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Breezin’ Chats Episode 12: The Passage to the Wedding World (Feat. Julie Mackie)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is diving into the world of bridal shows and exploring the journey and future of this week’s featured guest, Julie Mackie. Julie is the head of sales and marketing for Nuovo Bride Media Group and is also an associate publisher for the magazine.

Throughout her career, Julie says she has gained several valuable experiences, especially during the tougher times of being in an environment where skills like multi-tasking and adaptability are required. These were just a few of the lessons she learned on her journey.

Julie grew up in New York and graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. One of her very first jobs took place in Chicago where she worked in commodities trading at just 21 years old. It was a high-energy and stressful environment for Julie, but she says that it was still an “incredible experience.” She was able to support herself for 12 years and then moved to her current home, Sarasota, FL, when she had a son. With her strong sales background, she was able to quickly find a job. She networked and met with wedding and event professionals who later offered her a sales job with Nuovo Bride Media Group. Today, Julie is a leader and a professional in the wedding industry.

Want to hear more of Julie’s extraordinary journey? Tune in to episode 12 of Breezin’ Chats if you want to discover more of the obstacles she faced, how her roles have progressed, and her plans for the future.
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Breezin’ Entertainment launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests.

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 11: Breaking the Barriers in Publication (Feat. Bridgette Bello)

On this episode of Breezin’ chats, CEO and Publisher of the Tampa Bay Business and Wealth Magazine, Bridgette Bello, is sharing her journey to becoming the successful woman she is today. She is a media professional with over 25 years of experience working in every aspect of the media business from being a writer for the daily newspaper, a media buyer for advertising agencies, and everything else in between. She was also the president and publisher of the Tampa Bay Business Journal for 11 years and is a seven-time winner of the prestigious Eagle Award. However, her achievements also came with challenges that impacted her life. So please give a warm welcome to Bridgette Bello.

Bridgette began going to school for journalism at the University of Florida. When she heard a commercial on the radio looking for on-air talent, she knew she had to act right away. She received a position in morning news but later found out it just wasn’t for her. A few years after graduating, she became pregnant, but struggled to find work since the last job she applied for did not hire her due to her pregnancy. This was just one of the problems she faced in the early days of her career. Fast-forward to today, she has overcome life’s obstacles and is making an impact on Tampa Bay through her perseverance and media expertise.

 

Want to hear Bridgette’s full story? Tune in to episode 11 of Breezin’ Chats if you want to find out how Bridgette Bello rose to a position of power, her goals for the future, and important lessons she learned being a woman in the workplace.

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Breezin’ Entertainment launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests.

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How to Throw a Successful Outdoor Event

Now that summer is here finally here, it’s time to take out the grill and get a barbecue going. You might be planning to throw a massive outdoor corporate party or wedding, or maybe you want to host a small family gathering. Either or, the best thing you can do is keep it as simple as possible. Here is a guide to help you throw a successful outdoor event for the summer.

Decide on the Menu

Don’t get overexcited and choose multiple food options. Instead, ask your guests about their food preferences and give them a few amazing meals. Having a smaller menu is much less of a hassle. You don’t need to worry about the temperatures and cooking times of different foods, and the preparation is going to be much easier on you. Food that can be cooked on a grill is not as messy. You can barbecue bread, vegetables, and meat to make the perfect meal for all your guests.

What you can do is offer a wide range of drinking options to make up for the limited food choices. Your guests are going to appreciate the large beverage selection whether it’s alcoholic, non-alcoholic or a mix of both.

Have Plenty of Furniture

It’s essential to make sure all your guests are comfortable, especially during an outdoor party. That way, they can enjoy the ambiance, the food, the people, and the entertainment, which is vital to have for any outdoor event.

Booking event entertainment can be a difficult task when you don’t have any connections and don’t know who to call. That’s why Breezin’ Entertainment is always happy to help. They have a wide selection of acts and talents to showcase at your summer party. From a wedding DJ to a stilt-walker, Breezin’ is the go-to Tampa entertainment agency that is guaranteed to bring the fun to you and all your guests.

If you are going to have entertainment, make sure there are plenty of seats and tables for all your guests, so they can eat comfortably and enjoy the acts and performances.

