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EBE Vendor Feature: Mark McCool from Talamore Country Club

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In our industry, it’s impossible to execute an incredible event without the help of other dynamic vendors. In our Vendor Features, we learn more about the people who we love to work with event after event, and year after year. Next up is Mark McCool, Event Specialist at Talamore Country Club.

Mark McCool has been in the events and entertainment industry for 32 years, and has spent those years as an Event Specialist at Talamore Country Club. Talamore is located in Ambler, PA, and has always looked to be on the cutting edge. For larger functions, they offer the Conservatory Ballroom, which features a two-story Mezzanine Ballroom with a Grand Staircase, 30-foot waterfall, and a 1500 square foot marble dance floor with seating for up to 350 guests!

For smaller events, Talamore’s Magnolia Room features vaulted and cathedral ceilings, and accommodates up to 150 guests. They also offer the Monet Garden Room, which opens out onto their lush tropical gardens and flagstone patios with breathtaking views of the golf course and swan-appointed lakes. This climate-controlled space is perfect for your ceremony or cocktail hour.

I was able to sit down with Mark to ask him a few questions… check it out!

What makes Talamore Country Club stand out next to companies like it?

We’re ALWAYS striving to be better.

Favorite Wedding Month?

May

Favorite Spot in Philadelphia?

Constitution Center

Favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

Base Jumping

What is your Best Advice for Potential Clients?

Ask what will make your partner really really happy

Do you play any instruments?

Guitar!

What wedding trends are you loving?

Food Trucks

What wedding trends are you ready to see go away?

Karaoke with bad singers

What motivates you to work hard?

Achievement

What is your zodiac sign?

Taurus

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I am ambidextrous

What is your go-to at karaoke?

Don’t Stop Me Now

If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?

The Who

What is your favorite thing in your career?

Watching the bride walk down the aisle

Let’s see some of your work!



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Getting To Know EBE

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We are passionately dedicated to great music, packed dance floors, and happily ever afters!

Meet The Team

Steve Meranus

Steve Meranus, ext. 101

Partner

Mike Gendler

Mike Gendler, ext. 102

Partner

Matt Ostroff

Matt Ostroff, ext. 115

Entertainment Consultant

Jonathan Harwood

Jonathan Harwood, ext. 114

Entertainment Consultant

Joel Aaron

Joel Aaron, ext. 118

Entertainment Consultant

Ben Ostroff

Ben Ostroff, ext. 106

Entertainment Consultant

Brian Lizzi

Brian Lizzi, ext. 121

Entertainment Consultant

Joe Napoli

Joe Napoli, ext. 122

Director of Business Development

Tara Buchanan-Glick

Tara Buchanan Glick, ext. 108

Director of Operations & Production

Stephanie Fitzpatrick

Steph Fitzpatrick, ext. 111

Talent Coordinator

Elaine Igoe

Elaine Igoe, ext. 116

Entertainment Consultant/Event Planner

Nick D’Errico, ext. 117

Multimedia Department Director

Jae Heydet-Sosa, ext. 123

Social Media & Logistics Manager

Dead Blow

Chris Michalski, ext. 133

Audio/Visual Director

Katrina Osnoe

Katrina Osnoe, ext. 119

Director of Client Relations

Jackie Tomaszewski, ext. 104

Front Desk

Joanne McBride

Joanne McBride, ext. 131

Event Coordinator

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Avoid These Mistakes While Planning The Ultimate Bachelorette Party

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A bachelorette party is intended to create the ultimate send off for the bride-to-be’s unmarried life. Wedding planning is stressful and the bachelorette party is a great way to unwind before the big day. Before you plan this fun-filled event, check out these tips for planning a fun-filled bachelorette party with the bride-to-be.

The Guest List

Keep stress at bay by knowing who to invite and who to skip over when creating the bachelorette party guest list. Ladies who attend the bachelorette party should be invited to the wedding and also should be very close to the bride. Sit down with the bride-to-be and ask her who she would like invited to this pre-wedding celebration. If you’re planning a surprise party, do your best to pay attention to the people that the bride holds nearest and dearest to her heart.  

