How to theme your corporate event

With so many corporate events in your attendees’ busy diaries, it’s important to make yours stand out from the rest. If you’re racking your brains trying to think of the best way to attract guests to your event, a theme may be the answer.

Sure, a themed event is nothing new, but get it right and you’ll not only attract high numbers, but you’ll elevate your brand too. A theme will give your event some structure, inspire your guests, encourage them to share their experience on social media, and ensure your event is truly memorable. Here’s how to set the perfect theme for your next corporate event.

Set your goals

Before making any big decisions, think carefully about the purpose of your event. What are your goals? Brainstorm with your team and consider exactly what you want to achieve, whether that be attracting new clients, or bringing together international teams. Are you rewarding your employees, or hosting for investors? All of these answers will help you decide what kind of vibe you’re going for, and which theme would best achieve this.

Remind yourself of your brand values

The first place to take inspiration from should always be your own brand. When you’re considering a theme, keep your brand values at the forefront of your mind. Does this theme reflect what your brand stands for?

Define your audience

You can’t pull off a good theme without a willing audience, so take a long hard look at your guest list. What is your main age group? Will this be a family event? Are you hosting for clients? Where are people travelling from? If you have had similar events in the past, this would be a good point to look back at feedback to get a better idea of what your audience want from an event.

Get inspiration from your venue

If you’ve already started planning your event, it’s likely that picking a venue was the first task on your list. A great way to pick a theme is to be led by your venue – not only will it keep the theme consistent, but a lot of the work will already be done for you! Think outside the box and consider unique, historic venues that could really enhance your theme, or industrial spaces that could be a blank canvas.

Don’t hold back!

The theme of an event should be obvious from the very moment your guests step through the door. This means paying plenty of attention to every single detail to make sure your guests are impressed. From décor, dress code, lighting, food and music – there’s simply no point in theming an event unless you can be consistent throughout and ‘wow’ your attendees. Opting for an event venue with their own Event Design team is a sure-fire way of ensuring your venue is transformed exactly how you imagined.

Excellent quality Corporate event menu items

Match the food

As we’ve already mentioned, your theme should run through every single part of your event – and food is an area which certainly shouldn’t be neglected. Choose a venue that it willing to serve a bespoke menu designed particularly for the event, after all, a standard buffet just won’t cut it if you’re going all-out with décor! Try reflecting your theme in your bar menu too – nothing tops off a theme quite like a couple of themed cocktails for your guests to choose from.

 

If you’re looking for a unique venue in the heart of London which is suitable for corporate events large or small, consider The Brewery. Along with our expert knowledge and experience, we boast award-winning chefs and a dedicated Event Design team who can help you transform our beautiful venue into whatever you imagine, whether that be a winter wonderland or masquerade ball! Want to find out more? Contact us today!

Getting the numbers right for your party or event

When organising an event or party, the first big hurdle is finding the perfect venue. While your search criteria might initially focus on how the venue looks and what services it offers, it’s important to also make sure you consider capacity so that you can fall in love with a venue that can also accommodate everyone you want to attend.

There are a number of things you need to consider with regards to capacity when planning for any event, small or large.

Capacity of the event venue

Whether the number on your guest list is single, double or even triple figures, you’ll need to make sure that your chosen event venue is suited to both your event and to making your attendees comfortable and able to enjoy whatever’s planned.

There are two options available when choosing a venue for an event where you are anticipating a large number of attendees. You can choose the venue first – for example, you could choose the Queen Charlotte room at The Brewery, which has a capacity of 160 guests (for a banquet) – and then fit your guest list around the 160 capacity that the room offers.

Or, you could set out your guest list first and then find a venue that fits the number of people you’d like to include. This way of doing things, while it can ensure that you’re able to have everyone at your event, can complicate choosing a venue since you’ll be limited in what you can look for.

While finding a venue for a smaller number, such as an anniversary party with less than 100 attendees or an exclusive business dinner, is likely to be less of a struggle, it’s no less important to find one that fits perfectly for your occasion. Choosing a venue that has a much larger capacity than your number of guests can lead to the event feeling either empty or lacking in atmosphere. Opting for  a venue that allows for a slightly higher number of guests than you want to invite can result in a relaxed and spacious affair.

