My Big Day was ecstatic to be enlisted as the 'fun makers' for Slate360, an event company based out of Nevada/Boston. The team at Slate360 asked us to plan a packed itinerary filled with experiences and excursions in Colorado.
From booking car services to/from the hotel and out and about, to meals, to team-building activities, we had a blast putting together tons of fun for this client!
Our new friends know how to make all of their team members feel welcome. Fantastic lodging at The Elizabeth Hotel in Old Town Fort Collins, a custom candy bar, packed fridge, every supply that could make one feel comfortable when traveling, and monogramed gifts for all!
Here is a taste of just 2 days of the team's itinerary...
Thank you to our photography friend, Dick Knapp, who captured some candid moments of the team and headshots!
If your company is looking for a custom experience for your retreat and/or team-building, you know who to call.... MBD Marketing & Events.
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As a connected collective of experts, My Big Day specializes in the creative touches so many marketing campaigns & events these days are lacking. With superior organization, marketing experience and original ideas, we pull off amazing events and campaigns!
Allow us to WOW you and your guests!
As purveyors of fun with My Big Day, we support businesses and individuals in the growth of their ideas, events and marketing strategies. Our creative aptitude allows for unique ideas. Our passion for perfection makes every client a priority!
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Phone: 970-613-1455 or 303-886-3068
We serve the entire Front Range; Denver, Southern Wyoming, the CO Mountains, and Northern Colorado: Loveland, Fort Collins, Greeley, Windsor, Berthoud, Estes Park, Lyons, Longmont, Boulder, Wellington, Johnstown, Evans, Severance, Timnath, Mead, Frederick, Firestone, Milliken
As we turn our attention to all things Earth-friendly and sound environmental practices on this Earth Day, it is important to also consider the environment when planning events.
The events industry has a marked impact on the environment. From long-distance travel, to the mountains of paper products and brochures that large scale events create - considering sustainability as part of the planning process should be added to any good event planners’ checklist.
Sustainable events are more than a buzz word - they are the new norm in our industry. While it might seem daunting to audit our current organizing process, vendors, and venues, there are actually many benefits to making events more environmentally friendly.
What is Event Sustainability?
The definition of “event sustainability” is taking action towards preserving our natural environment; promoting a healthy, inclusive society; and supporting a thriving economy.
There are four principles for event sustainability that support the sustainable development goals that were adopted and put forth in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These principles were developed in order to help combat the impact events have on the environment.
Principle 1: Event organizers and suppliers share responsibility for implementing and communicating sustainable practices to their stakeholders.
Event organizers set the stage - literally. They hold the power to make sustainability a priority in the planning process.
Principle 2: Basic environmental practices.
These practices can include resource conservation, waste management, carbon emissions reduction and management, supply chain management, responsible purchasing, and biodiversity preservation
In an industry that often creates tons of landfill waste during a weekend conference, it is important to consider best practices for future attendees.
Principle 3: Basic social considerations.
Universal human rights, impact on the community, fair labor practices, respect for host culture, safety, security, and health and well-being are all important considerations to think about when choosing an event location and should be part of the planning process.
88% of consumers want brands to help them be more environmentally friendly. Translation? These items are important to your event attendees, and therefore, they should be highly considered when making any event decision.
Principle 4: Sustainable events support thriving economic practices.
Thriving economic practices include collaboration and partnerships, local stakeholder participation that also includes small and medium enterprises, economic equality, transparency, and responsible governance.
How to Build a Sustainable Event
The environmental impact of an in-person event is huge. Not only does one have to consider the amount of physical waste each attendee creates, the carbon footprint of travel to and from said event is staggering.
What can an event planner or hosting company do to take responsibility and combat these negative effects?
There are many options to consider. One is to ditch a full in-person event in favor of virtual or hybrid events. Virtual events have a drastically lower environmental impact than in-person events. Virtual or hybrid events eliminate the problematic aspects of air and land travel that large scale in-person events require.
