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Gemma McGlue knows everything there is to know about organising an event – she is an account manager for Land Rover Global Events – and the one thing she knew she needed for the perfect wedding was an event manager!

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After meeting at a party in 2003 and a romantic proposal at the Landmark Hotel in London, “we chose my engagement ring at Boodles on New Bond Street,” Gemma, an Account Manager for Land Rover Global Events and Phil McGlue, a Police Officer, set to work finding a wedding planner who could create their dream day.

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The couple from Milton Keynes knew what they wanted early on, “We both love Italy and liked the idea of having our closest family and friends at a beautiful ceremony in Tuscany for the weekend,” said Gemma. They soon found Erica Bellini of Tuscan Dreams and she provided all the information they needed to arrange the event and provide the perfect venue for a September wedding. “When we found Villa Gambassi, we just fell in love with it and knew it would be perfect for our numbers and guests.” The blessing would be held in a church nearby, Santa Maria a Chianni - a popular location for Erica’s clients, and it also meant guests did not have to travel far for the reception after.

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With its rustic and romantic atmosphere, Villa Gambassi could not have been more perfect for Gemma and Phil’s vintage, lace and fine art theme - birdcages adorned the tables as centre pieces. “We researched endless venues but we always came back to Villa Gambassi. It ticked every box,” said the blushing bride.

The biggest extravagance of the weekend was a seven course meal but money was saved on the venue hire. The couple also hired a harpist during drinks for a serene mood and afterwards a disco, for the evening event, to get the wedding party up and dancing.

If Gemma could offer any advice to someone planning a wedding it would be “always keep to your budget and research the market.” Luckily, they found Tuscan Dreams, and a perfect planner in the form of Erica. “She was so helpful and lovely and we just knew everything was right.”


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The big trends for 2011 weddings in Italy have set off already and are in full demand.

Trends on transport:More and more couples decide to drive in style to their wedding ceremony and back to the villa and choose a vintage Italian sports car to remember their day by.

The choice of cars is wide and usually reflects the style of the wedding. You name it: from Alfa Romeo Spiders and Giulietta to all models of Fiats from the sports cars to the classic Cinquecento.

And of course for the grooms seriously passionate about Ferraris you cannot miss out on a ’80s flaming Ferrari.

Many couples choose classic white for the wedding day but when it comes to convertible two seater sports cars a red car is undoubtedly a love at first sight.

This trend has become even more remarkable because many couples actually hire the car for a week and drive down to the Amalfi coast, one of romantic spots of Italy, in a red vintage convertible.

Truly an unforgettable experience!!!

But the treat is not only for the Bride and Groom… The wedding party can also have their share of fun hiring vespas for the wedding day. Your Italian wedding will be really more like out of a movie!

Reception Details: The new trend is to add an authentic Italian flavour to the wedding so a good way to have guests take back a personalised token of your wedding in Italy is to pick something local for them to take back. Think personalised bottles of local olive oil with the names of the bride and groom or Chianti Classico red wine in a miniature flask or for the ones who like strong flavours, sun-drenched Limoncello Lemon liqueur or 40 degrees elegant mini bottles of Grappa spirit.

This will add a personal classic touch to a truly Italian wedding.



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Like any other wedding item flowers are subject to trends. Ivory is off course the colour that strikes to your mind when you think about weddings. But why not adding a splash of colour to your wedding ?  Fashion industry has a big impact on flowers colour trend so check the colour that are fashion in the highstreet add them to your bouquet.
As you might guess 2009 flower trends will be a touch of purple flowers.
Here are a few purple flowers to add a bit of glamour to your bouquet.

 -sweet peas



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Money matters: Priorities and write a list of what is more important to you. For example if flowers play a huge role in making the day special to create atmosphere then go for it and save on the bridal car. Don’t make the mistake to try and save on every item because you will not be satisfied in the end since you ill have compromised on things that you cared for. Remember to save on things that don’t really matter to you.

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Have guests stay where the venue is so that you save on transportation (which is an expensive item on an Italian budget).
Bridal car: instead of hiring a car with driver for the day, hire a nice car (say a convertible or a nice Alfa Romeo – since you are in Italy) for the entire week so that you can maximize its use. You can then ask a friend to drive it on the day.

Hire a large villa or a farmhouse where you can also have a wedding. Some villas do not charge an extra fee to have the wedding since they will have the weekly rental. They might charge a minimal fee for cleaning and re-ordering the villa after a party.
If you have guests stay in a hotel and you hire a separate venue for the day, say a castle, you will be charged a venue wedding fee on top of accommodation. You can save a lot plus for you and your guests it will turn into a lovely holiday.

HAVE THE WEDDING MID WEEK as opposed to a Saturday. You can hire a large villa from Saturday to Saturday, have the wedding any day from Sunday to Thursday. You will have more available suppliers and they sometimes charge also less.

go for the traditional Italian wedding cake (Millefoglie – layers of puff pastry and fresh vanilla cream with either chocolate chips or Fresh strwberries). The cost is sometimes 50% less than a wedding cake in the UK. On top of this Italian confectionary, however excellent they might be, they excel in Italian cakes. Trying to reproduce an English cake, you might end up spending more and not having what you really wanted. For example, icing: no Italian cake has icing which means that they only do icing for non-Italians who request it.

advice: unless you have a friend or family who is a professional photographer do not count on friends taking snapshots. Wedding Photos is what you will have to look at in 20 years time to show your children. Make sure you get a pro to do the job. The photographer will make sure that you don’t miss out on all the crucial moments aside from having beautiful photos guarantee.
One way to save on the photography is to have CD of photos and not have prints with a big leather album. You can decide to buy a photo album at a later stage and stick the photos in the album yourself.

