Wedding Venue Decor Standards Re-Visited

Posted in Coporate event photography, special event photography, Wedding Photography on March 21st, 2015 by John Coxon

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Function room decor standards are especially important these days when couples have ever higher expectations and  those who are guests and protagonists at private function also do .  But those people  also  tend to be active on social media and have quite an appetite for sharing photos and can help build a reputation or damage it  !

As a wedding photographer I not only post hundreds of images from each event on social media and my own website but also, where I feel venues and other wedding service suppliers are  worthy, I will give them free publicity  in separate albums I upload on social media as it is always good to celebrate when people in the industry are doing a great job and to share details of nicely appointed local venues to help couples make an informed choice.

 

Small family run country house hotel, the Rhinewood, near Warrington. Click on image to view album of more shots of the venue.

Small family run country house hotel, the Rhinewood, near Warrington and beautifully appointed function room. Click on image to view album of more shots of the venue.

Now photos taken by professionals and guests posted on social media  can be great  free publicity for nicely appointed venues but does the one’s that could do a lot better no favours and they may indeed already be struggling to attract  new customers for their function room if the place looks shall we say in need of some TLC.

I have been to a few venues as a photographer  that quite frankly have seen better days and often I’d guess actually  struggling to keep open and without exception it is private members  clubs that are the one’s that somehow fall short of expectations from a visual / decor standard perspective.

In such clubs there may well be a conflict of interest between the desire of seasoned members to keep the place the way it is and  maintain the satus quo   and the need for healthier income beyond what is taken over the bars  from regular members and their guests ( income that is realtively modest and is unlikely to grow. ) Invariably  in such venues the actual hospitality is great but the decor just lets them down.

Of course when it comes to ,say,  someone new suggesting that there is a  need to upgrade the decor, where is the cash going to come from ? Will the decision makers see beyond the cost and see it, as they should, as a necessary investment  to sustain the long term  future of the club and to make the place more attractive to potential customers who are looking to hire a room for their function or event?

 

The potential for much needed addtional  income ( on top of  membership fees and the spending of members during the week )  is going to come from events they put on to attract addtional  people in and also  offering function rooms for weddings and other private functions. Such rooms really have to be smart and look the part if the venue is to be competitive.

The reality is the event venue hospitality industry is incredibly competitive these days  even at local level  and people on the look out for a suitable venue are definitley going to shop around and choices need not be constrained by budget because from  the point of view of total wedding costs, venue hire is still relatively inexpensive. The standard of exisiting decor is a really important factor in the choice couples make.

Click image to visit my areas best venue dressing supplier .

Click image to visit my areas best venue dressing supplier .

With most couples now opting for the services of a wedding venue dresser  the basic is chair and table  covers and sashes so the actual furnishings in a venue should not be a problem and such companies also offer wall and ceiling drapes but of course the latter is an additional cost.

Essentially  the best venues have plain light  walls from floor to ceiling in neutral pastel tones with very little “visual clutter ” in terms of pictures and signage and floor to ceiling drapes for windows also in plain neutral colours where there are patio windows and doors or large windows. The not so good venues may , for example have a dadlo rail with a dark colour below and dark patterned wallpaper above . (Where venues are also clubs and temporary posters and notices have been put up this can often lead to damage to the wallpaper and unsightly marks on walls that look awful when they are in the  background of photographs.)

The photo at the top of this entry , courtesy of Elegant Venue dressing is of monton Sports club and is what I would say is a great example of how a venue up for hire for weddings and other private events ought to look and  such well appointed rooms really do make the photographer’s job so much easier because the background looks clean and fresh.  Why not check out the club’s excellent website and hit their function rooms tab to get a glimpse the function spaces they have to offer.  Here is a direct link Monton Sports and Social Club 

HILLHEAD 2014

Posted in construction Industry Photography, Coporate event photography on February 4th, 2013 by John Coxon

HILLHEAD 2014- World class UK exhibition site for quarrying, recycling and construction heavy plant equipment

(Please click on any image for a larger view

I first visited Hillhead in 2010 with photography press credentials in hand following a local demolition and recycling company ( I’d worked for providing PR and Marketing photography expertise) who were exhibiting as amongst other things ,  agents for the prestigious USA heavy plant company Case. That provided me with a number of great general photography opportunities to record the full range of items on display and being demonstrated at this impressive and vibrant event. Samples  of my total coverage during a long but enjoyable full day of working can be seen in slideshow form by following this link to give you a flavour of what to expect at this awesome location and event.

click this image to view a small sample of the hundreds of images I took when covering Hillhead professionally in 2010

click this image to view a small sample of the hundreds of images I took when covering Hillhead professionally in 2010

HILLHEAD 2010

This bi-annual prestigious, superbly organised exhibition site brings together, in huge  place, all sectors of the mineral products and construction industries, including quarrying, mining, recycling, concrete, asphalt and materials handling .

