HAVING a special occasion to look forward to is always exciting - unless you have the unenviable task of organising everything. In that case, leaving it in the hands of the experts can be a weight off your shoulders.
Four years ago, David Barratt set up Orchid Event Management to do just that. The company will co-ordinate all the different aspects of staging an event and make sure every last detail is taken care of - from something as simple as hiring a DJ and lights to stepping in to manage an entire project from start to finish.
David founded the business to put his eye for a well-staged event to good use, sourcing suppliers and specialists that he could call upon to ensure everything runs smoothly.
He said: "Since I was very young I've been fascinated by stage productions and concerts and how they did the lighting and the set so I decided to put that to good use and set up, at first, supplying disco equipment and lighting for events such as birthday parties and wedding receptions.
"Sometimes, I'd simply provide the equipment and leave them to it, or I could find a DJ to host the party. From there, people started asking me if I could help out with other things, and so I began to link up with the likes of caterers and marquee hire firms."
Today, Orchid Event Management can help organise an entire event, calling upon its database of entertainers, caterers, venues, florists and the like so that clients can discuss their options with David and then leave everything in his hands. Soon to be added to that list is hot tub hire - giving hosts the opportunity to enjoy extra bubbles with their champagne without having to go to the expense and hassle of buying and installing a tub.
Corporate clients looking to stage product launches, awards events or conferences benefit from being able to outline their needs and then turn up on the day, ready to get started.
"There's no pressure from me about what the client wants or needs," said David. "If they just need lighting and a sound system, they can hire that, but all too often people are busy enough without having to organise a whole event themselves, so they welcome a bit of expert help."
Find out more about Orchid Event Management on 01832 735970 or 07936 667645 or visit the website www.orchideventmanagement.co.uk