Monday, 17 October 2011
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Standard canapes. No. If you can buy them in Iceland...it's not good honey. One of my gorgeous brides has gone off the menu (wild we know) and is having Quails eggs with Celery Salt- yummy scrummy. This is one classy canape, you don't get those tasty treats everyday - and if you do, you belong in the cast of Made in Chelsea.
Silly wedding bands. They ruin everything, evverryytthhiinggg ( to be read in an echoey voice of doom). Get it right, get it loud and immediately turn on your pretty heels and run if they even mention a) a backing track b) a disco ball or c) the 'classic' Puppy Love... it's not classic, its criminal. We've got plenty of fantastic bands we know... but you'd have to hire us or bribe us (perhaps with celery salt and quails eggs) to find them out... or just have a look at the links.
Socks and sandals. I know, I know, it's that in-between weather, and no one likes cold tootsies but there is no excuse for this fashion disaster. This is right up there with tucking your napkin into your shirt. N - O.
Ok it's pretty political, but we can't not mention how saddened we are to hear and see the London Riots. Our hearts go out to all those who've had their lives, businesses and homes affected, and their safety shaken. We're thinking of you all, and we're incredibly proud of all of the emergency services here in our Lovely London, and the overwhelming sense of community and well-wishers that are helping in every way they can to clear the streets and offer a helping hand and a whole lotta love.
Thursday, 5 May 2011
1) The Dress, the dress the dressssssss. Breath taking, tear inducing and utterly romantic. Fresh, yet traditional, understated yet dramatic, sophisticated with subtle sexiness and detailed without being fussy. The perfect dress. The needlework pixies at Hampton Court Palace excelled every expectation. Chantilly lace, ivory silk, the floral nod to each country in Britain - Rose, Shamrock, Thistle and Daffodil. The attention to detail was exquisite, we love how they were asked to wash their hands every 30 minutes to ensure the dress was completely flawless. I wonder if we can roll this idea out across the wedding industry...there is nothing we hate more than a grubby paw near our white tablecloths. You have been warned.
2) Pippa Middleton. Well well well, who knew she was such a knock-out?! Social media exploded in awe at her. Pippa has received more Internet hits than Kate this week following the wedding... I have to say, if I was Kate.... I might be a little moody right about now. Our view - there is no outshining the Duchess of Cambridge - nice try sis, but Kate stormed it.
What did we almost cry with love over? What did we have right royal rant over? Read on my pretties...
Yes. Even the gentleman in the background thinks you look silly - that smile is fooling no one love.
Phew. Royal Wedding fever is pretty exhausting isn't it!! Next month it'll be back to trends and ideas, the latest industry tips and gossip. Oh Royal Wedding, how we will miss you... good job we have Zara's to look forward to...!
Monday, 28 March 2011
Ever the professionals over at Event Wishes, we attended the annual invitation-only Wedding Planners Conference at Lord's Cricket Ground. The things we do for you... it was positively exhausting listening to industry trends while munching our way through the tower of macaroons, scones and pastries, not mention the beef wellington and urgh - worst of all- having to sample the champagne and bespoke cocktails from the London Cocktail Club, what a chore. It's a tough job, but someone has got to do it. How we suffer for our art. On a serious note (probably should try and be serious for one whole sentence at least), it was lovely to catch up with like-minded planners and bounce trends off each other - key trends that were addressed were influenced largely by the media - with particular reference to Black Swan and The Kings Speech. Hello to lace, tulle, frothy layers in an array of muted tones. Hello to classic British styling, vintage regal..what's that you say? Regal? Royal... we certainly didn't spend the day gossiping about Kate and Wills, I don't know what you are talking about... mmm Sarah Burton to design Kate's dress.
Now for the things that have made us grumble or smile this month....
RVSP London. If you are having a destination wedding, or even a corporate incentive trip abroad, what better way to set the tone than with RSVP London's bespoke travel wallet invites, complete with gold-blocked mock-croc travel wallets and 'holiday money' with your faces on it?! Jet-set glamour begins with the invites, so why not add an extra bit of luxury with a unisex travel kit from Molton Brown like this one? (Available online and instore - £46.00)
Monday, 28 February 2011
We also took a day out to peruse the National Wedding Fair, and wowee did we have a good (smug) day. Turns out, we were ahead of trend. Mwah ha ha, Event Wishes -1 , Industry -0. Things that we loved included the presence of Magenta ( we were harping on about this in AUGUST),and the stunning array of bridal gowns. Things that we didn't - same old same old. See Abolish for a more in depth rant on organza and more. You know you want to. Other things in our Feb diary have included brainstorming with our chic addition the Event Wishes family of venues that have us on the supplier list - The Mayfair. We are in the process of putting together a strictly invitation only event in one of the elite suites, did I mention it is at The Mayfair? Enough said.
