Monday, 28 February 2011

Jenny Packham shines at the Oscars

It is no secret that I adore Jenny Packham wedding dresses, I think take every opportunity to wear one of her designs! Obviously I am not alone and last night at the Oscar parties Emma Roberts and Ashley Tisdale looked amazing dressed in Jenny Packham.

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How much does a wedding in Italy cost?

  What is the average budget for a wedding in Italy?...  It maybe the unromantic part of getting married but it is the most important element towards your wedding day.

Oscar fashion 2011

In the early hours of the morning I stayed up and watched the Oscars. The glamorous dresses, beautiful men and the accessories! Love it love it love it!

The winner for best hairstyle goes to...

It is Oscar time and while the Oscars for Best Picture went to The King's Speech (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin);  Best Actor in a Leading Role to the lovely Colin Firth (The King's Speech), Best Actress in a Leading Role Went to  Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Best Directing went to The King's Speech (Tom Hooper) for the best hair style it must go to....

Saturday, 26 February 2011

What is REAL?

Photo by Marco Ficili
I have organised a fair few weddings and it is so hard to decide which one moved me the most. Was it the wedding in the secret garden where the bride wore her great grandmothers wedding dress or the wedding where the groom could not stop crying (mentioning no names!)...

A wedding under the Tuscan sun!

 Loro Ciuffenna is not one of the main towns or villages that come to mind when you think of Tuscany. However what is so great  about this town is it is real, not just for tourists but a place where the locals sip spritz in the late afternoon sun and Paulo shouts at Max across the road about the football... The rest of the town is peaceful and sleepy!

Friday, 25 February 2011

How the Italians do it!

Traditional Italian folk dancers dance the Tarantella.
What would an Italian wedding be without food and fun? Italian wedding receptions today are lavish, full of energy and place a tremendous emphasis on food and drink. To kick off a wedding reception, guests enjoy

Vintage wedding in Siena

Lorna and Steve chose the fabulous setting of Siena for their wedding day. This wedding was filled with countless gorgeous details, from the very personal ceremony in the historic town hall of Siena, to the vintage  glass vases filled with beautiful floral arrangements in the marquee, the whole day was magical. It was a truly fabulous wedding that will be remembered for years to come.

Dressing Your Wedding Venue in Italy!

With views like this one over Amalfi, you do not need to do much to dress your venue!
Dressing your wedding in Italy can be a bit of a challenge especially if your not fluent in the language or know where to look! Unlike the UK or the USA, Italians have not embraced the Internet, so nearly everything is done by word of mouth!
Italians keep things very simple and the industry for event dressing is in its infancy compared to the UK, so it makes it a little more interesting when a bride asks for an Indian Marquee or a casino, but sometimes even the simplest request can become a challenge...

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Shoes fit for a Princess

Ahh it is bridal fever and the questions are still open. Who is designing Kate Middleton's bridal shoes when she marries her prince this year?
If we could vote we would vote for Emmy.
Here at The Italian Wedding Planner we have a bit of a soft spot for Jenny Packham dresses, who has teamed up with Emmy. The collaboration of Emmy and Jenny Packham represents the natural synergy between the two designers, renowned for their glamorous vintage-inspired style and unique approach to embellishment.

Grooming the Groom!

“Never outshine the master”. Words to live by, especially when it comes to your wedding. Yes, the Bride-to-Be is the “master”. The Bride is the focus, center of attention, and the one everybody stares at when you’re both walking down the aisle. This is her special day, but every Queen needs a King. It’s time for a crash course in looking like you belong on that throne. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about looking your very best without looking like you spent more time then the Bride-to-Be.

Bring On The Boys!

Daniel Craig
More often than not the Groom can get overlooked during the build up to the wedding day as the focus is heavily put on the bride. When it comes to the style of your wedding what the groom and groomsmen wear is a very important decision and will reflect on the style of your day. So lets give the groom some attention!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Jesse and Erik Wedding in Orvieto

 We love working with  Edorado Agresti and his team (captured above by Kelly Hayes , with our lovely hairdresser from London and the bride to be Jesse from the USA.) His photos are stunning and so it is with pleasure I am posting Edoardos interview and photos from ISPWP on Jesse and Erik's wedding in Orvieto.

A wedding for two or 200, hosting your wedding in Florence is perfect! Tuscany part 2

Getting married in Florence!  The capital of Tuscany is often referred to as the "Jewel of the Renaissance". With thousands of visitors every year Florence is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is on a lot of must visit in your life time lists!

Designer shoe SALE!

Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Gianmarco Lorenzi Pumps and Giuseppe Zanotti...

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Lovely bubbly: a taste of Italy's prosecco region

Living in Veneto, I hold the prosecco region in a very special part of my heart, so I wanted to share this article on the Prosecco hills by John Brunton:

Italy's sparkling wine comes from a gorgeous valley north of Venice. Stay in vineyard B&B's and osterie, and eat at local trattorie, for a real taste of the area - and its refreshing fizz.

What a corker ... the picturesque landscape of Italy's prosecco region

Carnevale di Venezia starts today!!!

Finally it is here! The much awaited Carnevale di Venezia starts today with the "grand toast," followed by music and dancing in St. Mark's Square. From today till the 8th March around one million visitors will flock to the Venice carnival.  

Friday, 18 February 2011

Top cities, towns and villages in Tuscany part 1

Getting married in Tuscany

Tuscany is one of the most popular destinations for a wedding in Italy. With stunning landscape, beautiful architecture, mouthwatering delicacies and great weather the hard part is where do you chose for your wedding in Tuscany?
For my first instalment of favourite location for weddings in Tuscany we have...

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Royal Wedding dresses

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
Earlier today I spoke to my sister Jenny who is all fired up about Kate Middletons  Royal Wedding. Her enthusiasum inspired me to take a peek at some of the iconic Royal wedding's in the past, below are just a few photos that will hopefully inspire you...

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Is Bruce Oldfield Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress Designer?

As the heat is turned up on speculation on what Kate Middleton will wear on her wedding day, we wait with our greedy eyes trained for any hints about the designer; the style; the veil; the shoes!!! Basically any information we can find on the much awaited  Royal wedding of Prince Williams and Kate Middleton, everyone here at The Italian Wedding Planner are devouring!

Laura and Chris's Tuscan wedding part 2

Laura and Chris's stunning wedding in Tuscany was split over two days, click here to view their civil wedding in Italy.  Laura is an inspiration, she not only hand made her first wedding dress she also made her bridesmaids dresses! Their wedding was full of beautiful personal touches, Laura's attention to detail and her personal style shines through on her very special day!  Let's not forget the Groom who was looking dapper in an Aquascutum suit and Ferragamo shoes (a nod to the owner of Il Borro!) for the civil ceremony!

Wedding in Tuscany: Laura and Chris

Depending on your religion or type of additional ceremony you would like to celebrate your marriage, you may have to get married in the town hall before your church or symbolic ceremony.  

Laura and Chris hosted their wedding in Tuscany, celebrated with two ceremonies, giving the bride a wonderful opportunity for two beautiful wedding dresses (one she made herself!!)  before a fabulous reception at Il Borro.

Monday, 7 February 2011

A wedding with a view...


A friend asked me what the most requested destinations were for wedding's in Italy. I didn't hesitate in answering:
1. Tuscany
2. The Amalfi coast
3. Venice
4. Rome

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Glamorous wedding weekends in Italy

This look is great for a formal party that located at near beach or formal pool party.
A destination bride does not just have to think about her Wedding dress but she also has to think about all the outfits for the other events surrounding her wedding day. After all, everyone has traveled to spend the weddingmoon with bridal couple and all eyes will be on the bride!

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Wedding dress that flatters big boobs!

Girls with naturally big boobs come in many shapes and sizes, not all of you are plus sized! Some of you ladies will have the perfect hour glass shape, others will be a bit more curvy, others will be skinny with big boobs! What we all have in common is the nightmare of finding a bra that fits, dresses that don't look like maternity smocks, strapless that can support the weight of your boobs and dresses that hide your bra straps oh and let us not forget keeping a level of decorum and not showing a mile of cleavage!

Bridal underwear is as important as the gown itself!

La Perla's Vintage Plissé lace and satin push-up bra

When we think of our wedding day attire we think of THE DRESS and THE SHOES but lets not forget about what you wear under the dress! Bridal underwear is as important as the gown itself on your wedding day. It is vital that you look and feel beautiful on your special day, all day.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

High-Tech Treasure Hunt in a Beautiful Italian City...

I am sitting here web dreaming and I stumbled across a web site that is infused with life and fun. Suddenly I realised why it is familiar, it is the company owned by an old friend, who also very kindly designed my web site for me. Being nosy and with admiration at the hard work and energy of this company I looked at one of the projects H-farm have given life to and want to share it here with you because it is just so much fun!

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Top 5 reasons for a destination wedding

Wedding in Rome

Not that you need 5 reasons to have a destination wedding in Italy but we thought we would post this anyway...
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