Select Lighting

Lighting plays a huge factor in any event, especially if it is held during the evening. No matter the theme or occasion, you can never go wrong with some outdoor string lights. Note that your guests might be taking pictures during your event, so make sure to have some extra lighting in specific areas of the venue that are photo-worthy.

Provide Shade

Summer is a season filled with fun… and some shade, of course, because no one wants to sweat and get sunburnt. Make sure to have a couple of shady spots throughout the venue. You could rent some tents or have tables with large umbrellas. This is going to be an extra cost, but it’s your responsibility as the host to keep your guests as comfortable as possible.

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15 Perfect Wedding Favor Ideas for Summer

Now that the weather is finally beginning to warm up, and summer weddings are soon to be happening, it’s time to come up with some creative wedding favors for your guests. Showcasing a vibe through your wedding favors that matches the fun, fresh and celebratory mood of the summer season is what all your guests are going to adore. Here are 15 wedding favor ideas for the sunny, heated months.

1. Personalized Food Items – You can give your guests decorated jars of jam or honey, mini apple pies, mini liquor bottles or a small picnic basket filled with fruit, candy, cake, and beautiful silverware.

2. Fun Accessories – This is perfect for outdoor weddings. Include a small gift set with sunglasses, a hand fan that folds, and a hat for some shade.

3. Sparklers – Allow your guests to go back in time to the summers of their childhoods. Sparklers make a beautiful and romantic addition to the celebration, especially if everyone lights them all at once.

4. Personalized Shot Glasses – You can never go wrong with some shot glasses at a summer-themed wedding. Personalize them with some flowers and you and your fiancé’s names for an endearing addition to the ceremony.

5. Aromatherapy – Your guests are going to appreciate a small and soothing lavender spray that acts as the perfect summer scent.

6. Mugs – This might be more associated with winter, but many people drink coffee, so you can never go wrong with a personalized mug.

7. Succulents – This is the perfect plant for summer. Succulents can store water for long periods of time and thrive in warm weather. They are also easy to care for and therefore, make a perfect wedding favor for all your guests.

8. Totes – These are the go-to, trendy bags of the summer season. Your guests can use them for picnics and beach trips.

9. Handkerchiefs – This is a very practical wedding favor that can be used for the sweat and tears that might be dripping down during a summer wedding.

10. Beach Balls – What other gift screams summer? Mini beach balls are perfect for those beach and pool days.

11. Flip Flops – This is perfect if your ceremony is taking place in a sandy location. Maybe your guests didn’t think to bring a pair of flip flops, so make their life a little easier with this wedding favor.

12. Bottle Openers – Whether you have a self-serve bar at your wedding or not, anyone can use one of these.

13. Mason Jars – You can make all your drinks look extra attractive if you use mason jars.

14. Parasols – Your guests can have shade throughout your entire ceremony. Plus, these look super fun in photos.

15. Cosmetics – Give your guests a small box filled with cosmetics like chapstick, hand lotion, and sunscreen.

These are just a few of the many different wedding favors you can offer. If you ever need any extra help with planning your wedding or booking a wedding DJ, Breezin’ Entertainment is glad to help. They are a Tampa entertainment agency that can give you the wedding you’ve always wanted, whether it’s a destination wedding or having a live band play you and your fiancé’s favorite song. Breezin’ is ready to make your wedding dreams come true, so be sure to contact them today.

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Important Tips For Hosting Outdoor Events

Outdoor events can enable you to do a number of activities that just wouldn’t have the same effect as doing them indoors. For example, you might want to have a cookout, play sports or have an office scavenger hunt. These are perfect to do outside, but sometimes things can go awry. Mother Nature is usually the one to blame, but being one step ahead of these unexpected challenges can actually save your event. Here are some tips to avoid mistakes at your next outdoor event.

The first thing you need to do is consider these things during the planning stage of your event:

  • The location’s seasonal trends
  • Time of the event
  • The expected weather
  • Bugs

Select a venue that appropriately fits these considerations. Remember to expect the worse that can happen on the event day, and be prepared to face that challenge if it comes.

Wind and rain are not the only issues that may arise. If you are hosting your event during the summer, there is a possibility of extremely hot weather that might be present that day depending on the location.