Now for our list of things that have made us smile or frown this month...
Valentine's day!! No it's NOT a commercial money-spinner, it's a fabulous day for love. Not just couples -it's for family and friends alike. Whether you were snuggled up in front of the fire with the one you love, or out in your highest heels in a gaggle of the girls with cocktails flowing freely, we really hope you had a lovely day. It's not about spending the money, it's about spending the time. Ah we are a sentimental bunch. Weep.
Personalised place settings. Seeing as you have a fabulous planner (ahem) to take care of everything else, how about you both spend an evening with the phone off the hook, a bottle of vino, a photo album and lots of paper, and write a sentence of two about each guest attending. Then simply have us slip it inside the napkins. Perhaps write your favourite memory with that person, or why you invited them, or just what they mean to you. Each guest will really appreciate the personal touch and knowing that you really want them there to be part of your day. Oh and if your handwriting is terrible, you can always draft in Paul Antonio - http://www.paulantonioscribe.com/ - he can make a shopping list look romantic. Sorted.
Personalised M&Ms. Yep. Great for sweetie jars on the day, or even as a way of thanking guests for their attendance. You simply decide on what to write on them (no essays allowed) and pick your colours. Voila. Tasty and oh so cute. Of course, if it's a hot day you may receive them and decide it's too risky to post them out again. The peril of chocolate may win... would be a shame to waste them right? Maybe you can send out the second batch - it's surely your duty to test them first anyway... http://www.mymms.co.uk/
Shoo you horrid little organza tie-backs. Shoo. The damn things are breeding and trying to masquerade as 'traditional wedding chic'. We are onto you and your fraying ways. It's not traditional, it's just so last year darlings. Instead, opt for a crisp white chair cover (if they must be covered), and then simply ask you florist to create little palm-sized arrangements and attach them with REAL ribbon. Organza may be the saving grace of venue coordinators everywhere for the ease and cost, but not for a planner. You could even attach black and white pictures of the happy couple. Remember not to be afraid to have mismatched chairs, it's intimate and it shows character. Now for an organza-burning festival... I am sure we could think of some other things to burn from wedding history too....silk roses, your number is up.
Flower girls in miniature versions of the bridesmaid's dresses. Would you encourage the 5 year olds to mimic the style of a 20-something normally? No, you wouldn't. Don't do it now - the flower girls are young and innocent, let them stay that way and dress them appropriately. I don't want to see a figure hugging fishtail gown on a child, this isn't a beauty pageant. As for make up on their fresh cherub faces, don't. get. me. started.
Yards of hair extensions. Now, don't get us wrong, we are realists over here at Event Wishes and are certainly no strangers to the salon to have our hair-do snipped, dyed, conditioned and teased to an inch of it's life. A help with volume is welcomed, but alas, if he proposed to a bobbed brunette beauty, don't rock up with platinum extensions to your kneecaps. Now is not the time for an image overhaul. He's already asked you to spend the rest of your lives together, it's pretty safe to assume he likes the look of you- YOU, not Cousin IT.
OK you greedy bunch, you've had your fix! Now, be gone with you, flee, back to work with you! Now where are those M & M's.....
As always, we send our love to all our followers and clients,
Love Jennifer & everyone from the Event Wishes Team. xx
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Dartmouth House Wedding Fayre - Sunday 30th January, 11am-4pm, Mayfair. Just slide that in. Ahem. ( I wish there was a way for me to do that sneaky advertising coca-cola does at the cinema when they flick up a picture so fast you really fancy a coke but have no idea why....mm having said that fizzy fizzy coca cola on a Thursday. Sure). Dartmouth House will be serving a more classy fizz on the day, and you will have the chance to see the venue in all its glory along with top end suppliers to get those bridal brains ticking. As the exclusively recommended wedding planner at Dartmouth House, we will be on hand to answer any wedding woes, so come along!
