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Get to Know: Jessica Broz

The Boom team is thrilled to announce the newest addition to our team! Jessica Broz recently joined Boom Goes the Drum as a production coordinator; with her unparalleled organizational skills and extensive experience in the hospitality sector, she will enhance our client experience and continue to ensure smooth, seamless production and successful activations. In between dashing to client meetings (like Alberta Ballet, for one of their upcoming front of house experiences- stay tuned, everyone), and steeping her umpteenth cup of tea, we caught up with Jessica to ask her a couple of questions. Read on to get to know Boom’s newest team member- and get a mind-blowing tip on extending the life of your feet on event day!   1) You’ve been in the event world- both academically and occupationally- for eight years. What is it about production that drew you to this field? When selecting a career path, I wanted a position that challenged me, changed every day, and allowed me to be creative. Event production is all of those and then some! I love turning obstacles into opportunities, asking ‘what if’, problem solving, and that rush you get when your plan unfolds seamlessly.   2) If you weren’t an event coordinator, what would you be? Well that depends if I had to earn a living – if I couldn’t be a working artist, I would be an interior designer. If money wasn’t a concern, I’d be a full time student learning languages, art, and history.   3) What would you say has been your biggest achievement over the last year? Serving as the VP of Education and Programs...

#EventInReview: The Rannelli & Dumenko Wedding

If there was one word to describe what Alison Dumenko (formerly Alison Rannelli) wanted her wedding to look like, it was “Sparkle”. This bride is a long time-Boom friend (and an event-industry native) and so her affection for all things bling was well-known to us. Her then-fiance, Mike Dumenko, preferred earthy colours and woodsy textures (though most of all, he seemed to prefer a happy Alison). Our goal became the seamless merge of these two themes, so as to honour both sides of this couples’ vision: sparkle meets cedar, bling meets backwoods. Our inspiration was the couple themselves- if they could bring these two worlds together with such harmony, we reasoned, so could we.   *All photos by Alan Maudie Photography   The wedding venue clearly met the groom’s wishes- Silvertip Resort is a gorgeous, spacious retreat, nestled in the Rockies, overlooking Canmore. With its soaring wood ceilings, stone fireplace, and warm, comforting colour scheme, we had the perfect backdrop to create an upscale, naturally inspired wedding. To bring in Alison’s vision, Designing on the Edge created a mesmerizing decor plan. Wood textured centrepieces dripped with crystals, set on rose and silver hued tables; metallic lanterns glowed warmly along runners; and clean, white florals stood elegantly against heavily textured, sparkling linens. To keep guests warm and dry in case of inclement weather, we decided to host the ceremony and reception inside, in the Pavillion Room. This meant a space-flip part way through the day, which would take place while guests enjoyed cocktails and breath-taking vistas of the resort. Through a flurry of hard work and creativity, the transformation of the...

#BoomGoesOut: Leftovers Foundation Harvest Fundraiser

The Leftovers Foundation‘s flagship annual Harvest Fundraiser was a charming reminder of all the things we love about #YYC. Tucked into Inglewood’s quirky Festival Hall, the fundraiser saw over 140 Calgarians come together to eat, dance, and- with a little luck- give our city a better future.     The Leftovers Calgary’s website paints a clear picture. “Close to half of food produced worldwide is wasted. Discarded in processing, transport, grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries and kitchens. LeftOvers Calgary is an organization that rescues food from being thrown in the garbage, and ensure it gets to service agencies in need.” With over 23, 165 households in Calgary currently living in poverty, Leftovers Calgary has found themselves in high demand. Leftovers delivers perishable food to service agencies such as the Calgary Drop-In Centre, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, Alpha House, Making Changes Association and Inn from the Cold. This event’s main goal plays a key part in the continuance of this service- they are fundraising to purchase a new, refrigerated truck, so they can continue to assist these agencies and help take pressure off their overworked kitchens.     Throughout the event local musicians The Frontiers, Evan Coote, and Justine Tyrell were on hand to set the tone for the evening, singing feel-good, acoustic focused sets that fit nicely under the warm wooden beams, and soft twinkling lights. Light snacks were provided as guests perused the raffle items lining the walls, and an Instagram-styled photo-booth was quite popular. In addition to some local, socially-minded for-profits being in attendance (a Boom personal favourite, Village Ice Cream, was on-hand) multiple local charities were also present, there...

