Hiring A Minibus For A Private Event

As a wedding planner, one of the smartest bits of advice I’ve ever given a couple is to hire a minibus. That’s right – forget the flowers, the cakes, the dancing – if people don’t arrive safely and on time, and get home safely afterwards, pall is cast over the whole wedding.

Rehearsal Dinner

Maybe you have maps printed off for each of the members of the wedding party. They can see where the venue for the rehearsal dinner is located, and how to get there. But, what about Grandma and Grampa? They’re not here, yet? They just got lost, and were 30 minutes late. Maybe your auntie stopped at a yard sale on the way, but the last half hour has been terrible.

After the dinner, maybe Uncle Louie is to sauced to drive, and belligerent about it, to boot. This is why I always recommend hiring a minibus for private events. You can load everyone onto the bus at the wedding venue and get them all to the restaurant on time. You can then deliver them safely home afterward. They can pick up their cars when they’re sober.

Bachelor Party

The same applies to the bachelor party. I’ve actually expanded my business to help plan for safe transit to and from the bachelor party, so that there are no tragedies on the eve of the wedding.

Family Reunion

Maybe now you can see how this tactic can apply to other private events. Hiring your own, private shuttle to the airport or train station can safely bring family members to the rendezvous point, pick them up at hotels, and deliver them back to their hotels safely after the festivities.


Think about it from your end, as a visitor to a strange area. Say you’re going to meet up with a bunch of friends at a well known location, and carpool. You’ll follow each other to the destination, each car loaded to the max and burning petrol by the carload. Or, you can hire a minibus to meet your group at the meeting spot. Everyone loads onto the minibus, and you all arrive at your destination at the same time, with less petrol expenditure. It’s much more convenient than forming an envoy in unfamiliar territory.


Hiring transportation for your event is also much safer. Driving on unfamiliar roads is dangerous, at best, but when most event serve alcohols, you’re adding a dangerous variable to the situation. With paid transportation, you can be assured that your guests arrive safely home. It also helps to keep cars off the road, which is always safer.


Skip the expense of multiple rental cars and parking permits. Many family reunions, for instance, have a budget to which each family member contributes. Use some of this money to hire the transport, and the guests won’t have the added expense of taxis and petrol. Give the idea a thought, and you’ll see – hiring transportation for your party makes good sense.  

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Steve Holt likes to talk about opportunities that can save you money. He is currently a part time mechanic for a company called Falcon Vehicle Solutions. He maintains some of the minibuses they have in use.

Why Marquees Can Be Great For A Family Gathering

Family reunions, anniversary parties, birthday parties, and weddings are all great for families to get together. Most of these events require a great deal of careful planning if you want them to run smoothly. When you plan this event, there is a simple step you can take to greatly improve the accommodations around the venue for the gathering. Your family gathering can be more comfortable and easier to find simply by renting a marquee.


Public Spaces

Many city parks will have a pavilion that you can reserve for your family gathering. However, if you don’t beat everyone else to the pavilion, your plans may be defeated. That’s not necessary, though, if you rent a marquee. The rental company will come out in advance of your party and install the marquee. This not only will provide an obvious gathering place for your family, it will also mark the territory were your family will be getting together. It can be disastrous to plan your party at a certain place in the park, only to arrive and find that someone else “beat you to it”.

Private Gardens

So often, you have plenty of garden space to hold your gathering, but no facilities for guests. A marquee may cover most of your garden, but it will create the cover you need to enjoy the festivities. Food, drink, dining, and even dancing can be installed under the marquee.

Benefits of a Marquee

From a practical standpoint, a well-chosen marquee will protect your activities from changes in the weather. Granted, a gale-force wind may be disastrous, but you may find that a gentle shower, rather than ruining your party, will make it all the more festive. As for shade, it can be 10 degrees cooler under a marquee, in comparison to being in full sun.

Another practical reason to hire a marquee is that it makes your location much easier to find. It increases visibility for blocks, making it simpler for people to find you if you are in a park or public garden. It’s also handy if you know there will be children present, because they will be able to find their way back if they wander off – they’ll just look for the marquee.

