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As regularly readers may know, we love to post guest blogs from our wonderful Interns here at Stylish Events, we are delighted to introduce you to our new Intern, Claudia.
Hi, my name is Claudia and I am lucky enough to be completing a six week internship with the lovely Dominique and Stylish Events team. The subject I have selected is something that has been in the spotlight for a few months now. THE ROYAL WEDDING!
Since November last year when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, the nation has been on a countdown and a craze about what the wedding will be like. Like Kate Middleton, Meghan has been given a “style influencer” status – the ‘Meghan’ effect has started – meaning it is inevitable that her look will be replicated by thousands of brides in the next couple of years. Their beautiful and inspiring ceremony is to take place on May 19th at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. As we wait just a little longer to see what Meghan’s dress will look like, I thought we could look back at some of the trends that other royal brides have set over the years.
It was Queen Victoria who set the biggest wedding trend of wearing a white dress. In the 1800’s, it was tradition to wear a red wedding dress. However in 1840, when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, she decided to wear white to her wedding to symbolise purity and innocence. It is said that she wrote in her own journal that it was a ‘white satin dress’ with lace and jewels, including Albert’s sapphire broach. From this moment, this trend has revolutionised the wedding fashion industry and has now become the norm. Queen Victoria’s dress has also been compared to Katherine Middleton’s dress, in terms of the vintage style and lace.
Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, married in 1947 and are still a strong presence together today. The Queen was just 13-years-old when she first met Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark and instantly fell in love. The two wrote one another letters and their relationship blossomed from there, later becoming secretly engaged in 1946, however it was not until Elizabeth turned 21 that the engagement became formal. Around the time of the wedding, after WWII, the Queen purchased material for her wedding dress by using coupons, as rationing was still around. The style of dress that the Queen wore was a fit and flare ivory silk dress, which was designed by Norman Hartnell. The dress was embroidered with 10,000 white pearls, as well as silver thread, crystals and tulle. Her satin shoes matched this and were created by Edward Rayne. The couple then shared their honeymoon at Prince Phillip’s Uncle’s home.
Prince Charles’ first wedding to Lady Diana Spencer was an extremely iconic day for many Britons, in 1981. Their wedding was like a fairy tale at St Paul’s Cathedral, that was fit for a Princess. When the Queen Mother married King George VI in 1923, she had a simple wedding dress, designed by the court dressmaker Madame Handley Seymour, which fit the Coco Chanel era. When Diana and Charles got married 58 year after this, Diana had a very different dress, made by designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel, which characterised 80s style with its big shoulder pads, frills and a 25-foot-long train, which made headlines. This was the start of the late Princess of Wales becoming a fashion icon, which is what people say today about the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle.
Prince Charles’ second wedding was to Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005. Camilla’s look was perfect for a mature bride, with a simple embroidered pale blue and gold coat over a matching chiffon gown, designed by Robinson Valentine, as well as golden feathers in her hair.
One of the biggest weddings of the century so far is the marriage of Prince William and Katherine Middleton, in 2011. Like Diana’s wedding gown, the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, has now become one of the most iconic royal wedding dressing in the world. She was given away by her father Michael Middleton, as is tradition. Her silk tulle skirt, 9 foot train and elegant long-sleeved lace dress with a satin bodice was a staple point in the wedding fashion industry and spurred many different designers to created ‘Kate inspired’ wedding dresses, which flew off the racks with brides soon after the wedding day itself. She also wore the Queen’s Cartier halo tiara and Robinson Pelham diamond earrings, giving a little sparkle which made her glow. Broadcasters reported that over 24 million viewers watched the TV coverage of the big day.
From Queen Victoria to Kate Middleton, royal weddings have always been a cause for national celebration and the world-famous balcony appearance by the bride, groom and the family is now an expectation. Most of the time, when an immediate member of the British Royal Family gets married, we tend to look back at previous royal weddings and compare them, as well as try to make our predictions for the upcoming ceremony. It was Queen Victoria who began the fashion of marrying in a white dress, Princess Diana with the puffy sleeves, Kate with the lace dress and now it is almost time to see what trend Meghan Markle will be setting for the next year or so.
Priya had been an Intern at Stylish Events in 2013 and the moment she got engaged she asked Dominique to her Wedding Planner, which she was honoured to do for her.
Together with her lovely family, we planned this wedding for 18 months and we loved every bit of it.
This was a huge wedding, which comprised of four events over 2 days with 360 guests.
There were dozens of suppliers, tight turn around of rooms and a massive styling element to every part of the wedding. We had 15 staff on our team and they all worked incredibly hard – both wedding days were 24 hour days for Dominique and her team. Amazing!
Thank you to the fabulous Adrian Neal for providing these beautiful images of the wedding.
