A pandemic pushed planners to the limit. Read how they got through it in 2020.
Event planners had year to forget but remain thankful
Is your event planner playbook ready?
Five tips to keep it fresh
When the going gets tough, planners get creative.
When in-person is no-go, planners figure out how-to.
Nonprofits shift to virtual settings amid pandemic.
When a pandemic hits, event planners have to pivot.
Jerry Askew of the Alliance for Better Nonprofits: Let’s get creative and come together.
Spring got turned upside down. Make sure your event is updated!
Cheer up an extrovert, event planners. Pick your dates.
Look before you go! Events are being canceled or postponed because of coronavirus.
Links for individual events have been restored. Read why and how.
Tina Knight shares insight from time spent as corporate planner – and how EventCheck Knox would have helped.
From jazz to peppermint, downtown Knoxville is ready for the holidays.
Event planners are “the real MVP.”
Thursday and Friday are overbooked. The other weekdays are lonely. Shift some events.
We break down the dress code – with the help of the Blue Streak.
What are you doing in December? EventCheck Knox needs to know.
Planning an event? Better know when – and where – the Vols play in the fall.
What can interns learn about event planning? As it turns out, quite a bit.
Moxley Carmichael interns share lessons learned at large-scale event.
2,000 entries and counting – and keep them coming.
EventCheck Knox is three events away from 2,000. Send yours in now!
Event planning is hectic. Shortcuts help.
Springtime is event time. Send those events!
Accurate alcohol order key to successful event
Search, and you will find.
Elected officials want to attend your events. Make it easier for them.
What are the keys to a sell-out event? The Blue Streak knows.
Relaunch and redesign done with planners in mind.
RSVP instructions are not an optional response. Planners need to know the number of attendees.
Get to know Lila Honaker, who plans events for the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation.
Fall football tailgates or receptions year-round, “The Patio” presents the perfect venue with quite the view.
“Who are preservationists?” Knox Heritage got the answer and moved ahead.
EventCheck Knox has a new series called “Get to Know a Planner.” We start with Kate Jackson of the Knoxville Convention Center.
First-year event director of the International Biscuit Festival outlines lessons learned as event expands.
No electricity? Lightning? These planners handled day-of event incidents without a hitch.
Get engaging and creative with expert tips on promotion from Moxley Carmichael’s John McCulley.
EventCheck Knox has reached a milestone with its 1,000th event. We share three lessons learned along the way.
An invitation-only event can be a great way to showcase a nonprofit. Ijams Nature Center’s Jenny Newby offers insight.
Jackson Terminal found its “UX.” Read how in our blog.
We put 12 of our favorite blog entries under the Christmas tree for planners.
Courtney Kliman of Young-Williams Animal Center shares additional insight after planning first-time fundraiser.
From early birds to feedback, we have a lot to be thankful for at EventCheck Knox.
Courtney Kliman shares insight after planning first-time fundraiser.
When should an event planner hold a silent auction? Live auction? And what should be offered?
Well-known people can boost an event but heed these steps when booking speakers.
Sorting? Running? What do these have to do with auctions? EventCheck Knox gets Morton Massey to explain.
A well-known speaker certainly elevates the profile of your event. But does it raise money and awareness for your organization?
Proper communication with your caterer can be the difference between successful event or culinary disaster.
Social media matters before, during and after events.
Gay Lyons explains how, with a little planning, all events can go green.
Dual-purpose events focus on important issues and ensure that guests have a great experience.
Guest blogger Morton Massey shares the mistakes he sees most often at events.
Jerry Kruse, owner of The Pour Guys, was one of the first subjects of our blog. We checked in a year later to see what’s on his mind.
After a year of loading events onto the calendar, Maria Cornelius has a Top Five checklist for content.
EventCheck Knox celebrates its one-year anniversary this week with three numbers – 723, 216 and 185.
A hot topic for event planners is themed events, but how does the conversation change when the theme is not clearly tied to the organization’s mission?
From bullets to bacon, Visit Knoxville will get it done.
What’s your name? That is a question an attendee never should have to ask at an event.
As an aspiring event planner, I was pleasantly surprised to find out how often public relations and event planning overlap.
EventCheck Knox checked in with Visit Knoxville to find out exactly what the organization offers event planners.
Lauren Miller, the director of client services for Moxley Carmichael, is an expert when it comes to event planning and promotion.
The Top 10 reasons why planners should use EventCheck Knox.
Adding a theme to an event takes extra work, but the effort can be well worth it.
There are seven days in a week. It’s time for event planners to use all of them.
We wrote before about the benefits of sponsors and how to find them. Now, we have advice on how to keep them.
The cake maker matters. And this story takes the cake.
The farm-to-table experience is blossoming, and planners can reap benefits from the trend.
If there’s one thing experienced event planners know, it’s that timing is everything.
Put balloons in the hands of a professional decorator, and they can transform an event.
With the pending arrival of warm weather, planners heat up with events filling their calendars.
Mary Bogert, general manager of the Knoxville Convention Center, and her staff are detailed planners who stay prepared to handle any situation.
Planners need to make the right selection when it comes to menu.
Thinking about adding animals to your event for a little pizzazz? Read this first!
East Tennessee weather, especially in the winter, is unpredictable, which can be a curse or a blessing for event planners.
As 2014 came to a close and 2015 got underway, we asked event planners to share their stories of challenges faced and obstacles overcome, and they delivered.
The start of a new year means a whole slate of upcoming events, and EventCheck Knox wants all of them to be successful.
New Year’s parties are a week away. Here’s a reminder on how much alcohol is needed, plus some festive drink recipes.
Before you make any decision about the details of your holiday party, first determine the theme.
Entertainment can make or break an event. We checked in with local expert Chyna Brackeen, who understands entertainment from every angle.
The value of M&M Productions USA is embedded in its experience and expertise.
This blog is written for and about event planners, and now we want to hear from you.
When you attend an event, what do you notice first?
Convenience. Cost. Creativity. Those are three guiding principles for planners when deciding where to hold an event.
Sponsors are the lifeblood of event planners. But how do you determine who to approach for help?
Planners have a lot on their checklists before launching an event, and Keep Knoxville Beautiful would like to add one more – and make it easy for them.
When I think about communication, or the lack thereof, my mind immediately goes to “Who’s on first?” – the classic Abbott and Costello comedy sketch about the names of baseball players.
Recently, we talked about whether or not an event needs a speaker. Now, we offer the do’s and don’ts for event planners and speakers.
Who, what, where, when and how much are the most critical questions to answer when developing an event website.
Finding a guest speaker for your event may seem daunting, but if a planner knows where to look, the process can be smooth and beneficial for the attendees and the organization.
Social media can be a boon for event planners when used correctly.
EventCheck Knox officially launched with – what else – a party!
Planning an event takes teamwork, and to make that team work, it takes planning.
It’s no secret that the purpose of nonprofit events is to raise money for worthy causes. It therefore stands to reason that the bottom line of nonprofit events is, well, the bottom line.
What’s in a name? Juliet asked Romeo. That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Well, that didn’t work for Juliet, and it certainly doesn’t work for event planners.
Event planners used to fill a bar with the four standards – bourbon, gin, scotch and vodka. That has changed over the past two decades.
Whether the draw is entertainment, food, inspiration or the magic of Christmas, it’s important to find a way to stand out in the fall and holiday season when social calendars are full.
Social calendars fill up quickly during the busy fall and holiday seasons. How do you make your event stand out from the crowd?
Creating eye-catching, attention-grabbing printed invitations – from colors that pack a punch to fonts that expertly match the tone of the occasion – is a critical step in the event planning process.