#EventInReview: The Wyne & Godfrey Wedding

When Jillian Wyne came into the Boom office to talk about her ideas for her August wedding, we knew immediately that planning her wedding day would be almost as much fun for us as we planned to make it for her. Upon meeting her then-fiance, Sean Godfrey, our suspicions were confirmed; this couple embodies everything we love about wedding planning: humour, heart, and a deep commitment to keeping one another at the centre of their lives, and their big day.     Moody skies played backdrop throughout the day, making the ceremony’s soft greens, creams, and mixed wood accents feel warm, comforting, and cozy- just what you want on a rainy day. Family and friends were greeted by a neat line of valets, all equipped with umbrellas, quickly guiding them from their vehicles into Uniquities, the enchanting antique and salvage shop within the larger Foundry building that would play host to the ceremony. As the couple said their “I do’s” under the soaring warehouse ceilings, guests were flanked by antique English putti planters, 19th century French bronze statues, and dozens of Italian pots and vases, all adding to the unique charm of the space.     To bring up the energy for the reception, our design partners, One West Events and Designing on the Edge transformed the wedding from the ceremony’s soft and vaguely Grecian feel to a bespoke jazz aesthetic. Thick, velvet red drape encapsulated the bar lounge, blue and purple lighting washed the grey brick walls, and a dozen glittering chandeliers lit the dancers below. For those who wanted a bit of a quiet reprieve, there was even...

Event In Review: LOOK2016 for Contemporary Calgary

On October 22, 2016 the doors to the Centennial Planetarium were once again opened to Canada’s cultural revolutionaries for LOOK2016, in support of Contemporary Calgary. Boom Goes the Drum was honoured to once again produce the event in collaboration with Contemporary Calgary and it’s extraordinary LOOK2016 Event Committee. LOOK2016’s official after party, The Factory Party, was curated and presented by the genius tastemakers at The Modern Leisure. Marketing & PR was lead by Alex Kingcott, Shareworthy Content Lab. VIP+Dinner ticket holders were treated to an artistically inspired pop-up restaurant experience provided by LOOK2016 Executive Chef Brett McDermott of Our Daily Brett. Special shout outs to our supporting partners Rockethouse Productions, FMAV, and Hotel Arts. It takes a village to pull off this kind of transformation and sell out a fundraiser – thank you to everyone for extraordinary work. Enjoy these photos from the event. Photo credit Phil Crozier, PHOTOPHILCRO and courtesy of Contemporary Calgary – we were so lucky to have his talented eye on site to capture the evening. Thank you Phil! Full album is HERE. Photo Credit for all of these beautiful photos belongs Phil Crozier, PHILCROPHOTO. Photos courtesy of Contemporary Calgary.   Thanks to everyone supported LOOK2016 and The Factory Party and to Contemporary Calgary for letting us contribute to your vision. It was a massive night, and we’re energized for the year to...

#LOOK2016 on social media

According to our partners at Shareworthy Content Lab who lead marketing, pr and social for LOOK2016, the influence of LOOK2016 for Contemporary Calgary didn’t stop at the doors of the Centennial Planetarium; in just one night, #LOOK2016 achieved over 1.5 million impressions on Twitter alone. Add to that over 500 Tweets mentioning @C_Calgary and #TheFactoryParty, nearly a full day on the trending list, two snapchat filters courtesy of The Modern Leisure, and hundreds of instagrams including posts from major influencers like Lainey Lui herself… and you’ve got yourself a bonafide social media storm! Thanks to everyone who engaged with us on social media throughout night. Keep sharing your event photos and memories using #LOOK2016. We love seeing the event through your eyes. Here are a few of our favourite moments captured on social media from the big night.   Welcome to the stage entertainment legend Steve Martin and our true friend and champion Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker)! #look2016 A photo posted by Contemporary Calgary (@contemporarycalgary) on Oct 22, 2016 at 8:02pm PDT   Steve Martin helps with the first live auction at #look2016. pic.twitter.com/KVnG662gEv — Mike Morrison (@mikesbloggity) October 23, 2016   FanGirling Adam Gopnik and Steve Martin backstage at #look2016 for @contemporarycalgary. A photo posted by Elaine Lui (@laineygossip) on Oct 22, 2016 at 7:29pm PDT   If you ever ask me who helped me turn my blog into a business, I’ll always say @LaineyGossip. Love seeing her at #look2016 pic.twitter.com/N5DSt6Ocmu — Mike Morrison (@mikesbloggity) October 23, 2016   How many disco balls went into the making of my hair? #look2016 @contemporarycalgary A photo posted by Elaine Lui (@laineygossip)...

