Saturday 9 December 2017

Diner En Blanc – A Sea of White Wonder

Hey Guys,

Before Diner En Blanc came to Orlando I can remember seeing all the beautiful pictures online with everyone wearing their absolute best all white outfits. When the event was completely set up, it would look like a beautiful sea of white wonder blanketing that year’s chosen location and, just like magic, it would all disappear like it was never there.

I attended Diner En Blanc, this year, with very specific intentions. I wanted to find out 1) what makes this particular event a “must do” year after year and 2) if there was anything patrons came to expect from event promoters that they felt was either missing or not provided. To accomplish this I put together a list of questions, put on my favorite white dress, and headed to the event.

My first question to all of the patrons I met was: ‘how did you hear of the event?’ Typical responses included hearing about the event through friends and friends-of-friends, which was to be expected. Several others learnt about the event through social media marketing and the remainder was mostly made up of members that attended last year. The latter felt that coming back this year was simply a must-do in their eyes. 

The next question focused primarily on the location. Leading up to the day of the event, this was a close guarded secret and one of the many aspects that make this an exclusive gathering. The event was held at Lake Eola, which is located in the heart of downtown Orlando. This prime location provides spectacular views of the Orlando skyline. Naturally, I wanted to know what guests thought about the chosen location. To say the least, the location was definitely deemed an overwhelming win! There were only two drawbacks that I could gather related to the time and location this year.
1. Female guests had to constantly contend with their heels sinking into the lawn surrounding the lake.
2. Some guests felt it was a bit too cold, being held in November.
3. And…. with the sun setting early this year, it was almost impossible to get a great photo that did this grand event justice.
Even with these minor annoyances, the guests still felt like the location was magical.

So, finally, we get to the big question: What makes Diner En Blanc the “go-to“ event of the year? As many of the guests I interviewed stated, the Exclusivity, the Mystery, the Location and the Magic of the whole event just make you feel like you are in a movie. That being the case, most guests resoundingly stated they would attend next year.
In summary, my combined take-away from the many conversations I had over the course of the night was that Diner En Blanc is truly an event you have to experience yourself to fully understand. If you attended this year, what are your thoughts? Please share in the comments below.

Until next time guys, thanks for reading
xoxo TianShanae

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