Catering services

When planning an event, it’s important to remember that food is one of the most important aspects of the occasion. With this in mind, whether an event venue can provide catering services for your event, especially if you are inviting a large number of attendees, will be a key factor in which venue you choose.

If you’re thinking of having a sit-down meal, such as for a wedding reception or a business conference, you’ll need to make sure that the venue can cater for any dietary requirements your guests have, as well as providing a variety of food – no easy feat when you have a large number of attendees. In comparison, if you’re considering more of a buffet style menu, you’ll need to make sure that the venue can provide enough food for all your guests, or you’ll need to look for a separate caterer.

At The Brewery, we’re able to cater to all types of events and parties, creating a menu that will be tailored to your personal event with bespoke dishes and a sumptuous selection of flavours. No matter the size of your party, we’re more than happy to create a menu for all your guests. Find out more about the food and drink we can offer here.

Space for your event

The final big number cruncher when it comes to planning an event is making sure that each of your guests have space at the event you’re planning, whether a conference or wedding, and that means making sure they’re all seated when they need to be seated or able to be involved in any activities you’re planning without it feeling crowded.

While the capacity of your event venue will play a big part in this aspect of planning, it’s also important to make sure that you’re aware of how your event is going to unfold. Know in advance, before you look for a venue, what the plan of your event is going to be – are there going to be people moving around? Will there need to be space for tables and chairs? Are there going to be any entertainment features that require space?

In understanding these requirements, you’ll be able to pick a venue that not only has 500 capacity for your wedding guests, but also a little bit more so that you can all fit on the dance floor later in the night.

 

At The Brewery, we have a number of different venue spaces, ranging from 1000 capacity to an intimate 75 guest capacity, meaning that we can help you find the perfect space for your event. If you’d like to hold your event here, get in touch and we can help you sort out all the details.

Celebrate the summer in a traditional English garden

With the glorious weather upon us, there’s no better place to enjoy the sunshine than out in the garden. If you’re looking for a location to truly celebrate the summer, why not join us in our own personal courtyard garden at The Brewery for a summer party?

Our large, open courtyard is the ideal location for our parties, and like previous years, we’ll be welcoming our guests under the cover of a stunning glass marquee. We love nothing more than celebrating the summer at The Brewery so to help us really get in the swing of this season, our summer party venue has become a quintessential English country garden.

The Brewery Summer Garden Party

When you enter the marquee, you’ll be transported to an idyllic English garden. The space is filled with gorgeous foliage, from planters with lush plants and a wisteria-covered ceiling, to the abundance of summer flowers adding bursts of beautiful colour. The space will transport you away from the bustling London streets into a summer oasis right in the heart of the city.

Outside view of the Brewery Summer Party Venue in London

Our parties are already up and running, with a number of companies already having celebrated the summer in this lush and luxurious space. Why not join them and treat your teams to a garden party to remember?

Or if you’ve already booked, we hope you’re looking forward to your summer party at The Brewery. Here’s a little teaser of what to expect…

On arrival to our beautifully-blooming marquee, guests will be greeted with a cocktail. Our talented chefs will lay out a feast of a BBQ, accompanied by unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks to take you all the way to 9pm as the sun begins to set. As the night draws in, head inside The Brewery and carry on your party well into the night.

And don’t worry if the sunshine should fail to make an appearance, our glass roof will shelter you from the outside world so that you can continue your party without interruption.

If you’ve not yet sorted out the details of your company summer party, there’s still time to book at The Brewery. Ideal for companies of any size, all-inclusive packages are available for parties from 80-100. If you’d like to find out more about our 2018 summer parties, get in touch with us today – the marquees will be in place until the end of August!

The Brewery and Speakers Corner rip up the rule book at Knowledge Guild

On Monday evening, The Brewery and Speakers Corner welcomed more than 200 event professionals and entrepreneurs to the summer 2018 Knowledge Guild showcase. The latest installment in the popular series delved into how social change is affecting politics, equality, the workplace, the environment, brand interaction and customer transactions.

Titled “Putting Meaning Into Life: How generations are ripping up the rule book”, the event was compered by Georgie Barrat, presenter of The Gadget Show, who was joined by an impressive line-up of speakers to discuss how millennials and generation Z are challenging us in new ways.