LOOK2016: A Sneak Peek (And Why You Can’t Afford to Miss Out)

The LOOK series for Contemporary Calgary has been widely acclaimed as one of Canada’s hottest events (Globe and Mail, 2015), and LOOK2016 is well on its way to dazzling Calgarians once more and adding to the event’s impressive pedigree. Not sure what to expect? We’ve given you an exclusive sneak peak into the inner workings of LOOK2016 and what guests can look forward to experiencing night-of!   A One Night Only Pop Up Restaurant, Curated by Brett McDermott VIP Plus guests will be treated to a one night only, pop up restaurant, created by one of Calgary’s top chefs and owner of Our Daily Brett, Brett McDermott. Guests will enjoy a plated, highly crafted, sumptuous three course meal, inspired by the spirit and creative verve of the art and artists featured at LOOK2016.     Canada’s Largest Contemporary Art Auction and Interactive Installations Everyone knows from past LOOK’s that the art and art installations end up stealing the show. As Canada’s largest contemporary and modern art auction, LOOK2016 will expose guests to the work of some of our nation’s most talked-about artists and give them a chance to take home a piece of creative history. Additionally, attendees will actively participate in ‘art-work’ as they interact with pieces by Dave Dyment, Sasha Foster, and Natural Real Supreme. To view the auction online, go to: LOOK2016AUCTION.COM     The Factory Party The Factory Party was introduced to Calgary in 2008 as a revival of Andy Warhol’s infamous NYC parties at his Manhattan studio named “The Factory”. Known for curating some of Calgary’s most exceptional visual artists and live music acts in one...

#EventInReview: Beakerhead and Trico Present “The World of Social Entrepreneurship”

The crisp fall air mixed with the smell of smoke fills your nose as you walk past two 10 foot metal lilies, fire spewing from their steely petals. Passing the Blazing Lilies, you make your way along a field of softly glowing white balloons, dancing and pulsing in synchronization while hundreds of people crowd around, pointing, smiling, lifting little ones over shoulders for a better view. You come to a large crowd and survey the diverse group; laughing grandparents with bulky cameras around their necks; glow-painted teenagers huddled in small, chattering groups; tiny children excitedly clutching family members hands, craning their necks to see past the throng. You wonder what could have brought such a range of Calgarian’s out on a warm, September Saturday, when suddenly an eight foot tall robot lunges onto the stage. The crowd stares up exepctantly as lights wash over their faces. The robot turns to face the group, lifts his arms, and “WOOSH”, the crowd gasps with collective delight as they’re blasted with cool mist rushing out of the robot’s mechanical arms. The rest of the evening is a rush of fire, smoke, mechanical wonder, and engineering dreams. As you begin making your way home a few hours later, ears and eyes still filled with the visual smorgasbord you just witnessed, you wonder what on earth immersive, futuristic world you just left. This world, dear explorer, is Beakerhead.       The fourth annual Beakerhead took over Calgary this past September, with works of science, art, and engineering exploding all over the city via public pop ups and specialty events. The Boom team was thrilled to once...

#EventInReview: Holt Renfrew’s Private Shopping Night for LOOK2016

For the second year, LOOK2016’s presenting sponsor, Holt Renfrew, welcomed Calgary’s art and culture aficionados into their doors to partake in a private shopping night benefiting Contemporary Calgary. The evening began with a fashion show designed by the incomparable Kelly Streit of Mode Models and featured curated looks by Holt’s stylists. Afterwards, guests were invited to explore all three levels of the luxury retailer and shop, with the goal to find a perfect “LOOK” for LOOK2016, with 10% of all sales made that evening directly supporting Contemporary Calgary.   All photo’s by Phil Crozier, courtesy of Holt Renfrew.                     The evening was a stunning success, with over 450 guests in attendance. Thank you to Holt Renfrew for hosting this fabulous fundraiser! For more information on LOOK2016, and to buy ticket, click...

