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Who to Hire for Corporate Events

Chelsea Pellegrino

Corporate event planning can be meticulous: from décor to dining options, you go above and beyond to make sure everything “fits.” Chances are you wouldn’t want a cheeseburger at a stand-up cocktail hour or folding chairs at a formal dinner party. Selecting a vendor is no exception! You’ll want to make sure they meld with the style and audience of your event.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

Tips for Hiring a Comedian

Chelsea Pellegrino

If you're looking for a night of laughs, hiring a comedian for your event is the way to go! According to Rick Lewis (Scottsdale, AZ), comedy is a bonding experience. "Comedy is the most painless team building exercise there is." A comedian can offer a great way to break the ice, lighten spirits and get guests talking at an event. There are a few things to consider when hiring a comedian for an event. That's why we asked our top comedians for their advice on how to choose the right jokester for your function.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

5 Tips for Hiring an Event Photographer

Nicole Steeger

Life's special moments deserve to be preserved with beautiful photographs. Wedding and Event Photographers are the talented professionals who can help make that happen for you. From weddings and birthdays to graduations and christenings, an event photographer can capture the beauty and importance of all occasions, while creating memories that will last a lifetime.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

Party Tip: Estimating Drinks

Marta Block

It's one of the central questions of party planning, how much will people drink? How much should you buy? The most common estimate given for adults is 1 drink per hour, per person. So, if you're having 20 guests for a three hour cocktail party you'll need a total of 60 drinks.  Of course, you know your friends and their drinking habits best, and there are other things to consider.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

Ten Questions Vendors Have About Your Event Venue

Chelsea Pellegrino

It's no secret that event planning can be hectic, especially when it comes to coordinating with vendors. The best way to avoid potential mishaps? Tackle troublesome situations before they occur. By discussing these ten questions with your vendors, you'll bypass the problems and skip straight to a successful event! ... MORE

Posted January 11, 2016

Corporate Holiday Party Planning 101

Chelsea Pellegrino

Can you believe it’s that time of year already!? That’s right – it’s time to start planning your corporate holiday celebrations. While there are many things to consider when corporate party planning, you don’t need to panic – GigMasters is here to help you get started. From venue to menu, we’ve covered all the points you’ll need to tackle for hosting the best holiday bash ever!... MORE

Posted November 30, 2015

Party Personality QUIZ: What's Your Perfect Venue?

Chelsea Pellegrino

You’re having a party- the real question is, where? Does your vision work best for a banquet hall? Do you need an outside area so guests have room to run around? Or, are you someone who prefers to celebrate from the comfort of your own home? Take our Party Personality quiz to determine which venue will work best for your event!... MORE

Posted July 23, 2015

Better Team Building: Do’s and Don’ts from the Pros

Chelsea Pellegrino

Closing your eyes and falling into the outstretched arms of a coworker is one way to create a closer company culture. However, there are plenty of team building options that don’t risk your employees filing for worker’s comp. We reached out to some top professionals who specialize in corporate team building, and they’ve given us do’s and don’ts for your next company bonding session... MORE

Posted June 11, 2015

Get Nauti: Sail to Happy Hour

Terri Zimmer

It’s officially Summer, so take advantage of the summer’s balmy evenings and late sunsets and set up a nautical happy hour. Thanks to the nautical trend explosion, décor decked out in navy stripes and anchors is not hard to come by. Keep it casual with DIY ideas, or hire a bartender to serve boat drinks for a classy clambake. Even if you’re landlocked, you can create a seaside escape that you’ll remember all summer long. Get pinning with some of our favorite nautical happy hour ideas. ... MORE

Posted June 11, 2015

Do I Need an Event App?

