Delivering a Vodka Luge to Kent is one of those journeys one never tires of. As a county, it has so many firsts - hence I imagine we get so many requests for ‘new’ designs or shapes from people from Kent.
The NEC (National Exhibition Centre) on the edge of Birmingham is literally on our doorstep (just 16 minutes away from our office and workshop). It is the largest Exhibition set of Halls in the UK – covering a staggering 611 acres with 20 huge halls. For any supplier such as ourselves, the first time we turned-up for a delivery was a tad daunting.
Valuing a client these days seems to be a rare occurrence in business. Call us old fashioned, but we still like to talk with clients, interact and literally help them however we can.
Alaina Jones of Snow Software (www.snowsoftware.com) is an exciting, forward-thinking Award-winning developer company of Software Asset Management (SAM) services – both cloud and on-premises aspects.
Nikki Ashwell is one amazing woman. For the past few years she and her team have planned, organized and executed a fund-raising Ball at the Hallmark Airport Hotel in Manchester each year. A phenomenal success raising a lot of well needed cash.
Even though it is a fund-raising event, the value for money, the dedication to give guests a good time as well as giving attendees as much as they can for their paid tickets - is beyond admirable. Many Charity Fundraisers seem to expect or demand their guests pay a high-ticket price in return for very little. Not Nikki.
One thing that gets us excited here is a client that wants an ice sculpture or Vodka Luge that we have never carved or attempted before. As you can imagine we carve a LOT of "Birthday Numbers", Names of people with their birthday number ("Molly 40" and so forth).
You may have noticed we have a lot of Video Testimonials from our clients on our website - recorded on the day and in front of their ice sculpture of Vodka Luge. However, it is not always possible to create a Video Testimonial for one reason or another; the client is not at the venue, it is a Wedding and the Bride and Groom are not there, or there is simply no one (apart from the venue Manager) at the venue when we are setting up the sculpture. As a result, (not wishing to be boastful) but we receive a lot of written testimonials after the event - which we love (and keeps us going!)
Not all ice companies carve their Vodka Luges the same – and we’re not just talking about the shape, carving or design.
Ice Sculpture into Vodka Luge
To create a Vodka Luge, an ice sculpture must first be carved. One of the last things carvers do is it to drill a long-bore channel though the ice, usually 30-50cm in length. Once the channel has been bored through the ice, it can then technically be called a Vodka Luge.
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Even though there may a specific purpose for the party or event, it is not always easy to decide upon a shape for the Vodka Luge or Ice sculpture. For example,
An “18th”, “21st “, “30th”, “40th” (or any other birthday) may seem straight forward – Have a “Birthday Number”. These are GREAT Luges but some clients want a tad more.
There are no set or ‘must-have’ shapes of Vodka Luges or Ice Sculptures for a Wedding. There are of course traditional shapes that brides and grooms via towards such as ‘Hearts’, ‘Swans’, “Mr & Mrs’ and so forth.
I always find it amazing. When the sun shines we always get a torrent of e-mails and phone calls asking for a quotation for an Ice Sculpture or Vodka Luge; not for tomorrow or this week - but for Christmas!
Christmas Vodka Luge ordering has started in earnest. We confirmed quite a few bookings some weeks ago when the sun shone (remember those rare few days?) for the prime dates in December, but things are hotting-up right now, and it's only July.