Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton to Wed: 29th April, 2011.

Clarence House has announced today that Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton will wed on Friday, 29th April, 2011 at Westminster Abbey. The couple wanted a spring wedding and choose the Abbey as they considered it ‘intimate’ and ‘like a chapel’ despite its enormous size. A ‘special’ bank holiday has been approved by the PM (as we anticipated) which means a long weekend celebration for Britain. The couple are said to be planning a very traditional ceremony to show Britain at its best and are over the moon.

We anticipate a very busy weekend at Hannah Michael and for wedding planners. What do you think?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

2011: A Royal Wedding

Everyone is buzzing with the news of Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton, now to be known as Catherine. The couple will be getting married sometime next year in London. A long awaited engagement most people have said including the Prince of Wales and the Queen! The happy couple is swamped by well-wishers and off course the media and everyone are speculating on every single details - When exactly the wedding will take place – May, June or July? Where the wedding will take place, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral or somewhere more private? Who will be attending the wedding? Who will design the wedding dress? How much the wedding will cost? Who will be paying for the wedding? Every single detail is currently being speculated!

At Hannah Michael, we are very happy with the announcement and congratulate the lovely couple on their engagement. Kate reported that the proposal which happened in Africa, Prince William's second home was indeed romantic - we love that as we are hopeless romantics, we simply love weddings! Also, with Kate set to become a fashion icon, we anticipate she will most definitely set the trend that most bride will want to infuse into their big day in 2011.  We are most definitely looking out for these trends.

Also as wedding planners, we are also keen to know the details of this forthcoming royal wedding especially the date and venue as we have to consider the following for our clients getting married on or around the same day as the royal couple:

  1. William and Kate’s big day may be the most watched royal wedding since that of Charles and Diana in 1981 and so we will need to take this into account for guests who might be interested in watching part of this wedding.
  2. Travel logistics will need to be thoroughly planned out for guests and vendors for that day as there might be road closures and diverted traffic. It might also be impossible to travel in and around certain areas especially if it is on a weekday.
  3. There might be price hikes on some items or the availability of certain items e.g. a particular type of bloom/flower. Items availability might change for that period if huge orders have been made for royal wedding, this will deplete supply.
  4. Most vendors will like to be part of this anticipated monumental wedding. We will need to ensure that adequate arrangements are in place for cancellations or any unexpected emergencies. Booked vendors might cancel if called upon to be part of this wedding.
  5. Extra time will need to be factored into every aspect of the day. We might need to adjust planned timeline.
  6. Also, there are talks of a public holiday being declared on the day.  If this is the case, we will have to ensure that this doesn't affect any of our supplier's availability and also prices.

 We wish the future King and the future Queen-in-waiting, all the happiness and the very best for the future.