DAY 1 – Civil Ceremony and Sangeet at the Waldorf Hilton, London
DAY 2 – Indian Wedding Ceremony and Reception at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane, London
With only one day in between Day 1 and Day 2, the Stylish Events team put in a huge effort for this day – we kept our energy levels up and smiles on our faces as we completed another 24 hour day!
Indian Wedding Ceremonies take about 2.5 hours and are very colourful, detailed and huge fun.
The Groom arrived on a White Horse, which is called a “Baarhat”. It was so amazing to see hundreds of guests follow him down Park Lane on a sunny Saturday morning.
Following the Ceremony, we had 3 hours to turn around the room for a l
avish dinner for 360 guests. It was truly remarkable.
We loved planning this wedding for the loveliest of clients. It was a dream wedding.
I know.. it’s been a long time since our last post.
We are sorry for our absence however it’s for a good reason. We are having an incredible year of learning, working and meeting some great people. Now it’s time to reorganise all our socials, get back to blogging and sharing all of our outstanding experiences with you.
The first highlight of this year I would like to share is definitely my internship with Dominique Douglas at Stylish Events.
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Are you thinking about becoming a wedding planner? Please read this lovely blog from someone who has attended our course, The Life of a Wedding Planner.
Once I’d made the decision that the Wedding Planner life was for me, I naturally got straight onto Google to find the answers to all my ‘What next?’ questions.
That’s when I came across Stylish Events’ ‘Life of a Wedding Planner’ day course. For the absolute bargain price of £99 I could spend 8 hours learning the in’s and out’s of Wedding Planning from the brilliant and successful Dominique Douglas. A real insight from somebody with experience in the industry, and a whole back catalogue of successful weddings and events. Dominique offers a true and open look at the crazy and wonderful world of events, passing on her in-depth knowledge on a fast growing industry.
You’ll come away with a certificate, workbook and (in my case) a fierce determination to work within the Events world. If you’re thinking about becoming a wedding or events planner I can’t recommend the course enough…
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If you are looking for the perfect place for a short “City” break in the depths of winter, I can highly recommend the fabulous city of Madrid. And if you want somewhere perfect to stay, then you cannot do better than the Westin Palace Hotel on the Plaza de las Cortes.
A couple of weeks ago my husband, Dan, and I tooted off to Madrid for a short break. I contacted the lovely Sophie Clauzé, Director of Sales, who I met at the Private Leisure Forum in Interlaken, Switzerland in October 2015. I had a strong memory of Sophie telling me how wonderful her hotel was and she invited me to visit soon.
After emailing Sophie, she offered us a FAM rate and an upgrade to one of their suites, which was so lovely. I have to say the rooms are delightful and the view from our suite was one of the best at the hotel.
From the moment we arrived we were treated so graciously and made to feel very special. The hotel originally opened in 1912 and is known as the iconic “Palace” hotel. It’s right in the centre of Madrid in the “Triangle of Art”, within walking distance of the city’s most prestigious museums: Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia Museums, among others.
As a special treat for Dan, I asked Sophie if she could help me get tickets to see Real Madrid v Athletico Madrid, who were coincidentally playing the same weekend we were there. Sophie put us in touch with Ricardo, one of the super efficient concierge team and he managed to secure two amazing tickets for us. I have to say that for Dan, it was a once in a lifetime experience and I loved it too. We even took our very first “selfie” together!
We did have plans to visit the museums and parks, but anyone who knows us well, will not be surprised that we spent most of our time shopping, drinking lovely Spanish red wine and eating the local jamon!
We loved our little break, in fact it was the first time in almost two years we were able to get away, just the two of us.
We loved our stay.
The impressive dome of La Rotonda restaurant at the Westin Palace Hotel
A huge thank you to Holly for this lovely review of our course.
As I’m sure you already know after reading the “Home” or “About” pages of my wonderful (well, I think it’s wonderful…) “Forever In A Day” blog, my main goal in life is to set up my own business as an independent wedding planner. Now, when I realised that this was in fact the ultimate future career path I wished to achieve (rather than some sort of naive dreaming), I then took some time to deliberate how I could actually accomplish this goal.
The first thought that popped into my mind, was increasing my online presence through the creation of the “Forever In A Day” blog and accompanying social media sites, in order to get my name out there as someone who was passionate about wedding’s, whilst showing my determination to reach my Wedding Planning goal (which, I hope you will agree, has been relatively successful!).
Once I got these sites up and…
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Dominique and I are just back from our incredible Italian Study Tour, during which we visited three amazing venues, each one different from the other and all gorgeous for a destination wedding. We will be doing a more detailed blog on each of the venues we visited, but we wanted to give you a quick look at the splendour of what we saw, tasted and experienced.
