Month: March 2011

The Event Symphony – Cinema Cake

One of the things I love about what I do is meeting other talented people who are passionate about what they do. I constantly discover new and exciting things to offer clients.

An event planner must rely on a team of dedicated peofessionals who are the best in ther perspective areas. When the pieces come together, it’s like a symphony that can stir emotion, exhileration and a lasting impression.

Recently we traveled to Atlantic City, NJ to meet other event professionals from the Northeast region. I was introduced to so many new and improved event elements from technology to design. Each person I met shared their expertise in a specific area of event production. There are many things I could share with you, but let me focus on one that really impressed me. It a new twist on classic video production.

Many brides are forgoing video on their wedding day. Family and friends have camcorders. Professional video doesn’t always fit int the budget and how often will you watch a video after the wedding? Besides, do you really want someone sticking a camera in your face all day capturing your every move?

Before you answer, let me introduce you to Dave Williams and CinemaCake Wedding and Event Filmmakers.

Dave and his team seemlessly blend into the background with small and unobtrusive cameras. Often you don’t even know they are there.

They capture moments that most of us miss in the whirlwind of a wedding day. The set up for the ceremony. The bride and groom preparing. That breathless moment when they step forward. The thoughts of parents. The emotions of the moment.

They capture the grand enterance and first dance. The amazing part is you and your guest view this beautiful produced video at your reception. With constant editing throughout the day, the folks at Cinemacake will deliver and unforgetable moment for you and your guests.

Check out the video and the reaction of the couple. It’s a powerful example of just one part of the symphony. If you are as impressed as I was, contact us to talk about bringing Dave and his team to capture your celebration.

Pierce Events offers complete event planning, production and management services for corporate, social and non-profit events. For more information and other helpful tips visit our website at


Prom Problems – Beyond Dirty Dancing

Prom is a rite of passage for many young folks, but planning it can be a source of stress especially when it comes to choosing entertainment.

Often you are not sure who or what you will get for entertainment. With all the lewd and suggestive music out there, the wrong choice can bring the wrath of parents and administrators.

 “Grinding,” a current dance style, has hit the radar of many parents and other adults and has put high school dances under scrutiny. Many parents and school administrators across the state and even the country have expressed that they feel this dance move is inappropriate and vulgar. They are doing everything they can to find a solution to this problem, even if the solution is to ban dances altogether.

Dancing partnered with the lewd, offensive and suggest content that makes up most of the Top 40 playlists creates an uncomfortable situation for parents, teachers and student alike.

At Pierce Events we launched a solution to the problem 10 years ago. It a fun show called “Clean Beats”. It assures planners and parents that objectionable or suggestive lyrics or topics will be excluded and we control unacceptable dancing. If a song falls into the “gray area” we won’t play it.

Is the dance still fun? YES! We are entertainers, not just DJ’s. We keep the party going with exclusive dance mixes and radio edits of the top hits and interact with the audience to maintain control and high energy.

Our “Clean Beats” program has been hosted in schools all over Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia with rave reviews from students and parents. We are part of a nationwide network of responsible DJ’s that have pledged to maintain certain standards.

We have dates available for Prom and offer budget friendly solutions for schools. Contact us to find more about our “Clean Beats” show.

Pierce Events offers complete event planning, production and management services for corporate, social and non-profit events. For more information and other helpful tips visit our website at

Charity Funding 2.0

One of the most successful ways to enhance a fundraising event for non-profit groups to raise money through an online auction. Pierce Events offers charity organizations, schools and churches a turnkey solution to efficiently take fundraising efforts online. Even with the best attended events, many donors cannot attend on a certain date or time. With an online auction, donors from anywhere can participate. It provides auction item donors broader exposure and the charity a larger pool of donors.

Here are some tips for online auctions:

1. Market Your Online Auction –  Make sure to incorporate email, social media, and local radio and television stations into helping market your online auction.

2. Solicit Sponsorships – With a well promoted auction you will be able to solicit larger items. Remember that you can give back to your sponsors by putting their name and logo in front of desirable supporters, on your auction home page and in your emails.

3. Find The Right People – List the job functions required for your online auction, then enlist help from people with skills that match your requirements.

4. Creative and Informative Item Descriptions – Make sure your item names are descriptive, but also intriguing and interesting. Remember to also include detailed descriptions that include all terms and conditions.

5. Set Reasonable Starting Bids – Inflating opening bids and values will not result in higher bids or revenue if they are unreasonable. It is generally best to start the bidding at approximately one-third of the actual item value.

6. Stagger The Addition of New Items – Instead of listing all of your auction items when the online auction opens, try staggering the addition of new items. This encourages return visits to the auction site, and also allows you to stagger opening and closing dates.

7. Solicit Specific Auction Items – Tell people what auction items you are looking for and the approximate value range desired.

8. Use Reserve Prices on Key Items – Make sure to set reserve prices on any items that are purchased or on consignment so you don’t lose money. Also, always set reserve prices on any items that a donor requires cannot be sold for less than a certain amount.

10. Recognize Donors – Show your appreciation to donors by providing recognition and links on items that they have donated.

Pierce Events offers complete event planning, production and management services for corporate, social and non-profit events. For more information and other helpful tips visit our website at