Thursday, 9 April 2009

Liberty Fabrics make stunning tablecloths

There is something very quintessentially English about Liberty fabrics.
Whenever I see them I am fondly reminded of growing up in a succession of
Liberty print smock dresses and family photographs in rows on Liberty
fabric print frames.
The iconic designs lend themselves to creating high impact, very English
(think English Summer garden) tablecloths for weddings. The fabrics can
be used to cover round or long tables or for a very chic contemporary look they
can be encapsulated between two sheets of perspex on perspex table legs - it
looks as though the designs are floating in mid air!

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

The Wedding Destination Finder

My adrenaline starts pumping when a Bride thinks they are asking the impossible - to source the very best exciting, new wedding destination for their wedding. I have spent the past six years sourcing historic houses, private villas, hotels and everything from mountain top retreats to idyllic beach houses all over the world for the most discerning brides.

I know what works at a destination and when not to promise the impossible. I take the space and convey through intricate drawings, imagery and computer generated designs how it can be transformed to create a magical, unforgettable wedding celebration.

I am always asked for the latest undiscovered places, some hidden gem which none of the guests will have heard of or been to. Sometimes I am asked the impossible... is Buckingham Palace available for weddings?, do you think we could close Regents Street to build a marquee on the side of Libertys?. These requests are rare but I always think that it shows huge creativity if the bride and groom are looking outside the box for a truly unique destination.

We are so blessed in the UK to have magical historic building and places of great natural beauty to host wedding celebrations. We also have some of the best suppliers in the world, companies who can build marquees on the sides of mountains, florists who design and create amazing floral sculptures from tiny perfect blooms and quite simply the very best catering companies who serve top class cuisine to large numbers of guests from temporary kitchens. I have experienced using suppliers all over the world and I am always so proud to be able to show off how well we do things when I take my UK team with me to organise an overseas wedding.

International wedding celebrations are always very special as the fact that they are overseas creates a fun holiday atmosphere and provide the opportunity to spread the celebration over a number of days. These benefits can of course can also be the cause of wedding nightmares if the organisation is anything less than meticulous and the mix and placement of guests hasn't been thought through very carefully. Without a wedding planner international destination weddings can be incredibly time consuming and expensive. Suppliers and hotels may cease on the opportunity to impose excessive mark ups on their services and the very unscrupulous suppliers can take your money and run - try tracking down a photographer in Morocco who has banked your deposit and then stops returning emails!

There are quite literally hundreds of thousands in not millions of wedding destinations worldwide. Following an intial consultation The Wedding Design Company will suggest a list of the very best in your chosen country or countries and check availability and cost. There is a charge for the service but it is refundable if we are chosen to organise the wedding planning and design. Sourcing destinations is our passion and whatever the brief we will find the ultimate dream location.
(Featured destination Villa Balbianello Lake Como)

Friday, 24 October 2008

Strictly Comes to Weddings

Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova stars of the BBC's ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ competition train and choreograph dances for brides and grooms. The UK's most successful dance partners perform alone or with their team of championship dancers to create a truly amazing dance spectacular. If you aren't frightened of hard physical training and you aren't worried about bruises, blisters and aching limbs this could be just the things for you! The look of amazement on your friends and family's faces when you perform the passa doble will more than make up for the pain!
The Wedding Design Company will organise every aspect of the performance including the initial contract negotiation, scheduling training sessions, sourcing dazzling costumes, the lighting, dance floors, music and / or band.
We have an extensive database of acts and international performers . We will provide a list of suggested entertainment when we develop the concept for your wedding. We always include images, video or soundtracks of entertainment acts.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Dove Grey and White

I love these simple white Philippe Starck Ghost Chairs. They work perfectly with a contemporary chic wedding design when matched with dove grey raw silk table cloths and white and grey cushions. The table design is enhanced by tall arrangements of beautiful trailing orchids in mirror vases. Simple, understated yet exceptionally elegant.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Historic London Wedding Desinations

I am always asked for the latest undiscovered places. Here is a very small selection of my favourites. Just sit back and dream….but don’t tell anybody!

Hampton Court House
is a little known historic house a stones throw from
Hampton Court Palace. It provides the perfect setting for the traditional english wedding and it has acres of beautiful grounds for marquees.

Hedsor House

borders the estate of the magnificent Cliveden Hotel.
A private home which has been the back drop for many film settings including tthe Golden Compass, it exudes opulence and stately home grandeur. Hedsor provides a private retreat that many could only dream of on their wedding day.

Fulham Palace

is virtually unknown in London. Located off the Fulham Palace Road
it is perfectly situated for Chelsea weddings and is accessible by boat.
The Bishops of London resided here for hundreds of years and they kept in a well guarded secret!

The Wedding Design Company provide a destination finding service, fully refundable if you choose us to design your wedding. Let us create your fantasy wedding. I promise we won’t disappoint you!