While we are on the subject of the Event Wishes' fabulousness (...eh? We weren't..? Well we jolly well should be)... we have been placed on the recommended supplier list at yet another fabulous venue..... OK guess.. go on.. it's possibly the most famously classy hotel in London....ornate and elegant, with a ballroom to die for...hotel of choice for Wimbledon players...the unofficial guest list has included Micheal Jackson, Richard Burton, Britney Spears ( I wonder if they confiscated any umbrellas and shaving appliances?), Prince, Elton John, Joan Collins, Mariah Carey.... come onnnn. Ok. The Dorchester. Helloooo. We are also on the list at their newest addition the to Dorchester Collection - Coworth Park ( aka Cheryl Cole's 'Judge's home' on the X Factor.Remember those lovely fields? Yeah. Dorchester quality meadows, only the best for Katie and Cher to stumble through looking pensive... ) and we couldn't be happier. Really. I think if we were any happier about it the Event Wishes team would spontaneously combust. That's not likely to be pretty, or useful to this years ever increasing client list - don't worry. We will sooner give away the entire company's show collection than miss any one's big day. ( Can't quite believe I just wrote that. I feel a bit jittery at the thought of it, must calm down...mmm coca cola. Fizz fizz).
Now for Adore/Abolish ( aka general rant)....
Warm tootsies. Yes it's true when your mother says ' as long as you have warm feet, the rest of you will catch up'. Now, the usual solution to this is of course Uggs, however, as much as we love them ( and love them we doooo), they aren't the most delicate of shoes. Unlike these French Sole beauties, which come in a variety of colours for brides and bridesmaids alike - dainty and gorgeous on the outside - Ugg-ified on the inside with cosy fur lining. If that wasn't enough, and quite frankly it should be you greedy lot, there is no specific right or left shoe, so no bridesmaids panicking with two left feet anymore! Perfect. £194.00
Suspended floral arrangements. Who said flowers are only for the table? Not us. Have your florist create 'Halo' shaped designs that are filled the whole way around and then add battery operated church candles ( no design is worth a fire - see our November blog for stockists) to the top layers, hang with theatrical wire from the rafters and voila! An intimate feel in even the highest ceiling spaces.
Michelle Mospens - the colour queen. Want to know the colour trends for 2011 - feast your eyes on these....
Polaroid retro album. After the wedding days so many brides say that had the most incredible day, but that they didn't get the chance to mingle as much as they wanted to and it was all one gorgeous blur. Enter your most trusted accessory (us). After your line up, have your bridesmaid take a Polaroid of your guests, either in couples, singles or even family groups. Have your planner collate them roughly into a scrap book and ask your guests to sign a message next their photo. Cute.
Eternal Imagaing - Hamish Jordan - what a photographer! Each photo manages to draw out the personality of the individuals in it, even in group shots - quite an accomplishment, but effortless for laid-back Hamish. Hamish is a joy to work with, we challenge anyone not to love his style and ultimate class. Tick. http://www.eternal-imaging.com/ - Click, go, enjoy.
Cigar bars are over. Smoking is not cool , kids. You know what IS cool - a DJ bar. ( yes maybe I could have thought of a cooler name) No don't worry, your uncle Brian isn't going have the chance to go all fat-boy slim and wiccky wiccky waa on the tunes. The DJ bar is a like an interactive queue formatted jukebox. I would recommend sinking about 4 ipads into the bar (with waterproof casing that still enables the touch screen) and as your guests are having their glasses filled they can scan a list of songs provided from catalogue provided your DJ (all good DJ's should provide you with this) and queue them up - that way all you guests get ' arrghh this is MY song' moment, and everyone gets what they want. Ta-da! Everyone is happy.
Shloer. You are not wine. Don't pretend to be. Instead give your guests a classy mocktail. Simples.
Squeaky microphones. Look, microphones make people nervous, and they are already nervous and probably a couple of drinks into the day. Instead go a la Big Brother and grab some audio packs with the teeny microphone you can attach to the best man etc. Get your sound man to turn them on at an agreed cue. Plus, if they start rambling about stories that should have stayed in the closet with all the other skeletons you can have the sound team cut the sound with a discreet wink whilst remaining the picture of innocence. Smooth.
Lottery tickets as party favours. Yes quirky....but could you honestly take it if one of your guests won the lottery from one of your tickets. No one likes to see a bride brawl in the street. Apart from reality tv stations.
Right I must dash, have a VERY exciting meeeting to attend, which you have to wait until next month to hear about! In the meantime, have a lovely Valentine's Day, see you THIS SUNDAY at the Dartmouth house Wedding Fayre!
Love from eveyrone at the Event Wishes Team xxx
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
However, be that as it may, let's not forget the main thing we want to get out there in our blog .... in the words of the seasonal gods Slade.....'It'sssss Chrisssttmassss!!!' Yep, amazing. Although in the diary of a Wedding and Events Planner, our offices are already altering to spring and conjuring up fresh enchanting themes for our bride and corporate contracts alike .... but whilst we still can ... mmm spiky holly (no matter how many times you attack me when I try to get into my own house, I love you all the same), pine needles creating a treacherous path to the lounge if you dare to cross without slippers, rushing out to buy countless tubes of Pringles - a hazard for the larger-handed muncher, oh and Home Alone (keep the change you filthy animal).
