May 28th 2014

Ideas for Your Wedding – a Flashmob?

I always advocate creating some WOW factor at a wedding.  Entertainment is always a great way to do this, but one happy couple were themselves the entertainment by participating in a wedding flash mob!

Hysterical – you simply MUST watch this! Click: http://video.uk.msn.com/watch/video/bride-and-groom-celebrate-wedding-with-a-flash-mob-dance/2s789ucgt

Even the choir and congregation get involved!!

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 May 23rd 2014

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Inspire Foreign Wedding Plans

With Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s wedding of the year reportedly taking place  in the historic city of Florence, (click:HELLO!) I’ve been thinking aboutfabulous foreign wedding destinations.  There are some amazing places to tie the knot abroad – it’s not just for celebrities you know….here are some of my favourites!

Venice – The most romantic and magical of cities, Venice has a charm all of its own.  With its unique architecture and labyrinthine waterways, you already have the most atmospheric backdrop for your nuptials. Whether you opt for a religious or civil ceremony, you can make a stunning entrance from a garlanded gondoler to the elegant Renaissance surroundings of your wedding venue.  Many newly wed couples opt to hire exquisitely furnished 16th century luxury properties such as Palazzo Mocenigo, (rumoured to be Brad and Angelina’s palazzo of choice!) which overlooks the Grand Canal, and is ideal for small intimate wedding parties. Whatever you choose, you can guarantee that Venice will lend the whole event a certain magical charm.

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Dubai – if you want a luxury wedding Dubai is the place!  This cosmopolitan city is the most expensive in the Middle East and home to the only seven star hotel in the word – the iconic Burj Al-Arab.  If you feel like shouting your love from the roof tops, you can even get married on the hotel’s heli- pad, 212 metres above the deep blue Arabian Gulf and then take off with your guests on a spectacular scenic heli-tour.  If your tastes are a little more earth-bound, the Atlantis resort can offer an intimate bare foot private ceremony on the golden sands of Dolphin Bay beach followed by fine dining for your wedding party in a cabana or even under the stars.

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South of France – still living up to its reputation as a playground of the rich and famous, the South of France is a very upmarket wedding destination.  The stunning coastline of the Côte d’Azur, dotted with luxurious villas and chateaux, provides the perfect backdrop to an al fresco wedding ceremony.  I recently had the pleasure of organising a beautiful wedding at the idyllic Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, close to Nice and Monaco.  This chic venue oozes style and glamour and is one of the most exclusive in the region.  With its stunning formal gardens filled with exotic blooms and lush foliage, it‘s the perfect setting for a romantic sunset ceremony.

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Las Vegas – One thing you don’t have to worry about in Vegas is finding somewhere to marry!  The ‘Marriage Capital of the World’ has over 50 wedding chapels, mostly along the world famous Strip, where you can choose to be married by Elvis, Michael Jackson or even Darth Vader! But, why would you do that, when you have the option of marrying at one of the Seven Wonders of the natural world – the awe inspiring Grand Canyon! Enjoy a breath-taking helicopter flight 3,500 feet into the heart of the canyon at sunset, landing in the midst of the stunning red rock valley for your wedding vows, then raise a glass of vintage champagne before your return trip above the neon and glitter of Sunset Strip. 

 

Marbella – OK so I might be a little biased with my final choice having owned an apartment in this wonderful part of Spain for over 10 years but believe me, if you want style and luxury, you’re definitely in the right place!   Marbella has lots of high-end properties for wedding rental but with its endless views of the Mediterranean, it is ideal for an intimate off-shore wedding aboard a luxury private yacht.  Drop anchor in turquoise waters, pledge your vows against the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Blanca, then enjoy bespoke cocktails, as post ceremony, you cruise the turquoise waters.  Then why not complete your special day by dining with your guests at the five star Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, one of The Leading Hotels of the World group.  You will feel like royalty!

 

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 May 20th 2014

An inspirational lady – Kirsty Howard

Last Saturday evening I had the pleasure of meeting Kirsty Howard at Cloud 23 in Manchester.