Budget Appropriately

Although discussing money may seem a bit uncomfortable, it is a conversation that needs to be had pretty early into planning. Don’t max out your credit cards – discuss how the celebration will be paid for and who will be paying for it. Apps are available to help track spending such as Pro Party Planner or Travefy, and the budget details can be shared with multiple people. This makes it easy to ensure everyone involved with planning is on the same page.

Celebrate The Bride – Not You

The bachelorette party is to give the bride-to-be a send off celebration before she gets married. The event should be centered around her and the type of party that she would like to have. Be sure to have a conversation with the bride to find out what she would like to experience during her party. If you are planning a surprise, do some critical thinking and investigation to make sure it’s the most “her” celebration ever!

Keep The Drama Away

The last thing a bride wants to experience at her bachelorette party is unnecessary drama. The mood should remain happy and festive during the celebration, so keep personal issues aside to the bride’s sake. If something doesn’t go as planned, remain calm and resolve the issue accordingly. 

Did these tips help you plan an incredible bachelorette party? If so, we would love to hear all about it!

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Romantic Vacation Spots Within Driving Distance From Philly

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Many couples these days are choosing to go on their honeymoon a few months after their wedding. Whether it be to catch the right vacation season, to take some time off to chill after the stressful planning, or any other reason – we support it!

That said, we do think that it’s important to take some time together after your nuptials, and there are a few romantic destinations within driving distance that we think you’ll love!

Block Island, Rhode Island

Located just south of Rhode Island and about a 6 hour drive from Philly, Block Island is a picturesque location that is perfect for celebrating a new marriage. With access only by ferry, Block Island is just far enough away to offer privacy and romance but close to the mainland. A gorgeous brick lighthouse that dates to the 1800s sits on the southeast shore atop dramatic cliffs. History buffs will love the oldest hotel on the island, The Spring House Hotel, which housed Ulysses S. Grant and Mark Twain. We recommend spending the day in the nature preserves or exploring the island via bicycle. Sunset cruises featuring wine and cheese are also available to celebrate your new life as newlyweds.

Erin McGinn Photography

Mohonk Mountain, New Paltz, New York

If you’re looking for an all-inclusive romantic locale within driving distance of Philly, Mohonk Mountain is just the place for you. A short two and a half hour drive outside of Philadelphia and just north of New York City, Mohonk Mountain delivers class, history, and fun to all of its guests. Enjoy access to 85 miles of hiking trails, the gorgeous lake on the property, golf and tennis courts, and stables. Kick it up by staying in one of the beautiful Victorian rooms that feature luxurious decor and wood burning fireplace.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

The largest city in the state of Virginia, Virginia Beach offers 14 miles of sandy beaches that are available for public use and free. Shoot down Interstate-95 and you will arrive in Virginia Beach in roughly 5 hours. Newlyweds can take a romantic bicycle ride on the boardwalk and then enjoy the delicious fresh seafood from the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Art lovers will swoon over the The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art or The Sandler Center For the Performing Arts.

Ross Costanza Photography

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Bask in the sweet life with your sweetheart by visiting Hershey, Pennsylvania. Visit the world famous Hershey Park, where you can have fun riding on amusement park rides and making a splash in the water park. Stop into Hershey’s Chocolate World where you can ride through a tour of a simulated chocolate factory and enjoy free samples of candy. Lodging is ample and varied in Hershey with your choice of hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and more.

New Chapters Photography

Did you choose to spend a romantic getaway at one of these destinations? If so, we would love to hear all about it. Contact us today!


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Create A Nostalgic ’90s Bridal Shower Your Guests Will Love

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A good theme can elevate a bridal shower from ordinary to incredible. Perfect for just about any event, the nostalgic 1990s is always a win. We’ve put together a list of our favorite ideas that celebrate the bride and the best decade ever! 

