April 15, 2020 8:19 am

Blog Post 15/04/2020

How to boost the ‘Instagramability’ of your big birthday bash

Wedding & Party Planning Blog.

While we’ve used the word ‘Instagramability’ at the top of this blog post, we really could have said ‘Facebook sharability’, ‘retweetability’ or even just ‘visual appeal’, as we’re essentially talking about the same thing. In short, how can you make your upcoming birthday party a feast for the eyes, and something that people will want to get their smartphones out to photograph or film?

Here are some of our recommended ways to achieve exactly that.

Find a suitably stunning venue

Of course, everyone wants to hire a birthday party venue that will make guests’ jaws drop! However, you might worry that the most visually spectacular venue will also be the most expensive.

That’s why you might want to get imaginative about the type of event venue that you book, considering such aspects as any extra ‘hidden’ costs, crucial services that might be included in the venue hire price, and what overarching theme you may have for the event (which we will cover in greater detail below).

Come up with an interesting theme- CLICK HERE

Whether the person celebrating their birthday will be five, 35 or 65, it often helps to give you some direction as far as the event’s visual style is concerned, if you decide on an overall theme first.

If it’s a kid’s birthday that you’re organising, for instance, your little one might love the idea of a castle or zoo theme, which could have implications for the specific venue you book. As for adults, perhaps the birthday boy or girl in question is especially arty, or a history buff?

A theme will help to spur ideas for all of those crucial little visual aspects of the event, ranging from the design of the invitations to the choice of food and what other activities might be planned for the party.

Think of obvious ‘focal points’ or ‘centrepieces’ CLICK HERE

Cast your mind back to all of the birthday parties, engagement parties and similar events you’ve attended (or didn’t attend!) that gained serious traction on social media. There’s a good chance that you’ll especially remember that spectacular white dancefloor, that flower wall or those light-up numbers or letters.

Sure enough, these are all items that we enable you to hire here at Save the Date – but there’s also the not-insignificant option of Magic Mirror photobooth hire in Essex, London or Hertfordshire. These photobooths are certainly visually spectacular, but they’re also easy and lots of fun for event attendees to use. Plus, the images they produce are sure to go nicely on social media!

Call the Save the Date team now on 07854 45776 or send us an email to find out more about our well-priced hire services and packages for whatever big bash you’re planning this year or beyond. We’ll add all of the little (and big) touches required to make your next event memorable for all of the right reasons!

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What are some of the best ways to promote a private event?

March 18, 2020 2:58 pm

Now, before we go any further, you might be wondering why you’d need to promote a private event – such as a birthday, engagement party or company party – all that much. After all, it’s a private event… depending on what exact event you’re organising, you’ll presumably be inviting the likes of your colleagues, friends and family, rather than expecting pop stars or Hollywood actors to show up.

However, the ‘private’ nature of such an event doesn’t necessarily mean promotion won’t come into the picture at all. The reality is that there are ways to drum up hype about your upcoming event among the people that matter, beyond simply sending them paper or emailed invitations.

So, here are a few of the methods we reckon you should try.

Determine your target audience

Whether it’s a promotional event, birthday, wedding or any similar private function, you’ll first want to be sure of who this event will be for.

Are you looking to holding a corporate event for select members of a specific industry, for instance, or will this be a ‘friends and family’ affair? And if it’s the latter, which members of your extended family – who you might not even be in regular touch with – will you need to contact?

Use the appropriate channels to reach out to possible attendees

One other reason why it’s so crucial to pick out a target audience first, is that this, in turn, will enable you to use the right channels for getting in touch with them, instead of wasting your time promoting your event through channels that hardly anyone in your target audience uses.

Thankfully, in today’s world, there are very few people who aren’t online in some capacity, so this is a good place to start. Consider, then, all of those messaging and chat capabilities that such platforms as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have, as well as any email contact lists you have.

Consider how to bulk up the invitee list with relevant people

So, you’ve done all of the above, but the list of potential guests is still looking a little sparse. What’s next? Well, we’d suggest extending your reach a bit.

You might look back at who has attended events you’ve organised previously. Or if you have literally never planned a private event before, you could consider who went to your sister’s recent engagement party, or what firms turned up to your rival’s promotional event… you get the idea.

Alternatively, of course, you could reach out to the wider world, promoting your event with a social media hashtag that could then continue to be used through the event itself.

