Today (12/10/13) is Colorado Gives Day!
On this ONE day, Coloradans pool extra money to donate to their favorite charities. You can give to these charities anytime of the year, of course... but 12/10 serves as a reminder to those who don't commonly give. It is a big, communal outcry, reminding folks of the good work these non-profits do in our community. No donation is too small. Every little bit makes a big difference.
Colorado Gives Day raised 15.4 million dollars in 2012. Let's help top that record, and give to the charities that serve our communities day in and day out!
As an added bonus, when giving on this day, so charities are receiving matches from local businesses, so your donation can go even farther!
CLICK HERE to learn more about Colorado Gives Day!
A big, chocolate-covered thank you to all our Pinterest and Blog followers!
Our Pinterest page, and blog posts have been blowing up!
We're happy to know that our social media has taken off.
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When the holidays draw near, do you feel the need to reach for a beer?
The relatives are in town, and you are putting in your time with the family...
Well, spike that egg nog, Sparky, grab your favorite moose mug, and play My Big Day's "Christmas Vacation Drinking Game!"
What you will need for this game: an beer, eggnog, wine, or your drink of choice, a santa hat & a single shot of your choice (perhaps a lime jello shot topped with cat food).
* A special thank you to all the versions of this drinking game that exist on the web that allowed us to customize our own--- we appreciate everyone's spirit and love for this movie! : The black sheep online, funtrivia, christmasvacationdrinkinggame.com, drinkinggames.com, poptrivia, pophangover, littlebabygarvin, etc...
A couple AMAZING giveaways just happened across our desk this morning, and we wanted to share with all of our My Big Day followers!
HeidiTown is working with the city of Breckenridge, CO to promote a HUGE giveaway. Estes Park is open! And to inspire traffic, they are promoting a BIG weekend giveaway. Lastly, local florist, Palmer Flowers, are giving away $100 in flowers- now who wouldn't love to give or receive that!?!
My Big Day LOVES bachelorettes and loves to party! Some traditional bachelor and bachelorette party ideas seem tired and a little 'been there, done that.'
Try switching things up a bit and look for fun group activities that a tad un-traditional.
Check out the list below and find a party idea that's right for you and your friends. And if you really need help, contact My Big Day and let us plan the party for you!
The Huffington Post recently published an article called, "9 Things Extremely Successful People Do After Work."
Studies have been done and the most successful people don't go home and turn on the TV, or climb into their pajamas... they unplug by doing a number of things.
Of these 9 things, we found that My Big Day annual events go hand in hand with most of the things successful people do to unplug. So, if you're not partying with My Big Day... you should be! It may increase your success!
9 Things Highly Successful People Do After Work:
My Big Day has thought of writing this article for quite some time... but Colorado Come to Life beat us to it! So, we are cross-posting their clever idea!
Take a look at their top 14 places to steal a kiss in Colorado!
My Big Day will be sure to do a follow-up with more of OUR favorite places to steal a kiss!
More Halloween photos are posted! CLICK HERE
Thanks to all who put so much spirit into their costumes this year!
-My Big Day
If you are planning an event or wedding, you may be wondering if you need a planner or coordinator to help with your Big Day. Should you need some help figuring out what an event planner really does, perhaps the list below will help!
My Big Day Events presents,
The Top Ten Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner
Quite often we get the question, how much should I tip my vendors? Honestly, tipping suggestions vary from person to person, and expert to expert.
Based on our research, and years of event experience, here is what we recommend. Be sure to download our handy tipping sheet for future reference!
My Big Day Guide to:
Tipping Vendors and Weddings and Events
Tips are never expected, but always appreciated. Tips are meant solely as an expression of appreciation for especially good service. Unless the service provided was less than satisfactory, it is customary to show your gratitude by tipping many of the people involved in making your event a success.
My Big Day Tipping Tips:
Check Your Contracts & Agreements
Many gratuities are built into quotes for major items, such as, catering. This will appear as a ‘Service Fee,’ a ‘Service Charge,’ or any amount that is approximately 15 - 20% of the total contract. Read your contract carefully to avoid unnecessarily double-tipping.
Don’t Tip the Venue /Owners
If your photographer owns the studio, there’s no need to tip them. The same goes for bands not booked through an agency, the owner of a wedding venue, and the beauty-shop owner who does your hair.
Reward Extraordinary Service
Beyond the customary tips, when someone goes out of their way for you―the DJ digs up that old recording that will make your Grammy misty-eyed… the florist finds you that rare flower not in season… the event planner goes above and beyond adding little touches not contracted, etc… consider thanking them with a gift certificate, a bottle of wine, or another thoughtful token.
Put Someone in Charge
Assign someone you can rely on… one of the fathers, the best man, your super-organized maid of honor - to hand out envelopes with the non-contract tips in cash, either at the time of service (hair and makeup people), at the end of the wedding (which allows you to adjust the size of the tips to reflect the service), or at the beginning.
Simple Tip Chart:
Bartenders: 10 percent of the total liquor bill (to be split among them)
Band or DJ: $20 - $25 per musician; $50 - $150 for DJs
Photographer/videographer: If you’re paying a flat fee with no overtime, $100
Catering manager: $200+ or a personal gift
Makeup artist: 15 to 20 percent
Event/Wedding planner: 15 – 20 percent of fee
Hairstylist: 15 to 20 percent
Waiters: $20 and up each (distributed by the catering manager or maitre d’)
Wedding Musicians: 15 percent of fee for ceremony musicians; $22 to $25 per musician for reception
Delivery Staff: Cake, Flowers, Rentals, Etc. $5 to $10 per person
Bathroom attendants: $1 to $2 per guest
Coat check attendants: $1 to $2 per guest
Hotel chambermaids: $2 to $5 per room; $10 to $15 if you used a suite as your dressing room
Limo or bus drivers: 15 percent
Valet or parking attendants: $1 to $2 per car; 15 percent for valet parking
Maitre d’hotel or headwaiter: 1 to 3 percent of food and beverage fees
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