Lisa Frank Neon Colors & Holograms

Did you have iconic Lisa Frank notebooks, pencil cases, trapper keepers, or folders to keep your school work organized? What about holographic sneakers, jewelry, or purses? These items scream ‘90s and are perfect for using as decor for a bridal shower. Lisa Frank has made a come back in recent years and party decor can be found at many online retailers. 

Snacks

Create a candy table where guests will be able to satisfy their nostalgic sweet tooth. Include treats like Airheads, Gushers, WarHeads, Pop Rocks, and Fruit Stripe gum. Don’t forget to include a Ring Pop for every guest so they can enjoy some sweet bling! 

Activities 

Remember puffy paint? It is now known as 3D fabric paint and you can find it at your local craft stores. Pick up white t-shirts in various sizes so guests can have fun creating shirts that celebrate the bride-to-be. 

Fun Games

Guests will have a blast taking turns at smacking a pinata until prizes break free. Have a custom piñata made in the shape of an iconic ‘90s symbol like a cassette tape, the MTV logo, or a smiley face. Mad-Libs were all the rage in the ‘90s, so have guests fill in the blanks using a feather-tipped pen that the cast of Clueless will approve of.

Party Favors

Send guests home with a goodie bag full of nostalgia. Include items such as a Pez Dispenser, mood rings, yoyos, wax lips, Lisa Frank stickers, pogs, sticker earrings, and slap bracelets. 

To get more inspiration for your ’90s themed shower, head over to Kara’s Party Ideas to check out this rad ’90s Birthday Party she planned!

Did you plan a totally tubular ‘90s themed bridal shower? If so, we would love to get the low-down on it! Contact us today!


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Plan a Earth-Friendly Green Wedding With These 5 Tips

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For most couples, their wedding is one of the most important days of their lives. Weddings require a lot of planning and are usually a one day event, so waste is inevitable. If you want to make an ecological impact on your wedding by planning a sustainable green wedding, look no further. We’ve put together ideas to help you plan an earth-friendly wedding. 

Choose A Central Eco-Friendly Location

One of the biggest impacts that a wedding can make on Mother Earth is the travel involved for guests. Choose a central location that is as close to as many guests as possible. Guests will appreciate a shortened travel time and reduced costs that may have otherwise needed an overnight stay at a hotel. Choosing a sustainable venue not only helps the environment, but it also supports local businesses. Consider reciting your vows and holding your reception at a local farm or garden. For our favorite Philadelphia-area venues to partner with, check out our EBE Venue Spotlights!

Buy Thrifted or Borrow A Wedding Dress

The sticker shock alone of a brand new wedding dress can be totally avoided by choosing to wear a dress that a friend or family member wore when they walked down the aisle. Thrifting a beautiful vintage dress and having it altered to fit is another sustainable option that helps save the environment and the green in your wallet. 

Choose Flowers Sustainably 

Finding flowers for your wedding can be equal parts sustainable and beautiful. If you live in an area where you can forage flowers, consider making a DIY flower crown or headpiece with your floral finds. If foraging isn’t an option, work with your florist to choose flowers that are in season and locally grown. A sustainable alternative to flowers is to use potted plants or lanterns that double as decor or favors.

Shop Small For Your Wedding Food

Supporting caterers that choose locally-sourced food that is grown and raised by local farmers helps keep your dollars within the local community, AND supports sustainable farming practices. Choose local brews crafted by your favorite brewery instead of buying commercially made beers.

Recycled Paper Products

Mailed invitations are considered the norm when it comes to notifying your guests of the wedding event. More supplies are moving toward using sustainable products to craft their invitations with recycled materials or tree-free paper. If you want to skip paper invites totally, there are websites available to help you build beautiful electronic invitations, such as Paperless Post.

Did these tips help you create a greener wedding event? If so, we would love to hear all about it! Contact us today!


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