Professor Noreena Hertz explored the science and statistics behind these generational changes and educated the audience on Generation K (those born between 1994 and 2003). Shockingly, she commented that 60% of people over 40 trust big corporations to do the right thing, whereas only 6% of Generation K do. Noreena focused on what these young people value the most, from equality to climate change, and how employers can ensure that they create a motivating work environment for this generation.

Sam Conniff, an award-winning social entrepreneur, helped us understand why there are such dramatically changing outlooks amongst young people by introducing attendees to his new book, Be More Pirate. He highlighted that “change-making is trouble-making”, encouraging future generations to challenge conventions and look to the examples set by  every single statue in Parliament Square, who were all notable rule breakers.

Last to take to the stage was Johnny Cupcakes who explained how to capture the imagination of future generations and create meaningful connections with consumers. He told the audience about the story behind his ground-breaking t-shirt brand and how future minds need to use creative thinking to invent brand experiences that last. Ultimately, he inspired delegates to “do more of what makes you happy”.

At the end of all Knowledge Guild events, guests and speakers shared stories during a Q&A session. Before and after the panel session, attendees networked in The Brewery’s outdoor summer oasis, complete with two luxury marquees. Guests also enjoyed a drinks reception and a bowl food menu, designed by The Brewery especially for the event. Dishes included tuna tacos with smoked salt guacamole, tequila atomiser and lotus crisp and Cornish crab doughnuts with lemon aioli.

The Knowledge Guild is a partnership between The Brewery and Speakers Corner, offering a mixture of world-class speakers and exceptional individuals discussing pertinent topics in a panel discussion.

How to choose your wedding flowers

An incredible wedding flower display

Whether you choose simple button holes, or want to decorate your entire venue with blooms, flowers will more than likely play an important part on your wedding day. Able to transform a space, add colour, or become part of a theme that runs throughout your wedding, flowers are not only a traditional part of a wedding, but can also be used in so many ways to add a touch of personality to your day.

With so many beautiful varieties of flowers and an abundance of suppliers, and of course an endless stream of images and ideas online, choosing your wedding flowers can feel like a daunting task.

Here’s our guide on picking the perfect flowers for your wedding day.

When are you getting married?

Once you have a date set for your wedding, you can start slimming down the options for your wedding flowers, as seasonal flowers will not only look better and be of better quality, but will be a lot cheaper too. If you have a florist, talk to them about the best flowers available at the time of your wedding.

For example, peonies are in season in the UK from mid-May to early July but would have to be shipped in from elsewhere if you are getting married outside of the British summertime. Likewise, hyacinths, orchids and roses can be in season in the UK throughout the winter months.

What is the theme of your wedding?

It’s important to consider the theme of your wedding before you start looking at flowers or talking to your florist, as generally your flowers should reflect the style of the day. For example, light coloured blooms mixed with lush greenery and roses would be perfect for a romantic, ‘fairytale’ wedding, whilst a mix of brights add a modern pop of colour to a more contemporary theme.

The way in which the flowers are arranged also contribute to the style and theme of the wedding. Whilst lush arrangements of big, soft blooms are romantic and whimsical, cleaner and more minimalistic arrangements appear more modern. If you’re having a formal wedding, neater and more traditional flowers would be a good choice, but a more relaxed day would call for looser arrangements that are mis-matched for a more casual look.

What’s your colour scheme?

If you’re unsure of where to start when it comes to selecting your wedding flowers, your colour scheme can be a good place to start. There are some flowers such as dahlias, carnations, roses and tulips which are available in a range of colours, whilst blooms such as peonies and hydrangeas are a bit more limited in their colour range.

Your wedding flowers don’t have to be an exact match to the rest of your décor, but you should certainly try to pick shades which will complement it. Consider the colours used throughout the wedding, from the invitations through to the table linen and bridesmaid dresses and take a few swatches or photographs with you when you meet your florist.

Simple, beautiful wedding flowers on table at The Brewery

What would work in your venue?

Your wedding venue automatically sets the tone for your big day, so choosing flowers to complement the space is a brilliant way to make sure the theme is consistent. Weddings taking place in grand venues may call for lavish arrangements of roses, orchids and flowering branches in timeless shades of white and ivory. More rustic settings, such as barns, often suit a more ‘boho’ approach, so consider a more garden-inspired look with crates of pretty, wild flowers.