No Hassle

When you rent a marquee, quite often the rental company will reserve your venue for you. Clear this with them, first, so that you don’t have double reservations. They will then come and set up the structure, and when the party is over, they’ll come and take it down. What better way is there to provide a landmark and shelter without lifting a finger!

Your rental company will also be the one to set up any flooring you want in the marquee. This will be necessary if you plan to dance. They may also bring chairs and tables, as well. Some caterers even provide marquees, so check with your caterer to see if they can provide this service.

For your next get-together, look into getting a marquee. It can be the wisest move you make.

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Nina Edwards is a huge fan of family events and keeping close to your relatives. She helps part time at http://mineheadmarquees.co.uk/ where she enjoys designing and decorating the interiors for marquee events. 

Great Ways To Liven Up Your Festivities

If you’re thinking about having a party or celebration of some sort then you may be considering ways to liven it up and add excitement to the procedures. You’re obviously going to want to create a memorable experience for your guests and ensure that they look forward to the next party you host.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by introducing and letting off fireworks during the evening portion of your party, and there is a large selection of fireworks for you to choose from. Different fireworks produce different audio and visual effects, so it’s important to spend some time reading up about what the different products do.

You will also need to consider the space you have to let the fireworks off, as certain fireworks require a minimum space due to safety regulations. Remember, fireworks have an explosive element and as such safety is extremely important. Always follow the instructions printed on the packaging and ensure that minors and pets are kept well away from a lit firework.

Your guest’s safety is your responsibility, and you need to ensure that they are not put in harm’s way.

Popular Fireworks

fireworks displayFireworks were originally invented by the Chinese over a thousand years ago as they looked for new ways to heighten excitement during their celebrations. In the years since fireworks have gone on to become the number one accompaniment to parties and festivities all over the world. As a result it’s quite easy to locate fireworks, and there are probably many retailers in your area who stock them.

However, for safety reasons, I recommend that you avoid buying your fireworks from local sellers and instead source them from a reputable company such as Fireworks Crazy. This will guarantee that the products are of the highest quality and there are no faults or problems with the product’s design.


Rockets are generally considered to be the most popular type of firework sold today and are available in a range of audio and visual effects. These products consist of a fuse attached to a body which in turn is connected to a thin straight stick or rod, which is pressed into the ground and keeps the product pointing skyward.

When the rocket ignites it shoots off into the sky and explodes after five to ten seconds.

Roman Candles

These are also very popular but are quite different to rockets. A roman candle consists of a large candle-like holder with a fuse sticking out from the top. The candle remains on the ground and instead shoots out one or more coloured sparks between ten and fifteen feet into the air.

There is a large variation in the style and sizes available, and you can also buy roman candle barrages which are made up of a number of candles that shoot at the same time.


These are similar to the roman candles in that they remain stationary, but unlike a candle fountains produce a multitude of colourful sparks for a short period of time. Fountains are quite soft in their audio output and produce a soft crackling noise.

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James Murphy is an entertainment blogger with a strong knowledge of ways to make a party memorable for all present. James enjoys spending his free time visiting art galleries and museums.

Aberdeen And The Surrounding Areas For Families

Aberdeen beach, ScotlandAberdeen beach

Scotland’s third most populous city stands proudly on the coast of the North Sea. Aberdeen combines all the amenities of a modern metropolis with all the charm of a historic destination. As far as activities and sights are concerned, Aberdeen is a very family-friendly location with plenty of places that children will find fascinating and fun. The city is conveniently located midway between Edinburgh and Inverness, making it an ideal place to stop on a Scottish road trip holiday.


