Venue Payment Scheduling

We’re thrilled to announce our new Venue Payment Scheduling feature!

This major update makes payment management a breeze. Our new section lets venues schedule payments, track cashflow, and manage incoming payments from couples with ease.

You can create templates for various event types, like weddings or private events, and sync them with the event budget. If the budget changes, simply re-sync. Plus, there’s always a manual override for flexibility.

Stay tuned for upcoming additions to this features like full cashflow reporting, accounting integrations, and Open Banking payment options for quick and secure transactions.

If you are not yet signed up to Hostology, click the button below to sign up for a demo!

 

Hostology Investigates: Outsourcing your bar

Do you manage your wedding and event bars in-house or outsource? And what can you expect from outsourcing? We spoke with Ross at The Watering Hole about all things outsourcing and how their bar service is upgrading the wedding venue experience across the UK, delivering a bespoke in-house drinks service tailored for wedding couples and full of advantages for venues.

First off, outsourcing your bar should also mean an enticing commission scheme, complemented by professionally trained event managers and bar teams who expertly handle each wedding, taking the pressure off your team. Ross points to how a good supplier like The Watering Hole can offer a seamless experience; managing everything from glassware provision to licensing, bespoke menus to custom-built bar installations that perfectly match a venue’s unique style. The Watering Hole manages the entire drinks service and all the drink-related communications as standard; from initial booking to the final toast on the wedding night, meaning minimal effort from a busy venue.

It’s also important to look to work with a supplier that shares your venue and your customer’s values, for example around sustainability. The Watering Hole is a carbon-neutral business, striving to achieve B Corp certification and committed to environmental responsibility.

With a diverse array of venues, many in the Hostology network, already reaping the benefits of their premium, hassle-free service, The Watering Hole is clearly doing a lot right! They would be happy to discuss how their practical and elegant solution can help your venue, including a commission scheme to provide an extra income stream throughout the wedding season. You can find out more by visiting their website or contacting Ross at info@thewateringhole-eventbars.co.uk.

Host Add On’s Video

Over the past few months, we’ve been busy with significant updates for Hostology. We’re excited to share the release of our latest feature: the Add-Ons section tailored specifically for your hosts. Now, all your hosts can explore available add-ons for their events, customize their selections, and include pertinent notes directly within the platform.

On the venue side, you’ll receive notifications for any modifications made, allowing you to add internal notes and review any notes from the host. This space is an exciting opportunity to upsell individual items, packages, and other offerings available at your venue!

Carbon Literacy Training

Our team at Hostology has recently finished the Carbon Literacy Training with the Sustainable Wedding Alliance. Over two days, we engaged with fellow industry professionals to learn about the climate crisis and climate justice. We then brainstormed actionable steps to reduce our industry’s impact, considering that the average UK wedding generates a staggering 14.5 tons of CO2!

During the training, we learnt that recognizing the environmental consequences of our actions is the initial step towards meaningful change. And that by becoming carbon literate, we can pinpoint opportunities to cut emissions, reduce waste, and embrace more sustainable practices within our businesses.

The course, along with the resources provided by the Sustainable Wedding Alliance was immensely helpful in starting the conversation around what we can do as a business to make a positive impact in the wedding industry.

We are exciting to start implementing some changes both in our personal lives and in our business practices to reflect what we’ve learnt. We encourage fellow wedding professionals to join us in this important endeavor.

Together, we can create weddings that are not only beautiful but also environmentally responsible.

To find out more about the Carbon Literacy Training click here

Sustainable Wedding Alliance Summit

We had a great time at the Sustainable Wedding Alliance Summit!

Thursday 1st of February we had the pleasure of attending the Sustainable Wedding Alliance Summit. We were delighted to partner with The Sustainable Wedding Alliance and presented an award (and a prize worth £300!) to one of the shortlisted companies for the Sustainable Swap Award: Recognising a product or service that promotes sustainability. One of our founders, Harry Dearden from Pennard House presented the winner of the award Bore Place with a year’s free Hostology Venue subscription.

There were lots of interesting panels and workshops throughout the day with our roadshow partners The Venue Experts who shared lots of insights and Hostology founder Anselm Guise joined the panels to discuss the Rewilding project at Elmore Court. We also met with lots of venues and partners who are working hard to learn more about sustainability and apply it to their businesses.

We already can’t wait for next year!

 

 

  


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