As part of this, you might allow people to enquire about your event online, rather than revealing location and date details straight away, so that you can select the guests you feel would be most desirable and appropriate.

Make a big fuss about what will make your event special

Will your company be holding this event to show off a new product or service, or to celebrate a major milestone? Maybe it’s Joe’s 30th, or Angela and Tom’s 25th anniversary? What about the event itself – will there be a particular in-demand entertainer there, or a respected speaker? Maybe the venue will be one worth getting really excited about, or there’ll be certain cuisine served there?

Looking to our own services here at Save the Date, it might cross your mind to hire a Magic Mirror photobooth, too. One of these could be just the thing for helping to ‘break the ice’ between guests who might otherwise be hesitant to talk to each other – especially if they’re complete strangers.

In fact, you don’t have to look far to hire a Magic Mirror photobooth at a great price. Simply call 07854 457776 or email to learn more about this, or any of our other sought-after hire items or packages. They could well be the big factor that helps to make your next promotional event memorable for all of the right reasons!



Add ‘pizzazz’ to your wedding for a great price, with a Magic Mirror photobooth

March 11, 2020 4:13 pm

What are the best ways to make your wedding feel like a step above the rest? Granted, you’re probably not exactly getting married to be competitive with anyone. However, it’s also true that those savvy little touches can make a huge difference to how memorable your wedding turns out to be.

You might make certain culinary choices, for example, that are a slight departure from the norm, or go for a big-name band or DJ. And of course, others find themselves spending a lot on the venue, reasoning that the setting in which they tie the knot will be the most important thing of all.

There’s a common thread through all of these ‘additions’ to a wedding, however – how heinously expensive they can be. So, it’s great to know there’s at least one way you can enhance your wedding that will definitely turn heads and get people talking, without necessarily costing the Earth.

That thing is a Magic Mirror photobooth!

Eye-catching, simple to use, and just loads of fun

A Magic Mirror photobooth is, as the name suggests, a photobooth, but we aren’t talking about unglamorous passport photobooths here. Instead, we’re referring to a giant selfie mirror that resembles the kind of large framed mirror you might expect to find in many prestigious wedding venues.

What’s more, a Magic Mirror is interactive – sort-of like a giant smartphone. All that anyone who comes across one of these photobooths needs to do, is tap away at it to take pictures of themselves and anyone with them. The resultant images can then be printed out straight away.

There are quite a few ways to hire a Magic Mirror from us

Save the Date is a leading provider of wedding essentials like neon signs, flower walls, chair covers, white starlit dancefloors and light-up numbers around southern England.

The situation’s no different when you are interested in Magic Mirror photobooth hire in Essex, Hertfordshire or London. You can hire one of our selfie mirrors independently for several hours, at a highly competitive price… or you could take advantage of one of our great-value event packages.

Regardless, you’ll get a very fun addition to your wedding, for not that much outlay. Magic Mirrors from Save the Date are easy to use, allow for single or multiple shots, and print images straight away. In addition, you’ll have a USB stick containing all photos sent to you no later than two weeks after the wedding.

We can also set up your Magic Mirror at the event, and provide the services of an experienced attendant – all of which further underlines the reasonableness of our pricing for this in-demand bit of kit for weddings like yours.

Contact the Save the Date team today, to discuss your requirements in relation to Magic Mirror photobooth hire in Essex, London or Hertfordshire. When you do, you’ll be able to learn more about just what you get for your money as a result of choosing us!



Don’t make these mistakes when hiring a Magic Mirror photobooth

March 10, 2020 10:18 am

It’s fair to say that Magic Mirror photobooths have attracted a lot of hype lately. They’ve been described as a revolution in the events industry – and even if you wouldn’t go quite as far as seeing them that way, there’s no question that they’re a lot of fun to hire and use.

If, then, you have a wedding, engagement party, birthday party, company party, promotional event or similar function coming up, you might have understandably decided that you’d like to hire a Magic Mirror photobooth for your big bash.

On paper, a Magic Mirror photobooth might seem so simple that you could scarcely go wrong with it. Here at Save the Date, we’d slightly disagree. Below are some of the errors we would advise you against making if you fancy hiring one of these (undoubtedly very cool) photobooths.

  1. Hiring one without any props

It’s not just the Magic Mirror photobooth itself that lends it that… well, magic. If you’re looking to hire a Magic Mirror photobooth, you should check that it will come with props for the photobooth’s users to pose with when they’re taking those snaps you’ll all be looking back on for a lifetime.