Aberdeen sits right on the border of Scotland’s castle country and is located within an hour’s drive of over 300 castles where children can exercise their imagination and pretend to be royalty for the day. The most famous in the region is Balmoral Castle, where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert once shared a romantic weekend together. Just a few miles down the road is the distinctively pink Craigievar Castle, which would not look out of place in a Walt Disney film. The best way to see multiple castles in a day is by car, and tourists planning on visiting Aberdeen should consider car hire if they plan on getting the most out of their trip. Rental cars can be easily booked from Aberdeen’s airport where you’ll find all the major national companies like National Car represented.

Satrosphere Science Centre

A trip to the Satrosphere Science Centre just outside central Aberdeen is a must for anyone with a passion for science. Specifically catered to children, it may even inspire some kids to grow up to be scientists themselves. In a departure from traditional, stuffy museums, Satrosphere features interactive exhibits that illustrate how science is present and relevant in our everyday lives. Children (and adults) have the opportunity to learn about everything from basic scientific principles, to more abstracted topics like the environment and our ecosystem.

The Beach

Aberdeen lays claim to a stunning golden sand beach that is a favourite amongst both locals and visitors. Aberdeen Beach is lined with excellent family friendly attractions, including Codonas Amusement Park and Queen’s Link. Between the two, you’ll find great restaurants, cinemas and amusement park rides and games that offer fun for the whole family. Of course, the stunning North Sea is not to be neglected. Aberdeen has become known as a great place to view bottlenose dolphins in the wild. Dolphins can often be seen right from the shore, but if you want a closer glimpse you can take part in a nature cruise where it’s possible not only to see dolphins and whales, but adorable puffins and a variety of other seabirds as well.

Aberdeen Fish Market

If you can get your kids up early enough, consider taking them to the Aberdeen Fish Market. This colourful market has been around for centuries and offers a glimpse into modern maritime and seafaring culture. Fresh fish are offloaded from trawlers and brought into the market where they are auctioned off in the following hours. Fishing has long been a major industry in Aberdeen and the city has had a covered fish market since the 1800s.

Doonies Farm

Just a 15-minute drive from Aberdeen, Doonies Farm makes for an excellent day or half day trip from the city. The farm is dedicated to preserving the heritage of rare breed farm animals native to the UK, and is both educational and entertaining for visitors of all ages. You’ll encounter dozens of different rare breed species of cow, horse, pig, duck and chicken and learn about their unique history. Kids will revel in the opportunity to see these animals up close and will even have a chance to pet some.

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Aberdeen Scotland, home of the famous William Wallace Statue

William Wallace AberdeenAberdeen is located on the coast of the North Sea in Scotland which makes it a dazzling destination for any vacation. With many places to stay, sites to see and things to do, it will be hard to get them all done in one vacation.

Museums and Galleries

There is a variety of museums and galleries in Aberdeen. Looking for art, check out the Aberdeen Art Gallery. How about seeing a specialty museum like the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Gordon Highlander, The Tolbooth, Millennium Village, or the Little Treasure museum? More into natural science and history, Aberdeen has some for you too, like the Planetarium, Marischal Museum, or the Satrosphere Science Centre.

Architectural Beauty

The architectural landmarks are always a must see in Scotland. Some religious buildings you may want to visit are King’s College Chapel, St. Andrews Cathedral, Cathedral of St. Mary, Kirk of St. Nicholas, St. Machar’s Cathedral, Crathie Church and St. Marks. Others include Salvation Army Citadel, Ben Holm’s Tower, Marischal College, Central Library, and the Castle gate. Some other historical landmarks are the Footdee neighborhood, Provost Skene’s house, Craigevar Castle, Robert Gordon University, Fasque House, Torry Battery, and Old Castle of Slains.


Going to see a box office theatre show is a relaxing change if you have a frantic vacation plan. Purchasing London box office theatre tickets can be done on a whim or on line while planning your vacation, so you know ahead of time where and when you have to be at the theatre. Some of the theatres in Aberdeen are His Majesty’s, Aberdeen Music Hall and Cowdray Hall. You always have the option to take a train or car ride down the coast to London to see a show.


