Joy's Flair http://www.joysflair.com Lifestyle, Fashion, Shopping, Beauty, Home Improvement, Business and more Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:26:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Guitar Godliness – What It Takes to Become a Guitar God http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/guitar-godliness-takes-become-guitar-god/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/guitar-godliness-takes-become-guitar-god/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:26:30 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3809 If you’ve become captivated with ‘Guitar Hero’ and feel […]

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If you’ve become captivated with ‘Guitar Hero’ and feel that you’ve got what it takes to become a guitar hero you could very well be right, but then again, chances are your time spent playing video games hasn’t prepared you for guitar godliness; however, that doesn’t mean attaining guitar god status is out of the question either.

Get yourself a guitar and start paying your dues, i.e. start playing now!

 

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You’ll never attain guitar god status without an axe, though with so many on the market to choose from, which one should you buy?

Firstly, you have to decide what variety of guitar, i.e. nylon/steel string acoustic, acoustic electric, electric, etc. you want to learn on. This is the easiest part, because you should already have a good idea whether you want to play folk, rock, metal, etc.

Selecting your first guitar isn’t, however, as straightforward as deciding upon which variety of guitar you should learn on, and one of the most important pieces of advice it’s possible to give is to buy one you feel comfortable playing, so give the guitars in your price range a trial run to see how comfortable you feel holding them and running your hand up and down the fretboard.

No one becomes a guitar god without first paying their dues, which means practice, practice and practice some more, then start playing with other musicians. However, before you start playing with other musicians you need to practice, and not just a little every now and then, but a lot and every day you can.

The saying ‘practice until your fingers bleed’ might be a little over the top, though something along the lines of ‘practice until your hands are calloused enough to play for hours on end’ is quite apt – your hands need to gain strength internally and externally and the stronger and more rugged they become the closer to attaining guitar god status you’ll be.

Understand what constitutes bad guitar playing habits and avoid them

As a beginner guitarist it’s all too easy to pick up bad habits that will remain with you throughout your guitar playing days – this is something you can’t allow to happen.

Therefore, you need to understand what constitutes a bad guitar playing habit, look for these in your playing and your attitude to practice and eliminate them early on before they become ingrained and difficult to break.

Bad guitar playing habits can be anything from holding the pick incorrectly, improperly positioning your left hand thumb on the guitar neck, changing chords incorrectly or overlooking the importance of perfecting a chord and striking a clear note before moving on to the next one.

Realise that you have to crawl before you can walk

Jack White, Jimmy Page and the Edge – the three guitarists featured in the rocking documentary ‘It Might Get Loud’ – learned the fundamentals of guitar playing before they starting shredding their fretboards and exciting the world with some of the most astounding guitar playing the world has ever had its mind blow on.

Consequently, you need to understand that you have to learn the basics, i.e. chord progressions, power chords, scales, strumming and picking techniques, etc. before you really start to rip things up.

Guitar lessons can be expensive; however, if you find yourself a good teacher to learn with once a week and put in the effort by practicing every chance you get, their expertise will make a world of difference to your guitar playing.

Besides, if you want to invest in a nice guitar, perhaps one from the range of Fender electric guitars that are nothing shy of amazing on every level possibly imaginable, you’ll want your guitar skills to do it justice, and for that you’ll need lessons in person, not online lessons from YouTube, insightful though they often are.

Play with other musicians as often as possible

Guitar gods don’t exist in a vacuum, they know their music, they listen to lots of different styles, and they play with other musicians as often as possible. Whilst practicing on your own is essential, you need to play with others every chance you get if you’re to attain guitar god status. It’s time to rock.

 

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Great Garden Technology for a More Modern Space http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/great-garden-technology-modern-space/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/great-garden-technology-modern-space/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:37:27 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3806 Now that technology is a part of everyday life, it can […]

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Now that technology is a part of everyday life, it can feel strange when you’re sat somewhere with no gadgets helping you out. Whether they’re entertaining you or helping you to get on with your everyday tasks, we’re all used to using different pieces of technology every day. So sometimes your garden can feel a little lacking on the technology front. You might think that it’s difficult to install all the latest gadgets outside. But there are plenty of solutions to wiring electrics that withstand all kinds of weather conditions. With the right resources, you can add cool tech to your garden, from televisions to modern lighting.

