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What Are the Rules on Weddings?

The impact that the coronavirus has had on all our lives has been huge. In a matter of months, it has turned everything about our society on its head and has been forever changed. For anyone planning a wedding in 2020 during the current situation, there are a lot of questions you want answering and concerns addressed. If your wedding has been impacted or affected by the coronavirus, here are the things you need to know. Wedding Ceremonies & Reception Celebrations On the 29th June, the Government has allowed small wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships to take place from the 4th July. A couple can marry with up to thirty people present, but this includes staff at the venue and the couple. In addition to this, a reception is advised against taking place, however, in England, a small celebration is allowed to occur indoors, but only with two households, or it can take place outside with six people from different households.In Scotland, an outdoor ceremony is allowed to take place with a maximum of eight people present. In Northern Ireland, wedding ceremonies of up to ten people are allowed to take place. In Wales, they have lifted the ban as long [...]
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How to Plan a Wedding During Lockdown

Across the world, countries have been going into lockdown due to COVID-19. This global pandemic has had a huge impact on everyone, from the upheaval of our everyday lives to businesses and how societies operate.For couples who were due to get married this year, the coronavirus pandemic has caused much disappointment and heartbreak, with many having to postpone or cancel their 2020 spring or summer wedding plans. With so much uncertainty it can seem daunting to want to or even consider wedding planning during lockdown. However, for newly-engaged couples who don't want to sit around twiddling their thumbs, now is the perfect time to get productive and sort out your wedding plans.  8 things to tick off a wedding planning to-do list during lockdown 1. Make a head start on wedding planning, get organised The average modern UK wedding can be planned over a total of 6 months. It takes roughly 528 hours or 22 full days. With time now in abundance, if you’re stuck at home and furloughed, this is a great opportunity to get organised and make some headway on those hours! You could designate a whole day to wedding planning and make a significant dent in the total [...]
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Going Online: Making Events Digital

Before the coronavirus pandemic, we were seeing a gradual shift towards the digitisation in the events industry. However, the pandemic has accelerated this shift, and in order for this industry to survive, every business needs to adapt, finding innovative ways to deliver their events.The event industry faces an uncertain future with the majority of events across the world being cancelled or postponed following worldwide health advice.Digital technology, now more than ever, is there to provide a crutch or helping hand to all of us within the events industry as we navigate through these unknown and uncertain waters. Unsure of how the future of this industry will look and how we will adapt to it. Event organisers advice - 3 ways to create engaging experiences online 1. Live stream online or via social media Live or video streaming provides a good substitute for hosting a physical event. You can have guest speakers appear, get real-time audience response and engagement, and create a sense of community as people can watch and engage in real-time.When hosting video content, one of the top things event organisers need to think about is ways in which videos can be found by an audience, how they’re marketed, [...]
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Your Event and Coronavirus

The global pandemic of coronavirus has hit the country, and indeed the world, hard. It has affected every facet of our society from people's everyday lives and how they live them, to their interactions with strangers, family and friends, its affected incomes, health, and jobs too. One of the industries this pandemic has caused significant (but temporary) disruption is the events industry. Many event organisers are navigating their way through it all and trying to find alternative ways of delivering their events. While the events industry is no stranger to last-minute changes or dealing with stressful situations, the impact of COVID-19 is on a wildly different scale. But, nothing that event organisers cannot handle. As a collective, we’re staying at home, practicing social distancing and maintaining good hand hygiene. But, for an industry that relies heavily on the gathering of people, this virus has caused many issues for businesses.While the world feels like a very different place right now, we wanted to share some tips and inspiration for individuals within the events community. In a time where we must physically stay apart to protect each other, we must connect with each other in other ways instead. How Can Event Organisers Navigate Through [...]
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Should You Hire Security for Your Event?

When planning or hosting an event, one of the key elements to consider is whether you should hire security for your event. Security doesn’t have to be reserved specifically for big festivals and concerts only. If you’re holding any type of event, no matter the size, from a wedding to a party or a conference, then keeping guests and staff safe should be one of your top priorities.  There are a number of ways you can ensure security at your event. By having good security measures in place, whether that be hired event security or not, it can help reduce risks, keep people safe and prevent damage to the venue. Depending on the type of event you’re running, there will be different levels of security to consider. Here are 4 steps you can take to better ensure security and safety at your event. 4 Steps You Can Take to Ensure Security at Your Event: 1. Crowd Management Putting together a crowd management plan or basic event safety plan in place, particularly if your event is going to attract a crowd, is integral for handling large groups of people. You want to make sure that there are enough staff and toilets to [...]
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5 Ways to Make Your Events Sustainable