Marissa Latshaw

The following is a guest article written by Justin Gonzalez of DoubleDutch. Whether you’re planning a 10,000 attendee tradeshow or a 20 person corporate leadership conference, you’ve probably thought about mobile event apps. When should you make the leap? What should you expect to get from the investment? How do you create a mobile strategy?... MORE

Posted April 08, 2015

Best Of BizBash NY Awards

Chelsea Pellegrino

Best of BizBash 2014 Human tables, walking trees, a life-sized snowglobe. No, it wasn’t a movie set – it was BizBash Live! At this year’s New York Expo, event professionals from the Northeast and beyond gathered to show off their amazing and innovative products and services. Not only did GigMasters get to spread the word about our service, but we also got the chance to see some of the top event amenities in the country! There were so many amazing vendors, but we simply had to acknowledge some of the best that we saw. We present to you our 2014 BizBash NY “Best Of” Awards!!... MORE

Posted October 31, 2014

Real Event: Bonnaroo Fun with Alex and Ani

Chelsea Pellegrino

On the 12th of June, Manchester, Tennessee was transformed into a whimsical land of music, art and fun- all for this little thing called Bonnaroo (maybe you’ve heard of it?) This year, the famous festival brought a lineup of stellar acts, from Elton John and Kanye West to Ben Folds and Kaskade. While these artists were all amazing, our favorite came in the form of a face painter. GigMasters member Kira of Happy Cat Face Painting was asked to work her magic for festival goers by none other than rock star jewelry gurus, Alex and Ani!... MORE

Posted August 13, 2014

Toys and Props and Coworkers, Oh My!

Chelsea Pellegrino

What do you get when you mix your CEO, the guys from Tech and the HR woman with a bunch of toys and props? Answer: Some pretty funny photo booth mementos! (Get your mind out of the gutter – we’re trying to make corporate events entertaining, but not that entertaining.)... MORE

Posted August 13, 2014

The Right Way to Request Vendors for Charity Events

Mary Ellen Skawinski

The following is a guest article written by Jacob Weiss, PhD, of Playing By Air Productions: When organizing a charitable function, consider event professionals to be valued donors and sponsors. Focus on building long-term relationships with vendors who are passionate about supporting your organization. These professionals will continually exceed your expectations and can be an advocate for you throughout the year (not to mention you’ll be able to support them as small business owners in the process!)... MORE

Posted July 28, 2014

Corporate Friendly Mocktail & Cocktail Recipes from the Pros

Chelsea Pellegrino

To drink, or not to drink? That is often the question at corporate functions. In the summer months, when picnics and office parties are in abundance, this dilemma only seems to grow. Sure, you can play it safe with soda, but where’s the excitement in that?... MORE

Posted July 23, 2014

Whats Your Companys Party Style?

Chelsea Pellegrino

You’re in charge of throwing an office event. Don’t leave it to chance- plan the perfect party style for your company by following this quick quiz!... MORE

Posted July 23, 2014

Venue Spotlight: Denver Botanic Gardens

Chelsea Pellegrino

When you think Denver, you probably picture the majestic Rocky Mountains and ski resorts. Take a trip to York Street, however, and you'll forever remember Colorado as home to the most beautiful flower gardens you've ever seen! That's all thanks to the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens.... MORE

Posted April 14, 2014

When To Book Your Event Vendors

Nicole Steeger

Booking the perfect vendors for any event is crucial. Knowing when to book is the first and most important step in the search process. The earlier you book, the easier it is to ensure that you will have your first choice in event vendors. Waiting too long can make planning stressful and potentially leave you with a selection you are not entirely happy about. ... MORE

Posted March 06, 2014

Starting the Search for Event Vendors

Chelsea Pellegrino

Whatever your event may be, one thing is for certain - you want the best vendor possible. Well, you’re off to a great start by choosing GigMasters! With over 25,000 vendors in categories like Musical Entertainment, Variety Acts, Speakers, Party Rentals, Transportation and Event Services, we’ll help you find the perfect match for your special occasion.... MORE

Posted March 06, 2014

Venue Spotlight: The Chicory

Chelsea Pellegrino

Since it’s almost time to break out those Mardi Gras beads, it’s only appropriate to spotlight a venue in good old New Orleans! Whether you’re looking to host a Mardi Gras celebration, a wedding reception or anything in between, look no further than The Chicory.... MORE