 

Sound Systems

 

Some people may be apprehensive about the idea of installing anything that plays music in their garden. After all, there are the neighbors to consider. Everyone has to bear some neighborly noise. But people often think of music as being different to noise from children or mowing. You might want to think carefully about installing a sound system. But it could be easier than you think to stop the sound traveling to all your neighbors. If you don’t have any neighbors close by, you should go ahead and install a sound system. They’re great for parties or relaxing on your own. And you can buy systems designed for outdoor use that will stop the sound disturbing your neighbors.

 

Television

 

Televisions are great for outside, on your deck or patio. They’re especially fun for throwing a sports party; you’ll love one if you enjoy having friends over to watch the game and drink a few beers. They’re not just for watching football though. An outdoor television is useful any time you want to sit outside without missing your favorite show. You could even just use a display screen to create some moving outdoor art. If you want to have an outdoor TV there are two options. Either buy a specially-designed outdoor television or use a normal TV with a weatherproof TV case by The TV Shield. Don’t use a normal television on its own though, as it won’t last two seconds outside.

 

Mini LED Light

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Solar-powered Lights

 

Outdoor lighting is essential if you want to use your garden in the evenings. In the winter it can be nice to have a fire, but not when it’s warm. There are lots of different options for lighting, but solar-powered lights are extremely convenient. You don’t need an outdoor power supply because the sun charges your lights during the day. Usually solar-powered lights are LED, so they’re even more energy-efficient. They turn on and off automatically when it gets dark and light again, so you don’t need to worry about forgetting to turn them off. LED lights are powerful and have less glare than conventional lighting, too. You’ll be saving on energy bills and helping to save the planet.

 

If you like the idea of technology in the garden, but prefer to work in your garden, there are lots of fun toys for you to play with too. Gardening technology is on the rise to help you look after your beloved garden.

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How to Prepare Your New Home Before You Move in http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/prepare-new-home-move/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/prepare-new-home-move/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:09:25 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3801 You never want to move into a new house without prepari […]

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You never want to move into a new house without preparing the property first. A new house will likely need some work that is better done in advance. Here are a few ways to prepare your new home before you move in and make sure your new house is suited to you.

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Schedule a Thorough Cleaning
 
Schedule a thorough cleaning for every part of the house. This should include scrubbing the walls, ceilings, and floors. Have carpets steam cleaned. Make sure areas like the basement and attic are cleaned. Clean under sinks, inside cabinets, and behind drawers. Hiring professional cleaners can help get the job done more quickly.
 

Paint the Walls
 
Paint the walls inside your new house before moving in. It is much easier to paint everything when the rooms are completely empty. Painting before you move in also allows time for the paint to dry and for the fumes to dissipate, so you can put in that new furniture right away.
 

Add Window Dressings
 
Install your window dressings before moving in. This will allow you to close the curtains or blinds while you are inside of the house. Window dressings will prevent neighbors and criminals from looking into your house while you are moving in and unpacking.
 

Update the Lawn
 

You do not want to have to deal with your lawn after moving into a new house, so be sure you have time to update the yard before moving in. You could choose to have new Vancouver sod installed to replace worn grass, or you might want to reseed the lawn so it looks more attractive and healthy.Western Turf Farms Ltd recommend doing a walkthrough of the whole place so you can see where improvements should be made. If you take care of this before moving in, then you will not have to deal with tools or workers on your lawn later.
 

Have Security or Automation Systems Installed
 
If you are going to have a new security or home automation system installed, then have this done before you move in. The installers will have a much easier time placing different devices, cameras, and controls if they do not have to work around furniture and personal possessions. This also makes your house safe and functional from the moment you arrive.
 

Change All the Locks
 
A final thing to do is to change all the locks. Change the locks on the front and back doors. Change the locks on the exterior and interior garage doors. You want to change all the locks since you do not know who might have gotten a key to the house while it was for sale.

Your new house is probably never going to be empty again. You want to take every opportunity to make repairs and changes while the house is unoccupied. Preparing your home before you move in will make everything more comfortable and convenient from the start.

 

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There’s something effortlessly stylish about a neutral living room. Clean, calm and relaxing, neutral living rooms are a reoccurring trend in living room designs.

Neutral colour schemes flow naturally from one room to another and if done correctly, they can strike the perfect balance between clean, casual and cosy.

 

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Read on to find out how to create your perfect haven of peace and tranquillity using neutral colours.