It’s important to have plenty of water for your guests and some tents for shade. If renting multiple tents is out of your budget, you could have one large tent to act as a cooling lounge for guests to take a break from the heat and cool off. Avoid serving alcohol, since this can cause further dehydration.

As the host of an event, it is your responsibility to make sure that everyone’s safety and well-being are strongly taken into consideration. Here are some extra items to purchase to make your guests’ experience more convenient in the heat.

  • Bug repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Water cases or beverage dispensers
  • Umbrellas
  • Blankets

Make sure you have some extra space in your budget for purchases like this. That way you and your attendees are ready for those unexpected changes in weather. No, you don’t need the ability to see the future to have a successful outdoor event, but you do need to be on your game for the sake of your guests.

Another tip you might want to think about is having a backup location in case of a thunderstorm or any other outdoor hazards. This might be expensive, but it can be something as simple as a building that is already nearby or even an extra tent. If you are expecting colder weather for your event, purchase outdoor heaters and remind guests to bring jackets and sweaters.

Finally, once you have made sure that your guests are going to be safe and content, it’s time to start booking event entertainment. Whether you need a wedding DJ or a live band for your corporate party, you can leave it to Breezin’ Entertainment. They are a Tampa entertainment agency with years of experience in the event and entertainment industry.

Your guests should not only feel safe but should also have fun. Contact Breezin’ to help make your event unforgettable.

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Corporate Event Entertainment Trends for 2019

Educating yourself and being on trend with the latest that’s happening with corporate entertainment can help make a good name for your company and build its reputation. This can also make your event more unique and allow your guests to have an unforgettable experience. If you want your event to stand out and generate some buzz for 2019, here are some corporate event entertainment trends to put you at the top of the ladder.

Bigger is Better

This trend is really starting to become a staple for 2019. Event managers and corporate clients are always on the lookout for huge and eye-opening entertainment. This means that new concepts are constantly coming to surface, for example, performances that incorporate technology. Kinetic lights, digital water curtains, and simulated pyrotechnic machines are just a few of what’s expected to be seen this year.

Having acts like this requires earlier preparation than what you might expect. The technical set up, equipment and venues must all be considered months in advanced in order for the performance to be executed at the highest quality possible.

More Audience Interaction

Creating ways to get your audience to participate in activities generates loads of excitement and entertainment. Event managers have confirmed that attendees love the engagement with the performance elements. New technology is what makes this achievable. You could have your guests control the colors of the lights of an LED dancing act or allow them to vote on their mobile phones for the next scene of a storyline.

If you get your show to go beyond the stage and the lights, you can facilitate more meaningful audience interactions. This helps your guests feel more welcomed and a part of the ceremony rather than just a viewer.

Partially Customized Acts

Having grand acts perform at your corporate event is going to be costly, but many event managers are opting for partially customized acts instead of routines that are completely created from scratch. This strategy helps you get more out of what you paid for while still satisfying the theme or idea of your event. Also, it makes it easier for you to look for performances that are related to the goals of the event.

Technology and Innovation

This cannot be stressed enough. Technology is going to be a driving factor in creating and booking event entertainment. There are endless options from conductive paint to augmented reality, which all drive for worthwhile interactions for guests.

Aside from technology, acts are also beginning to fuse together to create an incredible performance. For example, Tampa entertainment agency, Breezin’ Entertainment, offers a DJ Band Combo package that blends a DJ and live band, so that corporate clients can have both featured at their event and keep the energy going from beginning to end. Today’s pop hits can be mixed in with more traditional elements like a saxophone player or live percussionist.

Having entertainment at your corporate event is about creating memories and experiences that your guests can’t get anywhere else. If you need assistance on booking event entertainment, contact Breezin’ Entertainment today.

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Vicky Anglo Takes on the Fashion Industry: One Dress at a Time

The fashion industry is a fast-paced mogul where trends are constantly coming in and going out. It is a place where it can be challenging to plan for the future as an entrepreneur who is trying to grow their business. But, for Vicky Anglo, running a successful business has always been her goal, and she has been able to use her talents and passion to stitch together a highly successful business. Turning Anglo Couture from a posh boutique to a large industrial showroom shows Tampa Bay she’s here to stay.

