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Things to Consider When Planning an Outdoor Event

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Hosting an outdoor event can be more complicated than hosting an indoor event. However, taking care of certain tasks before the event will make it more likely everything will go smoothly. Read on for things to consider when planning an outdoor event. Type of Event Some events are more suited to an outdoor venue than […]

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Understanding Proper Thank You Card Etiquette

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Although the habit of writing thank you cards has been falling by the wayside, it shouldn’t. Understanding when to send thank-you cards and what to say makes it easier. People who do nice things appreciate when you use proper thank-you card etiquette. Occasions That Merit a Thank You Note Proper thank-you card etiquette notes that […]

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Potential Ways to Cut Catering Costs

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Catered food often makes up much of the budget for any event. However, food is one of the most remembered parts of an event. You don’t want to skimp on catering too much. These tips on how to cut catering costs may help you get the most out of your catering budget. Decide Your Budget […]

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12 Steps to Choosing a Caterer

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The right caterer really makes or breaks an event, as food is typically one of the more important and memorable parts of any function. Taking a few factors into consideration makes it more likely you wind up with a delicious meal at a price you can afford. 1. Set a Budget Before talking to any […]

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Tips for Setting an Event Budget

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The 228 in Sterling, where staff are willing to help you work within your event budget

Having a clear event budget set before booking venues and vendors for your event makes it less likely costs will spiral out of control. However, not everyone has experience creating event budgets. The following few tips may come in handy. Start With the Overall Event Budget First, determine exactly how much you can afford to […]

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Things to Consider When Choosing an Event Venue

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Whether you’re planning a company barbeque, a wedding, or a family reunion, keep some things in mind when choosing an event venue. The right venue is key for having an amazing experience. Budget vs. Cost of Venue Start by coming up with a budget for the event. Then you know how much money you have […]