Event in Review: Myntex Grand Opening

Toto, we’re not in Google offices anymore- but you could’ve fooled us. Myntex may be serious about communications security, but their office is pure start-up fun, and the Boom team loved helping them reveal it to their friends and family! Having launched and achieved stunning success in just a few years, the owners of Myntex rather quickly found themselves needing an office space, though they were reluctant to give into the corporate culture that they saw in many downtown offices. Intro a neon orange slide, traversing the two stories of the building, pin ball machines, an air hockey table, and bunk beds- three for tired office works, and two for tired office pets. While working on creating the plan for the Myntex office Grand Opening it was impossible not to be inspired by the fun and vibrancy of this company and their space. As a young organization brand integration was a focus for our production team, and the Myntex brand found its way into creative corners of our design; cocktail tables spandexed in Myntex colours, swag bags with dog treats (as per their offices pup-friendly policy), and technologically inspired florals by Designing on the Edge, which officially hold the title as ‘coolest florals of 2016’. To top it all off, Chef Nicole and the Nicole Gourmet team concocted a variety of palate pleasing canapés,  with – of course- her famous fried chicken and corn fritters keeping the later party goers fuelled for the remainder of the evening.               The Boom team would like to wish a heartfelt congratulations to Myntex and the best of luck as...

#EventInReview: Tim Horton Children’s Ranch Golf Tournament

August 23, 2016 marked the 26th annual Tim Horton Children’s Ranch Golf Tournament in support of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, a Canadian born and bred organization that sends thousands of children to camp every year. In 1990 a group of Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners decided to give back to the communities they were already serving. Their idea was a camp where children from low-income families could have fun, be challenged and- most of all- develop the skills that would make them successful adults. To raise the funds for this camp, the franchises put together the first annual Tim Horton Children’s Ranch Golf Tournament.       Sherri Johnston, the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Community and Special Events Manager, has been involved with the organization for 6 years. She lights up when she talks about how the Kananaskis Ranch was built, quite literally, by local restaurant owners and team members. “They not only raised capital to help cover operation costs, but they physically helped build the building, laid the sod,” she says, a smile in her voice. This year’s Golf Tournament took place at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club, with emerald green peaks framing a stunning green, upon which over 140 golfers teed off. A hot breakfast started the day, with, of course, a steaming cup of Tim Hortons coffee warming the slight morning chill that had settled over the mountains. After a shotgun start, golfers made their way through the 9 holes, each featuring a sponsored activity or competition, reminiscent of childhood camp games: a game of horseshoes, a lasso competition, and even a milk and cookie...

Boom Goes Out: Diner en Blanc 2016

It’s a rare treat when, as event producers, we get to attend an event and just… attend. The Boom team looks forward to Diner en Blanc every year for just this opportunity. This headline stealing event is an annual, multi-continent spanning pique-nique en plein air. All over the world, guests are invited to attend this pop-up dinner under the guidelines of a strict dress code which mandates party-goers come attired purely in white, with white tables, linens, chairs, and any other accroutements they might wish to bring also devoid of colour. The result is a jaw-droppingly beautiful spectacle, as hundreds of people gather for an old fashioned pic-nic, with a modern, elegant twist. At this year’s Diner en Blanc, the Boom team, in conjunction with Rocket House, were pleased to host a few of good friends at our table. And while we may have had good intentions to simply relax as guests at this event, our inner over-achievers couldn’t be stopped… The Boom table, all 18 feet of it, was covered by a custom-made draped top (courtesy of Designing on the Edge), which not only looked beautiful, but provided shelter for our guests through a short drizzle part-way through the evening. Delicate, ivory flowers bloomed from the corners of the table, breaking up the severity that can occur in a monochromatic scheme. In addition to style the table, Boom’s very own Italian, Lori D’Agostino, and Colleen Smith of Theatre Calgary provided the nibbles, in the form of a multi-course, Mediterranean inspired meal.           What can we say? Nobody knows how to enjoy a party quite like event producers. As...