We had the pleasure of sharing this unforgettable adventure with two other members of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners, Steven Pellier of Steven Pellier Weddings and Louise Perry of Louise Perry Weddings; a wedding blogger, Jessica Barrie from Deluxe Wedding Blog; and a great wedding and fine art photographer, Kate Nielen, who took all the venue photos you see below.
Here are a couple of selfies of the team:
We spent the first two days at Villa Balke and Hotel Marad, on the Gulf of Naples overlooking the Isle of Capri, with Mount Vesuvius in the background. Villa Balke is bright and modern with a seaside feel. It has so many possibilities for an amazing wedding, including a fantastic pool party area. It’s also very close to a variety of tourist destinations, so perfect for a three or four day visit to this region of Italy.
Our next destination was the Tuscan countryside just outside Florence. We visited the stunning Villa Mangiacane, enjoyed the locally produced wine and the inventive cuisine of the resident chef. This romantic, elegant venue left us all speechless on more than one occasion!
Last but certainly not least, we visited Il Borro. Situated a little further into the Tuscan countryside around the town of Arezzo but just one hour from Florence, this magnificent estate is owned by the Ferragamo family. It has so many different options for your ceremony and reception, each more stunning then the next – and even its own church. Amazing!
All photographs from Kate Nielen Photography
The hospitality we received at each venue was outstanding and we wish to thank our host venues for their warmth and friendship. We can’t wait to return very soon.
More to come on each of the venues and our experience in Italy!
Anna and Dominique
We are so excited that The Italian Destination Wedding Show will open its doors tomorrow at 11:00 am at the Sofitel St. James!!!!
There are only a handful of tickets left, so if you haven’t registered yet, click here! There might also be the chance for some more tickets sold at the door tomorrow.
This is the last of our series of blog posts about the amazing suppliers exhibiting at our show!
We are deligthed to have Stowers Bespoke joining us. They are genuine bespoke tailors and based in the world renowned Savile Row, London.
Stowers Bespoke service and the range of hand made products they offer is unique. Their expertise allows them manage, style, design and produce by hand, everything required for a client’s personal wardrobe, lifestyle and work. This includes, leather, fashion or classically styled product. Every piece of Stowers Bespoke clothing is truly unique and tailored with passion, commitment and conscience, much more than just a transaction.
Stowers Bespoke firmly believe in building a personal and long lasting relationship with their customers and in maintaining an enviable reputation for producing the highest quality bespoke clothing and accessories. Stowers Bespoke have an exceptional, friendly, flexible and first class service.
Their clientele includes World Leaders, VIP’s, Celebrities and Royalty from across the world. Stowers Bespoke VIP service is unlimited, traveling to meet clients on request.
So, guys, come and suit up!
See you tomorrow at The Italian Destination Wedding Show, we cannot wait!
The Stylish Events and Will Be Wedding & Events team.
There is little time left before our amazing show on Sunday. The teams of Stylish Events and Will Be Wedding & Events cannot wait to meet you and discuss all the details of your dream destination wedding in Italy!! if you haven’t already got your ticket, now is the time!
Click here to register!
This blog post is dedicated to another of our amazing venues, from the beautiful island of Sicily, the Hilton Giardini Naxos.
Located on the coast of the Ionian Sea on a white sandy beach and overlooking the blue crystalline water, the Hilton Giardini Naxos offers amazing views thanks to its unique location near the town of Taormina and Mount Etna.
Experience Sicilian elegance, warm hospitality, stunning views and modern amenities at Hilton Giardini Naxos. The extended event space of Hilton Giardini Naxos does not only include a variety of indoor rooms. In fact, you could also use the Mediterranean garden and private beach, with the Mount Etna as your backdrop!
For your wedding reception, you can choose between the Panarea Restaurant or the elegant surroundings of La Sciara Gourmet Restaurant and Wine Bar, where you can find dishes of the traditional Sicilian cuisine. You could also have a drink reception on the romantic terrace lounge, while admiring the beautiful views of the sunset.
Whether you want to relax with your bridesmaids the day before the wedding or enjoy a quiet day with your husband to be, why not head to the Hilton Spa and Wellness center, which combines the scents of the Sicilian Sea with the delicate mood of a tropical garden, for a soothing treatment? Or, you could simply sunbathe on the beach or on the side of the outdoor and indoor swimming pools.
All pictures courtesy of Hilton Giardini Naxos.
There is plenty to do during the stay at the Hilton Giardini Naxos. The hotel’s internal event Team Members and experienced partners will assist in organising tailor-made events. You could entertain your guests with a Quad and biking excursions to Mount Etna, a treasure hunts in Taormina, river canoeing, and event helicopter scenic flights!
We cannot wait to introduce you to the team at Hilton Giardini Naxos and all other amazing venues and exhibitors this Sunday at The Italian Destination Wedding Show!
The Stylish Events and Will Be Wedding & Events team.
Don’t forget to register here to get your tickets!