Top wedding cities around the world

Choosing a location for your dream wedding is hugely exciting yet potentially a bit overwhelming – after all, your chosen destination will go a long way to determining the kind of wedding you have. These days weddings take place almost anywhere, so how do you decide on the perfect setting for your big day?

Cities offer an exhilarating pace of life and vast array of choice when it comes to wedding venues, and at The Brewery, we’re nestled at the heart of one of the most vibrant and sophisticated cities in the world. Thanks to London’s cosmopolitan culture and ubiquitous urban cool, we can’t imagine a better place to say ‘I do’, but nevertheless we’ve pulled together a list of other top wedding cities from around the world, just in case you need a back-up plan…

New York

If you’re after a wedding location as fast-paced as it is polished, look no further than the city that never sleeps. With a host of luxury hotels and glamorous venues to choose from, not to mention client service to die for, the Big Apple can deliver the kind of wedding your guests will talk about for years to come.

Combining classic American hospitality with achingly stylish hot spots, New York is a city of iconic landmarks straight out of the movies, such as wedding photos in Central Park.

Paris

The city of love and romance is arguably the ultimate wedding destination. Just a short hop from the UK, Paris isn’t too far-flung and yet offers a city full of classically swoon-worthy settings and Gallic style. Think historic chapels, manicured gardens and ornate galleries, all surrounded by stunning Parisian architecture. If you’re a couple of hopeless romantics, Paris could be your spiritual home.

And don’t forget the famed food and drink! Toasting your wedding in the country that invented champagne could be the icing on the cake.

Venice

Cobbled squares, imposing Gothic facades and the sweeping Grand Canal, Venice is a city of magic and fantasy. If you’ve ever dreamed of waltzing the night away at a Venetian ball or arriving at your wedding by gondola, the heart of Northern Italy could be the location for you.

Venues range from grand Renaissance palaces to churches steeped in history, all surrounded by the meandering waterways the multi-island city is known for.

Las Vegas

Viva, Las Vegas! This is the city of fun and excess and any wedding here (especially the planned ones) is sure to be an entertaining occasion. Ideal for anyone looking to add a tongue-in-cheek twist to their nuptials, Vegas boasts every venue from the Little Chapel o’ Love to the glitziest high-rolling casinos which have wedding packages that take care of every last detail.

If you’re looking to include something really different on your wedding day, you’ve found your city. Las Vegas prides itself on being able to cater to even the most ‘out-there’ wedding ideas.

London

Our relationship with London is an endless love affair, from its royal connections to its cutting-edge arts scene, the fine international cuisine to leafy green parks. London has it all, including an omnipresent air of eccentric style and personality that other cities just can’t replicate.

As well as having the advantage of being easy to reach for your guests, London ticks the boxes for virtually any type of wedding, from the ultra-modern to the timelessly traditional.

The Brewery is the perfect venue for a wedding in our glorious capital city. With our central location, rich history and character, and fabulous choice of versatile spaces, The Brewery is a venue as quirky and original as it is stately and majestic.

If you’d like more information about how we can make your dream London wedding a reality, take a look at our dedicated wedding website The Proposal and arrange a visit.

It’s spring… time to think about summer!

Grab your grass skirt and your tropical shirt because it’s time to start getting ready for your summer party.

At The Brewery, we are currently taking bookings for our summer parties ‘Aloha!’, an outdoor Polynesian paradise-themed night out.

We run summer parties each year with different themes, to allow companies to come, bring guests and let their hair down.

What you’ll find at the event

Our party nights run from June to August and begin at 6pm. As you enter you’ll find two huge marquees transformed to whisk you off to a tiki paradise, featuring a range of bright summery plants, and furnished with a vibrant collection of comfortable and stylish furniture. We know that the great British summer isn’t always as perfect as we could hope for, so we’ll be putting a clear roof over the top to let the sun in but keep the showers out.

On arrival, you’ll get a complimentary summer cocktail or a refreshing glass of Pimms. After that, you can enjoy unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks until the main portion of the party ends at 9pm (you can increase this, see the details below). Our amazing chefs will be cooking up a great Polynesian BBQ throughout the night.

After the sun goes down, at 9pm we move indoors to begin the after-party, and as the temperature drops our DJ will help to keep the party going.

Who’s the summer party is ideal for?

We offer all-inclusive packages for 80-800 guests so it’s ideal if you want to host your company or stakeholders for a summer spectacular. Prices start from just £85 (+VAT) per person, and this includes unlimited drinks for the first three hours. If you want unlimited drinks throughout the after party too that can be added on for just £25 (+VAT) per person. We have a talented group of event planners who will help you to organise your event and make the process as simple as possible for you.

Why choose The Brewery?

The Brewery is located near the Moorgate, Liverpool Street and Barbican train stations, making it easy to travel to your summer party venue. Our venue can also easily reached by ten bus routes. You can also drive. While we don’t have parking on site – there’s a public car park at the Barbican nearby.

We’ve got a beautiful and imposing venue which is sure to wow your guests, treating them to a memorable party to make their summer a great one.

For more information or to make a booking please use our enquiry form, or you can call us direct on 020 7638 8811.

How to make your conference memorable

No matter what industry you work in, there are now hundreds of relevant conferences you can attend each year to boost your learning and increase your personal development. However, the mass of availability to the customer creates a challenge for conference organisers, as they must make their event as memorable as possible. Conference attendees want to walk out feeling like they have really learnt something and that the investment in both the cost of coming and the time away from the office has been worthwhile. So, how do you make your conference memorable and encourage people to come again? Here are our top tips.