Posted February 17, 2014

Tips for Hiring an Impersonator

Nicole Steeger

Impersonators are a truly a special breed of performer. With an uncanny likeness in appearance and voice, professional celebrity impersonators can make you believe you are truly meeting a superstar. Finding a talented and skilled impersonator can be easy - if you know where to look, and what questions to ask. Here at GigMasters we have hundreds of amazing celebrity lookalikes that are perfect for any event.... MORE

Posted January 30, 2014

2014 Event Trends

Chelsea Pellegrino

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something…called a cragel? This isn’t the traditional bridal rhyme gone wrong - it’s a list of predictions for party design trends in 2014!... MORE

Posted January 24, 2014

Tips For Hiring An Acoustic Guitarist

Chelsea Pellegrino

An acoustic guitarist can bring a lovely, unique sound to your next event, but there are many things to consider before hiring one. Member Barry Pollack (Seattle, WA) puts it perfectly when he says, "The musician's role is more than just playing the music- a great musician creates an atmosphere!" At GigMasters, our goal is to match you up with a performer that creates the ideal atmosphere for your event. That's why we have asked some of our own acoustic guitarists to provide tips on what steps should be taken to find the perfect acoustic guitarist for your event. Check out the awesome advice they shared with us!... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

Tips for Hiring a Belly Dancer

Chelsea Pellegrino

Whether you're looking to get your guests off their feet, or provide them with a show they can sit back and enjoy, a belly dancer can be a great addition to any event. Even though the art of belly dancing has been a tradition for centuries, these performers are more popular than ever. That's why we are here to give you the scoop on how to select one for your next shindig!... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

How To Hire A Hypnotist

Chelsea Pellegrino

Only one kind of entertainer can make your guests forget their names, dance ballet and believe they're a famous celebrity all in the same sitting- a hypnotist! Your party is sure to be packed with laughs if you hire this unique performer, but what do you need to know before you book?... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

Party Planning Checklist - Stay Organized

Nicole Steeger

Planning an event doesn't have to be stressful - in fact it can actually be fun if you just stay organized! The more prep work you do in the beginning means the more free time you will have later to enjoy the fabulous event you have put together. To help you keep organized, we have designed a event planning checklist to guide you through from beginning to end. ... MORE

Posted December 19, 2013

Hiring Elvis

Marta Block

Happy Birthday Elvis! Today would have been Elvis's 78th birthday and people across the country are celebrating. Although I've always liked Elvis and his music (and have even been to Graceland twice), I didn't always understand the appeal of an Elvis impersonator. Then, I hired one.... MORE

Posted December 19, 2013

Entertainment Checklist - Before the Event

Drew Stoga

The days just before your event can be among the most stressful you'll ever experience.  From the most extravagant wedding to a simple backyard barbecue, so many things go into planning a great party that the days before the event can be a truly crazy time.... MORE

Posted December 18, 2013

Event Planner Spotlight: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Mary Ellen Skawinski

Weddings, birthdays, corporate functions, and special events across the board are incorporating a wider variety of vendors than ever before. Caterers, florists, servers, bartenders, venue management, live entertainment… and those are just a few of the services we’re seeing party planners seek out. Now with trends shifting toward themed parties, the bar is also being raised when it comes to extravagant décor. But before you start scrambling to arrange all the players at your next event, you might want to consider enlisting in Vanessa Van Wieren and the professionals at Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations (San Diego, CA).... MORE

Posted November 27, 2013

Tips For Hiring A Pianist

Chelsea Pellegrino

The piano is one of the most enjoyed sounds in music. It's elegance and versatility make it the ideal addition to events of all kinds- especially holiday celebrations! With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to pursue a pianist. To ensure you find the perfect performer for your party, we have asked our own piano-playing members for their top booking tips. Read on!... MORE