LOOK2016: What You NEED to Know

It might be an understatement to say that Contemporary Calgary is having a moment. Earlier this year they announced that for the 2016 instalment of their award-winning, nationally-hailed event series “LOOK”, they would bring back two favourites from 2015: New Yorker staff writer, Adam Gopnik, and crowd-rousing auctioneer Stephen Ranger. As a stunning addition to this roster, the incomparable performer and art champion Steve Martin was also announced. As a proponent of contemporary art and a particular fan of that which is of the Canadian bent, Mr. Martin will participate in a can’t-be-missed conversation about the art of our times.   As if this wasn’t impressive enough, Contemporary Calgary has just announced that #LOOK2016 will be hosted by Lainey Lui. Lainey is an etalk Senior Correspondent, currently one of the leadings ladies on CTV’s The Social, and scribe of the immensely popular celebrity gossip blog, Lainey Gossip. As host for LOOK2016, she is sure to provide some entertaining commentary.     The final pièce de résistance to this line up, comes in the form of acclaimed Chef Steve Smee, currently the Chef/Owner of Ten Foot Henry (previously: UNA Pizza, Ox & Angela and Mercato), will be creating an ‘artistically-inspired’ menu as part of a one-night-only pop-up restaurant for VIP+Dinner level ticket holders. VIP+Dinner ticket holders will be treated to an intimate keynote address by special guest Adam Gopnik.     So there you have it. It appears it’s Contemporary Calgary’s world, and we just live in it. Interested in seeing this event up close and personal? Visit: http://www.contemporarycalgary.com/whats-on/look2016 For more info on these incredible Canadians contributing their talents to #LOOK2016:...

Canada Day Hosting in Calgary

Tomorrow is Canada Day. Our beautiful country will be 149 years old. Global TV Calgary invited us to talk DIY Canada Day party hosting, so Boom’s Jessica Tkachuk dropped by with some ideas and inspiration. Three elements of successful party hosting: Hospitality Food & Beverage Decor & Entertainment Hospitality We’ll start with hospitality. Canadians are known for it, and for good reason! The most important thing to remember: your guests want to enjoy YOU. Being a good host means doing all the prep ahead of time so you can enjoy their company and be present. To make sure you can do that, follow these tips: Be clear with your invite: remove the guess work for your guests by being clear in the invite when they should arrive, what they should wear, if children/guests are welcome, and if they should bring anything. Big one: ask in advance if there are any dietary restrictions you should be aware of. Enlist some help: you cannot be everywhere at once, but small jobs spread around make the work more pleasurable and the party more inclusive. Assign someone to door/coat/shoe duty, someone to making sure glasses remain full, someone to bus/refresh dishes, etc. Know your audience: Do the guests all know each other or will introductions be required? Are kids coming? Are there allergies you can prep for? A little research up front will limit surprises! Food & Beverage We went for a coast-to-coast Canada Day menu (and all around the city!), including colourful and easy-to-eat kabobs using Alberta beef and fresh veggies from the Calgary Farmer’s Market. When it comes to event food, we’re...

Event in Review: SocialWest

Project Brief: Assist social star Mike Morrison to present the largest social media and digital marketing conference on the prairies over three days in a legendary Calgary cinema. SocialWest, a new conference from Mike Morrison, welcomed over 400 professionals into The Globe Theatre last week to talk social media, communications, and digital marketing. More than that, it achieved something special: it made ‘The Conference’ cool again. When one thinks of ‘traditional’ social media masters and digital masterminds, one conjures images of geeky, anti-social computer nerds. In fact, the ecosystem of social media marketing is made up of enthusiastic, engaging, and energizing individuals eager to connect, learn, and expand their networks. Can you imagine a better environment and atmosphere for growth? Take it from us, it was a fabulous way to learn and meet new people. *Photo Credit: Neil Zeller Photography Boom Goes the Drum was able to collaborate with Mike from the conference’s conception, and were able to project manage the multiple layers of production: Registration Staffing Venue Management Production Budgeting Project Management It was a joy to see the project come to life – and sell out weeks in advance – and experience the event with the incredible calibre of professionals it attracted.   The result: A sold out conference that attracted 400 attendees from as far as the NWT and major brands like Facebook, Twitter, and Airbnb. Attendees also got to hear from homegrown social star Kelly Oxford (who stuck around to sign copies of her NYT best-selling book). Social impressions for the event were in the tens of millions – trending nationally within hours of opening. There was also...

