While TV is slowly leaning away from clichés as far as characters and plot lines go, there are still moments when you look at the screen and go, “Oh, no they didn’t” because it has been played so many times before. Here are some scenes that took place in public places and which have been overplayed on the small screen until we could probably write the script ourselves.
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For some reason, engagement party venues Docklands on TV seem to be limited to a restaurant, some character’s home or a reception hall in a hotel. And it is not just the celebration that takes place there either; somehow one of the characters is lured to the pre-arranged location and then the romantic moment takes place with the (stereotypical) down-on-one-knee pose. Suddenly, everybody who is related to the couple pours in to celebrate the happy moment, never mind the fact that a la Jane the Virgin the couple has just been through an extremely emotional experience and need a moment to themselves.
An inordinate amount of breakups seem to happen in best bars Docklands and restaurants on TV. Granted, plot-wise this means that more characters will see the scene and this gives way to more drama. However, the downside of this is that the viewers also have to live that excruciating moment step-by-step, replayed on every other character’s face: one partner stalks in, announces in a loud voice that they need to talk to their soon-to-be ex. Other characters – depending on their personality – either scoot away or hang around unobtrusively to eavesdrop. The “discussion” soon devolves into a shouting match or a tear-story. Either way, it does not end well.
Another extremely common scene on TV is the death scene. Unless the plot and premise calls for a gory death by beheading or dragon fire, deaths on everyday soap opera plots are usually due to heart attacks, strokes, other illnesses and poison. These almost always take place in public, usually at a game, at some social event or at dinner, with lots of people witnessing the sad event. Once again, crowds are used to maximum effect, with people rushing in to help, others crying and making a fuss and then the plot is usually furthered by one or two characters acting furtive and out-of-place.
These are just a few in a long list of popular TV scenes that take place in public spaces. Can you think of anymore?
Good event planners pull off such successful work because of two simple reasons. One is fairly obvious: they simply know what to do. The other reason tends to be overlooked, leading to less successful events. The reason is that good event planners also know what not to do. Knowing what potential mistakes and problems can arise with event planning usually comes with experience, and the matter of how to avoid these mistakes is learning the hard way. If you want to be a highly successful event planner yourself, you need not go through the trial error. Just knowing about a few of the common issues and how to solve them will greatly improve your work. Here are some to start with.
Accounting for the Unexpected
It’s easy to account for expected problems involved in the party planning process, but it’s also easy to forget that unforeseen circumstances can pop up at the worst possible time. Of course you can’t be prepared for everything, but there are some contingencies you can have in place just in case. One common problem is unexpected expense. Avoid the risk of underfunding by keeping under your budget. Any extra money left over can be used in case of emergencies. It’s also good to have professionals on speed dial, in case something goes wrong with the food and you need to be corporate functions Melbourne events in two hours, for example. Having contacts helps because they can quickly come to your aid with makeshift solutions.
Setting up for the event requires through organization and plenty of time to get things done. Once again, the ever present threat of unforeseen hiccups can ruin your event if not accounted for. However much time you estimate will be needed to set up and get everything prepared and in order, you’re definitely going to need more. It’s better to have everything ready early rather than risk getting late and upsetting your clients and the guests. Make sure any live entertainment groups, chefs, serving staff, and equipment providers are told to arrive earlier than they are required. Musicians, for example, are notoriously late for gigs, and take time to tune up and perform sound checks. If you’ve been catering Melbourne events for a while, you’ll also have to account for traffic conditions and factor it into your scheduling.
Most planners have a plan B, but it’s always safer to have a plan C as well. Even if you still meet unforeseen and unexpected challenges, you must be adaptable and be ready to change course if needed. It may be upsetting to think that things did not go according to your plans, but don’t let that sway you. It’s not impossible to salvage the situation if you muster up your courage and creativity. Think outside the box and get accustomed to thinking on your feet. If you can take into account these few commonly faced concerns when you’re planning an event, you can avoid most of the hassles they involve. Moreover, you’ll be able to pull off much more successful and memorable events.