Think about the characteristics of your venue, too. Beams can be decorated with vines and foliage, and if your venue has candelabras they can be adorned with blooms. If you have opted to have your ceremony in a large room with high ceilings, it’s a good idea to fill the space with large arrangements that won’t get lost, whereas ceremonies taking place in a registry office will need to be much smaller, and easy to install and take down in a short time.

If in doubt, chat to your venue about what flowers have worked well in the past, and you may get some inspiration from discussing some the weddings they have held there previously. No one will know what works best in their venue than the venue themselves, so ask them as many questions as you can before making the appointment with your florist.

Here at The Brewery, we work closely with florists at Hybrid, a London based studio with a fantastic reputation for their innovative floral design. Before creating your bespoke wedding package, our wedding planner will listen to your individual requirements and can source anything from flowers to entertainment.

With an emphasis on originality, The Brewery is located in the heart of London and boasts a range of unique and adaptable spaces, full of character and each available to host your wedding ceremony and reception. For more information about planning your big day at The Brewery, get in touch with us today.

4 things to consider when planning an international event

Despite the digital age we live in, face-to-face conferences and events still bring in attendees and speakers from all over the globe and, if anything, the digital landscape makes it easier than ever to bring in international crowds. Though attracting attendees from around the world is possible, organising an international event comes with its challenges. Here are four things to consider when planning an international event.

1. Timing is key

When organising a local event, it’s easy to take things for granted. If you’re planning an international event, you may be faced with a few hurdles. Allow extra time that may be needed to tackle language barriers (you may need to translate contracts, negotiations and paperwork), and remember that some countries may move at a different pace to what you’re used to. Think about timing when it comes to your attendees too – they will need extra time to sign up for an event overseas, so open registration as early as possible.

 

2.      Location is very important!

As tempting as it may be to host your international event in an up and coming location in an emerging market, choosing a venue which is both well connected and affordable to travel to will ensure you attract good numbers. Consider a venue close to an international airport, as well as train stations for those travelling from less further afield. It’s important that your chosen venue has plenty of hotels and restaurants within a walking distance – put yourself in their shoes and consider what you’d find useful after hours of travelling!

Make the journey as hassle free as possible – with the events industry thriving, your guests are likely to have a busy schedule, so don’t put them off your event by hosting it in a venue which is challenging to reach. To elevate any stress that might come with travelling, consider providing your attendees with a travel checklist, any information about local laws and customs, and use an app to keep them updated with travel updates and flight information.

3. Offer something special

As we’ve previously mentioned, the events industry is booming, and your attendees will no doubt have plenty to pick and choose from. Therefore, it’s important that you’re offering as much value as possible, especially if attending means travelling from overseas.

Invest in key influencers to pull in crowds and invite speakers from a range of backgrounds to cover a variety of issues. Don’t just stick to big name keynote speakers – think about other areas such as marketing, media experts and investors too. These days, people are looking for more value from events than ever before. Be forward-thinking and think about holding workshops, networking sessions and ensure your attendees are connecting.

4. Plan your schedule carefully

When planning your event schedule, take into account where your attendees are travelling from. It’s a good idea to start your event the day after their arrival to give them a chance to rest and settle into their surroundings after what may have been a long journey. Arrange a casual gathering such as a cocktail hour at a hotel where your guests can attend if they would like, network, get in the spirit, and retire to their room when they feel like it.

On the day, or days, of your event, a staggered, mixed schedule is best. Break the agenda into a morning session with a mid-morning break, followed by a lunch break and an afternoon session with another break mid-afternoon.

When it comes to serving meals, be considerate of where your guests originate. For example, in South Europe and the Middle East, dinners are not usually served before 8pm, and leisurely lunches are more leisurely than they are in the USA or Asia.

 

If you’re looking for a dedicated event venue in which to host an international event, take a look at what The Brewery has to offer. Our beautiful, historical venue in the heart of London offers so much more than your typical events venue. Just a 15- minute walk from thriving Shoreditch and less than 10 minutes from Liverpool Street, Moorgate and Barbican underground stations, The Brewery is within easy reach of transport links and we’re proud to provide exquisite food and drink, exceptional technology throughout, and plenty of nearly accommodation.

To find out more about hosting an international event at The Brewery, get in touch today.

