Apr 18

One Thing About Your ‘Dream Wedding’ That Isn’t So Dreamy

Congratulations! You’re engaged, ready to get married, and about to plan your dream wedding.  When it comes time to choose your venue, decorations, entertainment, and guest list, you want to make sure everything is perfect. But, there’s one part of a wedding that may not be so dreamy: the wedding budget.

“Budget” is not a word that suggests thoughts of celebration and fun. You’re probably thinking of an accountant’s visor and spreadsheets instead of gorgeous dresses and wedding dances.  Nonetheless, budget is a necessary word when it comes to planning an event that could, potentially, end up costing thousands (or eeek, tens of thousands!) of dollars when all is bought and paid for.  It may seem like a no-brainer, but starting your wedding planning with a budget will save you a lot of headaches and regrets.  You want to start your marriage in love, not in debt. So, when wedding planning gets underway, make sure you ask yourself these questions:

1) Why is starting with my budget important?

Having a budget for this momentous event is going to save you time and, literally, money. By setting up strict financial parameters from the get-go, you can determine exactly where you want to scrimp on money, and on what areas you want to splurge.  Not every part of the wedding or reception needs to break the bank. Besides the budget, what is most important to you and your significant other: Pretty location? Inviting everyone you can? Great food and music? Decide together what top three to five items you’re willing to go “all out” for (you can decide for yourselves what “all out” really means to your wallet). Then work down your list of wedding necessities in descending order of importance. You might even find that some items you think necessary just aren’t— so you’ll have more money in your budget to reallocate, or save for the honeymoon!

When you’ve decided where you’ll be splurging and scrimping, your budget will also be able to direct you to the vendors that fit in your financial range. Search for local vendors that can accommodate your budgetary needs, and eliminate anyone who can’t right away. If you’re determined to stick to the budget, don’t be tempted to blow it by pining over a vendor you can’t afford. A larger vendor like Event Source may look attractive, but if they’re above your budget, are they really worth the financial (and emotional) strain it’ll take to secure them? You may be able to find a competitor of your idealized vendor at a cheaper rate than the big box name, and with better service. You followed your heart to your fiancé— now follow your budget to your wedding vendors.

Finally, if you have a general idea of the costs involved, you can also plan how long you (or your parents) would need to save to cover the tab.  Don’t just guess; know what you want, lay out a realistic timeline, and get budgeting. Then adjust accordingly until your budget, your top wants, and your timeline join in perfect unity.

2)  What should I include in my budget?

 If you’ve prioritized your top three to five wedding splurges, you should already have a pretty good idea of what you’ll be including in your budget. But generally, the “big” things traditionally included in a wedding budget are: venue (for wedding and reception, if not in the same place), dress, music/DJ, catering, decor, photographer, cake, and flowers.  According to a 2015 survey by WeddingWire.com, the average cost of a wedding is now (brace yourself) $30,000! That’s a total yearly income for a lot of Americans. Even more startling is another figure included in the survey which states that 74% of couples end up going over budget anyway.

To avoid being one of these couples, first know that wedding costs can vary wildly depending on a number of factors, including where you’ll be getting married, how many guests you’ll be inviting, and even what season it’ll be when you have your wedding. It pays (no pun intended) to review the big-ticket items you want in your budget and see if you can’t find a few ways to lower cost right away.  For example, if your heart is set on a specific local venue, or you want a destination wedding, you may find expenses are less if you get married during the venue’s “off-season” when the demand isn’t as great.  Invest time in researching the bigger cost items in the area where you want to have your wedding; it’ll give you a realistic picture of what your budget should look like in order to accommodate both your desires and your location.

Second, keep in mind that there are other expenses that will accrue, but if you go for the big ones first, you’ll splurge where you planned to, and not end up overspending on smaller-cost wedding needs— they add up too if you’re not careful!  Some things to consider are: limo rental, invitations plus postage, wedding favors, tux rentals, dress alterations, the marriage license, beauty treatments…the list goes on! When you realize just how many wedding items there are to take stock of, the need to make a budget — and stick to it!— becomes a lot more credible.

3) How can I cut corners?