 

Pay attention to textures

You can make a neutral colour scheme warmer by using soft and inviting fabrics. A fluffy sheepskin rug or velvet cushions add depth and a richness to your interior design – stopping neutral becoming ‘bland’.

Think about this when you’re choosing the fabric for your sofa and your carpets. A lovely fabric can make all the difference and you could even choose pleated blinds to create an interesting window design.

 

Keep large pieces of furniture one colour

Choosing a cream sofa to match your neutral walls and carpet helps keep your living room design simple.

With the main pieces of furniture all one colour, you can have more fun playing around with accessories – changing them to fit the latest trends if you enjoy redecorating often.

Use the plain colours of your walls, carpet and sofas as the canvas and use cushions, ornaments, mirrors, wooden furniture pieces and Thomas Sanderson window blinds to make the design more interesting.

 

Muted pastel colours

This is a great way to add a hint of colour to your living room without letting the colours overpower the room.

What’s more, little touches of colour here and there make your room look effortlessly chic and the muted colours add to the room’s warmth.

 

Use neutral browns instead of whites

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking a neutral colour scheme has to be white. Stick to muted and cosy browns to make your living room feel warm and comforting.

Choose a brown leather sofa, a light brown for the walls and a cream carpet to create this basic look, and then use muted coloured accessories to add some finishing touches.

 

White gloss tables and doors

Give your neutral living room a fresh, contemporary look with white gloss. It brightens up the room and turns an ordinary coffee table into a signature piece. Shutters are a great way to control the light that enters a room.

Make your furniture and doors even more striking by adding dark handles for an evening more striking look.

 

Don’t forget grey

You may think of it as boring but grey can actually be used to create a very powerful neutral look. Mix and match darker and lighter tones to create contrast and paint your walls on off-white colour to stop your room getting too dark.

 

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Packing Right: Travel Hacks You Need to Know http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/packing-right-travel-hacks-need-know/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/packing-right-travel-hacks-need-know/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:17:16 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3794 Knowing what to pack can be a difficult and daunting ta […]

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Knowing what to pack can be a difficult and daunting task before any vacation. Sometimes we take too many things with us, and need to cut down on space. Using these helpful travel hacks will make packing a whole lot easier. This article is going to cover some travel hacks every traveler needs know before hitting the road.

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Packing Light

We all know the feeling of wanting to pile up everything in the bag, just in case, but most likely you’re not going to use all that stuff. Packing light will save you time, money, and energy. You can buy whatever you need once you reach your destination. Adding more luggage than necessary will only add extra fees to your plane ticket if you’re flying. Leave all of your soaps and shampoos at home. The hotel you’re visiting will, most likely have some there for you to use. Leave your bulky laptop, smartphone, videos games, and cameras at home as well. Bring a tablet instead. These tablets have all of those entertainment devices rolled into one.

 

Pack Neatly

Organizing your stuff will significantly increase the amount of space you have in your bag. Roll up your clothes instead of folding them as this will create more room for packing. Everything you want to take with you will connect together similar to Lego blocks. Keep shoes packed tight at the bottom and make sure you have a place to put dirty clothes for later. According to staff at the BCMI Mgmt hotels in Lloydminster AB, when suitcases are neatly packed away during the day, it is much easier for cleaning as well.

 

Keep Important Documents Separated

Don’t keep your credit cards, debit cards, IDs, and passport all in one place. Mix them up in different areas. If one item gets lost, you won’t lose everything. Make copies of your passport and IDs so just in case you lose something, you’ll have some documentation to present to the embassy if they ask to see proof of your identity. If you lose your cards, you can always cancel them and spend your cash money, and vice versa, if you lose cash, you can always use your debit cards to take money from an ATM.

Keep these travel tricks in mind when packing, and you should be fine. You can become a travel packing expert in no time. Make sure you’re safe and have everything you need. Have a great trip.

 

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The Pros And Cons Of Making Improvements To A Rental Property http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/pros-cons-making-improvements-rental-property/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/pros-cons-making-improvements-rental-property/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:08:06 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3790   Even though you might be a long-term tenant, sho […]

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The Old Anchor | Annascaul, County Kerry | Ensuite with Bath

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Even though you might be a long-term tenant, should you invest money on improvements to the home in which you live. Some people spend their entire lives in a house that belongs to their local authority. It is as much a home to them as it would be if they held the deeds to it.