Vicky’s passion for a career in the fashion industry started when she was thirteen and went to her first bridal show. She loved how the gowns “floated on the runway” and wanted to be able to make her ideas come to life. Vicky grew up in Athens, Greece watching her father sculpt. And by watching her father create art out of the things in his workshop inspired her. She now uses Geek mythology and architecture to influence her style and names every garment and design after a Greek goddess.

Vicky attended Newbury College in Boston where she got a degree in Fashion Design. Upon graduating, she opened her boutique in 2011, which focuses on making every wedding dress different. She recognizes that not everyone has the same style or body shape, therefore works to make the perfect dress that is personally crafted to suit the bride in every way. Vicky wants to make whoever wears her clothes feel confident, sexy and, powerful; therefore her style is a little more risqué. Her work has since been showcased in New York City’s Bridal Fashion Week and in boutiques all over the country.

To read the full article, please visit: https://bit.ly/2DG8y9U

For more information, please visit http://breezinmagazine.com/

Want more? We encourage submissions! To potentially be included in the next volume of Breezin’ Magazine, readers are encouraged to submit their experiences or industry stories to marketing@breezin.com

About Breezin’ Magazine:
Breezin’ Magazine hopes to bring awareness to the unique culture of entertainment and events. It offers its readers a firsthand look at the selection process for entertainers, different types of eccentric entertainment that are not typically seen, and what goes on in preparation of a big event that attendees are often unaware of. For more information, please visit http://breezinmagazine.com/

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A Guide to Choosing a Venue for Your Event

The venue is one of the most important aspects of any event, as it sets the tone and comfort levels for your guests. Booking event entertainment can come later. Before you select a space, make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for in order to host a successful event. Here is a guide to help you remember the important things to consider when selecting the venue.

Cost

You probably have a budget, so it’s important to be aware of the payment options and costs. Remember, there are other things that can be included in the cost like cancellation and overtime fees. Don’t hesitate to negotiate prices with the venue managers because sometimes they can offer discounted rates, especially if you plan to bring many guests and events. Once you are satisfied, have a written agreement.

Dates

It’s important to know that there are certain times and seasons of the year that are busier than others. At these times, the venue might be more expensive since they are usually more desirable. Make sure you contact the venue six months in advance at least in order to increase the chances of things working out in your favor.

Layout and Capacity

This is important to take note of for your guests, and any entertainment you might want like a live band or wedding DJ. It’s important to make sure your guests, performers, and staff workers are not too cramped or spaced out. There should be plenty of space for people to relax and be seated comfortably.

Equipment and Storage

Make sure there is plenty of space and no restrictions for equipment and storage. You might want to bring in a stage, tables, chairs, and a dance floor, which might need a loading dock or freight elevator in order to be brought into the venue.

Wi-Fi Availability and Charging Stations

Wi-Fi might be needed for guests to view presentations or use event apps. It’s important to know how strong the venue’s Wi-Fi is in advance to avoid any internet access issues. You never know when this might be necessary. Consider having charging stations for your guests to keep them from leaving and looking for a place to charge their devices. This is also a very convenient addition to have that all attendees are going to appreciate.

Food Options

Depending on the venue, some allow only their own catering and others enable you to choose from a list of different caterers. Always make sure to have a menu that is as varied as possible. Include gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options so no guest is left out.

Liability Insurance

Accidents happen at events, and one of the most common is a guest getting injured. It’s important to inquire about liability insurance because not every venue provides this for renters and guests. If they don’t, the person organizing the event might be responsible for coverage.

Planning an event is not an easy task, so be sure to contact the leading Tampa entertainment agency, Breezin’ Entertainment.

Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions offers premier service that is sure to both relieve the stress of the event planning process and guarantee that the entertainment that is provided exceeds all expectations. To book your next event contact a Breezin’ representative at 813-463-2272 today or visit https://breezin.com/

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6 Wedding Themes That are Trending Now

Coming up with a theme for your wedding might be a challenge, but it can make a huge difference for your ceremony. A themed wedding looks much more professional, put-together, unique and special for you and your partner. Once you choose a theme, everything else easily falls into place, which makes it easier to plan and figure out what you want. If you need some inspiration, here are ten wedding themes that are trending now.

