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Planning your funeralThe traditional Victorian funeral with the horse-drawn hearse, a burial in a churchyard, and people wearing black is rapidly dying out. Now, people want to design their own funerals and scatter their ashes where they please.

Directing one’s own funeral down to the smallest detail is becoming the latest trend. Crying mourners, drab black clothing and sombre graveyards are too morbid for some people who would prefer that their final send-off be a celebration of their life. With pre-paid funeral packages, they can tailor their goodbye ceremony to fit their personality and values.

Fancy Dress Funerals

If formal dress is not their thing, they could insist guests wear something more fun. Funerals have been carried out with guests dressed as Vikings, Star Wars and Only Fools and Horses characters. Superhero dress-ups are also gaining attraction, so if the decedent was a Marvel or DC fan, the family could ask the guests to dress as Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Women or the X-Men. The dress can be used to accentuate the interests of the deceased.

At-Home Ceremonies

Approximately one in three funerals now takes place away from a church or crematorium, being arranged instead at the deceased’s former home or back garden. This brings a level of intimacy that more formal funeral arrangements cannot bring and allows family and friends to remember them in their own way. They can also save money by making tea and sandwiches instead of paying for an expensive reception venue.

Scattering Ashes Almost Anywhere

More than 70% of British people choose cremation. One of the reasons for this is the versatility it brings. Ashes can be scattered almost anywhere. Requests have been made to scatter them at football clubs, cricket grounds, in woods, on mountains or wherever the person’s favourite spot was. Scattering ashes at sea is also possible for beach lovers or keen sailors.

No matter how they would like to do it, having a pre-paid funeral plan will allow people to organise every detail just like a wedding.

Dinner Table At A Wedding ReceptionCompared to the traditional feasts that massive party after a wedding ceremony, cocktail receptions are growing in popularity because of its simplicity. The atmosphere is more relaxed and calm, providing guests an opportunity to mingle with others. They are also more affordable, less time-consuming, and offer greater flexibility when choosing a venue.

While cocktail receptions are a rather unconventional way to celebrate the union of a couple, they can offer a more pleasant experience. You don’t need to worry so much about a seating chart and you can focus on spending time with friends and family, and enjoying the celebration.

The Regatta Hotel briefly discusses the concept of a cocktail wedding reception and some tips on planning them:

Food to Serve

As cocktail receptions are a late-afternoon kind of thing, you can serve smaller dishes or hors d’oeuvres. Plan a selection of smaller-bite meals and make sure to pump up the volume and the variety of foods you serve. You can also choose to have an open bar or offer only wine, champagne, and mixed drinks.

Setup and Table Arrangements

The main idea of a cocktail reception is to allow guests to mingle, eat, and enjoy. Avoid assigned seating and let guest sit wherever they please. Set up chairs and tables through the reception area or use benches and banquettes to create a few lounge areas. Make sure there is enough seating to accommodate all of your guests.

Music or Entertainment

You don’t need to hire a DJ or a live band to perform at the reception, especially if you don’t have budget. A specialty singer or a string trio will actually do. If you have budget for music, however, a live band or a DJ is a great idea. You can also have a photo booth or a portrait station for your guests throughout the evening.

Reception Invitations

Cocktail receptions are usually held at around 4 pm or close to dinner hour. This is why it is important to clarify the food you will serve at the event. Include it in the invites and use simple and straightforward language. You can ask them to join you for hors d’oeuvres or cocktails after the ceremony.

Create a more enjoyable and relaxed post-ceremony party with a cocktail wedding reception. Choose the right venue and plan tasty dishes to make sure that everyone has a wonderful time.

reliable virtual assistantHome based jobs are a growing trend among the working class. It holds great appeal for many reasons. As many people today may not be amenable to regular working hours, the flexibility of home-based jobs makes it appealing.

More than being appealing to employees, though, it offers many benefits for employers, as well. Businesses are starting to depend on work from home employees. After all, it saves you the trouble of having to rent office space. You get flexibility in terms of employment conditions, and it is a cost-effective way of filling out your roster.

Here is a closer look at some of the most important benefits home employees can give to your business:

Flexible Employment Terms

As an employer, you want to make as many cost-effective decisions as you can. Hiring home-based employees offers you the opportunity for flexibility. You can hire a quality virtual assistant for only the period when you will need them. This also reduces the effects of contractual obligations.

Virtual Office Space

You do not need to have a physical base of operations. You can operate from different locations that are most convenient for your employees. This is especially attractive to people who want to avoid the hectic rush hour traffic. On your end, you save resources because there is no need to set up an appropriate workplace for them.

Virtual Connectivity

Through the Internet, you can connect with different levels of your team. This provides an atmosphere that is more conducive to productivity. As employees are able to work in environments most convenient for them, the level of output is increased. While everyone works at their own pace, you get to monitor progress to be sure that you meet deadlines.

Keep these benefits in mind. Hiring home-based employees to fill out your staff is a good way to balance productivity and cost-saving measures. Your employees will work at optimum levels and your business will thrive in the end.

sign makersEvents are a great way to generate a beneficial buzz for your business, but it’s also a costly venture. You’d have to worry about the venue, theme, flow of the event, food and beverages, speakers, registration fees, giveaways, and dates. To top it all off, you have to spread the word that you’re holding a certain event to create some ROI.

Advertising is an effective but costly effort, so every prudent entrepreneur should know how to promote on a shoestring budget.

Score sponsors

Finding sponsors is your best bet in presenting an event on a tight budget, as they would either provide you some form of service or cash to compensate their participation in the occasion. This is an ideal choice, especially if you want media coverage. You can partner with local news outfits and organisations who would help promote your event, all in exchange of co-promoting their events or their logo on your marketing collateral. When you exploit this channel, you could launch press releases, conferences, and even get radio or TV spots for the upcoming occasion.

Use the business as a vehicle

Your business is the strongest mouthpiece you have at the moment, and you could use that to your advantage. Some quality corflute signs outside your brick-and-mortar store in Brisbane and promotional stickers on the company vehicle could already give you some presence in the local community. With this method, you harness your main client base: the residents in your firm’s vicinity.

Tap all networks

One reason some events flop is that the owner fails to exhaust all efforts to access all the networks they have at their disposal. Your sponsors aren’t your only audience, as you should expand the efforts to the general public – including those who don’t even buy your products or services.

Take the campaign in social media. Your business should have at least a Facebook, Twitter, and local directory page that you could use to spread the word online. Come up with some promo events like raffles with interesting prizes you wouldn’t have to spend a lot for to draw more attention.

Advertising is all about grabbing the attention of your audience, and even if it’s just a one-time event, make sure that you spread awareness about your brand. Remember that your marketing campaign shouldn’t be costly, as it’s only a matter of strategy to have a hit event without going overboard on the budget.

Resources:

http://www.fabsigns.com.au/screen-printing-corflute-signs/
http://www.idealist.org/info/Nonprofits/Dev2
http://www.allbusiness.com/business-marketing-collateral/16692256-1.html


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