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Everyone’s Mad for Madison

By | January 8th, 2016|Tips For A Successful Meeting|

Our recommendations of what to do when you come here to explore You know how every once in a while you discover a town that stays with you long after you return home? Our visitors frequently tell us that Wisconsin’s capital city of Madison is one such spot. If you’ve been here for a convention and are longing for a return visit, consider this your official invitation to come back and stay awhile, no matter the time of year. We’ve even made it easy to plan your itinerary by sharing our personal recommendations of “must-do’s” and favorite activities—straight from people who live and work here. So welcome to Madison. Enjoy your stay. […]

Building Excitement Before Your Event

By | July 14th, 2015|Location Considerations, Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

How to use simple tactics to fire up the crowd Attendee engagement. It’s a phrase you hear—and most likely repeat—with every event you plan. With good reason. “You need to grab attendees’ attention before they even step foot inside your venue so that they arrive already excited for the event itself. They’ll come ready to learn, network and contribute. But maybe even more importantly, long after they return home, they’ll remember how they benefited,” offers Meg Statz, CMP, event services manager for Monona Terrace. “That makes for happy customers—and ones who will likely want to return to a future event that you plan,” she says. […]

Three Lessons From an Experienced Event Planner

By | January 15th, 2015|Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

Michelle Eggert, CMP, CDS If your event planning approach is anything like mine, I start contemplating how to improve my next event even before the current one is over. So you can imagine after 20-some years in the event planning business (but who’s counting?), I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that have served my clients well. I thought I’d share my top three—plus a bonus tip—whether you’re new to the profession or you’ve got 1,000 events on your resume. Let”s get started! Read on. […]

Outdoor Meetings: Get outside your head, and the office

By | September 5th, 2014|Location Considerations, Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

Relocating your typical meeting to an offsite location is a great way to infuse new energy and amp up creativity for an otherwise predictable event. But have you ever thought about taking your offsite meeting to another level? Fresh air can do wonders for morale and meeting efficacy. Physically moving part or all of these gatherings outdoors may be that extra push a team needs to come up with the next great idea, solve a problem or simply introduce an unexpected new element. And with the right venue, indoor back-up space allows a seamless transition to moving the event inside in the event of rain. Monona Terrace is one such venue. With its recently updated outdoor function space – the William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden – Monona Terrace provides the versatility for both an outdoor or indoor meeting. Warm and slightly cool weather gatherings on the Rooftop Garden are enhanced by a 360-degree view along the horizon. A giant fountain, new tables and colorful umbrellas offer eye-pleasing amenities. Lake Monona and the downtown Madison skyline make for unique and majestic event backdrops. […]

Budget-friendly wedding decoration inspiration

By | March 7th, 2014|Weddings|

Weddings are a beautiful experience on any budget. Being creative when on a tight budget allows you to use your imagination and infuse personality into your special day. Here are some tips, ideas and guidelines to help inspire you to get creative to make the most out of a wedding decorating budget. […]

Six Steps for a Five-Star Holiday Party

By | September 20th, 2013|Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

Planning your office holiday party is a great opportunity for you to infuse some fun into your colleagues’ daily routine. Luckily, it can be a piece of cake. Follow these steps to get started on your holiday event planning. […]

Simplify Your Event Planning Process With These 5 Apps

By | April 19th, 2013|Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

There are dozens of tasks that go into planning an event to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible: you need to book the right location, coordinate schedules, send out the invites, keep track of RSVPs, manage refreshments or catering, and more. The complexities of event planning make a helping hand (even one that operates digitally) more than welcome.While Monona Terrace has a staff of seasoned experts on hand to help you take care of many of these important details, there are several helpful tools event planners can keep as close to them as the nearest mobile device. Here are five options that may help to make your event planning even smoother. […]

Top Five Ways Color Can Make Your Wedding Unforgettable

By | March 6th, 2013|Weddings|

Planning your wedding can be stressful. There are a lot of moving parts, which, in the end, all need to work together in order to make your wedding a success. A key part of your wedding is color choice. The right color coordination can make a wedding. The wrong wedding color schemes have the opposite effect. […]

Plan Powerfully with a Dedicated Meeting Professional by Your Side

By | August 3rd, 2012|Meeting Services and Coordination|

You’re charged with planning the next corporate event or conference, and there is a long list of things to consider: attendees, location (venue), catering, hotel stay, meeting content, etc. Deep breath. The great news is you’re not alone in the planning process. Often venues will provide the support of a dedicated meeting professional once you have secured your space, like we do at Monona Terrace. Consider them your dependable partner, who can share valuable knowledge about what works well at their particular venue. They are there to help cross items off your event planning checklist and to offer suggestions for maximizing the value of your meeting. […]

The Dos and Don’ts of Serving Drinks at Your Next Business Event

By | July 5th, 2012|Tips For A Successful Meeting|

Selecting the right beverage service for an event can be a weighty task. As an event planner, or meeting organizer, you know a smooth beverage service can enhance a seamless event flow resulting in focused, energized attendees. Here are a few simple guidelines for choosing a beverage execution that’s perfect for your next business event: […]