Posted November 20, 2013

Venue Spotlight: Burr Mansion

Chelsea Pellegrino

Imagine arriving at your event venue to see George Washington at the reception desk, or Samuel Adams strolling through the garden? What if you were told John Hancock and Dorothy Quincy booked the room across the hall for their wedding reception?... MORE

Posted November 18, 2013

New Holiday Office Party Ideas

Marta Block

Holiday office parties are the stuff of legends and jokes and for some people, fear. There's the fear of drinking too much and embarrassing yourself, but if you're the one planning the party there's also the fear of planning something boring. We've got some new ideas to keep your staff happy and your holidays care-free. Some of these ideas may even combat the loss of productivity that happens over the holidays.... MORE

Posted November 13, 2013

How To Hire A String Quartet

Chelsea Pellegrino

Members of the Romanza Music quartet in action! If you want entertainment that brings ambiance and elegance to your event, choosing a string quartet is a no-brainer. But what if you want modern hits? Some rock n' roll? Maybe even a little dancing? A string quartet can still be the way to go! ... MORE

Posted October 23, 2013

Venue Spotlight: Signature Grand

Chelsea Pellegrino

Florida is often known for its sunshine, sandy beaches and orange trees. But if you travel to the Signature Grand, you’ll think of Florida in a whole new light. Since 1996, this elegant event venue has been transporting guests back to the Renaissance era. The mansion hosts 40,000 square feet of space, and can seat up to 1,800 guests! Alternatively, it can be subdivided into up to 13 private areas, perfect for hosting a range of smaller events.... MORE

Posted October 14, 2013

Venue Spotlight: Jonathan Edwards Winery

Chelsea Pellegrino

Few settings are as breathtaking as the sweeping hills of Tuscany- but if you’re lacking the funds or travel time to host your wedding under the Tuscan sun, you can still recreate the atmosphere at a beautiful vineyard like Jonathan Edwards! ... MORE

Posted September 09, 2013

Event Planner Spotlight: D'organizer Event Planning Services

Mary Ellen Skawinski

Doris Golindano of D’organizer Event Planning Services (Melbourne, FL) knows what it takes to create a truly memorable event. Between her 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, and the impressive number of professional relationships she maintains with other local businesses, there’s no doubt that Doris is well-equipped to plan just about any event. ... MORE

Posted August 28, 2013

Event Planner Spotlight: Make My Day Event Planning

Mary Ellen Skawinski

It's summertime and wedding season is in full swing! So a thank you is in order to event planners Leanne Silicato Prosser and Casey Keiffer for taking the time out of their busy schedules as the owners of Make My Day Event Planning (Rehoboth Beach, DE) to chat with us. They shared some unique insight into what it is they do as event planners, and why, amidst the chaos of planning any event, having one can really make all the difference.... MORE

Posted July 31, 2013

Venue Spotlight: 1840s Plaza

Chelsea Pellegrino

Sometimes you fall so in love with a venue, you want to use it for every kind of event. Usually, that’s an unrealistic wish…unless, of course, that venue is the 1840s Plaza in Baltimore, Maryland!... MORE

Posted July 15, 2013

Event Planner Spotlight: Creative Celebrations

Nicole Steeger

This month we are featuring fabulous event planner and GigMasters client, Carolyn Miller of Creative Celebrations. Carolyn's event planning business is based in Portland, Oregon. Creative Celebrations is a full service event planning company that offers services for all kinds of special occasions. We recently got to chat with Carolyn to learn more about her career, passion for planning and the focus behind Creative Celebrations. After you read our interview, you will like hear as much as we do! ... MORE

Posted June 26, 2013

Venue Spotlight: Westbury Manor

Chelsea Pellegrino

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in the elegance of the Victorian Era? If so, the Westbury Manor is the ideal location for your next event. One is instantly transported back in time when greeted by the driveway lined with gas street lamps and pillars of brick and limestone. While the manor has been meticulously restored to emulate its 1880s roots, it has also been enhanced with many amenities that make it perfect for hosting weddings, corporate functions and other events.... MORE