It is becoming increasingly more important to be sustainable, particularly if you are an event planner or manager running large scale events. As humans, we generate a lot of mess and waste on a daily basis. It is well overdue that we start reducing that, but we need to be more mindful and aware about our environmental impact and the amount of ‘stuff’ we produce.  In conjunction with the environmental benefits of sustainable events, customers often expect events they attend to be more green. By showing them that this is already at the forefront of your mind, you stand yourself in a good position for people wanting to work with or purchase from you. What is a Sustainable Event? A sustainable event, otherwise known as a ‘green’ or ‘eco-friendly’ event, is one that takes into consideration the environmental impact it has. When planning an eco-friendly event, the idea is to waste as little energy, water and natural resources as possible. By making your events green, you can positively affect the environment, influence others around you to do the same, as well as help promote green initiatives in your local community. If you’re looking to improve your profile with attendees, and [...]
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Considering Colour Palette in Your Event Design Process

When designing an event you may want to have a colour theme running throughout, or want to consider how colour can affect your event attendees experience at your event. Depending on the type of event (e.g. weddings, conferences, workshops, themed birthday parties, and much more), this can be as simple as choosing to decorate your venue in red or pink for valentines. Deciding on an event colour palette is an important visual stimuli for people, and it can greatly enhance the experience. With this in mind, what are the rules of colour and how can you use them to your best advantage? What do we mean by ‘colour palette’? A colour palette typically refers to the full range of colours that work well together. This can be as simple as two complementary colours that are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel such as blue and orange. Or, it can be three analogous colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel such as orange and yellow. How to integrate a colour palette in your event design process An effective colour palette can drastically change and enhance the overall look and feel of an event. When an [...]
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Events Industry: Trend Predictions for 2020

As we enter a new decade (hello, 20s!), this naturally comes a new era of event planning, event trend predictions, and innovative ideas we think will help evolve the events industry. As there are only a few days remaining of 2019, we thought this would be the perfect time to lay out our trend predictions for the events industry in 2020.  Our events industry trend predictions for 2020: Personalisation One of our biggest event trend predictions for next year is more personalisation at events for attendees. Personalisation is already becoming increasingly popular, but we predict that this will become ever more prevalent in events next year. We believe that personalisation will increase in popularity as it makes an event feel well thought out, and leads to greater success as your attendees will feel like they got more value out of it.  Sustainability Environmentalism is growing in popularity across the country. Many individuals and companies are increasingly taking steps to reduce their negative environmental impact. Because of this growing awareness and uptake, it also means that the event industry needs to work towards creating sustainable, environmentally-friendly events. Our prediction for next year and beyond is that there will be an increased [...]
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10 Tips for Planning a Work Christmas Party

‘Tis the season to be jolly and to eat seasonal treats such as mince pies, chocolate and mulled wine (in sensible quantities, of course). It is also the time of year when the infamous work Christmas party takes place. The work Christmas party is the one annual event in the year that many employees look forward to the most. It is a chance to let loose, celebrate and spend time with work colleagues in a less formal office setting. Christmas parties are an excellent way to bring the entire workplace together, and celebrate all the hard work everyone has done and achieved throughout the year. It is also a fantastic way for employers to say ‘thank you’ to everyone, and mark the end of the year. If you are planning a corporate or office Christmas party, it can be challenging and it is definitely no easy feat! A lot of time, planning and preparation goes into the delivery and success of this key annual event. We’ve formulated a few things for you to consider, and hopefully help you create and deliver the perfect work Christmas party. Our top 10 tips on how to plan a work Christmas party: 1. Choose [...]
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10 Halloween Party Themes to Inspire You This October

Halloween is fast becoming one of the most popular and fashionable holidays to celebrate in the UK. Granted, we still have a long way to go before we match and rival the US celebrations, but the trend and popularity of hosting a Halloween-themed party is on the rise here. What's great about Halloween is that you can apply so much creativity to your event planning, from guests dressing up in spooky costumes, to designing themed activities and crafts, to putting on a more elaborate, immersive and scary event. We’ve all been to a Halloween party that features apple bobbing, pumpkin carving and a ‘who has the scariest costume?’ competition. This year, why not try something a little different? Cast aside those typical traditions and throw your own unique Halloween party instead! Make this year’s Hallow’s Eve one to remember with our top 10 wickedly-awesome and frighteningly-good Halloween party theme ideas. Our top 10 Halloween party themes: 1. Murder Mystery Dinner This event can make for a great night of delicious food and crime solving with friends or colleagues. You can encourage your guests to dress up in Halloween-inspired attire, and help solve the mystery together. You could also purchase a [...]
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