Event Planning & Coordination

Create an Unforgettable Event with Bleu Event Planning

As we have shifted into an experience economy – a marketplace in which consumers would rather pay for an experience rather than products – events have become much more than just your catering services and event venue. Attendees expect your event to leave an impression in their minds. bleu Events offers the most innovative event planning services in the Columbia area.

We take pride in staying attuned to the industry and applying new trends to tried and true concepts to create the ultimate experience. Whether you are looking to create a statement through event production, want to wow your guests with elaborate décor, or host your event at the most desirable venue in town, we have relationships with the vendors you need to make it happen.

Your experience working with us is just as important as the experience your guests have at the event itself. Our professional event planners give you the option of being as hands-on or as hands-off as you’d like to be. Even when you don’t have time to oversee every detail, you can trust that the execution of your event will be flawless.

With any event there is a lot to consider, and it can easily become overwhelming. We handle everything from set up and breakdown, to the guests’ arrival and departure, to the proper timing and flow of your event. Our goal is for you to enjoy your event as much as your guests do. Our event coordinators will help guide you from the start of the planning process to the event itself, through the budget process, food and service style, rental coordination, and other details that your event may entail. Our professional service and industry expertise guarantee that your event will be executed flawlessly and that your guests will leave with an unforgettable experience.

Bleu Events working with a client to plan an event

Unlike many event planners, bleu Events offers a full-service event planning package. This means we handle everything in-house from catering and decor, to the service staff you need to run the event. bleu Events also offers exclusive access to two of the newest venues in town – the Atrium on Tenth and the rooftop event space, Pressed.

We know that the financial side of the planning process can be confusing. Important details or expenses may be overlooked, which can cause unnecessary frustration and panic. bleu Events will guide you through the budgeting process, working with you to create a realistic budget that covers every detail of the event so there are no financial discrepancies.

When you work with bleu Events, you are getting access to premier catering services. We offer a diverse menu and beverage selection, with options for every palate. Depending on the theme or goal of your event, our event planners will recommend the service style that best suits your event. Whether your event is a plated meal or passed appetizers, our service staff will ensure that your guests are fed and comfortable throughout the event. Like our event planners, our service staff are highly trained in proper service styles and etiquette.

bleu Events catering prides itself on culinary artistry. We don’t just create pretty plates. Our catering team views food as an experience and is always working to add cutting edge creativity to food presentations. Our action stations, featured displays, and passed around starters will leave a delicious, long-lasting impression on your guests. The food service styles you select for your event are carefully planned and executed in a way that adds interest and decor to your event’s theme.

When it comes to the decor and equipment, we will handle all the rental agreements and contracts. We also facilitate the booking, making sure that everything arrives on site as needed, and that all equipment is properly unloaded and set up. At the end of your event, we make sure all rentals are broken down and returned in accordance with the agreements, so that no extra charges are incurred.

BUDGET

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BUDGET

We understand that budgeting can be an overwhelming process, especially if this is your first event planning experience. bleu Events is here to help! Explore our budget considerations below, and contact us with your questions.

FOOD & SERVICE STYLE

FOOD & SERVICE STYLE

Your event is shaped by food and service style considerations. We pride ourselves on creating a unique experience for you and your guests, which incorporates food into your décor.

A unique catering dish with a modern presentation

Food considerations include how many courses and options you’d like to offer your guests, as well as the style of the meal. Your menu selections include:

Event attendees getting food from an outdoor buffet at an event catered by Bleu Events
  • Passed Hors d’oeuvres
  • Action Stations
  • Featured Displays
  • Plated Meals
  • Family Style
  • Buffets
  • Desserts

Your menu selections will dictate the service style of your event. Your event is executed by a varied team of event professionals including chefs, operations staff who manage event logistics to deliver and set up your event, as well as our service team who serves your guests during the event and cleans up afterward.

BEVERAGES

BEVERAGES

A variety of beverage offerings are available. We have a variety of options including bars by the hour, standard host bars, and cash bars. Common offerings include:

Craft cocktails garnished with an orange and cranberries by Bleu Events Catering
  • Full Bar
  • Beer & Wine Bar
  • Non-alcoholic
  • Coffee Service
  • Specialty Crafted Cocktails

Including alcoholic beverages on your menu will increase this portion of your budget. Your selection of beverages will determine the service style required for your event. Contact us for detailed information on bar options.

RENTAL EQUIPMENT

RENTAL EQUIPMENT

When you book an event with us, serviceware items including china, flatware, chaffing dishes, and basic table set up with house linens may be included in your menu price, depending on the location of your event.

Additional rentals may be needed for off-premise events, so ask your catering representative for details. Coordinating these items through bleu Events streamlines your experience and saves you hours of planning and set up.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

The kitchen facilities at your event location may limit the food selections or service styles we can offer, or it may require the set-up of a mobile kitchen space. bleu Events is well equipped to cater from any location; however, rental fees may apply depending on the type of set up you desire.

Ready to Plan Your Unforgettable Event?

Ready to Plan Your Unforgettable Event?

Need more information?

When it comes to your next event, our event planners will ensure that you and your guests have an experience that exceeds every expectation. Whether you are planning a conference, convention, gala, fundraising event, wedding, reception, or corporate event, bleu’s event planners are there to take care of every detail. Our personalized service and unconventional creativity will set your event apart from any other in town, and leave your guests with memories that last a lifetime.

Our event planners are happy to assist you at any time with event or booking questions, so contact us today to find out how we can create your next unforgettable event!