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Art of the Event: Complete Guide to Designing and Decorating Special Events

ISBN: 978-0-471-42686-8
448 pages
November 2005, ©2006
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Art of the Event: Complete Guide to Special Event Design and Décor is the tenth title in the Wiley Event Management Series. It provides event planners with professional-level information that explains how to decorate a location for a special event. From assessing the client's decor needs at an event to staying within a client's budget, it serves as a practical guide to designing and decorating events and celebrations from ten to 2,000 guests.
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PREFACE.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

INTRODUCTION: EVENT DESIGN BECOMES A PROFESSION.

Part One: PRINCIPLES, PROCESSES, AND PRACTICES.

Chapter 1: PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN.

Design and Decoration in Events.

Basic Event Design.

Basic Aesthetic Principles.

Practical Aesthetic Principles.

Design and Global Event Management.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Chapter 2: DESIGN AND DECORATION PRACTICES.

Research.

Creative Techniques.

Developing the Design.

Communicating the Design.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Chapter 3: VENUE.

Physical Requirements.

Budgetary Requirements.

Aesthetic Requirements.

Site Research.

Conducting the Site Inspection.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Chapter 4: RESOURCES.

Financial Resources.

Human Resources and Stakeholders.

Knowledge and Education Resources.

Technical and Physical Resources.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Chapter 5: PROFIT AND LOSS.

Profit.

Pricing.

Job Costs.

Accounting and Bookkeeping.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Part Two: THE DECORATIVE ELEMENTS.

Chapter 6: BACKDROPS AND PROPS.

Designing with Backdrops and Props.

Decorating with Backdrops.

Decorating with Props.

Staging.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Chapter 7: DECORATING WITH FLOWERS.

Basic Flower Décor.

Architectural Flowers.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Chapter 8: FABULOUS FABRIC DÉCOR.

Special Event Fabrics.

Wall Treatment.

Ceiling Treatment.

Table Linens.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Chapter 9: BALLOONS IN BLOOM.

Designing with Balloons.

Decorating with Balloons.

Ceilings and Walls.

Advanced Balloon Design.

Balloon-Related Products.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Chapter 10: THE ART OF LIGHT.

Design and Direction.

Lighting Events.

Aesthetics.

Lighting Equipment.

Risk Management.

Changing Technology.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Chapter 11: UNIQUE DECORATIVE ELEMENTS.

Entertainment/Living Décor.

Decorative Signage.

Food for the Eye.

Decorative Lighting Effects.

Candles.

The Magic of Ice.

Pyrotechnics.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Part Three: THE UNIVERSE OF SPECIAL EVENTS.

Chapter 12: NONPROFIT AND CHARITY EVENTS.

Designing for Nonprofit Event Goals.

Decorating Different Types of Nonprofit Events.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Chapter 13: CORPORATE CELEBRATIONS AND CEREMONIES.

Designing External Events (Marketing).

Designing Internal Events (Operations).

Decorating Advertising Events.

Receptions.

Decorating Public Relations Events.

Decorating Human Relations Events.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Chapter 14: MILESTONE AND SOCIAL EVENTS.

Party Design.

Life-Cycle Events.

Personal Social Events.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Chapter 15: WONDERFUL WEDDINGS.

Nuptial Goals and Objectives.

Ceremony.

Style.

Themes.

Receptions.

Related Events.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Chapter 16: FESTIVALS, FAIRS, PARADES, AND SPECTACLES.

Festivals.

Fairs.

Parades.

Spectacles.

Finishing Touches.

Design Vocabulary.

Studio Work.

Recommended Readings and Research Sites.

Part Four: APPENDIXES.

APPENDIX 1: TYPICAL REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL.

APPENDIX 2: CONTACT SHEET.

APPENDIX 3: EVENT THEMES.

APPENDIX 4: TYPICAL EVENT PROPOSAL.

APPENDIX 5: SPECIAL EVENT SITE INSPECTION CHECKLIST.

APPENDIX 6: ELECTRICAL FORMULA.

APPENDIX 7: BALLOON CHARTS.

APPENDIX 8: LABOR RATE CALCULATION: CHARGE-OUT RATES FOR LABOR.

APPENDIX 9: DISPLAYING THE UNITED STATES FLAG.

APPENDIX 10: LIGHTING EQUIPMENT AND VOCABULARY.

APPENDIX 11: WEDDING CHECKLIST.

INDEX.

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JAMES C. MONROE, CMP, CSEP, owns James C. Monroe and Associates: Special Event Design and Production, in Dallas, Texas. He has been involved in special events design and decoration for thirty years.
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  • James Monroe is a Certified Meeting Planner and Certified Special Events Professional with 27 years experience in special event design and decoration
  • Each chapter brings the event planner through the steps of designing and decorating an event including analyzing the venue, setting budgets, decorating with props, flowers, fabric, balloons, and lighting
  • Covers specific needs of events such as weddings, corporate events, parties, and fundraisers
  • Only up-to-date resource on this fast-growing segment of the events business
  • Provides reflections on event decor in the post-9/11 world
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