Tropical

This theme is great if you plan to have a Florida destination wedding. Decorations like beautiful and colorful bouquets of tropical plants and tons of palm can make your guests feel like they’re in paradise. You don’t need to have a full-blown luau, so don’t worry about having the tiki torches and flower leis. Leave those for a pool party. All you need are a few tropical touches here and there for a sophisticated wedding in paradise.

An Enchanted Garden

This trend has recently been popping up at several weddings. An overflow of greenery with potted plants and trees, flower walls, and hanging floral plants all contribute to creating a beautiful enchanted garden in wonderland. This wedding can be outdoors in a botanical garden or in a ballroom. It’s all about how you decorate. You can bring the greenery on the tables, chairs, and even on your wedding dress.

Desert

Desert themed weddings have been taking over due to the popularity of the famed music and arts festival, Coachella. Decoration inspired by desert landscapes can make a beautiful ceremony, and you don’t need to live in a super dry and hot place to pull this off. Pampas grass is a beautiful plant that can be added throughout the venue’s space and can even be formed into a chandelier. This gives a natural and airy vibe to the ceremony. You can also serve cactus fruit cocktails.

Ancient Greece

A wedding centered around Ancient Greece is definitely going to be one of the most romantic. The white, gold, green, blue and yellow decorations are going to give off grace and elegance. You could even have ushers or waiters in Spartan costumes or togas.

Boho Chic

If you are not a big fan of fantasy and want something a little more laid-back, the boho chic theme might be the right one for you. Your ceremony is going to be more free-spirited, carefree, and a little hippy. You could have your wedding in a barn to promote family values and wholesome times. You could also have a more rustic look to your wedding with natural colors and vintage decorations.

Pastel

If you don’t really want a specific theme, then stick with a color palette. Pastels are perfect for summer weddings and look very classy. You can mix outdoor decorations and plants with pastel blues, greens, or pinks. This the perfect option to go with if you want something more minimalistic, yet still beautiful.

If you need help planning your next event, whether it’s a destination wedding or corporate event, contact the leading Tampa entertainment agency, Breezin’ Entertainment.

Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions offers premier service that is sure to both relieve the stress of the event planning process and guarantee that the entertainment that is provided exceeds all expectations. To book your next event contact a Breezin’ representative at 813-463-2272 today or visit https://breezin.com/

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Advocator of Spreading Hope and Stopping Cancer in its Tracks

The spread of cancer has been on the rise for many years now, but something new is spreading too: hope. Thanks to organizations like the Moffit Cancer Center, and people like Merritt Martin, the desire to end cancer is spreading throughout Florida. Merritt Martin is the director of State Legislative Affairs at the Moffit Cancer Center. Merritt’s interest in politics started when she was ten years old and her father took her to Governor Lawton Chile’s inauguration in Tallahassee. During her time in politics, she learned that she got the best experiences when working without pay. She first began her career in advocacy working for the American Cancer Society. Later, Merritt got a seat on the State of House of Representatives. When she was offered a position at the Moffitt Cancer Center, she took it without hesitation. She loves that brilliant people who are kind and care about preventing and curing cancer surround her.

Now, ten years later Moffit has grown having doubled the number of employees, hitting record research funding, opening two new campuses, and increasing patient visits to over 35,000 a year. Merritt’s position has also grown over the years from interacting with the legislature for funding and policy to now overseeing the State Legislative Affairs Manager and External Board Manager. Moffitt is a lead advocate in Tampa Bay for the cancer patients before the Legislature and Cabinet. She also works to spread awareness about Moffitt, as well as, hope throughout the Tampa community and dreams of making a happier and healthier Florida. Merritt is proud of working for a company like Moffitt, as they try to stop cancer in its tracks. Merritt believes her work is not done until cancer is cured.

To read the full article, please visit: https://bit.ly/2GPrQfx

For more information, please visit http://breezinmagazine.com/

Want more? We encourage submissions! To potentially be included in the next volume of Breezin’ Magazine, readers are encouraged to submit their experiences or industry stories to marketing@breezin.com

About Breezin’ Magazine:

Breezin’ Magazine hopes to bring awareness to the unique culture of entertainment and events. It offers its readers a firsthand look at the selection process for entertainers, different types of eccentric entertainment that are not typically seen, and what goes on in preparation of a big event that attendees are often unaware of. For more information, please visit http://breezinmagazine.com/

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