-Use seasonal flowers and local flowers which will be a lot cheaper than imported from Holland or out of season flowers. In the summer months when flowers are at its lowest production, you can always find Gerberas and certain types of Roses.
Remember that in Italy is a lot warmer than in the UK so the flowering time is a lot shorter than in the UK.

-if flowers rank at the top of  your wedding budget and you really like to have the venue and church/town hall very rich with flowers, then make sure that you pick a date whenyour flowers are in season. For example, Peonies are gorgeous flowers but have a very limited season in Tuscany (May) or Hydrangea (June), then it is worth getting married in the period that they are in season.

-If you have really set your heart on a flower and it happens to be out of season or you can only make a wedding on a certain date, then spend a little more on flowers for the bridal party (bridal bouquet, bridesmaids, buttonholes and corsage) which will also appear on all the photos, and then for the church/ceremony and for the reception choose either a similar flower altogether or have a predominance of a seasonal matching flower and just a touch of your favourite one.

-Use local herbs such as rosemary, sage (they both have beautiful flowers in their flowering time); Fresh lavender when in flower. All the above will give a lovely scent to your flower composition and a very reasonably priced!

-maximise the use of flowers: RE-USE flowers on the day: example:
The flower composition from the town hall should be easily transportable (in a wicker basket for example – no water - ) and of size that can be easily put in a carby one of the guests or by the wedding planner. This composition can then be re-used for the canapés table when guests get back to the villa. Then when the canapés are over, this composition can be pulled apart and re-used to decorate the cake or placed on the open bar table in the evening.

-spend on your bouquet and save on reception flowers. For table centrepieces have some large floating flowers with many candles/t-lights.


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  1. A reputable wedding planner will not take over your day – instead she will work with you to decide what you want them to do what (if anything) you want to do yourself. Make sure that from the first conversation you have with the wedding planner, she is the one who listens to what YOU really want.
  2. Find a person who gets on with you. You will spend a good part of a year planning together and who is organising the most important day of your life. It’s therefore essential that good communication is at the fore front and that you really trust their judgement.
  3. Make sure that the planner is on your same wavelength because she will have to interpret your ideas the way you want them.
  4. The best way to find a wedding planner is by word of mouth but if you want to get married abroad and don’t know anyone who did make an internet search. Of course make sure that they can give you references/contacts of previous wedding and when you meet that she can provide photographs and portfolios of previous weddings.

Using a planner will surely guarantee saving your time and stress but may actually be able to save you money because of her knowledge, expertise and negotiating powers with suppliers.

Of course the main thing to remember is the wedding plan will save you time giving you more time to spend together in a relaxing manner and also calm and peace of mind to enjoy this unique day.


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1.         It’s better to spend money on one thing and have an incredible band than spend the same and have two average things

2.         Live as opposed to pre-recorded music (such as an iPod) makes a terrific difference to the party

3.         Downloading music to an iPod is the cheapest option but make sure not to over use it. For the most emotional (the ceremony) or energetic moments (evening dancing) of the wedding day make sure that you have live music to make this moments unforgettable. You can use the iPod during canapés or as background music during the sit down dinner.

4.         The quantity of entertainment should reflect the wedding party size.

5.         The type of entertainment you choose will set the tone and determine the style of your wedding.

6.         It’s a great plus to have musically talented friends or family perform during the wedding day. It will make the day unique and special.






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1. Avoid anyone who will steal the scene
2. Choose a good friend that has shared your life in the last few years. A childhood friend might have lost touch with who you have become lately.
3. Choose a bridesmaid who can support you on the wedding and deal with any problem that might come up.
4. Choose bridesmaids that will get on with each other
5. Bridesmaids are there to help you so delegate!


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1. The dress should be comfortable (you will need to spend 12 hours in it)
2. Think at shapes that flatter you. The dress should accentuate the positive and camouflage the negatives.
3. Order the dress at least 6 months before the wedding.
4. Remember to wear your wedding-day lingerie and shoes when being fitted.


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1. Know where your money is coming from
2. Decide how much money you and your boyfriend can contribute
3. Make a list of your priorities (make sure you both agree on them when you talk to parents)
4. Divide up the money and decide where it will go (as a general rule catering and venue will amount to 50% of the budget)
5. Expect to go a little over budget. Everyone does! Allow for emergencies or unexpected items.


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1. Watch your budget closely
2. If you need help – don’t be shy just ask
3. Learn from the mistakes and successes of previous friends and family (other brides are the best and most honest source of wedding information)
4. Make sure your wedding reflects yourself
5. Be relaxed if something goes wrong – chances are no-one will notice. Guests are not there to judge but to enjoy/share this occasion with you.