Personalizing Your Wedding Venue

The venue you choose for your wedding ceremony has an important role: it’s the backdrop to your whole ceremony! But there are only so many venues to go around, and when wedding season arrives, you might find yourself attending a few other weddings at your chosen venue. As such, it’s important to personalize the venue to make your ceremony seem different from the others hosted at your venue. Read on for some tips on how to make your venue all your own. 

Decorate the Path

If guests will enter your venue by a single route, dress it up a little to hint at what they can expect from your ceremony. Plant flags in your wedding colors along each side of the path and let them flap in the wind. Line the path with pinwheels or string twinkle lights along shrubs. If the path is covered, hang fabric or twinkle lights from the ceiling to make the entrance feel romantic. And don’t forget the candles. Line paths with lanterns or pillar candles to create a welcoming glow for your guests. 


Flowers allow you to be playful with your venue. If there’s an intricate wrought iron fence outside, weave long-stemmed flowers into it. Place bouquets in the arms of statues or put flower crowns on their heads. If you’re planning a beach wedding, try burying vases so that it looks like your flowers are growing from the sand. 


If you’re having a garden wedding, hang elaborate chandeliers from a few sturdy tree branches or hang tiny lanterns in the trees to illuminate the grounds during cocktail hour. If you know guests will want to be outside, but you’re worried about the evening chill, scatter a few chimineas around the property to both light the area and keep your guests warm when the sun sets. Another lighting option is a spotlight on the dance floor or even in your ceremony space that casts your new initials or just a beautiful design on the floor or the wall. And don’t forget color. Ask your DJ or venue host to set up colored lights during your reception that can change color as the mood changes. Imagine a soft yellow glow during dinner slowly shifting to a daring purple when people are ready to let loose on the dance floor.

Don’t despair if your best friend decided that your perfect venue is also hers. Just use a few of these tricks at a venue like Rolling Meadows Ranch to make the venue appear a little different to your guests and you’ll have a wedding day you’ll never forget. 

Four Things You Should Do To Maximize Comfort At Your Special Event With A Portable Cooling Solution

A special event won’t be very successful if you aren’t able to keep event attendees comfortable. Renting a portable cooling solution to keep guests comfortable is a good idea, but it doesn’t guarantee that everything will go perfectly. 

You need to use your cooling solution effectively to prevent your efforts at achieving a comfortable climate from falling short of expectations. The following are four things you can do to ensure that your portable cooling solution keeps your event venue comfortable:

Cool off a closed off space

For the best results, you’ll want to keep the area being cooled as close to airtight as possible. This will prevent cooled air from exiting the area and hot air from coming in from the outside.

It will be impossible to completely seal off your venue, but you can still put some consideration into how you can minimize the amount of time doors and windows are left open. Lay out your furniture pieces and decor accessories to encourage foot traffic into your venue and discourage attendees from lingering at entrances. 

Start cooling ahead of time

If your event venue is fairly large, it will take some time to cool off. Don’t wait until the last minute to turn your portable cooling unit on. If you don’t start cooling things off ahead of time, you might not get your venue to a comfortable temperature until your event is just about over. 

Put padding underneath the unit’s compressor

It’s important to be aware of the fact that a portable air conditioner or cooler can be noisy. This noise can really detract from the environment of your venue, so you should take some precautions to minimize noise pollution.

Typically, the compressor of the unit will be the noisiest part. You can greatly reduce the amount of noise produced by a portable cooler or air conditioner by simply putting a soft pad down under the compressor. This will absorb some of the sound and prevent the compressor from making distracting noises when it vibrates against bare flooring. 

Pay attention to voltage considerations

A portable cooling system will likely consume a considerable amount of electricity throughout your event. An inadequate electricity supply could cause a broken fuse that will prevent the cooler from functioning. This will distract you during the event and could even create a safety hazard.

Check how many volts are required for your portable cooling unit, and make sure you’re plugging your unit in to an outlet with a high enough voltage. Contact a business, such as the Fan Guy, for more information.   

Tired Of Sorting Through Old Video Tapes? How Video Editing Services Can Streamline Your Company Training

When you own a business that offers training to its employees, you end up with a lot of video tapes, DVDs and other media all over the place. Add to that all the different PowerPoints and slides created on the fly, and you will wonder how you ever get any training accomplished. Instead of having to switch between the computer and wall screen to get all the training done, contact a company that does video editing services and have everything meshed together just the way you want it.

These services can do wonders for your training department and keep all your employees on the same level of understanding. Here are just a few examples of what can be done:


Sit down with the video editor and go through all the media you have for any given subject. It won’t matter if it is on a VHS, DVD, CD, slide or even on paper. The editor can take everything that you have and put it on one file. You can choose whether to have the file put onto a DVD or flash drive.

If you like, have it put on both and also save it to the cloud in case something happens to the physical copies. Now your employees can easily train on any aspect of the business they need to learn about.

Clean Up Old Copy

Some of the training material you have may be old and not looking too good, but still have valuable information. A video editor will clean up sun damaged tapes, scratched discs and torn or stained papers before consolidating everything. When you get the new file, everything will look good again.

Add Music or Voice

If your old training materials have music or voice-overs, you may want to have the sound deleted and redo it with something more contemporary and up-to-date. If they are silent, you may want to add sound to them. The editor can take care of all of this for you. You will record what it is you want to say and they will add it to the video or graphics.

Once you have all the training materials redone, store the originals for something to laugh at years down the road. Your employees will appreciate the ease with which they can now get the training they need to become a more productive member of your team. Managers will save time trying to find all the materials and having them make sense.

You will enjoy having more productive employees. Save all the new material to your computer and keep one copy on a flash drive locked away. If you ever need a few more discs, they will be easy enough to make. Employees can take a copy home if there is nothing proprietary on it. The whole system will be streamlined.

For more information, contact a company like Watrous Video Productions with any questions.