Posted June 10, 2013

Real Event: USA Today Make A Difference Day

Lindsay Megale

USA WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with Points of Light, founded Make A Difference Day to encourage people to be active in their community. For participants, that one day often becomes a regular habit after seeing the impact one person can make.... MORE

Posted May 20, 2013

Real Event: Hollywood Domino & Bovet 1822 Gala

Lindsay Megale

One of GigMasters' rising stars performed recently for a celebrity insider event in Los Angeles. Beginning in 2008, the Hollywood Domino & Bovet 1822 Pre-Oscar Gala has called upon Hollywood’s elite to support numerous non-profit organizations around the globe. Over the years, these events have gained enormous support for various charities. This year’s gala benefited The Artists for Peace and Justice, a non-profit organization supporting the issue of poverty, specifically in Haiti.... MORE

Posted May 15, 2013

Event Planner Spotlight: Classic Events By Kris

Nicole Steeger

Kris, of Classic Events By Kris, plans all different kinds of events throughout the greater Philadelphia area. Today she stopped by to share how she has pursued her passion for event planning while also maintaining a career. A big thank you to Kris for taking time out of her busy schedule to chat with us! Let’s find out more about Classic Events by Kris…... MORE

Posted May 01, 2013

Venue Spotlight: The Westlake Village Inn

Lindsay Megale

Conveniently located halfway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, The Westlake Village Inn extends over 17 beautifully landscaped acres in Westlake Village, CA. Its many on site accommodations make this venue a perfect location for any special event. Whether you are planning a wedding, corporate, or social event, the Inn offers a variety of options to ensure your event is like no other. ... MORE

Posted April 24, 2013

Real Event: Oracle Sales Kick-Off Event

Lindsay Megale

Oracle is a multinational computer technology corporation specializing in developing and marketing computer hardware systems and enterprise software products. The organization relies heavily on the performance of the sales team, having over 390,000 customers. To recognize the group’s hard work and get them excited for the next quarter, the corporation holds a quarterly Kick-Off event.... MORE

Posted April 08, 2013

Real Event: USA BMX Summit Seminar

Lindsay Megale

In 1975, the first national bicycle motocross event was held. Within one year, this new sport now called BMX racing, became wildly popular. In 2012, USA BMX supported over 12,000 national races and currently have over 380 BMX tracks running races all over the United States every weekend.... MORE

Posted March 14, 2013

Real Event: FIRST LEGO League Championship

Lindsay Megale

The 12th Annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Competition was held in Rhode Island this January to celebrate science, technology, engineering, and math. 40 teams made up of 300 Rhode Island students ages 9 through 14, advanced from a qualifier held last December that earned them a spot at the State Championship. The teams showcased their robots and research they had completed throughout the season that began last September.... MORE

Posted February 04, 2013

Venue Spotlight: The Primrose Cottage

Nikki-Lynn Boath

With historic and southern elegance, Primrose Cottage, situated in Roswell, Georgia, is a picture perfect location for any of life’s special celebrations. Primrose Cottage is one of five venue locations in Georgia operated by Magic Moments Inc., a full service catering company. Kendall Collier and Theresa Day founded Magic Moments in 1987 and have been creating charismatic memories for their clients ever since.... MORE

Posted January 28, 2013

When To Book Your Event Entertainment

Nicole Steeger

Booking the perfect entertainment for any event is crucial. Knowing when to book is the first and most important step in the search process. The earlier you book, the easier it is to ensure that you will have your first choice in event entertainment. Waiting too long can make planning stressful and potentially leave you with an entertainment selection you are not entirely happy about.... MORE

Posted January 02, 2013

Party Tip: How to Stock a Bar

Marta Block

About a month ago we gave some common guidelines for how to figure out how many drinks to buy for a party. But the alcohol is only part of the story. You also have to stock the rest of the bar.... MORE

Posted November 29, 2012

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