 

It is a difficult question to answer, but we will try to get to the bottom of it today. If you want a new kitchen but don’t know whether to spend money on one, read on. Here are the pros and cons of making improvements to a rental property.

 

Pros

Let’s assume that you undertook a rental property search in Moseley and are delighted with the area in which you now live. The owner of the house may have agreed to a long lease, so you can put down roots for the foreseeable future. Here is why I think it is acceptable to make improvements to it.

  • Standard of living. Even though the surroundings are pleasant, we have a natural urge to improve them. A bathroom with a green suite might be functional, but it is not attractive. If you install a new suite and tile the room to bring it up to date, it will help the way you feel about your lot in life.
  • The quality of accommodation can have an affect on your mental health. An old, stuffy house might not help someone who suffers from depression. Think about those with breathing difficulties too; maybe new central heating will help over the winter.
  • Perhaps you can save money by improving the building. It may benefit from extra insulation that will bring the energy bills down. The boiler might be ancient and using more energy than it should. Updating it seems logical, and it will pay for itself many times over if you spend a couple of decades in the property.

 

Cons

Pouring your hard-earned cash into a building that does not belong to you is a tough pill to swallow. It is the landlord who profits from it at the end of the day. You will never own the property, so the money is not an investment for you.

 

Will the landlord maintain the features that you install? They are responsible for their fixtures and fittings, but what happens when you change them? It is an area that you must agree upon before you start work on the house.

 

Will the improvement increase the rental value of the house.? It wouldn’t be fair if you had to pay more rent because the improvements you undertake make it more desirable. I think you should discuss that too.

 

As you can see, the financial implications are what dominate the argument. Many people rent by choice and have no intention of moving out, so what is the harm in making the place comfortable and enjoying life there?. After all, you only live once as far as we know, so do it in style. As long as you have a secure tenancy and clarify the above points, I say go for it; what is the worst that can happen?

 

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Bathroom Building: What You Need for a Renovation http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/bathroom-building-need-renovation/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/bathroom-building-need-renovation/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:50:51 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3786 Building the bathroom takes several types of profession […]

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Building the bathroom takes several types of professionals, such as construction, plumbing, and electrical experts. Grey Bruce custom home builders endeavor to build large, safe, roomy bathrooms with all of the most desired appointments. In most cases, the home builder will act as the general contractor who manages all of the phases of bathroom building and home renovation in Grey Bruce or around the country.

 

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Start with Planning

All renovation projects begin with a basic plan based on personal needs and preferences. Once the specific renovation needs are determined, the next phase of the project is design by a professional. Building a new, attractive, functional bathroom begins with a custom design. In large homes, bathrooms are constructed in bedrooms, as well as designated areas like a master bathroom. Half bathrooms may adjoin a laundry room, or be included in a basement area. As such, bathrooms are designed with a specific square footage that fit into the home’s basic design. Make sure your design fits the room’s parameters.

 

Renovations and Repairs

Renovations, repairs, and installation are the third phase of the project. The degree of bathroom renovation will determine the actual needs to complete the project. A construction professional can redesign the configuration of existing walls to expand the size of the bathroom if space is available. They may also relocate bathroom fixtures like a tub or add a free-standing shower. The new design may include relocating the toilet or vanity, to make the room appear more spacious and modern. For the homeowner, this may require consultations with the renovation expert to determine whether new plumbing piping and fixtures are necessary. This depends on the age of the existing bathroom, and the location of water supplies and drains. A bathroom renovation can also include installation of recessed lighting and an exhaust fan. Tub and shower enclosures are also needed to protect from water damage to flooring.

 

Final Touches

The final phase of completion may include new accessories like cabinetry, designated storage closets, peripheral shelving, window treatments, and choosing coordinating bathroom linens, shower mats, and slip-proof rugs. Decorations should be thought of in terms of necessity first. Get everything needed in first, then think about where to hang that wall painting last.

The major needs for a basic bathroom renovation often include thinking about the toilet, vanity, cabinets, and the shower or tub. Once the planning for each stage is complete it is important to look over what else can be fixed and added to. In no time, you should have the bathroom of your dreams.