In today’s DIY Pinterest world, there are plenty of ways to cut corners— again, it just comes down to what is most important to your wedding wants.  Depending on your tastes, here are a few ideas to consider if you’re looking to cut out some costs:

  • Choose intimate over inclusive: There are certain people you may feel obligated to invite to your wedding, but don’t fall into that trap or you’ll end up with an expensive wedding full of people you barely know or barely like. If you parse down the guest list, your day can be enjoyable because you 1) get to enjoy it with those you love most, and 2) won’t overspend for the sake of accommodation. Plus, you can simply tell anyone who doesn’t receive an invitation that you’re just having a close-family-and-friends event.
  • Have a ceremony at home or outdoors: Renting a building for your wedding and reception can be very expensive depending on where you live. If your home or outdoor space can contain your ceremony, you can still have a tasteful wedding without needing to offer your firstborn as payment to book The Plaza. Local vendors like us at NEO Amusements can provide tents, tables, chairs, and audio equipment at much lower costs than renting out an entire facility— and you won’t need to plan your wedding date around another facility’s availability.
  • Use less flowers: Flowers are traditionally part of weddings, but you don’t need to turn your venue into a greenhouse to be beautiful. Minimal is still magical. Use single-stem bouquets, or small arrangements on reception tables for little pops of color. And if you get married outside, you may already have flowers available free-of-charge!
  • Contact a local college for music and photography options: A local college or university may just have a very talented group of students available at a very agreeable discount. Contact the music and photography departments for suggestions, and schedule a preview. You may feel leery of hiring students for your special day, but keep in mind, these students are pursuing careers in music and/or photography, and will be eager to show off their very best abilities.
  • Go paperless: This is probably the least traditional suggestion for cutting corners, but in a digital world, it’s not outrageous to consider sending e-vite invitations. The benefit is threefold: 1) You won’t have envelopes to stuff, lick, and mail; 2) you could potentially save several hundred dollars by ditching the traditional printed invitations and RSVPs, and 3) e-vites are more environmentally friendly. As long as you have email addresses for everyone you want to invite, there are many stylish e-vite sites available for little to no cost.

It isn’t exactly romantic to have to consider financial responsibility with every wedding decision you make.  “With this budget I thee wed” does not make for the most loving of wedding vows. But setting your budget early and following through on your plan is going to remove a number of stresses along the way that would otherwise steal the ‘happy’ from this happy occasion.  By considering these three questions— Why is starting with my wedding budget important? What should I include in my budget? and How can I cut corners on my wedding?— you can make decisions for your wedding that will be both Informed and satisfying. No matter what budget you settle on or what style of wedding you choose, your special day is just that— yours.  Make it as elegant, nontraditional, or epic as you want it to be.  Just decide early on what it takes to make your dream day a reality.  As long as you and your significant other are happy, then it’ll be a dream come true!

Mar 11

NEO Amusements Inc. has acquired Bouncy’s Party Fun

 

 

 

 

Dear Valued Customers,

We are excited to announce that effective 1/17/2017, NEO Amusements Inc. acquired Bouncy’s Party Fun out of Copley, OH.

Bouncy’s Party Fun has prided itself on offering exceptional customer service and superior party rentals for any event. NEO Amusements Inc. has also provided outstanding service, equipment, and entertainment to its Northeast Ohio customers for the past 6 years.

By absorbing Bouncy’s Party Fun, NEO Amusements Inc. owner Mike Mingle plans to offer enhanced
rentals and services to clients of both companies. As a result of the acquisition, you can expect to
enjoy the following enhancements:

• A greater quantity of rental products, including additional inflatables, games, interactives, technical equipment, and tents, tables, and chairs;
• A wider variety of rental products, including new concession machines, assorted types of inflatables, more audio/visual equipment, and generators;

As a result of the acquisition, Bouncy’s Party Fun has become NEO Amusements, Inc. However,
despite the ownership transition and name change, customers of both companies should observe
that many company components will remain unchanged, such as:

• Excellent customer service for all rentals and events;
• Licensed and insured products and operations;
• Qualified attendants to assist at parties and events;
• Free delivery within 20 miles of warehouse location.

Please note, delivery of rentals will now encompass the Cleveland, Akron, and Canton ares. If you have questions about this acquisition and its impact, please feel free to contact NEO Amusements. We can be
reached at 330.368.7145, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

We look forward to working with you, and continuing to deliver fun to the families and companies of Ohio!

Sincerely,

Mike Mingle and NEO Amusements, Inc.

Feb 15

Think Spring

Think Spring

Winter months can drag by when you’re cooped up inside with nothing but your thoughts and your cell phone. The good news is, it’s time to starting turning your thoughts toward spring— March 20, the first official day of spring, is quickly approaching! See these three tips to get yourself out of the winter doldrums and ready to “Think spring!”

1) Clean out the clutter: It’s called “spring-cleaning” for a reason! Once the weather starts warming, start shedding the clutter that’s accumulated. Get rid of anything you don’t use and get bulky winter things packed away.

2) Step up your activity: Stop going stir crazy— get back outdoors with brisk walks around the neighborhood or playing sports in the backyard. Getting some fresh air after a season indoors will put spring back in your step!

3) Prep your backyard: As the days get longer, make the backyard your second living room. Freshen up your yard space by clearing out dead leaves, planting spring flowers, and adding some outdoor décor.