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This 19 year old inspiration zoomed in on her wheelchair, in her new high heel shoes and red nail polish to tell me a little bit about herself. Like any teenager she loves clothes, adores shoes and has a wicked sense of humour. She is quite matter of fact about herself and great fun to be with.

Her hair is blond with a few roots peeping through and she had pink lipstick on! It was the blue tinge to her skin that reminded me that this young lady is terminally ill.

With tubes helping her breath –attached to a large oxygen tank fitted to the back of the motor – she chatted away second to none showing me her new iPad and all her games. Not expecting to live beyond the age of four years old Kirsty has defied the odds and is soon to be celebrating her 19th birthday. In those years she has stoically been fundraising for Francis House (£7.5 Million) who have provided her and her family with much need support and respite.

In honour of her commitment to helping others Variety, the children’s charity are honouring her with an Outstanding Achievement Award on her 19th birthday which is 20th September 2014 at The Hilton Hotel, Manchester.

The funds raised from this night will be split between Francis House and Variety, the children’s charity. I am often asked to support various charities and try to be as generous as possible with time, money and expertise. I was already committed to assisting with this event but walking away from our meeting on Saturday I vowed that I would endeavour to ensure the Kirsty has a night to remember.

There is no cure and her time now very precious. I left the hotel completely humbled by the experience and bowled over by her enthusiasm for life itself.

We are asking for corporate or private donations of £5k – our aim is to raise a six figure sum on the night. With £5k donations we would be delighted to acknowledge our patrons with a company logo and/or an advert in the brochure. Indeed if you wish to attend we would be even more delighted.

Please get in touch if you are able to support this unbelievable event. taylor.lynn@tlc-ltd.co.uk

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 May 9th 2014

Alcohol Free Wedding Tips

Alcohol Free Wedding Tips

There was a time when Justin Theroux reportedly wanted Jennifer Aniston to opt for an alcohol free wedding, and given the trend for a healthier approach to living, and partying, these days, it makes me wonder if a wedding reception can still pack a punch in the fun stakes, without the odd tipple being served??  Of course it can! With my Alcohol Free Wedding Tips, all the fun of the big day is still possible, without the hangover!

Alcohol Free Wedding Tips are:

1 – Get married just after lunchtime and opt for a stylish afternoon tea wedding breakfast.  Warm scones, mini homemade cakes, a wedding cake tower of bright cupcakes, vintage tea cups and crockery, and lots of different teas to try – all make a gorgeous alternative to an alcohol filled wedding meal.

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Or go for one of the year’s big styles, a colourful and summery Alice in Wonderland tea party!  You will have so much fun that no one will miss the alcohol.

  

2 – Alcohol free alternatives are freely available now.  Opt for alcohol free premium bottled lagers/ales and wines, and for your wedding toast, choose the lovely Pearl Rose Organic Sparkling Wine (http://www.alcoholfree.co.uk/pearl-rose-organic-sparkling-wine-p-257.html), Harrods’ ‘So Jennie’ pink fizz(http://www.harrods.com/product/alcohol-free-luxury-bubbles-750ml/so-jennie/000000000002794315) or M&S do a fabulous sparking Muscat wine which would work a treat.

3 – For the summer, non-alcoholic fruit cocktails are fabulous at a drinks reception.  Blending non-alcoholic sparking wine or cider with peach nectar will give you a fruity Baby Bellini, or opt for a Nojito (blending crushed ice with fresh mint leaves, sugar syrup, lime juice and soda) for a refreshing ‘mocktail’

 

4 – Go big on entertainment! Don’t let the lack of alcohol spoil the fun, so splash out on some lively entertainment to kick start the party.

5 – Instead of liqueurs, serve coffee with some quality non-alcoholic truffles.  These from Charbonnel et Walker are fab (CLICK: http://www.charbonnel.co.uk/collections/chocolate-truffles.html). Of offer personalised mini bottles of non-alcoholic Champagne for a lovely gift.

Enjoyed our Alcohol Free Wedding Tips? Check out other wedding ideas and inspiration at http://www.tlc-ltd.co.uk/weddings

 

 

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 May 9th 2014

Liz Taylor Spotted in Milan with Robbie Williams Wife!