Event in Review: GOLF2016

Bring it on – you’ll be unlikely to beat GOLF2016 for ‘Hottest Golf Event in Calgary’. This week, more than 160 golfers joined us for GOLF2016 in support of Contemporary Calgary, and hit the greens in 30 degree heat (you read that right!) on the hottest day of the year. After a hearty lunch on the grass, our golfers headed out to golf 18 holes at the beautiful Elbow Spring Golf Club – well prepared with sunblock and cool drinks. They were all over it! In fact, the event sold out for the first time this year – six weeks in advance! The level of enthusiasm for the event and the cause was remarkable. And it’s no wonder: Contemporary Calgary has had a massive year! Just a few of the major milestones… The City of Calgary has committed $24.5 million to the renovation of the Centennial Planetarium for the purposes of creating a permanent home for Contemporary Calgary. LOOK2015, which Boom helped to produced in November of last year, raised a remarkable $1 million in a single night. The organization has hired it’s first leader: Pierre Arpin was announced as Director & CEO.   *Below Photo Credit: LeBlond Studio       The evening concluded with a well-earned meal, prizes for top (and bottom) scores, and a rousing live auction led by Contemporary Calgary’s Board Chair, Jay Mehr (Shaw Communications). Items up for bid included exclusive on-the-field experiences at the Gregcup, beach getaways, and impossible-to-find bottles of wine from Highlander Wine & Spirits. In the end, the event surpassed it’s fundraising goal by more than 20%. Massive thanks to the sponsors,...

Boom Goes Out: Dinner x Design 2016

Last night, 500 guests gathered at ACAD to celebrate design and the designers whose chops are putting Calgary on the map. Dinner x Design came to town this week, giving 9 designers/agencies the chance to create unique table-scapes that demonstrate their creativity and personality. The event concludes this evening with a special dining event that invites guests to enjoy the tables and a meal with the people who created it. Funds raised will support Contemporary Calgary and ACAD. Bravo #Calgary – the work in this room is outstanding. These are just a few peaks, more tomorrow! #dxdyyc #dxdcgy #dinnerxdesign #yyc #yycdesign #yycevents A video posted by Boom Goes The Drum (@boomgoesthedrum) on Jun 2, 2016 at 9:58pm PDT Present at the event were: Alykhan Velji Design ID Bohemia WW Design Studio Sarah Ward Interiors e=mc2 events LeAnne Bunnell Interioros Nyla Free Designs Corea Satropa Designs Amanda Hamilton Design Rochelle Cote Design There were also drinks and treats throughout the event, and lots of fashionable friends! A warm room filled with eye candy.  Spoke with one designer who said that they approached this event with complete freedom creatively. She said she took the opportunity to create something just for them – no clients or briefs or restrictions. We loved that. How rare is it to be given a stage to express whatever story it is you want to tell to room full of people who want to listen. Bravo!  Tonight, Boom’s Derek Macdonald will join Amanda Hamilton (Amanda Hamilton Design) at her table – a modern, Calgary-centric souk – to take part in a discussion the love affair between art, design,...

Five Things You Will Forget on Your Wedding Day

There is something counter-intuitive about being a bride on her wedding day: it’s a day continually referred to as one of the most important days of her life and words like ‘magical’ get thrown around very frequently, and yet, for most brides it is one of the busiest organizational challenges they’ll ever be faced with. With all the vendors to manage and personal milestones to achieve, it’s easy for a few things to fall through the cracks. We love weddings, because taking care of those details is our jam. But with a little pre-planning, it’s totally possible to conquer that mega-day with serenity and enjoy the moments. Here are five things that many brides forget on their wedding day:   1. Please eat something And not just at the reception. Please remember to eat throughout the day, even if that means little snacks throughout if you have a nervous stomach, and especially if champagne will be involved. If you’re nervous and avoiding food, it can be easy to forget that the people around you need to eat as well – wedding parties, vendors, people taking care of set-up, etc. In advance, think about how you can take care of the friends and family helping to set up your wedding  We also suggest appointing a bridesmaid or friend to make sure you take some time to eat throughout the day as well. It will make a huge difference later in the day/evening when you’ll want to have full energy. 2. Bring cash   Without fail, someone will need to run out to problem solve on the big day. For example: to...