Posts by Rachel Foster

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Cvent or any other organization or individual.

10 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Conference Venue

When you're busy scouting for a conference location that meets all your criteria, it's easy to get caught up in minor details and overlook something critical for your meeting's success. Especially if this is a new conference for your company or you're not entirely familiar with venue sourcing, it' more

5 Keys to a Festive and Thrifty Holiday Party

Many companies are still recovering from the recession and don't have the budgets for lavish holiday parties. However, that's no reason to be a Scrooge. You can still give your employees some holiday cheer - without breaking your budget. Below are 5 ways you can save big on this year's more

What Holiday Shopping Can Teach You About Planning Events

It seems like almost every day from now until New Year’s is a major shopping holiday. From Black Friday to Boxing Day, there’s always a reason to purchase a gift for a loved one or yourself.  As an event planner, you can learn a lot about promoting events during your next trip to the mall. Below more

Eliminate Gift-Giving Stress by Playing Dirty Santa

Does it seem like your holiday shopping list gets larger every year? Between your family and friends, it can be stressful to find the perfect gifts for everyone. Plus, if your co-workers trade gifts, your expenses during the holidays can get out of control.  However, you can eliminate the stress more

Orlando's Latest Meeting Destination Makes It Easy for You to Work, Relax and Play

Bonnet Creek is Orlando's latest world-class meeting destination. The site includes the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and a 150,000-square-foot convention center.  The facility offers meeting and event planners the following amenities:  1,500 hotel rooms between more

Top 3 Considerations When Selecting a Partner for an Event

Co-producing an event with another organization can lead to enormous benefits. You can split the costs, take advantage of each other's resources and double your mailing list.  However, before you jump into a formal partnership, you should take the following 3 things into consideration: Your more

Sheraton Dallas Hotel Undergoes $90 Million in Renovations

The expression "everything is bigger in Texas" is true at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The facility just underwent $90 million in renovations and is one of the largest convention and meeting hotels in Dallas. Event planners can take advantage of the hotel's many amenities including:  70 meeting more

Sheraton Boston Pilots Green Meeting Program

The Sheraton Boston Hotel is piloting the chain's new Alive on Five program, in which 2,000 square feet of the property's premium conference space is dedicated to address the environment and CSR initiatives. This program, which offers green meeting facilities in the heart of downtown Boston, is more

How to Create an Event on Facebook

  Sharing an event on Facebook is a great way to increase your attendance and build a sense of excitement among your invitees. Best of all, it's free.   If you've never used Facebook for event marketing, you might be concerned that the tool is complicated. However, it's easy to publish an event more

5 Ways to Save on Catering Without Looking Cheap

An event's biggest expense is often the catering. However, there are many ways you can provide guests with a memorable dining experience without blowing your budget.  Below are 5 ways to save on catering expenses without looking cheap: 1. Serve the house brand of wine. Choosing a house brand more
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