Outdoor Events

Zoltar Fortune Teller reading palms

Why Brides Want Fortune Tellers

Why Brides Want Fortune Tellers

Why People Crave Something Different

Is it really about knowing the future?

Why do brides all suddenly want fortune tellers? It’s not about the future: it’s about the here and now. Maybe it’s because we all want to know what’s going to happen next. It might be because it’s the comfort and connection we feel when someone takes the time to recognize us and our gifts. Personalized and meaningful entertainment is popular. We’re seeing an unprecedented increase in the number of brides who really want to have something different for all things weddings: fortune tellers, palm readings, handwriting analysis, Tarot readings, coffee cup readings, lip print analysis–even acrobats, jugglers, and magicians! All of these quirky, old-fashioned forms of entertainment are making a huge comeback. People are hungering to do something different, but most importantly, they want to do something meaningful.

Why? 

It’s because we are all starved for connection. The hunger is real. We want to connect in a meaningful way. People feel a sense of alienation and isolation that comes from living through a pandemic. Along with brides, planners are desperately looking for different ways to connect people.

What kind of wedding events use fortune tellers?

Think about it–how can you create a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or wedding reception that helps your guests connect in a meaningful and compelling way? 

Easy! Use the opportunity to bring people together so they can get to know each other, exchange ideas, talk about what matters to them. A fortune teller, reader, psychic, analyst–whatever you call it–the most important part is the integrity of the performers. Second to that is their ability to match their production values to the overall ambience of your event. Whether formal, breezy, quirky, subdued, or surprising, decor adds an extra dimension to any event. Think of it as the difference between inviting guests to  a home that is fully furnished versus one that is empty 😊.

There is a huge surge in requests for interactive entertainment for everything family-oriented. These are events where people can bond with each other, find a precious moment to share something unique and personal. Sometimes it’s the first time people have met.  Sometimes, it’s been far too long since they’ve seen each other.

Creating connection

We want to meet other people. How can we have personal connection and be ‘seen’? It can be difficult to start a conversation with someone you meet for the first time or someone you haven’t seen for a while. That’s our time to shine. People watch and listen, rev up their courage, are curious—and want to know about themselves and that other person!

Don’t lose this opportunity to connect more deeply with your loved ones and have fun at the same time! Nothing matters more than how your guests feel at your event.

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Woman playing baseball by the rules circa 1920's

Whose Rules?

Whose rules are you following?

Who makes the rules?

Are you a rule breaker, a rule maker, or a rule shaker?

Some things in life are soothing. One of them is following the rules. The traditions. The way we do things.

Rules: The Back Story Upfront 

I was living in France and invited to a friend’s weekend home. It was spring and the weather was gorgeous. My friend had loads of visitors and family there. When I arrived, everyone was gathered outside and they all beamed at me when I walked up. It was so strange – I didn’t know anyone but the host and his family. Everyone stared at me expectantly and I was unsettled… then he introduced me “This is Jan, she’s from America. Jan teaches us how to play the baseball!“ 

Panic–if you know me at all you know that I don’t know anything about sports. All I knew about baseball was that there’s a bat, a ball, and a glove, and the ball fits in the glove. I said as much. They were relentless. They said, “We need your help! We are sure you have a better idea of how to play than we do!“ I looked around and saw that they had placed three bases and a home plate. They had a glove, a bat, and a ball. 

What could I do? I split them up into two teams, had somebody pitch, somebody bat, and somebody catch. I told them to run if they hit the ball, and if they got tagged they were out. We had a blast and we all won. 

Events and Rules

Rules: when to break ‘em, when to make ‘em, and when to shake ‘em.

Rule-following, -breaking, and -shaking happens in the world of events because there is ALWAYS something unexpected that happens. Frequently, it’s the rules that change. Maybe somebody didn’t tell us their rules. Maybe they mis-told us the rules. It could be that they simply didn’t know which rules to tell us. 

