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If you’ve sat through a 10-minute torment of Dad
jokes, or a never-ending catalogue of clichés
stolen from Google, you’ll understand the art
of speech-writing is not for everyone. The best
speeches are two minutes in length, sincere, with
some humour (if it comes naturally), and tasteful,
without any inside jokes. For corporate events,
keep speeches to a minimum, with keynote
speakers who have a powerful story to tell.
Dress c de
There is nothing worse than feeling
underdressed – wearing flats while
your neighbour is flaunting their
red-sole stillettos. As the host of any
event, it’s courtesy for you to state the
dress code from the get-go.
White tie Ladies wear a floor-length formal
gown with understated accessories; men wear
a tail coat and trousers, cummerbund or vest,
white bow and white gloves.
Black tie Ladies wear a floor-length gown
or knee-length dress, and for men, a bow tie
with a dark tuxedo or dinner suit is expected.
Cocktail A knee-length dress (think a classic
LBD with heels) for ladies. Men can wear suit
pants and a jacket with a dress shirt, with or
without a tie.
Smart-casual A casual dress with
modest heels, or jeans and a dressy top for
ladies; for men, pants and a button-up shirt
with long or short sleeves.
Let's Get Digital
Gone are the days when a designer clutch or coveted watch were the number
one accessory for a night out. These days, the majority of us are glued to our
smart phones, and couldn’t possibly attend an event without these prized
possessions. It’s enough to get any event planner’s blood boiling, but in today’s
digital age there’s really no choice but to embrace our generation’s tech-
heavy habits. Here are our tips to engage your guests, all while they style their
Create a Hashtag Pick something unique and easy to remember. At the
end of the night, you’ll enjoy a feed of all the guest snaps in one location.
Social screens Broadcast a live feed of hashtag posts on a large
projector screen. There will be lots of laughs when your guests see themselves
up in the big lights.
Live streaming The introduction of apps like Periscope and Meerkat
make live streaming easy for corporate events and weddings for a virtual
“Print your event hashtag on the invitation
so that the social media conversation
starts as soon as people receive their
invitation, to build anticipation for the
event. Live Instagram printers are a great
way to encourage guests to snap event
pics and use the official event hashtag.”
– Caitlin Irving and Zara Bryson,
co-directors, Peach & Pineapple Co.
Depending on the nature, scale and location of your
function, arranging transport for guests will earn
serious brownie points.
Uber Visit uber.com/events to plan and purchase
rides home, and decide how much you’ll pay. You’ll
get a custom code you can send out to guests.
Communal buses In regional locations where
its tough to get a taxi, hire a bus to transport your
guests from A to B. Hire companies can pick up and
drop off your guests from a few central locations.
Festoon Lighting Perth
(photography Piotrek Ziolkowski).
Tiffany Keal Creative Studio
(photography Nectarine Photography).
Ultimo Catering & Events.
Ultimo Catering & Events.
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