• Instagram Inspiration

     
    POSTED April 2, 2015
     

Just as writers experience the dreaded writer’s block, event planners, too, can get stuck in a rut. The Internet is a great place for sparking ideas, but options are limitless. How does one find inspiration with so many different things to search? Pinterest is a classic go-to, but Instagram might be the stronger choice. Instead of scrolling through an endless amount of pictures—some relevant and others completely useless—following someone you admire will give you more successful ideas you can incorporate into your events. We’ve listed a few accounts that boast exceptional ideas.

prestonrbailey Preston Bailey—an extremely talented planner with a celebrity client list—posts pictures that make us swoon.  His transformation photos that show how he decorated a venue our are favorite, but the close-ups of bouquets, tablescapes and décor items also stand out.

thepartygoddess Marley Majcher definitely lives up to her name. The veteran event planner and author has planned major celebrity events and appeared on a number of television shows doling out advice. Her food pictures are droolworthy and the motivational quotes she posts make us think outside the box.

mindyweiss Mindy Weiss’ event photos run the gamut from spectacular weddings to graffiti-themed birthday parties. Her décor ideas and stunning venue pictures will give you just the inspiration you’re looking for.  

thestyleco This Australian-based team of event designers posts every aspect of planning from the behind-the-scenes work to the final product. Their clean, classic look is a must for brainstorming your next event.

And you can’t forget…us!

meetingseventsmags Our team posts photos of industry events we attend and venues we’ve toured. Follow us for tasty treats, standout venues and inspiration.  

The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth changes its name to Saint John’s Resort in August.

It’s part of a rebranding with multiple enhancements that Director of Sales and Marketing Fadi Sibani says make it a true Detroit destination resort.

Formerly owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit as St. John’s Provincial Seminary from 1948 to 1988, the property was transformed in the 1990s as a center for youth and families before it was redeveloped into a hotel and conference center in the 2000s. 

 

Michigan’s vibrant art and culture offerings are a big part of what makes the state so attractive as a meetings destination.

To support these assets, the Michigan Arts and Culture Council (MACC) coordinates several grants to arts and culture organizations, cities and municipalities, and other nonprofit organizations “ensuring that every citizen and community in Michigan enjoys the civic, economic and educational benefits of arts and culture.”

 

In the upcoming Spring issue of Michigan Meetings + Events, you’ll find an exclusive interview with the authors of Suddenly Hybrid: Managing the Modern Meeting (Wiley). Emmy-winning broadcaster Karin M. Reed and Joseph A. Allen, Ph.D., a leading expert on workplace meetings, offer a guide to navigating the new normal of meetings where some attendees are in the room and others are Zooming in from remote locations. 

Here’s a preview of the strategies that make hybrid meetings work for team leaders, according to Reed and Allen: