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It’s Party Time!

By | 2017-03-02T12:23:11+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Location Considerations, Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

Five new twists on the year-end office bash Oh, the office holiday party—and the resulting images in your mind. Off-tune karaoke perhaps? What about that time your boss over-eggnogged? Or channeled the Seinfeld show and danced like Elaine? […]

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Building Excitement Before Your Event

By | 2017-03-02T12:23:11+00:00 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 [...]

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From A to V: Five Audio/Visual Must-Haves When Planning Your Event

By | 2017-03-02T12:23:12+00:00 June 17th, 2015|Meeting Services and Coordination|

In today’s wired world, technology goes hand in hand with effective gatherings. In fact, nine out of 10 events at Monona Terrace require some kind of technical support, says John Klingelhoets, an audio/visual technician with Monona Terrace. “Technology, requirements and equipment change so rapidly nowadays that it’s not just nice to have audio/visual support—it’s imperative,” [...]

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Planning the Perfect Sales Meeting

By | 2017-03-02T12:23:12+00:00 May 27th, 2015|Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

There are two kinds of meetings: important ones and really important ones. And considering that your entire sales team may get together only once a year or more, the sales conference is often the highest-profile meeting you plan.

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Keepsakes Worth Keeping: 10 DIY wedding favors your guests will love

By | 2017-03-02T12:23:12+00:00 April 29th, 2015|Weddings|

When choosing do-it-yourself wedding favors to give your guests, there’s no shortage of ideas. A quick search online reveals candies in decorated jars, bags of coffee beans, s’mores in cute containers—the list is endless. But what if you want to make and give something a little more sentimental or personal? Here are a dozen ideas [...]

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Set Your Tables and Set the Tone

By | 2017-03-02T12:23:12+00:00 April 3rd, 2015|Weddings|

Five Wedding Tabletop Trends for 2015 Wedding receptions are as unique as the couple that’s marrying. And setting the right tone begins with your table decorations. “When your guests enter the reception area, how do you want them to feel? What mood do you want to set?” asks Wendy Brown-Haddock, CPCE, director of sales and [...]

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How to Choose a Sustainable Venue

By | 2017-03-02T12:23:13+00:00 March 2nd, 2015|Sustainability|

Many organizations require that their events meet certain environmental standards. And even if organizations don’t set standards, planners often do. “Ten years ago, planners were not concerned with or even considered greening their meetings—now it’s a more frequent occurrence with folks wanting to meet in a ‘green facility,’” explains Laura MacIsaac, director of sales for [...]

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So You Said Yes. Now What?

By | 2017-03-02T12:23:13+00:00 February 11th, 2015|Weddings|

SVHeart Photography Congratulations—and let the planning begin! We’ve helped hundreds of brides and grooms make their big-day dreams come true at Monona Terrace. So we put our heads together and developed a list of the first five things to do after you get engaged (besides celebrate). Follow these suggestions and we’re [...]

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Three Lessons From an Experienced Event Planner

By | 2017-03-02T12:23:13+00:00 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 [...]

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iPod, Band or DJ: What’s your perfect fit?

By | 2017-03-02T12:23:13+00:00 January 2nd, 2015|Weddings|

Music is one of the most important aspects of your wedding reception. It helps set the mood, keeps energy high and encourages your guests to step outside their comfort zones and onto the dance floor. Photo Credit: Ueda Photography So when it comes to planning the score for your big day, [...]

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