Yes, our own Liz Taylor was spotted in sunny Milan filling more than a few shoppng bags with Ayda Field – Robbie Williams’ lovely wife.  You cant hide these shopping trips from Mrs Blog Ed! Click: Ayda Field

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 May 7th 2014

Tips for Planning the Perfect Awards Ceremony

You can’t beat a good award ceremony. 

It’s a great forum for people to network, for businesses to showcase their work, to motivate staff and clients, and of course, if done well it can be a fun and interactive marketing & PR tool. So, having organised a fair few over the last 30-years, here are some of my top tips to guide you towards creating a brilliant event:

Budget – Give your budget careful consideration. An awards ceremony, with its pre and post publicity is a major marketing tool and the perfect opportunity to showcase your business. Make sure your budget reflects this.

Production – Employ a production team to deal the audio-visual side of the event.  You do not want to be engaging in conversations about technical issues when your skills clearly lie elsewhere!  Ask your venue for companies with whom they have worked, ask around for recommendations or remember events that you attended, where the presentation particularly impressed you.  You want to be confident in your choice, so do your homework.

Stay on brand – Whilst your event is all about recognising achievers, it is also about your brand.  From the colour scheme to the table decorations, the invitations to the actual awards that are handed out, all should be in keeping with your company’s brand, both in style and principal.  By using this strategy, you will firmly establish your company in the minds of all attendees.

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Host – Obviously, the host will be the lynch-pin of your main event. If you have the budget and want to go down the celebrity route try to ensure that you book someone who is relevant and has hosting experience such as a television personality or presenter.  Eamonn Holmes & Ruth Langsford come to mind a real pros here, but I have also used local TV and radio personalities to great success. Alternatively, you may choose to keep the hosting duties ‘in-house’, either way, make sure that they are completely comfortable with their role by fully briefing them on the format of your event.  Make them part of the process and allow them to have some input in the script.   Make sure that you go through all nominee names, ensuring that all are pronounced correctly to avoid any embarrassing moments on the night!  A well-informed and well-rehearsed host will make for a smooth, professional event.

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Timing – Be meticulous about your timing.  Award ceremonies can sometimes drag on so keep a close eye on your schedule from day one.  To hold your guest’s attention, try to vary the content of the event by interspersing the award-giving with short audio-visual clips of nominees or even go ‘Oscar-style’ and film live footage of award winners’ reactions!

Entertainment – You may have already spent a fair amount of your budget on your host but don’t scrimp when it comes to entertainment and if you have the means, don’t restrict it to after the ceremony. There are lots of fantastic, fun acts that can entertain at your drinks reception and during the meal.  In the past, singing waiters have always been well received and a really skilled magician can still wow a crowd (TLC loves working with Dynamo!), but if you want to keep your costs down a little, opt for some ‘living tables’ they’re certainly a talking point! Post-ceremony, give everyone the chance to really let their hair down with a great band or DJ.  Before booking them, try to see them in action or ask if they have a showreel.  Go for an act with a wide appeal that will get the crowd up and dancing and if your CEO is a big Sinatra fan – make sure they play some!

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The Room – Be aware of the shape and acoustics when choosing your room.  The last thing you want is for people to have a pillar obscuring their view of the stage or not be able to hear.  Award ceremonies can be noisy events so ensure that your sound engineer takes this into account.

Lighting – Create an atmosphere by utilising fabulous lighting.  Project company logos and use a programme of ‘intelligent’ coloured lights to add drama and signify important events in the schedule, e.g. different lighting when someone is walking up to collect an award.  This will give your event a dynamic feel and is also a cost-effective alternative to dressing your entire room.

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Tables –Try to avoid large table decorations.  Whilst they will look impressive, you don’t want your guests having to peer over the top of vast floral displays in order to see the award winners!  Low level, stylish centrepieces or innovative decorations such as filigree bird cages or huge chandeliers suspended above tables look just as stunning.

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WOW – Yes, always include some WOW factor!  Whether it’s fireworks at the end of the night, great gifts for guests or surprise entertainment, keep a little something back to the end of the night.  Guests will leave with a great memorable moment to talk about, and something to keep Twitter busy!

