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Catering for all tastes

Selecting the menu for your event can sometimes be quite a nightmare, but it is one that deserves a fair amount of consideration and effort. Family functions can be a bit more straightforward than catering for events where you don’t know all the guests, or their dietary requirements. These days people have a variety of eating preferences and...

Running basic event registration

The most simple and cost-effective way to manage registration is through a manual system, where name lists are printed out and ticked off manually. If name badges are to be handed out, this would be the ideal time to do so. Lanyards with plastic name badge holders look very professional, but these are likely to consume a fair chunk of your...

Creating an onsite speakers’ room

The Speakers’ Room is one of the most important areas at any multi-speaker event. The Speakers’ Room, which can also be known as the Green Room, a term which is rooted in theatre terminology, as the waiting rooms of performers prior to, during and after their performances on stage are historically painted green. I can only assume that this is due...

Selecting your party venue

The type of event is obviously the first thing to take in to consideration when selecting your venue and the second thing will be your budget. A wedding, gala dinner etc would certainly need an upmarket venue – the only drawback with using a well know hotel is not only the cost involved – but also the rigidity of not being able to supply your own...

Choosing a venue for your event

Over the years I have developed a few key partnerships with venues with whom I have good relationships, and with whom I have worked with well in the past. Things to keep in mind when looking for your ideal venue are: – How many people are you expecting? – What type of people are you expecting – international businessmen will possibly...

Building relationships with venues

You will often find that face-to-face meetings with a few key venues can go a long way in cementing a mutually beneficial relationship between you. Chat to them about the type of events you usually hold – see how they can work with your clients’ specifications and how flexible they can be on issues such as price, risk catering, and the...

Event gamification

The main attribute behind gamification is that games can teach us about how to make our normal life more engaging. Events are a perfect area to introduce gamification because they put an unknown group together for a short period of time to learn and connect with each other. For the event planner, the aim is not to turn the event into a game, but...

Magazines, newspapers or print media for events advertising

Getting your name or your event name “out there” in major publications can be very important, depending on the event that you are running and your budget. Remember again that’s it’s a case of perceived perception – your brand alongside the brand of the magazine or publication. As with most things in life, it’s all about who you choose to...