 

 

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Real Renovator: How to Perfectly Time Your Project http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/real-renovator-perfectly-time-project/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/real-renovator-perfectly-time-project/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 08:04:24 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3784 Real renovators love the challenge of buying homes, com […]

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Real renovators love the challenge of buying homes, commercial buildings, and properties they can renovate. These renovations result in increased property value as well as greater curb appeal. The integral part of any renovation is being able to properly estimate costs and manage the renovation project in the most timely, efficient manner to meet budgetary constraints.

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To perfectly time your project, there are several things you can do to expedite the goal of project completion.

. Setting a timeline for overall project from start to completion
. Creating a budget complete with final cost estimations
. Formulating a workflow timeline for labor involved in renovations

The Importance of a Renovation Project Timeline

Plot a timeline for the major phases of home renovations in four phases. These include:
. Estimating renovation costs
. Purchasing of items needed for renovations
. Labor-related time and costs for electrical, plumbing, roofing or drywall services
. Full and final project completion

Phase One: Estimating Renovation Costs

The first phase of any comprehensive renovation project should begin with estimating costs. Knowing in advance the cost of renovations to a home reduces the burden of unexpected outlays of cash. Also, estimating costs for various types of electrical, plumbing and other repairs and installations help renovators remain on budget.

Phase Two: Purchasing

Actual purchasing should be carefully monitored. The real renovator has the option of purchasing from the previously estimated vendor or supplier list. However, all terms of delivery and payment should be directly linked to the quality of products or services supplied.

Phase Three: Labor Time and Cost of External and Internal Installations

Labor, whether performed by the homeowner or outsourced contractors, should follow the purchase phase. For renovators who perform labor, compare labor costs with outsourced contractors’ labor charges. For example you might call Alberta Water Services to check their installation time and price for Calgary commercial plumbing, against what you can do on your own. See what the savings will be and use these toward other parts of the project. This helps balance time and labor to meet project budget constraints.

Phase Four: Full and Final Project Completion

A project’s fourth phase is full and final project completion. This means all building permits and other local compliance regulations have been approved, all vendors and suppliers have been paid, and the project meets original time, labor, design, budget and estimating plans as originally set forth in the project timeline and workflow timeline. A renovation project is considered “full and final” when all renovations are satisfactorily approved by the home owner.

 

Make sure you are starting on the right track when it comes to a new home renovation. Take time to consider the timeline and costs necessary to get everything done. It’s all up to you to make the project worth every penny.

 

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Decorating A Banquet Hall For A Wedding http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/decorating-banquet-hall-wedding/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/decorating-banquet-hall-wedding/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:23:04 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3780   It’s not easy to plan a wedding when you h […]

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It’s not easy to plan a wedding when you have a large family or a big circle of friends, and you’ll no doubt be needing a venue where everyone has space to eat, mingle, and dance the night away. A banquet hall is ideal for this kind of occasion, with many of these spaces offering space to seat hundreds. However, a big venue means a lot of decorating, and with the decorations and flowers costing an average of nearly £800. This means that you’ll want to find ways to decorate your hall without breaking the bank, so here are a few ways that you can enjoy stylish décor on the cheap.

 

Renting centrepieces

If you have a lot of tables, then this means you need a lot of centrepieces, and it can get expensive if you are having a florist make them professionally. Many places can rent out centrepieces, or the pieces needed for them, and this makes a DIY decorating job so much easier.

 

Items you could rent include:

  • Giant martini glasses
  • Goldfish bowls
  • Mirrors
  • Candle holders
  • Artificial flowers
  • Coloured stones

 

This makes it cheaper to decorate a large area, and whether you choose a traditional banquet layout, or have circular tables, this means that you can ensure there are plenty of centrepieces to decorate.

 

Chair covers

Chair covers are a common sight at most weddings, but if you have a lot of people coming then their hire can get expensive. When you are looking around Merchant Taylors banquet hall and other venues, you should find out whether they can be included as part of their package to avoid additional costs. Many venues have a supply of chair covers, coloured sashes, and linens that they will sometimes include as part of the cost if you negotiate with them.

 

Favours

Favours are often part of the decoration of the tables, fitting in with the theme and offering thanks to your guests for attending. However, if you have professional favours made they can end up costing a lot per head, and when you have a whole banqueting hall full of guests this will soon add up. Look for ways to cut down on the cost of your favours, such as buying cheap organza bags in your wedding colours and filling them yourself, or having a friend with crafty skills make something simple. By personalising each favour, you also avoid the hassle of having to buy place settings, and that’s another small amount saved that adds up.