Although with all those important Christmas duties, it's a wonder how anyone finds time to be creative ... well. In the spirit of good will and sharing, we are on hand to offer some quick tips to make your Christmas & New Year not only keep up with the Jones', but positively sprint past them...unless they read it too, in which case better luck next time!!
Let me guess...if you are anything like us, you will have a grotto of Christmas decorations in a variety of colours that simply won't fit on your tree (trees are definitely getting smaller... its nothing to do with the fact we buy new decorations every year and refuse to throw any out)...never ye fear. Instead, gather all your baubles (all colours and sizes are welcome, we don't discriminate) and, using thin wire, (which is available from all diy stores) or some lovely ribbon, loop two or three baubles together. Arrange the clusters over a tired old wreath securing with the wire for a fresh injection of colour, and use as your centrepiece for a vibrant twist on compulsory classic.
Do you, like us, have a room, complete with tree and twinkling lights, oranges and cloves, stockings hung over the crackling fireplace, maybe even a Starbucks eggnog latte in hand...but something is missing?!!! Don't you worry your reindeer-clad woollen socks.... how about some floral baubles?! This is a great winter wedding twist, but also perfect for new years cocktail parties and general festiveness! Plus super easy, super cheap and super fun. Take a stroll to your local florist and get your christmassy paws on as many flowers as your purse allows (the larger the head, the better - roses are always a winner for this) and a few spherical oasis spheres of varying sizes. Trot back home, whack on a Christmas album, pour yourself a cheeky festive tipple, light a candle and get to work! Raid your ribbon draw and thread through the centre of the oasis to create a loop at the top and secure with a bow. Then stab the stems of your chosen flowers (cut to size if necessary) into the oasis until its completely covered. Hang from the ceiling, curtain rail or bannisters. Voila, festive and utterly chic, darling.
We are never ones to break a promise (unless its a silly promise we were forced into after letting our guard down post cocktail hour, likely to involve promising to buy less shoes), we are oh so excited to share with you our fantastic news that we are now affiliated with the fabulous Mayfair venue - Dartmouth House. This exclusive members club based seconds from Berkeley Square (and some of our other venues...wink wink, nudge nudge) is a hidden traditionally British haven moments from the hustle and bustle of Mayfair's rather fabulous crowds. We are extremely proud to announce we are the sole recommended Wedding Planner for Dartmouth House, and as such we will be at their premier Wedding Fair on Sunday 30th January. Be there or be square.
Ah and now for our staple blog item...yep adore and abolish. Ahh. By the way.... can I have a Christmas wish? Pass the salt Spain...we have run out of grit (again).
Not that I am harping on about it....but Dartmouth House Wedding Fair - did I mention its on Sunday 30th January... florists, cake designers, dresses....all our favourite things under one stunning roof.
The official engagement pics of Will and Kate...swoon. Yeah yeah air-brushing blah blah...whatevs - they look beautiful and Mario Testino is a genius, mmmm Will and Kate adorned plates, mugs, bed covers...(no?)
The official opening of Peggy Porschen's Ebury Street shop - you know how good it is when the invitation only event was rammed on a freeeezing snowy Thursday evening. Dedication...to the cake. As for the champagne bellinis and killer cosmopolitans..would be rude not to.
Sequin-clad bridesmaids a la dreamgirls. Yep instantly adds a spot of diva shimmer to the photos.
We love this beauty from Rachel Gilbert (available @ Net a Porter) £935.
Snow from a can. On a windowsill. Error. Instead, get lost in Selfridges' toy department and lose well over half an hour in awe of the Instant Snow.... amazing. Plus - what an excuse to go to Selfridges'.... you might even be able to pull the old ' oh but I thought the toy store was IN the shoe department....'. Tick.
Bah Humbug. Yes you know who you are you bunch of moaning minnies. Pipe down.
Brussel Sprouts. Get off my plate, you have infected my gravy as it is.
So, now that 2010 is drawing to a close, we are looking forward to an extremely busy and exciting 2011!!! LOTS going on in London, and LOTS in Cambridge. Our offices are filled with a combination of puppy-like anticipation, Christmas cheer (WITHOUT canned fake snow...) and happy clappy staff! Hurrah!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our followers and clients - past, present and future.
Jennifer & all the Event Wishes Team x x x