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The biggest trade fair of its kind in the world  it gives visitors from the UK and overseas  a unique opportunity to see the latest plant, equipment, systems and services on static display and, importantly accommodates  a large number of live demonstrations.

Heavy plant vehicles being demonstrated in the appropraite context of an actual quarry.

Heavy plant vehicles being demonstrated in the appropraite context of an actual quarry.

In what was the fifteenth time the exhibition has been run,   2012 saw ever  record numbers of visitors and exhibitors from around the world  with an impressive  429 leading international exhibitors and 17083 visitors up over  2000,  (+10%  )  on attendance figures for  2010. It boasted more  new plant and equipment and more live demonstrations than ever before.

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The unique  showground is based in rugged environment of an actual  quarry , Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry in the Pennine Hills, near Buxton  in Derbyshire  thus facilitating a range of outdoor working demonstrations of heavy plant vehicles and other machinery in a genuine working environment,  It  covers an area of some 140,000m2 and includes outdoor displays, covered pavilions, on site hospitality facilities  and extensive working demonstration areas.

static displays allow potential customers to get hands on experience of new models with expert help at hand from exhibitors.

static displays allow potential customers to get hands on experience of new models with expert help at hand from exhibitors.

Sandvik Construction enjoyed their best ever Hillhead with nearly 3,000 visitors from all corners of the globe coming to their stand during the three show days. Hugh Glandfield, vice-president UK & Ireland for Sandvik Construction, commented: ‘Hillhead has always been the perfect opportunity for us to showcase our product lines and meet our customers, but this year we were truly staggered by vast number of potential new customers and general visitors who came to the Sandvik stand.

Getting up close to exhibits on site

Getting up close to exhibits on site

That demonstrates what makes Hillhead unique, it is the quality of visitors from all over the world  and how many of them see the various products in static and demonstration displays leading to so many solid sales leads for exhibitors. As another example, an obviously thrilled Alex Andrews, marketing development manager at Finning UK, said the company had picked up 1,000 leads on day one and even more on day two. ‘It was a very good show,’ she commented. ‘The foot flow on our stand on the middle day alone was about what we had expected for all three days! There were also a lot more international visitors than we had anticipated.’

Always plenty to see and do at this vibrant event

Always plenty to see and do at this vibrant event

 

As always at Hillhead, the main attraction for many visitors is the multitude of equipment on live display in the showground’s three working demonstration areas. with no shortage of machinery taking part in the action. Nowhere was this more evident than in the ever-expanding quarry face area where around two dozen of the latest wheel loaders, hydraulic excavators and dumptrucks from all the major manufacturers, plus various other items of machinery and equipment, were put through their paces in front of an enthralled audience.

Exhibitors - plenty of great PR photography  opportunities

Exhibitors – plenty of great PR photography opportunities

For an excellent  review in great detail , with full descriptions of the various machinery and vehicles on show and in active demonstrations together with and comments from major exhibitors with reference to the benefits to their business of exhibiting here follow this link from Quarry News  HILLHEAD REVIEW 2012

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The big three day event is next scheduled for June 24th -26th 2014  where it is widely anticipated that will be even bigger and better  and on the strength of previous experience you can have no doubt it will.  Why not visit the exhibitions comprehensive website for list of exhibitors, site and visit plans, direction and accommodation details and up to date industry news and about  additional exhibitors.  HILLHEAD 2014

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Contact me any time  to book my PR and marketing and corporate event  photography services whether you are  a local business or a major manufacturer and or supplier of heavy plant to the kind of industries represented at this exhibition or to work on site on your behalf in Greater Manchester and the North West either by email johncoxon.com@gmail.com  or via my mobile on 07989 300 104 To find out more about my corporate and construction industry PR and marketing photography services please click here :-

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES

click on this image to view some of my photography work for more  local demolition and construction buisnesses

click on this image to view some of my photography work for more local demolition and construction buisnesses

 

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