 

Draping

If your hall is a little bland or utilitarian, then it’s easy to soften the edges or cover up any unflattering patches, and draping is an easy way to do so. There are many companies who will be able to decorate the hall with large marquee drapes, and this can be a cost effective way of decorating a big space with minimal effort. With soft lighting, this can create an elegant and romantic look that’s ideal for wedding receptions.

 

No matter how big your wedding, there’s always a strict budget to stick to, and you don’t want to spend a lot on decorations and those little extras. By hiring a banquet hall, you can have plenty of space for ceremonies, receptions, and evening parties, and this gives you a flexible space that can be decorated for traditional or contemporary occasions. No matter what your wedding style, a banquet hall gives you many options, and means that you can invite all the loved ones you like without having to worry about fitting them all in.

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Why Businesses Host Business Events at Unique Venues http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/businesses-host-business-events-unique-venues/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/businesses-host-business-events-unique-venues/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:27:20 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3777   Growth and optimism currently characterise the e […]

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Growth and optimism currently characterise the events industry in the UK at the present point in time according to the trade body EVCOM (Event & Visual Communication Association).

Whilst the research shows the volume of events in 2013 was lower than the previous year, 2012 – 1.25 million compared with 1.3 million – both the number of delegates and delegate days were higher in 2013, which is also the forecast for 2014.

That’s good news for businesses in the UK events industry and businesses looking to put their best foot forward with the events they host.

 

Why Host a Business Event?

Businesses host events for any one of a number of reasons, most of which relate to business promotion – there’s a lot of excellent exposure to be garnered by hosting a successful business event.

Whilst the most prominent business events are hosted by large companies, that doesn’t mean small businesses shouldn’t also host business events. For although they likely won’t have the same budgets to work with or the same guest pulling power, the same benefits, when the event is successful, apply.

Exposure is the most prominent reason for businesses to host events, particularly those held at unique events venues that are, in many cases, attractions in themselves, though there are other reasons why businesses of all sizes and sectors should consider hosting an event at a unique venue.

Attendance fees don’t deter people from attending events – not all events are subject to attendance fees – and when attendance fees are charged and people attend regardless, it’s a sure sign that they’re interested in the event, that they believe attending is in their best interests and offers them value, and that they’re interested in the business’s message, making them likely candidates for the business’s target audience.

Events also present an excellent opportunity to meet with clients face-to-face and interact in a way that digital interactions, interactions that are fast coming to define business communication, can’t play out. “There’s something different about meeting face-to-face and having a conversation that’s not delayed or happening through Facebook messages or limited to 140 characters,” says Karen Hartline, Mashable’s event manager.

The opportunity to establish a relationship with current and future clients on a more personal level is an opportunity that’s too good to overlook, making event hosting an excellent marketing method, one that offers greater opportunities than other methods of marketing, even social media which is frequently hyped as the best means of client interaction business owners have.

 

Hosting a Successful Business Event

“Anyone can throw a great party, but this isn’t about throwing a great party. It’s about hitting business objectives,” says Tres McCullough, co-founder of Fathom, a New York-based experiential marketing firm.

This is a great point to make about hosting events because there’s so much more involved in hosting a successful event than sending out invitations and putting on a bar tab for attendees, and whilst ensuring everyone in attendance has a great time is a key ingredient to a successful event, there must be business objectives to meet.

“What people do wrong is they don’t have a clear objective,” says McCullough, “A lot of companies have a great idea, everything is water-tight and clear, and they race to execution mode. The event engages the client base, goes off without a hitch. Then it’s gone.”

Business objectives, although very important to have, aren’t everything and businesses should also be looking to make an outstanding impression by, amongst other things, holding their events at unique venues of London in order to make the events they host really stand out in the minds of attendees.

Unique venues are often historical venues that have seen many prominent events in the past, and indeed unique, historical venues can really attract attendees, which is naturally very important when there’s an attendance fee involved, which often goes to a charity after the costs of venue hire, etc. are deducted.

Hosting a successful business event isn’t exactly straightforward and there’s usually a lot more involved than most businesspeople realise at first; however, with the right venue and a good understanding of what’s involved, including the need to meet business objectives, hosting an event at a unique venue offers many outstanding benefits.

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