August 7, 2014 --Loveland, Colo
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit…….
Break out your lederhosen and dust off your polka shoes – it’s that time of year again! LOVELAND OKTOBERFEST!
This is one of NoCo’s largest FREE community events and it will be held at the Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson complex on Saturday, September 20, 2014. All the free fun will take place from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. The fun will continue throughout the evening when The Epilogues, Proverbial and Flobots take the stage at the Thunder Mountain Apitheater. (Ticket information posted below.)
As a proud sponsor, My Big Day Event Company is excited to announce that this year’s Oktoberfest is the largest one yet! Due to the larger venue and participants, a greater portion of the proceeds will benefit the efforts of Colorado Youth Outdoors, a unique non-profit in Northern Colorado that aims to connect kids and parents through hands-on outdoor experiences.
Seven breweries will have signature brews available – five of them from local establishments:
Crow Hop Brewery
There will also be a number of food venders and musicians providing tastes and entertainment with a local flare. The Waido Experience, Dr. Doctor, and the Harvestmen are ready to rock your lederhosen off and will all be providing family fun entertainment throughout the afternoon. The event’s schedule can be found at http://lovelandoktoberfest.org/schedule/
Ticket information for the evening concert:
-Tickets for the concert start at $15 for students, $18 for presale tickets and $20 at the gate.
-Tickets include entry to all three performances.
Presale tickets can be purchased at Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson, all Loveland and Fort Collins King Soopers’ locations, the Loveland Visitor Center, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and online at www.lovelandoktoberfest.org.
We hope to see you there, enjoying all the fun and festive activities and partaking in some tasty brews! Don’t forget to plan ahead and remember how important that mornin’ after kloche is to cure your Oktoberfest hangover!
“Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Oans, zwoa, drei, g’suffa”
My Big Day, a Loveland based event company, is honored to be a sponsor of this year’s Oktoberfest.
For more information about My Big Day, visit http://www.mybigdaycompany.com
or call (970) 613-1455 or 303-886-3068.
Christine Kovacs Forster firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the event, or to become a sponsor, contact:
Ingrid Bush email@example.com
Their tagline is, "Scooterhinge, A Nostalgic Rental Hall." But this venue in Mead, Colorado is more than nostalgic. It's eclectic, it's strange... it's downright a museum of the odd and unusual!
The My Big Day team went on a site visit of Scooterhinge to get an idea of what future signature events might makes sense in this space. We also receive requests for affordable event spaces where clients have the option to bring their own caterer and alcohol. This place offers all of that and more! So we wanted to get a feel of what this venue is all about before we make referrals to our clients.
Located between Loveland and Longmont, Mead is a town of less than 4,000 people. The owner of Scooterhinge is a collector of sorts. He purchased this building and started bringing in his collectibles (old motorcycles, classic cars, vintage dolls, nostalgic toys, the list goes on.)
Many people don’t realize it, but music plays a crucial part in your event. The band or DJ sets the mood for your special day so the importance of having a true professional is pivotal.
To ensure you are getting a professional-- listen to referrals, go out and see the band play or at the very least conduct a phone interview. After you’ve listened to them, arm yourself with these questions to ask your DJ or band -- and you should be prepared to dance the night away.
Below is My Big Day's helpful list of 26 questions you should be asking!
These are a few of our favorite things!
But what most of our clients look to us for is vendor recommendations. A good event planner knows who and where to find the right service that suits what you are looking for. And when they find a venue, vendor, or valuable contact - they refer them!
Visit our "Favorite Things" page on our website to find a list of places, people and things we love!
And if you think someone or someplace is missing, let us know. We love meeting new people too!
CLICK HERE to visit our "Favorite Things"
A day or two after Christmas My Big Day starts to receive a flurry of phone calls, emails and website hits... folks are trying to figure out what to do for New Year's Eve.
My Big Day hosts an annual New Year's Eve Party that moves around, and has a different theme every year.
However, we are not the only party in town.
Find something to suit your NYE party style! We found fabulous parties in Loveland, Greeley, Johnstown, Fort Collins, and Estes Park!
Check out the list we compiled with the many ways to ring in the new year in Northern Colorado.
New Year's Eve To Do's in N. Colorado 2013/2014:
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
We love a theme. Every party needs one, every event deserves one. Follow us on our journey down the path of creative party planning & exceptional events!