Category: Big Event Fail

  • Big Event Fail: A Missing Permit

    When an event manager is tasked with the responsibility of managing an event for 5,000 people, there are many moving parts to ensure the event runs successfully. The director of catering for that event, as you can imagine, has the responsibility of maintaining the food and beverage needs for a group of that size. With […]

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  • Big Event Fail: A Wedding Ceremony Downpour

    While working as an event manager, specifically when working with weddings, there are many details to plan before a couple’s big day. A couple planning their outdoor wedding may hope for the opportunity for picture-perfect shots in front of natural light and a beautiful floral display, but that is not always the realistic outcome. Lauren […]

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  • Big Event Fail: A Stickler Client

    Certain client requests may sometimes seem a little out of the ordinary and require extra attention to detail, but event teams still must follow the client’s instructions. Some people have certain things that they are sticklers about, which would leave little room for mistakes when managing their events. Chris Pridemore, Tripleseat’s National Account Manager, tells […]

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  • Big Event Fail: A Basement Flood

    As we have learned from our Big Event Fail posts, some things are just out of the event or sales manager’s control. In some situations, all you can do is react in the moment to handle the chaos at hand as quickly and smoothly as possible, all while saving the event for the client. Within […]

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  • Big Event Fail: The Missing Burlap Table Runners

    As event managers know, the day of any event is finally the time to put all of your planning into action and show the guest just how wonderful your team is by running the event without a hitch. Once the big event day arrives, it’s go time, so it’s understandable how if the event manager […]

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  • Big Event Fail: A Contract Mistake

    An event contract is like the holy grail of any event. It holds every little detail event planners need in order to ensure their client receives exactly what they requested. The client also looks at the contract in this light, making sure that the venue isn’t missing out on anything they’d planned for their event. […]

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  • Big Event Fail: An Unexpected Splash

    As we have shared thus far in the Big Event Fail series, there are many mistakes that can be made with a party’s guest count, event space, menu items, weather elements, and much more. Some mistakes, unfortunately, can occur from human error while in the stressful and busy environment on the job. Melanie Papandrea, Director […]

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  • Big Event Fail: A Mistake on the Dance Floor

    Event professionals know that one of the keys to a successful event is attention to detail. It would be an unfortunate mistake to forget a dining table, food station, or decoration request that the party host expects from your venue. However, there are times where a group may assume your venue includes an amenity that […]

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  • Big Event Fail: Guest Count Doubling Debate

    While preparing for an event, ensuring that the guest count will fit comfortably in the event room is a crucial part of the preparation process. It is also important that the interested party understands the maximum guest count for a given space and how having more guests could backfire on the experience. For this week’s […]

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  • Big Event Fail: A Back-to-Back Booking

    The goal of every event manager is to make sure that their venue is booked to maximum capacity as frequently as possible in order to generate the most revenue. Sometimes this may even include booking parties for back-to-back events in a single day — which, as one could imagine, would be a hectic day for […]

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