If a virtual or hybrid event is not possible, event planners and companies should look for sustainable venue options. A sustainable venue might be located in an area with reliable public transportation and nearby restaurants, lodging, and attractions. They might also utilize alternative energy resources like solar panels and lower efficiency systems of light and power.
Catering choices are also important when planning an earth-friendly and sustainable event. Purchasing food and beverage supplies locally wherever possible helps to avoid long-distance supply chain travel.
Food waste can be minimized by taking advantage of local growing seasons, and by avoiding disposable food and beverage service wares. Compostable materials for plates, cups, and cutlery should be considered when reusable supplies are not available.
One more option to consider is to go paperless. Event technology has come a long way - huge advancements were made out of necessity during the pandemic. There is no longer an absolute need for anything printed - all event information can be shared digitally and updated in real-time. Not only does this practice help to save the environment, it can save money in the event budget as well. Printing paper materials is not green nor budget-friendly.
Sustainability is a Responsibility
Event sustainability doesn’t happen overnight. It takes careful consideration and planning. Event producers must be intentional, and create and define specific event sustainability goals.
As mentioned before, this is not a fad, but a new norm in event planning. It is also something that you can use to your advantage. We live in a society that is increasingly drawn to environmentally friendly practices. Consumers and event attendees will be more likely to align themselves with companies that share their same values and ideals. Promoting your earth-friendly practices to your clients, shareholders, and attendees will only help drive your events’ success!
Guests were greeted with friendly faces from the My Big Day team at check-in. Wife Talk chose to host this event at the new Residence Inn by Marriott in Breckenridge.
Brie from the Breckenridge Tourism Office helped our guests prior to the retreat and upon check-in with booking activities and deciding upon the best way to spend their time while visiting!
The full day of sessions started off with some early risers, eager to to absorb - and of course with prayer!
More sessions and break-outs took place throughout the day. The hotel had wonderful accommodations and very helpful staff!
Lunch and dinner were provided by Gilchrist catering, a staple in Breck.
Of course, it wouldn't be a My Big Day event without signature cocktails and ample signage!
Thank you to our gracious clients from Wife Talk and for all the hospitable folks in Breckenridge who help make lodging and having fun easy!
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Phone: 970-613-1455 or 303-886-3068
Located in Loveland, CO
As event planners, we serve the entire Front Range; Southern Wyoming, the CO Mountains, and Northern Colorado: Loveland, Fort Collins, Greeley, Windsor, Berthoud, Estes Park, Lyons, Longmont, Boulder, Wellington, Johnstown, Evans, Severance, Timnath, Mead, Frederick, Firestone, Milliken
My Big Day is no stranger to a scavenger hunt -in fact, it's one of our favorite silly things to plan! To get you ready for holiday driving, we've put together a Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt. Enjoy with friends and family! Add it on to your current holiday traditions, or make new Christmas traditions!
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Phone: 970-613-1455 or 303-886-3068
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As event planners, we serve the entire front range; Northern Colorado,
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“My Big Date,” a Valentine’s Day getaway in Loveland, Colorado
Loveland, Colorado January 2, 2015– It’s been the sweetheart city since 1877, and now there is a great reason to make Loveland, Colorado your destination this Valentine’s Day. Three Loveland-based, female owned businesses have created My Big Date, a tasty escape to the Sweetheart City.
“Loveland has been a destination for art lovers for many years, but we want people to realize that the town is the perfect Valentine’s Day destination,” said Christine Kovacs Forster, founder of My Big Day Events, LLC, an event planning company in Loveland.
Last year, Ms. Forster, Mechelle Martz-Mayfield, owner of NOCO Short Bus Tours, LLC, a brewery tour service, and Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, founder of HeidiTown.com, the place for Colorado festival and travel stories, came together to create My Big Date.
There are two packages available this year, and space is limited.