Everything you need to know about serving wine at your event

 

When planning an event, especially one that involves food and drink, you want to feel as though you’re treating your guests to something special, and that the event is memorable for all the right reasons. We’ve discussed many times the importance of food at an event, and wine is equally as significant if you’re looking to impress your guests. Here’s our guide on how to ‘wow’ your guests with your wine selection at your next event…

How do you pick which wine to serve at an event?

Picking wine for an event can feel like a big job – with so many beautiful varieties, how can you choose a crowd pleaser? Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to pick at least one red wine and one white wine. Although popular choices such as Chardonnays and Merlots are people-pleasers, they’re not always the best option for big events, as they can overwhelm any hors d’oeuvres you serve and can be tricky to pair with lighter dishes. Instead, go for a wine that can served with all kinds of food, such as a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Noir.

Which wines should be served first?

If your event involves food, you’ll certainly need to set some time aside to plan what wine you’d like to serve, and at which point. It’s a good idea to select your wine the same time you select your menu choices to ensure that it enhances the flavours of the meal, and vice versa. Your caterer should provide you with some valuable food and wine matching advice to help you get it just right.

As well as considering your menu, you should think about the best times at which to serve your carefully selected wine choices. Here are a few pointers:

• Avoid serving a powerful wine such as a Bordeaux before moving onto a lighter wine such as a Pinot Noir. You should go from light to full-bodied, as otherwise the tannins will stick to your palate and neutralise the more subtle aromas from the second wine. This is the case with white wines, too!
• There’s an exception to this rule when it comes to Champagne, which is always a hit and can be served before, during, or after a meal.
• As light-bodied wines should be served first, whites and rosés should come out before the reds, as the aromas of the fresher flavours need a clear palate to be tasted and enjoyed as they should be.
• Serve younger wines before serving aged wines later in the evening. This is simply because the beautiful aromas and flavours of older wines may be hard to live up to after they have been sipped!

How much wine will you need to serve at your event?

A good rule of thumb to make sure you have enough wine to last a meal is to assume that each guest will drink between half and three-quarters of a bottle each. If wine is also being served with the cocktails before dinner, then double that amount. It’s also important to remember that people tend to drink a smaller amount of red wine than they do white, so consider stocking up with a few more cases of white.

How should you serve wine at an event?

From the temperature of the wine to the vessel that it’s served in, there are lots of factors that could affect the taste of your carefully selected wine. Follow these rules to make sure it tastes just as good as you intended:

• Serve big reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux at 18° to 20°C, medium-bodied reds such as Merlot and Pinot Noir at 15.5° to 18°C and light-bodied reds such as Bardolino at 13°C. When it comes to whites, pretty much all of them, including Chardonnay, Chablis and Pinot Grigio, should be served at 7° to 10°C. Sparkling wines and rosés are best enjoyed nice and cold, at around 4°C.
• Wine should be poured into a glass that is no more than two-thirds full. This allows room for the wine to be swirled, and the aromas to be collected in the top half of the glass, which makes for an entirely different wine-drinking experience!
• There’s nothing worse that having to wait at the bar to be served, especially if it means your guests may miss out on parts of the event. Make sure you have at least two bartenders for every 100 guests.

Here at The Brewery, we understand the significance of excellent wine at an event. That’s why our sales team are trained with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust to ensure they’re equipped with everything they need to know about serving and selecting the best wines, cocktails and beers at your event.

All of the wine served at The Brewery has been hand-picked from suppliers of different sizes, whether large or small boutique growers, from all over the world. Not only that, we also travel back to the source to take a look at how the wine is produced, and to be sure that only the best wine is selected for our customers.

If you’re planning an event, contact us to find out how we can impress your guests with menus from our award-winning chefs, and our selection of delicious global wines to match.

5 essential apps for event planners

Event organiser app

If you’re an event planner, or have ever organised an event for that matter, you’ll know how much time and effort goes into making everything come together.
Whether you plan events on a daily basis, or are just involved in managing a one-off gathering, you’ll be pleased to hear that there a plenty of apps out there that can make the event-planning process that little bit easier. Here are 5 apps you need if you’re planning an event…

1. HelloCrowd

We’ve talked time and time again about the importance of social media in the run up to your event, so why not create your own event-specific social network? HelloCrowd allows you to create your very own private social network where you can easily communicate with your attendees. You can share photos, videos and links, and just like many other social network platforms, users can like and comment on posts.
Better still, when the big day comes, you can display the feed on big screens to get more people talking. Ideal for encouraging interaction and engagement during your event, you can use the app to create live polls, as well as providing your guests with handy features such as schedules, maps and attendee profiles.

