip an experience for your clients and their guests.  Details that you may want to think about:

  • find out the couples favorite drink and have it waiting for them upon arrival
  • shuttle service
  • babysitting
  • scheduled adventures – cooking classes, salsa dancing, tours
  • Use interesting and elegant furniture that enhances the event’s look
  • No banquet style receptions – think signature cocktails & appetizers, unique soda pops, stations, pre-ceremony cocktails, guacologists, mixologists, retro cocktails, breakfast foods in the evening, etc
  • be a trendsetter, don’t be afraid to stand out ,and don’t be afraid to push your clients to have their own unique wedding and to not just copy what they are seeing

 

 

Connect with Celebrations:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/celebrations.cayman
Twitter: https://twitter.com/celebrationsltd

So now you may know a bit more about destination wedding and events.  If you aren’t already, will you be marketing your company to grab this piece of the pie?

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