Here are some points of interest, statues and random landmarks that you may find interesting while in your Scotland vacation spot. The Queen Victoria statue, the monument of Prince Albert and Prince Consort, the Duke of Gordon, Edward VII, and the statue of William Wallace.

The family entertainment in Aberdeen includes John Codona’s Pleasure Fair, Storybook Glen, Aberdeen beach, or the Doonies Farm. If you want a more adult vacation you can visit one of the clubs in Aberdeen like, The Moorings, Cellar 35, Babylon, or the comedy club-Breakneck. Looking for relaxation, before using your London theatre tickets visit the Evelina’s spa. Before you leave Scotland you’ll have to go shopping at The Green or the Aberdeen Antique Centre.

Hotels Near Aberdeen Airport With Parking + Guide To Airport Parking

Hotels Near Aberdeen Airport With Parking

Hotels Near Aberdeen Airport With Parking

Aberdeen Airport is 7 miles north west of Aberdeen city centre, in the suburb of Dyce. Aberdeen Airport is a modern hub with lots of facilities for eating, drinking and shopping.

There are two main long-stay options for airport parking at Aberdeen Airport – there’s the official onsite BAA long-stay parking, and there’s Aberdeen Airpark which is off-airport secure parking.

Short stay parking is available onsite too – check out the BAA site for more details.


For those who want to stay at a nearby hotel before or after their flight and require parking, then please take a look at these hotels near Aberdeen Airport with parking – I have only listed those hotels with FREE parking within 2 miles of Aberdeen Airport. Simply click on the hotel name to search for the lowest online room rates at each property.

  • Speedbird Inn Aberdeen (3-Star) – a great value-for-money hotel adjacent to Aberdeen Airport. Park for free on the night you stay.
  • Menzies Hotel Dyce (3-Star) – this hotel has been recently refurbished and is only one mile from Aberdeen Airport. The hotel offers free parking for the first 24 hours, then a charge of £3.00 for every 24 hours after this time.
  • Aberdeen Marriott Hotel (4-Star) – this stylish 4-Star hotel has a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, leisure facilities and a 24-hour reception. Parking and Wifi are complimentary to registered guests.
  • Craighaar Hotel (3-Star) – choose from one of the 53 stylish rooms at this modern hotel. Free parking is available to all guests and Aberdeen Airport is only a 5 minute drive away.

Click on the button below for all the latest hotel deals near Aberdeen Airport, Scotland.


10 Activity Ideas For A Stag Do In Aberdeen

10 Activity Ideas For A Stag Do In Aberdeen

10 Activity Ideas For A Stag Do In Aberdeen

Aberdeen is a great place for a stag weekend. There’s loads of activities to do in the city and in Aberdeenshire during the day, and more pubs, bars and clubs than you will know what to do with for the evening.

However, there is always one poor sod who is left to organise the stag weekend, and if you’ve never been to Aberdeen it’s tricky to know where to start. That’s where we step in.

Firstly, check out all the accommodation options open to stag weekends by clicking here. This link will lead you to stag-friendly accommodation in the city and also lead you to all the lowest online rates, guaranteed.

Secondly, check out our 10 Activity Ideas For A Stag Do In Aberdeen below for inspiration. Simply click on each activity for more details on how to book directly.

  1. Kartstart - these guys welcome stags and hens with open arms. Get the adrenalin pumping on this professional indoor circuit.
  2. Claymore Paintball – get kitted-up and start blasting the stag away.
  3. Play Golf at one of Aberdeen’s ten golf courses.
  4. Go for a plash at the Beach Leisure Centre.
  5. Watch the Dons down at Pittodrie.
  6. Go clay pigeon shooting and a whole lot more at Lochter.
  7. Take to the ice at the Linx Ice Arena
  8. Go sea fishing off of Stonehaven.
  9. Learn to mix cocktails the right way.
  10. Feel like a high-roller at the casino.

Enjoy your stag do/night/weekend/week in Aberdeen. Drink responsibly and stay safe.

If you can recommend any more stag activities (legal ones) in Aberdeen, please let us know below in the Comments. Thanks.