Class Library Big Wow Within Budget: Affordable Event Design

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  • Title:Big Wow Within Budget: Affordable Event Design
  • Category:Creativity and Design
  • Level:All
  • Instructor:Jes Gordon
  • Length:45 min
  • Posted:1/7/2011
  • CMP Domain:D: Financial Management
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Many people can create dazzling events when given huge budgets, but it takes a truly creative professional to do so with limited means. A smart client wants a big bang for their budget. A smart Event Producer knows the tools of the trade to get it done. In this class you'll learn the secrets for creating an event that looks and feels a lot more expensive than it actually was. Jes Gordon will disclose the tricks, creative techniques, and industry resources that the insiders use to make any event look and feel like a million dollars (or more).

ILEA Approved ContentThis course is ILEA Approved with content that is alligned with the International Live Events Association's Core Curriculum. ILEA Approved is the international education standard selected for creative event professionals and has been developed to recognize specific content that has significance for the global creative events industry. Click Here to learn more about ILEA.

ILEA Core Curriculum Key Competencies Category for this course / content: 
Event Planning | Event Décor 

Learning Outcomes

    1. Identify ways to find top name wine brands at below-market prices, and where to source less expensive wines from up-and-coming regions.
    2. Know where to shop online for tons of creative design props the pros use.
    3. Identify smart ideas for stretching your floral budget for the greatest impact.
    4. Develop techniques for using lighting for dramatic impact, without blowing the budget.

Table of Contents

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Big Wow Within Budget: Full Class Video 45:16
Big Wow Within Budget
Overview & Sources of Inspiration/Ideas 5:05
Venue & Seating Tips 3:53
Color As A Concept 4:08
Focal Points 2:32
Flowers 4:15
Things That Go Bling 4:41
Lighting 5:57
Texture 4:33
Drinks 4:41
Food 2:42
Entertainment 2:37
Staffing 2:38
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