2. Trello

Described as ‘the business version of Pinterest’, Trello is the perfect space to organise your event project collaboratively with the rest of your team. You can share project notes, to-do lists and documents all in one place so you can collaborate in real time with any many team members as you wish. You can even make a ‘team board’ which quite literally gets all of your team on the same page!

3. Boomset

Thanks to apps such as Boomset and the ever-evolving use of tech at events, more painstaking tasks can now be automated, freeing up more time and budget for other areas. Designed for planning larger events, Boomset is an app which can handle guest lists and registration before the event, check-in and badge printing (amongst a whole load of other capabilities) during the event, and reporting and demographics once your event has closed its doors.

a group planning an event

4. Sli.do

We all know the importance of guest feedback. Getting insights and interaction from your attendees is crucial in improving on your event year after year. It’s also essential to do this quickly – leave it too long and your audience will already be thinking about the next event in their busy schedules. Sli.do makes it easy for you to get feedback quickly after your event has finished. Set some questions for your audience and give them a unique code so they can also ask and answer questions of their own.

5. Mention

Social media promotion plays an integral part in event planning, and you need to keep on top of what is being said when promoting your event. Mention is a social media monitoring tool that allows you to both see who’s talking about you on social media and engage with discussions right from your Mention dashboard. The tool also has the ability to find relevant social influencers to reach out to, will provide you with custom reports and analytics, and assign tasks and collaborate with the rest of your team.

Whether you’re holding a conference, a meeting or an exhibition, we know how important it is to be organised at every step of the event planning process. From the moment you enquire about any of our event spaces here at The Brewery, a dedicated co-ordinator will be assigned to you as a point of contact, and will help you with all of your questions, whether they be about the food and drink, or the audio equipment.

If you’re planning an event, whatever the size, get in touch with us today to find out more about our unique and versatile venue.

How to plan a Royal Wedding of your own

Tiara for a future royal weddingIn just a matter of days, on Saturday 19th May, people all around the world will be tuning in to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot in what will undoubtedly be a lavish affair at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

There has been lots of speculation about the details of the wedding, and although few of these details have been confirmed such as the florist, Philippa Craddock, and the cake maker, Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery, we’ll have to wait and see which traditions the couple have included in their big day, and which they have decided to abandon.

However the wedding of Harry and Meghan plays out, there’s absolutely no doubt that the occasion will be a spectacular one, much like royal weddings of the past. Known for their extravagance and grandeur, there are certainly a few traditions that can be incorporated from a royal wedding into a wedding of any size, without the need for regal titles!

Want to know how to integrate some of these elements into your own special day? Here’s how to plan a royal wedding of your own…

Reflect a family tradition in your flowers

Included in every royal bouquet since the wedding of Queen Victoria, myrtle symbolizes good luck in love, and it’s likely to appear in Meghan’s bouquet too. Including a flower with some significance, whether it be a family favourite or one that means something to you as a couple, is a lovely but subtle way of incorporating tradition into your special day.

Go for classic style

Ever since Queen Victoria wore a white wedding gown back in 1840, every royal bride since has followed suit – along with pretty much every other bride! It has also become customary for the bride’s dress to include lace of some kind.

Although we still don’t know what dress Meghan will choose (although it’s been reported that she’ll be wearing a Ralph & Russo gown, the designer of the dress she wore for the engagement shoot), we’re fairly certain that it will reflect the classic and elegant styles of those worn in previous royal weddings. Meghan herself commented, “Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic”.

If you’re keen on reflecting the elegance of a royal bride, a sparkling tiara is sure to set off your look. Another royal tradition, the bride is likely to wear one of these beautiful family heirlooms on the big day.

Wedding flowers

Make a donation to charity

It’s no surprise that Harry and Meghan won’t have a gift registry and have instead asked the public to donate to one of their designated charities. If this is something that you’d like to do on your wedding day, you can create your own gift list to help a good cause that is close to your heart.

