November 5, 2014

3 Tips for Black Tie Events

Black tie events are popular during the holiday season. EOE has learned a few things from planning our own formal events for clients. Don’t be lost when planning your event this season. Here are 3 tips that will make your black tie event a success.

Dress Code. Invitations should never say “black tie optional” for a formal event. Instead of having guests feel over and underdressed, make sure you are clear on invitations about the dress code. You wouldn’t want guests to feel uncomfortable the entire night because of their outfit choice.

Formal Photos. When guests are dressed to the nines, give them a chance to capture the moment. Having a photo opportunity shows guests that you’re going the extra length to make their evening special. Have a professional staff of photographers and assistants who will hold personal items during the shoot. Also, allow for your guests to pick photos after the event, so they won’t have to worry about carrying a delicate photo all night.

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 Menu Choices. When choosing your menu for a black tie event, dishes need to look attractive. Three-course meals are the best options for formal events. The presentation of the meals is key because the plate appearance is part of the experience for guests. They should also be easy to eat with no chance of a mess.

Black ties events can be difficult to plan because the details make a real difference. Looking for more guidance for your event? Give EOE a call, we’d be happy to help.

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