…And make your backyard even more inviting with some help from NEO Amusements! Think spring by planning an outdoor event— our array of backyard inflatables and games is the perfect way to welcome spring!

Call us at (330) 486-7145 to check availability, request a quote, and a place a reservation! We deliver for FREE within 20 miles of our Cuyahoga Falls warehouse.

Feb 15

An Inflatables History Lesson

An Inflatables History Lesson

Bounce house, moon bounce, bouncy castle…whatever name you call them by, inflatable structures have offered endless hours of fun for kids and families over the years. But inflatables didn’t start out as fun family entertainment. In fact, they had a fairly unexciting origin: inflatables were originally designed to be tennis court covers!?

In 1959, a mechanical engineer named John Scurlock was in Shreveport, Louisiana trying to design inflatable covers for tennis courts. While working on his experiment, Scurlock was surprised and humored to find his employees bouncing across the covers. Inspiration struck, and Scurlock transitioned his court covers into a new endeavor: an inflatable “Space Walk” rental company. The very first bounce house was an open top mattress (with no walls or sides!) named the “Space Pillow.” Scurlock’s company took off in 1968, marketing to children’s birthday parties, school fairs, and picnics goers.

Since its inception, the bounce house has undergone a number of re-designs, including the addition of sides for safety and netted walls to circulate airflow. It has also taken on different forms, with inflatable water slides, obstacle courses, and game arenas joining the traditional bounce house family.

Whichever form or name you choose, inflatables are a classic, beloved amusement for all kinds of events! (Inflatables History Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inflatable_castle) We just added tons of new inflatables and games to our online catalog! Make sure you check out the 4-Way-Joust, Sports Moonwalk with Hoop, SpongeBob SquarePants jump, and more!

Jan 07

Super Bowl Party for the Win

Ofootballstadiumn February 5, 2017, over 100 million Americans will be glued to their TVs!  Whether you’re cheering on your favorite
team, or you just tune in to watch funny commercials, celebrating Super Bowl Sunday is an annual tradition for millions of Americans.  Another great annual tradition?  The Super Bowl PARTY!  It doesn’t matter if you’re hosting a party at home or tailgating near the stadium— your Super Bowl celebration deserves to be a winner!  NEO Amusements has the entertainment must-haves your party needs to get kicked off right.  

First, make sure you’ve got an unforgettable viewing experience with our audio/visual equipment, including speakers and projectors to bring the game straight into your living room!  Second, get out the chips-and-dip— we’ve got folding tables to accommodate your full Super Bowl spread, and folding chairs to seat every hungry football fan.  Want your party to feel a little more like being at the stadium?  We’ve got concessions!  Popcorn, cotton candy, Sno-Cones machines and more are available to rent.  Finally, don’t forget one of the most popular tailgating games of all time (probably because you don’t have to put down your beer to play): we’ve got Cornhole!  Rent a game today to make your awesome Super Bowl party complete!

Want to plan a party that’s even more epic?  Capture the fun with our new Photo Booth!  Select from a range of props and design your own backdrop.  Photos can be printed, emailed, or uploaded to the Internet to share with all your friends!

Call (330) 486-7145 or check online for availability, request a quote, and a place a reservation.  All rentals are on a first come, first served basis, so it’s better to order early— but don’t hesitate to call even at the last minute to find out if we can help!

Jan 07

New Year’s Resolutions Worth Sticking To

happynewyearHappy New Year!  Be honest— are you still sticking to your New Year’s resolution, or have you already given up?  

According to the University of Scranton in 2015, only 8% of people who made New Year’s resolutions actually kept them! Among the top 10 resolutions were “Enjoy life to the fullest” and “Spend more time with family.”  These are definitely resolutions worth keeping, and we want to help you do it!  NEO Amusements offers family fun in all kinds of forms:

Make a summer stay-cation special with an inflatable obstacle course in the backyard.  Turn a regular night into a premiere event with a perfect movie package.  Put the cell phones away and plan a marathon of indoor games that will bring the whole family together.

You don’t need a special occasion or upcoming event to enjoy fulfilling family time.  Make any ordinary day extraordinary with a little bit of resolution, and a little bit of help from NEO Amusements!

We DELIVER.  Save time and hassle by having your order delivered within 20 miles of our warehouse in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, on all orders of $150 or more and.  Call (330) 486-7145 or check online for availability, request a quote, and a place a reservation.  All rentals are on a first come, first served basis, so it’s better to order early— but don’t hesitate to call even at the last minute to find out if we can help!

Dec 28

On the Third Day of Christmas

The Third Day of Christmas

It’s on to our 3rd day of Christmas and for those 21 and over this will be sure to make you smile.  Now through January 6, we’ll be sharing special deals and offers each day as our gift to you!