Planners, entertainment companies, venues, caterers, AV companies, DJs, and designers all have their own ways of doing things. Do they have hard and fast rules? Sometimes. WHY do they have those rules? To prevent a log-jam for the service elevator? To make sure their equipment stays safe and ON site?

How Other People Do It

It doesn’t always matter how everybody else does things. Take a moment and try something new. I am happy to say that I’ve learned to improvise with the best of them. For example, your structure starts ‘blowing in the wind.’ Amazing how many different solutions you’ll find….

Some rules are really important. For example, the load-carrying capacity of a beam is indisputably important. The amperage that a circuit can carry is of paramount importance. The order of a ritual might be important for some people and it might be open to discussion for others. If you don’t ask you’ll never know. Even though I wouldn’t put acrobats’ lives in danger by using a beam that is structurally inappropriate and I wouldn’t overload a circuit, I would rewrite the rules of The Baseball.

The Low-Down on Rules

Sometimes we don’t know what the rules are or that there are rules. Sometimes we have to improvise. Probably more often than we think. When you don’t know what the rules are, you have a couple of choices: 

1.  Look around and see what everyone else is doing.

2.  Pretend you know what you’re doing.

3.  Admit you don’t know the rules, and ask for guidance.

4.  Improvise! 

How do you decide which choice you should make?

  1. Will you potentially hurt anybody or anything? (Is it safe?)
  2. How important is it?
  3. How quickly do you have to react?

Here are your three basic choices:

  1. Terrified, you leap into action, make the wrong decision, and are scarred for life.
  2. You take a deep breath, do a relatively good job, size up what you could do better, and note it. Everybody is thrilled with the results.
  3. Jump in, accidentally break the rules but save the day. Then realize it wasn’t so bad after all (actually pretty cool!) and you’ve figured out a better way to do things!

Use those moments where everything has been turned upside down, equipment breaks down, venue operator doesn’t arrive on time, the bride’s dog gets into the cake—whatever it is, you’ll be amazed at what you learn when you make up the rules. Play Ball!

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Four Seasons Glamping

Four Seasons Glamping

Four Seasons Glamping

Wedding Event with Giving Skirt and Lip Print Analysis!

Lip Print Analysis and Domes on the Roof

Glamping on the Four Seasons Atlanta‘s  rooftop terrace with their cozy, spacious domes, and spectacular views was a treat! The Giving Skirt shared drinks in 93 – three-ounce test tubes. We gave guests Lip Print Analysis with insights into their traits and gifts. The best part was watching people positively glow when they got their analysis! Then, seeing them sharing and comparing what they’d found out with each other was so much fun! Some of them knew each other; other times their lip prints gave them common ground, a little something to share and break the ice.

Four Seasons Glamping with the Giving Skirt

The Giving Skirt gives guests the opportunity to move and be moved. Huh? Let’s say you want to get your people into the ballroom for the keynote presentation, but the bill ringing and announcements just aren’t cutting it. What can you do? Cue the Giving Skirt! The great part about it is giving out unusual or useful items–for example, flowers, wedding escort cards, or guest favors.

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NOT a Clean Kid's Halloween Party!

Clean Halloween?

Clean Halloween

A clean Halloween means doing our best to keep kids safe. Some neighborhoods are hosting simple tables at the entrances or drives. Trick or Treaters are welcomed and pick up there treats.

Where will you spend the holiday this year? Staying home, going out? Invitations are pouring in, people are confused. Is it safe to go trick or treating? Can I go to my friend’s party?

Staying Safe

All of it comes down to personal choices. Staying safe is on everybody’s mind. When it comes down to it, we are all starting to go shack-wacky from not being able to do what we love to do when we want to do it.

What kind of compromises are you making? Distancing? Masks? Sanitizing? Outdoors? Virtual?

The biggest challenge is how to get people not to hug each other and to keep a safe distance. We’re yearning for touch, for contact, and it’s a little like somebody eating ice-cream in front of you when you’re trying to cut out sweets. Having a clean Halloween is a way to set you and your family up for staying healthy until we can all gather together again.

Whatever you choose to do this Halloween, stay safe!

 

 

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