Pick an impressive venue

It’s no surprise that royal weddings are often held in beautiful, historical buildings. As we know, Harry and Meghan will be getting married in the beautiful St George’s Chapel, Kate and William’s ceremony took place in Westminster and Charles and Diana got married in the stunning St. Paul’s Cathedral. As beautiful as these venues are, many of us don’t have the option to wed in such grand surroundings – but that doesn’t mean that your location will be any less ‘royal’!

The Brewery is a fairy tale setting with a fascinating history which makes for a wedding fit for royalty. Even so, that Kings and Queens themselves have visited the rooms and the beautiful cobbled courtyard.

If you’re looking for a wedding venue fit for a King and Queen, contact us today to find out more about how we can make your dream a reality at The Brewery!

 

The Brewery wedding venue in London
The Brewery – an amazing London wedding venue.

And the winner is… The Brewery!: The ultimate awards ceremony venue checklist

A grand celebration of achievement, talent and success: award ceremonies aren’t just your average event. For the event organiser, that means one thing – they need a special level of planning, too! You’ll want your attendees to feel as though they’re part of something important, even more so if they’re nominees, and that the event acts as a worthy reward for all their efforts and hard work.

So, what do all successful awards ceremonies have in common? The answer; A great venue. The setting of your awards ceremony is important – you’ll need to consider everything from the catering to the lighting, which should all result your ceremony having the ‘wow’ factor. The most suitable venue for your awards ceremony should include everything you need to impress your guests.

To make the process that little bit easier, we’ve compiled a checklist of things you’ll need to consider when looking for a venue for your awards ceremony.

1.      What is the capacity?

Once you have your guest list in place, you’ll need to consider the capacity of the venue, and whether it can accommodate all of your guests comfortably. Some venues, such as The Brewery, are able to offer some additional smaller spaces which can be used as press or VIP areas, which can offer some welcome extra space.

2.      How convenient is the location?

As with most events, the location of your awards ceremony is key to great attendance. Make sure you understand the demographics of your guests and choose a venue that is central and easily accessible by public transport.

3.      Is the catering appropriate for an awards ceremony?

There are two big reasons to make sure you hit the nail on the head with your food at your awards ceremony; although your event is primarily about honouring the winners, your guests will expect the food and drink to pay a big part, too. Award ceremonies are synonymous with great food, so providing anything less than spectacular may result in them being disappointed with the experience.

Secondly, awards ceremonies can be long! Provide plenty of food and drink to keep both engagement and energy high. As well as a venue with impressive catering, consider regular refreshments, as well as a bar – how else are your guests going to raise a celebratory glass for the winners?

4.      Does the format of the space work for an awards ceremony?

Just because a venue is beautiful, it doesn’t mean that it’s functional! The requirements of an awards ceremony are quite specific – the layout will need to accommodate a stage, a podium, and room for a seated dinner.

5.      Are the facilities up to scratch?

For total peace of mind, choose a venue which offers more than just a space. You’ll need to ensure that you have a main point of contact who can assist you with your planning, and most importantly, top-notch audio and visual facilities and support. What is an awards ceremony without great sound and lighting?

6.      Does the venue offer event design?

You’re going to want to create a sense of theatre for your awards, so make sure your chosen venue is able to provide or support creative event production. Whether it’s an awe-inspiring set or some impressive lighting, considering event design in your planning will guarantee a spectacular evening.

7.      Does the venue have the ‘wow’ factor?

To make your ceremony feel like a magnificent affair, you should consider a venue that is out of the ordinary to create a lasting impression. Choosing somewhere a little unusual, or with some historical significance, will provide your guests with a truly unique experience that they are unlikely to forget.

 

If you’re looking for a venue to host your awards ceremony, The Brewery can offer everything above, and so much more. Located in the spectacular 18th Century Whitbread buildings and easily accessible by public transport, The Brewery comes alive at special events.

The layout couldn’t be more ideal for an awards ceremony – the high ceilings and clear floor space means the views to the stage are completely unobstructed, and in the summer months, the 18th century cobbled courtyard offers an idyllic al fresco dining area.

To find out more about why The Brewery is the perfect setting for your awards ceremony, download our Awards & Dinners brochure, or get in touch with us today.