Here at Save the Date, we take pride in offering a broad assortment of fun props with our Magic Mirrors – and definitely not just the overly obvious, tacky ones.

  1. Trying to operate it entirely on your own

Magic Mirrors may be wonderfully simple for your event attendees to use, but they’re still technological devices, so there’s always scope for unexpected issues to emerge.

That’s why we’d really urge you to purchase a Magic Mirror hire package that also gives you the services of an experienced attendant on the day. And yep, that will be very much the case if you choose to hire your Magic Mirror photobooth from Save the Date!

  1. Forgetting to create an event hashtag

So, you’ve got what’s effectively a giant smartphone (of sorts) taking pictures of your guests throughout your event. As a result, you can be sure that loads of photos will be created of your event – but do you have an easy means of sharing it all?

One way could be to encourage your guests to share their photos on social media, or you could post some of your favourites yourself.

Either way, for social platforms like Twitter and Instagram, it can be a really good idea to create an event hashtag – whether it’s something as informal as #EmmasBirthday2020 or as formal as #CGLMKeynote20 – that everyone posting your event photos online can use.

This, in turn, will make life easier for those wishing to see all of your event images in one place, as they’ll simply have to click on the hashtag to be presented with all of the pictures together.

Don’t look anywhere else for this in-demand event essential

As you can hopefully see, there are definitely certain steps you can take to ward off any issues, hiccups or missed opportunities when you hire a Magic Mirror photobooth from a company like ours.

Complete and submit our straightforward online contact form or call 07854 457776 today, and you’ll be able to find out more about our own great-value, responsive and complete Magic Mirror photobooth hire service.



4 things not to forget when organising a promotional event

March 5, 2020 10:22 am

Promotional and corporate events have long been invaluable for generating a ‘buzz’ about a particular brand, product, service or other initiative or development. Indeed, when you are planning such an event yourself, the right diligence and ideas can help to ensure the hype far outlasts the event itself.

There are, though, always certain things that can be easily forgotten when you are organising a promotional event, even if those things are just ‘finishing touches’.

Here are a few examples of what we mean.

The theme

You might not think your promotional event really needs a ‘theme’, but many event organisers find that it helps them to create a strong focus for every aspect of the event in question – from the venue and the decor to the event schedule.

Might your own event theme be ‘love’, ‘travel’, ‘summer’ or something completely different? And how closely might that theme tie in with the products or services that you wish to promote at the event? It’s very much up to you…

An event social media hashtag

It’s common these days for corporate event organisers to create a hashtag for use on Twitter and other social networks, to help to bring together all of the social updates from the event.

Whether your event hashtag is simply an acronym followed by the year – for example, #CES2020 – or refers in some way to the venue or the product or service being launched, you should ensure it is unique and used widely throughout your own social updates about the event. The latter will encourage others to use it in much the same way with their own photos, videos and comments.

All of the equipment and associated items you’ll need

What we are referring to here is not so much the luxurious or fun extras, but instead those things you’ll require at the event if there aren’t to be major practical problems.

Will you have enough chairs and tables ready for the number of guests you are expecting, for example? What about name tags for keeping track of and identifying your attendees, or all of the practical supplies that any hired guest speaker or DJ will need?

A Magic Mirror photobooth

If you’ve heard of Magic Mirrors before or even played around with one, you might associate them much more readily with weddings and birthday parties than with promotional events.

That doesn’t have to be the case, though! Indeed, the very tendency for corporate or promotional events to sometimes feel a little ‘dry’ or ‘stiff’ is precisely why you might want to give some serious thought to Magic Mirror photobooth hire in Essex, Hertfordshire or London.

This is a service that we are delighted to be able to provide at a highly competitive price here at Save the Date. And let’s be honest – Magic Mirrors are just so fun and easy to use, that they’re great for bringing people together who might not otherwise be inclined to socialise with each other.

Take advantage of three hours’ Magic Mirror photobooth hire in Essex, London or Hertfordshire from our team, and there will be no limit during that period to how much the photobooth can be used. We’ll provide a wide range of props and the services of an experienced attendant, too.

Call us now on 07854 457776 or complete and submit our online contact form to find out more about how a Magic Mirror could be the perfect complement to your own next promotional or corporate event – and just how good-value this service can be.