We have discounts on birthday packages, graduation packages, and movies!  Extra servings for our concession machines, and even some freebies!

Keep in mind that these offers are ONLY available throughout our 12 days of Christmas so don’t miss out.
Check back each day to see our newest offer.

Our specials so far:
12/26/16 – HALF OFF GAMES!
12/27/16 – $25/$50/$75 off your order!

12/28/16

ItSlushieMachine’s not a New Year’s party without celebratory drinks! TODAY only: Order our margarita machine and get an EXTRA 80 SERVINGS included at no extra charge! Choose your flavor, add the alcohol, and bring your party to life!
Call us at (330) 486-7145 or click here to schedule your order! #NEOAmusements #NewYears #Party

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We’ve got something snappy coming tomorrow…don’t forget to check back for our next deal!

 

Dec 27

On The Second Day of Christmas

The Second Day of Christmas

Well, the First day of Christmas is over and the Second day of Christmas specials has arrived.  Now through January 6, we’ll be sharing special deals and offers each day as our gift to you!

We have discounts on birthday packages, graduation packages, and movies!  Extra servings for our concession machines, and even some freebies!

Keep in mind that these offers are ONLY available throughout our 12 days of Christmas so don’t miss out.
Check back each day to see our newest offer.

Yesterday we were offering HALF OFF our giant games as well as our regular games and today the specials continue.

 

12/27/16
It’s never too early to start planning your 2017 events!  The rest of this week we’re offering an “EARLY BIRD SPECIAL” for party-planners who plan ahead.  If you place your order BY DECEMBER 31 at midnight, you’ll receive:

$25 off any order of at least $150
$50 off any order over $300
$75 off any order over $450

Call us at (330) 486-7145 or click here to schedule your order!  #NEOAmusements #Discount

The savings continue tomorrow so check back for our special 3rd Day of Christmas and add some 21 and over fun to your next event!

Dec 26

On the First Day of Christmas – – –

Welcome to our First Day of Christmas specials.Button_GamesActivities

We hope you all had a Merry Christmas.  And, now that December 25 has passed, our 12 Days of Christmas specials are just beginning!  Now through January 6, we’ll be sharing special deals and offers each day as our gift to you!

We have discounts on birthday packages, graduation packages, and movies!  Extra servings for our concession machines, and even some freebies!

Keep in mind that these offers are ONLY available throughout our 12 days of Christmas so don’t miss out.
Check back each day to see our newest offer.

12/26/16
On the First
 Day of Christmas, we’ve got giant savings on giant games!  When you place your order TODAY, get HALF OFF on your choice of any giant game or even our regular games!  We’ve got Giant Jenga, Giant Kerplunk, and Giant Connect Four.  The same deal applies for our regular games including Cornhole and ladder golf!

so call us now to make sure you reserve your favorite!  #NEOAmusements #Games
http://www.neoamusements.com/games/

Check back tomorrow for our special 2nd Day of Christmas!

 

Dec 06

5 Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit

christmasChristmas is coming!  In just a few short weeks, we’ll be waking up to a day full of gift-giving, family
gatherings, and all kinds of holiday magic.  In the meantime, get yourself in the holiday spirit with these 5 fun Christmastime activities:

  • Turn on the Christmas music: Whether you’re wrapping presents, cleaning the house, or driving home from work, turn up your Christmas tunes and sing along!  Holiday jingles will create a fun, festive atmosphere no matter where you are.
  • Make your lists and check them twice: Lists don’t sound like much fun, but making a list for each of your Christmas tasks— which presents to buy for whom, what decorations to put where, what kinds of cookies to bake— will not only focus your mind on Christmas, but also get you quickly organized and save you from holiday stress!
  • Count down the days: Make the days of December count by marking each one with a special treat. Open a traditional advent calendar every day, or mark the time until the 25th with a new activity each day: bake cookies, make ornaments, drive by Christmas lights, read a Christmas story…there’s no end to the memories you can create!
  • Have Christmas movie night: A relaxing night at home with classic Christmas movies, hot chocolate, and a pile of warm blankets is a cozy way to get your family in the holiday spirit! Plan a few movie nights throughout the month of December so everyone gets a chance to share their favorite Christmas movie.
  • Throw a holiday party: Celebrate with friends, family, and co-workers by throwing a holiday party with all the fixings: great food, music, games, and more

Christmas comes but once a year, but you can make the magic last a little longer by celebrating all month long!

Let us make your holiday memorable!  We have indoor games, concession machines, audio equipment, AND a photo booth to deck out your holiday parties!  We also have tables and chairs in various sizes to accommodate all your out-of-town guests. Call us today at (330) 486-7145 or order online to reserve your rentals.