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Sustainable Events

As an events planner, the biggest issue that is facing us at the moment is sustainability and working with clients to ensure their events are as sustainable as possible. There is not only a desire, but an expectation, from guests attending events that sustainability will be a top priority for the organisers.

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Shaun Johnson
The Best Christmas Party Activities

Yes, I know – the C word in August. It’s unthinkable isn’t it. Well, if you’re the one organising the work Christmas do then it needs to be on your radar as expectations are high and places are busy!

Being the person(s) organising the Christmas do can be stressful – especially as often you’re given unhelpful briefs from the top including the words, “original,”“bespoke”and “memorable.”

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Sensory Events Are The New Black

This year so far has seen a huge rise in events that promote engagement and in particular, sensory engagement. 

This type of event works really well as such things as product launches and a lot of the big brands are embracing this form of event marketing. 

Instead of hosting an event in a great venue and merely showcasing the product like in times past, there is more active encouragement and facility to activate all senses, eg, smell the product (where appropriate!), touch the product and create a mood around a product in terms of sound and visual techniques. 

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How To Make Your Networking Event Work

For a lot of us, the word networking brings us out in a cold sweat – the idea of walking into a room full of strangers, engaging with them about ourselves and our business whilst being friendly, funny and memorable is too much to take!

Everybody has a networking nightmare story where they’ve just wanted the ground to swallow them up or fake serious illness just to be able to leave and what doesn’t help is that (not mentioning any names) a lot of networking events are, well, rather dull.

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Are Plates A Thing Of The Past?!

There is a movement going on in the events and wedding world and that’s the rise of creative catering and by this, I don’t just mean that there’s quinoa on the menu, I mean the hugely imaginative, and slightly bonkers, way food is being presented. 

As a bit of a giggle, I follow a fantastic Instagram account, We Want Plates Official (which has 11.7k followers!) which exposes venues around the world and their creative, non-plated food. Joking aside though, there is now a demand for catering companies to not only produce amazing food for events and weddings, but to showcase it in a highly creative and visual ways – the pressure is on. 

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Corporate Events Get Creative

When you think of corporate events, they can often be associated with being stuffy and a bit dull but all that is changing thanks to companies and organisations now demanding memorable and bespoke experiences for their employees and guests.

I work on a lot of corporate events, including summer / Christmas parties, conferences, singular dining experiences etc and now, more than ever, there is a demand for “something different.”

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A Wedding's A Wedding

I have been thinking about writing this for a while and, as a gay man, I feel I have something to say on the matter.

Why are 'straight' and LGBTQI weddings and services marketed so differently and indeed, separately? Why are there still two camps? Isn’t it time we were all singing from the same hymnbook? 

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Why Clear Commercial Event Goals Are Key

In an events-world, it’s Christmas which is quite apt considering the weather at the moment! I’m currently working on Christmas projects for a theatre, measuring strategy and financial forecasts to decide what we’re presenting and how that is in line with the artistic mission of the theatre. 

 

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Why Speedy Wedding Planning Can Work

Happy Valentine's Day to you! 

So, this is the time of year that I get a lot of couples getting in touch with me about planning their big day and it’s often seen as a challenge to get this event off the ground. However, it really doesn’t have to be a drawn out affair with the right kind of help.

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When Things Don't Quite Go To Plan

So I’m super excited to be going away soon for a few days to beautiful Lisbon and I must say, it can’t come quick enough! I pride myself on my organisation, my attention to detail and delivering amazing weddings and events but sometimes, things are just out of my hands.

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Little Boxes Under The Tree!

This Christmas and New Year’s Eve they’ll be a lot of small boxes under the tree and midnight knee drops all across the UK. Getting engaged is magical but after the glasses have been clinked and the bubbles have been drunk, the realisation kicks in that you have to plan this thing – your wedding.

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How To Host The Perfect New Year's Eve Party

With Christmas so nearly here, thoughts turning to New Year’s Eve and making plans to see in 2018 in style. More than ever, people are choosing to celebrate at home rather than heading out and It's a great way to have all those dearest to you without losing them all night! 

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