Hold your conference in a unique and interesting venue

One of the great things about going to a conference is that it is a day out of the office, so the last thing people want is to arrive at a conference to find it looks just like an office. Your attendees want to walk in to somewhere that has the wow factor and will inspire them to spend the day learning new things. At The Brewery, we have a number of rooms ideal for just this. Our flexible space blends heritage with high-end facilities, so not only will the rooms inspire with their wealth of history, they’ll also be as modern as you need. Our event managers can help arrange the space so it meets your requirements – creating breakout areas around a main area or designing an intimate venue for a smaller group of people.

The Brewery, Hub 16 Conference

 

Build a buzz before the event

While people need to understand what the conference will cover in order to know whether it is relevant for them to attend, they also welcome an element of surprise. Create a reason for them to be there and build a buzz before the event, teasing on social media sneak peaks of the venue and the goodies people will get to build excitement. It might be a business day out, but if you can make them feel enthusiastic about coming along you are sure to get a great vibe within the conference itself.

Create an inviting atmosphere

First impressions matter, therefore you must make sure the sign in process is smooth. Frequently, conferences host breakfast for attendees so that they can arrive, get signed in and then enjoy some food before the day’s activities begin. At The Brewery, we pride ourselves on the quality of food provided and our chefs will work with you, as conference organisers, to plan the ideal menu for your day.

 

Knowledge Guild Event, The Brewery

 

Get in great and engaging speakers

There are a lot of boxes that a conference speaker needs to be able to tick. First, and most importantly, they need to be knowledgeable in the subject they are talking about. Most of the time they will be stood in front of peers from their own industry so they need to be able to show they have a high-level of knowledge, to justify why they are the ones on the stage.

Second, they need to be a really engaging speaker who can not only impart knowledge and understanding, but also can inspire attendees to want to go away from the conference and implement what they have learnt. If your attendees take away new knowledge and skills and use them in their daily work, they are more likely to return next year for some new skills!

Make it interesting

The key thing at a conference is to maintain your audience’s attention throughout the course of the day and the way to do that is to make the event as interactive as possible. Using the best technology available, you can ensure that you put on a visually appealing presentation. At The Brewery, we offer an integrated DB audio PA system and in house AV support to ensure that there are no glitches on the day. Furthermore, we have high-speed WiFi available so you and all your guests can access the internet and social media throughout the day.

Goodie bags

Everyone loves a little gift, so give your guests something to take away. Shopper bags are popular nowadays and if you display your conference name on it, they are great as an everyday reminder of the conference they attended. Don’t just throw in a pen and a mouse mat though – think about what is most relevant to your attendees and choose a gift which is relevant to the industry and something which they might use every day. The less chance there is of it going in the bin, the more everyday marketing you will get.

If you think The Brewery could be ideal for your next conference, then get in touch with us today.

Organising a successful exhibition

There are a huge number of benefits to businesses who attend a successfully run exhibition. From increasing business leads to conducting market research which informs future direction – exhibitions can be must attend places for many businesses.

However, these benefits are only really evident if the event itself is run successfully and that responsibility falls to the organisers of the exhibition itself.

If you are the one in charge, here are some top tips for ensuring your exhibition is a hit.

Start early

Needless to say but there is a huge amount of planning and organisation which goes into running a successful exhibition, particularly if you have a large number of exhibitors attending. As such one of the key things you need to do is start planning early. If you are organising an annual exhibition then you will likely be planning the following year’s event before you have even hosted this one.

Don’t underestimate the amount of time you will need, and the amount of warning you need to give to other people such as your exhibitors, and never think you are getting started too early.

Book the ideal venue

Your venue should say something about the exhibition itself, for example if you are holding an art exhibition you’ll ideally host it in a gallery or a building with some stunning architectural features.

At The Brewery we host numerous exhibitions each year across a range of different industries. We have a range of rooms providing you with a flexible and variable space for whatever purpose you need. We’re also located in an ideal location, which again is crucial if you want a high footfall at your exhibition. We’re based in the heart of the City of London, well served by both road and public transport making it an easy venue for both your exhibitors and visitors to get to.

Finally, book with us and you get a dedicated exhibition co-ordinator to handle all the venue details for you – from helping to arrange the technology and power supplies for each exhibitor to the food and drink you will offer. This assistance means you can then focus on liaising with your exhibitors.

You can read about some of the successful exhibitions we have held here at The Brewery on our case study page.

Calculate how much you need to charge your exhibitors

Exhibitors will generally be expecting you to charge one fixed price for them to be able to promote their business at your event so before you start allocating prices you need to be sure that whatever you charge will cover all your costs. This means ensuring you have quotes for everything the exhibition will need from the outset – this includes all the costs with the venue but also costs for things like marketing the event which will be crucial. Don’t leave these considerations to the end as once people have agreed to attend they are unlikely to welcome a last-minute price rise!

Create a buzz

The final key to a successful exhibition is getting people through the door because if no-one attends the businesses do not get the benefits they expected. Target your specific target audience and use all mediums of marketing to get out the details of the exhibition. When using social media, also provide marketing materials such as images and template posts for your exhibitors to use so that you can make use of their contact databases and spread your message far and wide.

If you have an exhibition that you think The Brewery could help with then get in touch today or if you have some questions about holding an exhibition our FAQ page will assist.