Last month, a couple from Australia decided that they wanted to exchange their vows inside the Costco store in their area. The ceremony took place near the exchange counter while the reception was held in the food court. It was a field day not just for those is the business of wedding photography in Sydney but for television crews as well as this is not a common occurrence.
Sue Berkeley, the bride, admitted that she is a big fan of the wholesale store along with Eli Bob, her groom. Their wedding made it into national news because of their choice of venue. Their decision was able to help them save money while at the same time invite a lot of guests into the wedding ceremony.
Berkeley works as a teacher’s aide and she said that it the wedding is the most romantic event to be held in the tire centre. They clearly adore Costco because they go there almost every time they need to pick up something.
It has been an ongoing joke between the couple due to the amount of time that the bride has been spending at Crossroads Costco which is located outside of Sydney. A friend of the couple asked the management about the possibility of holding a nuptial and they coordinated with the corporate office in Australia.
The company did more than just agreeing to the ceremony, they also offered the food court as the reception venue for the 90 guests of the couple. They also provided the couple with a multiple layered cake that comes with the icing sporting the company logo. Vanilla layer was the cake for the groom with strawberry icing while the bride gets a chocolate cake with chocolate filling inside.
Current shoppers of the day were kind enough to avoid the rose petals that have been decorated on the floor. This is the second wedding ceremony for both of them and they decided to forgo the fancy event. Instead of the usual wedding photography in Sydney, they were filmed by news crew on their wedding day.
Tokyo is currently the center of attention in both business and tourism all over the globe as the country is gearing as the host for the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. MICE facilities which are responsible for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions are under a lot of pressure and continue to be as the city is preparing to be the focus in the international stage.
There are other changes currently happening in the country because work cultures are starting to change because of the higher level of globalization and the increase in presence millennials and Generation Z in the workforce. Many companies are now taking into consideration the advantages of MICE that cover corporate group activities as well as the services it offers. Because of this change, MICE is also starting to adopt new methods from their cuisine to the locations of the events.
MICE is impacted by the increase of awareness in the wellbeing of the employees which in turn impacts the basic foundation of work culture in the city. it is a fact that majority of members in the sector are giving importance to what they can do to increase the morale of the staff.
According to the manager of Hotel and Residence Roppongi, Yoshiko Takiguchi, they believe that off-site meetings should be held in new locations in order to influence the perspectives of the employees. If the meetings are always held in the same room inside the workplace, it is inevitable for the power balance to remain static.
Takiguchi feels that innovation is not fully realized because of the routine and familiar environment in the work place. A single individual will lead the discussion all the time and will dictate the roles of members, even in how they should speak. This is when everything becomes a routine.
Tokyo American Club’s sales manager, Brian Ashenfelder, said that it is beneficial to conduct corporate group activities and meetings outside of the workplace. These off-site events will increase the employees’ morale as well as improve their performance. They will be able interact in a neutral environment outside of their office.