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 May 6th 2014

KIRSTY HOWARD TO RECEIVE VARIETY, THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

KIRSTY HOWARD TO RECEIVE VARIETY, THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Variety, the Children’s Charity, is to honour Kirsty Howard for her dedication to helping children with life limiting conditions, and for her outstanding achievement in raising over seven and a half million pounds for Francis House Children’s Hospice.  Kirsty will receive Variety, the Children’s Charity Outstanding Achievement Award at a prestigious dinner on September 20, 2014 at the Hilton Deansgate Hotel in Manchester, organised with the support of event management company the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC).

Kirsty Howard has inspired royalty, prime ministers, heads of state, and world-class sports and entertainment stars with her determination and strength of character to survive against all the odds.  Her fundraising work has presented opportunities such as an appearance with David Beckham in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2002 in Manchester, but Kirsty continues to focus to this day on raising money to support her Francis House Children’s Hospice appeal; the “K Club” for Francis House.

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This spectacular event will be attended by many of Kirsty’s VIP guests who will enjoy an evening of superb entertainment and a sumptuous three-course meal.  Tickets for this event are very limited and range from £75 to £125 per person.  Contact Lyn or Judi at the offices of Variety, the Children’s Charity on 0161 236 0500 to book, or visit www.variety.org.uk or www.tlc-ltd.co.uk for details.

Lyn Staunton, development director at Variety, the children’s charity in the North West says:‘Kirsty has defied all her medical prognosis for 14 years and touched the lives of so many people with her wonderful and inspiring fundraising work, and all money raised from this event will benefit Francis House Children’s Hospice and Variety, the children’s charity.

Variety has joined forces with event management company the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC) to honour Kirsty Howard, and Lyn added: ‘We are delighted to be working with Liz Taylor from TLC in creating the most special night to celebrate and honour Kirsty with a Variety Outstanding Achievement Award as she celebrates her 19th Birthday.  What an amazing night it will be.’

Kirsty Howard says ” I am overwhelmed by the thought of spending my birthday back at the Hilton where I achieved the landmark £5 Million and will be sharing this wonderful evening with the Kirsty team; Susie Mathis and Phil Taylor.  I hope we can raise a great amount towards the on-going costs at Francis House, and Variety the Children’s Charity, and that many people will want to share the evening with me.”

‘It’s an honour to be planning such an event.  It will be a stylish and fun night which celebrates Kirsty’s achievements, with one or two special surprises on the night of course, but also a show-stopper of a party making it great fun for all those companies and generous individuals who support the night.  It’s one you simply won’t want to miss!’ comments the event’s planner Liz Taylor of TLC.

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For further details contact:

For further information about Variety, the Children’s Charity, please contact – Lyn Staunton, Development Director, T:0161 236 0500, E:northwest@variety.org.uk

-For further information about the event and TLC, please contact Sarah Lewis – M: 0781 792 8132, E: slewiscomms@msn.com

Notes to Editors: Photo: ‘Kirsty Howard appeared with David Beckham in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2002 in Manchester.’

Variety, the Children’s Charity

-Visit www.variety.org.uk for information regarding the charity’s work.  Registered Charity No.209259.-Variety, the Children’s Charity formerly known as The Variety Club has been in operation for over 60 years, increasing positive experiences for children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged. Variety provides both practical help including Variety Sunshine Coaches, Variety Wheelchairs and specialist equipment through grants programmes, as well as creating memorable childhood experiences through the Variety at Work scheme.

Taylor Lynn Corporation

-As a leading corporate event, wedding and private party organiser to blue chip business, sports personalities and entertainment stars, TLC’s clients include X Factor judge Gary Barlow, retail guru Mary Portas, television presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford and a host of Coronation Street stars. The company’s client portfolio also includes leading businesses such as UEFA, Mercedes Benz, BGL, Manchester United FC, Capital FM, Selfridges, Rothschild Bank, Manchester International Festival, House of Fraser, Minster Law and ITV Granada. www.tlc-ltd.co.uk 

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 May 2nd 2014

Liz Invites Cheshire Life to Her Home

Thanks to Janet Reeder for the great article in Cheshire Life this month.  They peeped behind the curtains at Liz Taylor’s Cheshire home:

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