Apr 23rd 2014

The Cheshire Magazine Get the Inside Scoop with Liz Taylor

The new glossy magazine for the well-heeled and discerning Cheshire residents, The Cheshire Magazine, took time to chat to Liz Taylor about the highs and lows of running a successful events business…and much more.

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 Apr 23rd 2014

Liz Taylor Talks Party Planning with Forbes.com

Liz Taylor chatted to Forbes.com about all thing party!  Check it out – click: PARTY

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 Apr 11th 2014

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux to ‘marry in Hawaii’ in intimate ceremony

As another celebrity couple, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux (click HELLO MAG), seem to be heading to a tropical paradise for their long anticipated wedding, it reminds me of a beautiful wedding that I planned under the palm trees of Barbados many years ago. Tropical it was…especially when the torrential showers forced us inside!  Good job I had a Plan B in the wings!

Well, not to rain on the parade of paparazzi that will follow Ms A to Hawaii, I hope all goes well for the couple where ever they get married.  If you’re thinking of a wedding abroad, here’s a few tips once again to keep your plans on track:

-‘Off the self’ tropical wedding packages can mean there may be several weddings in any one day at the venue, making you feel as though you’re on a conveyor belt of brides!  Plus a different language can be tricky to deal with, especially in countries such as Italy where all the documentation and the ceremony will be spoken in Italian.

-Official photographs and videos may not be of the same quality that you’d expect in the UK, so be sure you know what you are booking or take your own photographer along!

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-Research your venue thoroughly – as you would in the UK.  Get advice not only from booking agents, but also from tourist boards, embassy websites, wedding websites and other independent sources.

-Use a wedding planner, particularly in a country where there could be legal, cultural or language issues.  A good wedding planner can deal with all the local logistics for you, and booking directly with the wedding planner can save you time and money. They can usually get you the best deal on all aspects of the wedding.  Plus they may well know your venue and what works, and doesn’t.

-Make sure you have all the visas and paperwork you need at least 12 weeks before the wedding day. Sometimes it can take several months to obtain the correct documentation from the relevant authorities so plan early.

-Make sure you buy a wedding dress which is appropriate for the weather in which you are getting married.  A full skirted dress may be too warm if you get married in the tropics.  If marrying in a hot climate, aim for a cooler time of day and protect yourself from sunburn or insect bites beforehand.  Please don’t get sunburnt the day before your wedding…strap mark hell!

-Check the fine logistics for the wedding day.  What happens if it rains? Can you choose flowers once there?  Can you play your own CDs or I-pod collection?  What food & drink is included? Are hair and beauty services included in the wedding package? Is there space to dine and dance?

-Avoid that ‘bridal conveyor-belt’ feeling!  When choosing your venue make sure you ask how many couples could also marry there on the same day.

-Send out “save the date” cards to your guests well in advance of the wedding date. The more notice they have the more likely they are to be able to join you.  People need to get time off work and save.

-Check the weather for the time of year and country in which you wish to get married. You don’t want the big day to be about battling a hurricane.  Also check the time of the ceremony – when is the sun at its hottest, when does the sun set, when does it go dark – all important to know in advance.

-Relax and enjoy your big day!  (but just in case the celebrations are enjoyed rather too much, make sure everyone takes out some good travel insurance).

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 Apr 11th 2014

Tips to make your conference creative & interactive

I see from M&IT that ISES has announced that today’s conference delegate is looking for a creative and interactive experience (Click: MEETPIE)

Well, I agree.

We have been working in this way for quite a while now.  Interactive conferences help delegates to engage with the objective, brand, speakers and so on.  But delivering this creatively and with fun in mind makes all the difference. Here’s a few ideas that we work with:

-We use bespoke websites to allow delegates to register, download speaker materials, choose seminars, print their bespoke itinerary, research background information, see a video message from the company chairman, engage in an online corporate game, download the conference soundtrack to their I-pod, down to printing their own delegate badge!!  That’s all before they get to the venue.

-Some hotels allow us to play a video welcome from the company on bedroom TV screens.  By selecting different options, you can choose a message from a different team member or speaker. Very cool.

-We have also set up time lapse cameras in the event spaces and fed these live to the event in intranet site – then used edited versions on the client’s social media sites.

-We offer I-pads as an alternative to delegate note paper!  Delegates can then save any notes to their intranet page and print later.

-We engage in regular feedback gathering.  For example, we ask for feedback on seminars, speakers etc. and things delegates would like to us to offer, do differently and so on.  We have people gathering this at the events using software such as Survey Me.  This lets us gather data on I-pads at the event, but also to send the app to delegates to participate after the event or allow them to download the software to their office desktop and respond that way if they prefer.  All the data gets collated in one place.  We then publish this on the event website and sent an automated email to delegates with the results.  A brilliant way to engage delegate thoughts and develop the event in the right way.

-Interactive games are great fun.  Everything from Wii competitions, golf or motor sports simulators to giant ‘speed’ Connect 4!  A great tip to encourage team spirit…and a create little competitive atmosphere….is to post results on the games on social media.  Or, we chart it in a large screen at the event so people can see how each team is fairing.

The ideas are endless.  You just have to be clear on the objectives of the conference and ensure that they are reached through a mixture of interactivity and creativity!

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 Apr 8th 2014

There’s a Regatta Celebration!

Thanks to everyone at Regatta for making last week’s event such fun.  Not to mention Bear Grylls scaling the heights of success….I had to join in!  The orange vest is sooooo me 🙂

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 Apr 2nd 2014

Liz Taylor Talks to Event Magazine

Thanks to Samantha at Event Magazine for chatting about all things ‘Liz’ this month!

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 Apr 1st 2014

New Ski Lodge Opens in Greater Manchester……?!

Yes, TLC did indeed create an alpine ski lodge for a party in Greater Manchester this month.  Complete with roaring log fire, fur throws, a mixture of dramatic lighting and more subtle touches with sparkling tea light candles, views of the snow topped mountains and tables dressed fit for the après ski kings – the effect was amazing.

Check out the website for images, but here’s a taster:

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