The Brunch & Brew package is available on February 14 and 15, 2014. This package includes a coffee tasting at Loco Artisan Coffeehouse, a beer and brunch pairing at Loveland Aleworks and a beer tasting paired with B. Sweet Cupcakes at Crow Hop Brewing Transportation between venues will be provided by NOCO Short Bus Tours, LLC.
The second package is a Brewery & Spirits Tour available on February 14, 2014, only. This includes a tour and tasting at Spring 44 Distillery, a tasting flight at Crow Hop Brewing, a tasting flight at Loveland Aleworks and a stop at B. Sweet Cupcakes for a treat. Transportation between venues will be provided by NOCO Short Bus Tours, LLC.
Both packages include time for guests to stroll through Loveland’s Fire & Ice winter festival that takes place annually in downtown Loveland over Valentine’s Day weekend.
“My Big Date is a great way to introduce people to Loveland,” said Martz-Mayfield. “It’s an introduction to our active brewery scene, our distillery scene and an opportunity to show off downtown.”
All 42 participants will receive a gift bag filled with Loveland swag, such as coupons, beer tokens, chocolate and more. In addition, each couple will also receive the book entitled, “14 Days of Foreplay,” by marriage and family therapist, Monica L. Lieser.
“My hope is that these two packages will entice people across the Front Range to come experience Loveland this Valentine’s Day. I believe that once they discover what Loveland has to offer, they’ll make future outings here,” said Kerr-Schlaefer.
“I want My Big Date to put Loveland on the map as a destination town,” she added.
My Big Date is brought to you by My Big Day, LLC, NOCO Short Bus Tours, LLC and HeidiTown.com, and has been endorsed by Visit Loveland. For more information on the subject matter of the press release call Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer at (970) 213-2354, email TheMayor@HeidiTown.com or go to ValentinesDayInLoveland.com
My Big Day event participants are safe party people!
And to help them stay safe and party smart, we consistently offer recommendations for local transportation services to help people get to and from their destination without having to worry about drinking and driving.
As Northern Colorado grows, we have more services to choose from! Below are the companies that My Big Day has worked with and recommend for your next night out!
You can choose from taxis, limos, a personal driver, a traditional car service, or a short bus!
The Huffington Post posted a fantastic article on things you shouldn't do after you get engaged. Writer, Sandy Malone hit the nail on the head!
From house hunting, to wedding gown shopping and to time spend on Pinterest, to wedding weight loss ... we 100% agree with Sandy's observations.
If you are a bride, or have a friend who is engaged, do her a favor, and send her this article!
CLICK HERE for the article on 10 Things You Should NOT Do After You Get Engaged.
You'll thank us for it!
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My Big Day has been on the hunt for a great girls weekend that involves wine.
We stumbled across this article and had to re-post! Did you know about all these hidden gems?
Here's to 15 great little known wine country trips!
Thank you to Sunset Magazine for giving us the scoop!
Experience wine country without the crowds in these under-the-radar spots for sipping.
CLICK HERE for the Sunset Magazine Slideshow.
When planning for your Big Day, a big part of the prep can be the bachelor party, the bachelorette party, and the honeymoon.
Travel costs money, of course, but if you are looking for a fun time with your guys, gals, or a creative budget honeymoon destination, My Big Day can help.
Below are some links to articles we found on great places to celebrate, while trying not to break the bank!
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My Big Day would be crazy not to post about Valentine's Day, since we LOVE love and parties! And we'd also be crazy not to promote the FUN packages we have put together for Valentine's Day. In the 10 years we've lived in Loveland, and 8 years in business, we've always longed for more to do in our great Sweetheart City!
Loveland is not only home of the Valentine's re-mailing program, and streets lined with giant wooden hearts with loving messages... we are the home of Valentine's Day! We take great pride in celebrating love.
With our friends, Heidi from Heiditown and Mechelle from NoCo Short Bus Tours, we decided to put together packages that celebrate Valentine's Day and all our city has to offer.
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