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Covid19 pandemic has completely changed wedding planning ideas and you might be asking yourself if you should rearrange your wedding plans due to corona virus. I will also talk about what other wedding suppliers are dicussing when it come to uk weddings returning to normal after the corona virus pandemic is over.
Suppliers are all chatting about whats happening and when, so I openly chat about what everyone is thinking about!
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Things are slowly picking up, a few enquiries are arriving to the inbox. Although I haven’t been sitting around doing nothing during lock down. I have still been thinking about how I can add something to future events, particulars weddings. If I cannot do this currently as a performer, I can still share my knowledge to those who are planning their weddings.
Planning a wedding isn’t actually that hard if you have the experience from being at 1000s of previous events. Unfortunately many couples don’t have this experience to hand. So the big announcement is that from this week I will be sharing my tips and advice to help couples with their wedding planning. Absolutely for free! So just click on the link to my first video and I will tell you more about what is coming up.
I want to share my 20+ years experience of working in the event industry to couples planning their weddings or even just private parties. I will be releasing a new video roughly every week with loads of tips and secrets to help with your wedding planning. Tips of the Wedding industry from a suppliers point of view.
Ideas that will help you with your planning and keeping your day running smoothly. Secrets on how to get the most from your suppliers and even save you money!!
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Welcombe to 2020! No its not a spelling mistake! (See below!) Just as things quieten down following the business of December and Christmas it is time to start to get organised as the wedding fayre season kicks in!
Its been busy right from the start of the new decade. First starting with a wedding fayre on first weekend of the year and a fayre every weekend since.
My routine is something like this…Maybe a busy Saturday or a gig on Saturday evening. Then a wedding fayre on Sunday. Monday look through and recall everyone I have chatted to on the day before. Send out some details and quotes if they have asked. A trip to the Magic Circle club night on that evening. Tuesday and Wednesday follow up ay other quotes, a bit or prop building and the usual distractions. Then from Thursday and Friday its thinking again about the next wedding fayre.
So when i think about January I usually think about chilling, recovering and getting things back in order! The reality is, the more time I have the more time I have to think about new ideas and getting creative. So I just get busier!!
This weekend will be a very nice wedding Fayre at the Welcombe Hotel in Stratford. on Avon I love this venue and already with just 6 weeks into the new year it is my second visit. The first was for a lovely corporate event in the second week of January!! So it truly has so far been a Welcombe 2020! Maybe see you there!!
As for creative ideas, the next update will be a hand idea for helping to plan your event!! See you soon or at the Welcombe!!!
Yesterday I was at The Midlands Wedding Show. This is a great show organised by Just Exhibitions www.midlandweddingshow.com There were over 250 brides and couples through the doors and it was great to be able to chat to so many of them.
To generalise most of the conversations fall into the categories of either, “No we haven’t thought about our entertainment yet..” or “How does having a magician work at a wedding..” with a few “Yes we have already booked someone” or “We love the idea, we are just looking for the right magician”. However one conversation stood out for me yesterday along the lines “ We really like to have a magician because we know it works so well. However, a relative recently had a magician and they were awful, the tricks were ok but it just was a little bit flat and not very good. So we want to make sure that we have the right person.”
We had a really nice chat about not just what I do but also about entertainment for events and weddings generally. It was great to be able to chat about what for me is the most important part of supplying not just entertainment but a complete service, also what make the difference between get what you pay for and not getting what you don’t pay for.
I hear so often about the soaring costs of weddings, and often this is because people know how important it is to get the basics right or when you are able to see the benefits of a higher priced item such as table decoration or flowers etc. But with entertainment it’s easy to think that a band is any band singing the same songs or a magician is just a guy doing tricks.
I believe the quality in the product goes far beyond the tricks. Although saying this a good percentage of the tricks that I perform variations of have been used on the “… Got Talent” shows across the world to secure places in the series finals. So thats a fairy good start! Ultimately It’s the bottom line basics that make that extra difference and you should make sure you look out for when booking.
A good booking system including plenty of wedding information to make sure not faux pas are made on the day plus good communication leading up to your day.
Arriving in plenty of time to be ready to start on time. In my experience things can also start early as often as running over!!
A smart appearance, some magicians may try and stand out from a regular wedding guest but I believe smart, tie and suit is always the best option, particularly at a wedding. After a short while if people are laughing and enjoying what it happening you soon get noticed as the entertainer.
Of course Public Liability and membership of trade bodies go without saying…but i just did!
Most importantly performing magic should always be entertaining and not about just bemusing an audience or talking through whats happening. It should be engaging, fun to watch and be part of what is happening. That not only about the personality and charisma of the performer but also experience, likability and sense of humour.
So if you are looking for entertainment make sure you are not just thinking about the trick or songs being played being a professional with experience goes far beyond that and it what will ultimately make you wedding Amazing!
Well we are finally getting from boxes to organised, in-between the chaos have been some really great gigs. A corporate event for Morgan Sindal at the lovely venue ofCoombe Abbey in coventry. I even picked up a review on the facebook page! always a bonus.
The highlight tho over the past week was a lovely wedding in St Albans. The family had chosen a Barn Converted social club, which was really quite unique. The family was lovely and also quite large as it was part Irish, the booking was described as multi-cultural! The Catering was provided by a pig roast buffet! Simple and effective and the sun shone and the day was amazing.
I was booked as a surprise magician by the father of the bride for his daughter. When she first met me the bride was visibly stressed and having something she hadn’t planned could have been very awkward. However, she soon realised how I fit in and was already by that point getting great feedback from her friends and family who I had already been entertaining while she was having photos. I simply let her know that I was there to help her enjoy the day let her friends be entertained while she go on with meeting everyone and enjoying her day. She instantly relaxed which was a real pleasure to see happen.
Sometimes, having the experience of having been at so many events its really easy to see the bigger picture and help guide things in the right direction. I think that this was possibly one of those moments. It just needed a the family to know or hear the words someone say something like “I got this! Its cool!”
So it was not the high expense wedding of a big 4 star hotel, but you wouldn’t know! However, if you don’t have the hotel you may also miss out on a restaurant manager or Wedding coordinator to help things keep moving along or getting guests to the buffet in order or introducing the speeches! There are several options to help this. Maybe hire a toast master, this can be superb but sometimes may feel a bit too official unless you get the right one for the job. Alternatively there is always the magician who knows how to use a microphone, the order of the day and how to encourage guests to follow the order of the day and enjoy themselves!
I have seen the day happen so many times when I was asked to fill in these gaps it was a absolute honour to be able to step in and help. This is also why I ask for all the timings of the day and names of important guests on my booking form. The just in case need to be prepared mentality! You will always see the words on many a website for magicians; “A magician will bring your guest together and fill in the gaps etc etc” Yes there are lots of magicians capable of this but personally I take pride in being able to carry that tool kit that is ready for everything. The tool kit labeled experience! Being able to see the bigger picture, step in and help with what ever might be needed on the day and most importantly make sure what I do fits in perfectly on the day to make it 100% personal for the Bride and Groom and professional.
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