It’s that time of year again – our annual Trend Report. We’ve been collecting ideas, articles and photos like crazy to come up with our predictions for how fashion, interior design and food trends will influence the event industry in 2013 and beyond.
Coming up, we will show you how to incorporate this year’s latest trends into your events. In the meantime, check out our Pinterest boards and these articles to see what trends we’re tracking.
Last month, I took a little holiday over the pond. Here are just a few highlights from an amazing trip to London and Harrogate.
Birthday Dinner at my favorite London restaurant, La Petite Maison; Best Sunday Ritual – Sunday Roast at The Pig and Butcher; wedding gown shopping with @urbanflipflops at Brown’s Bride; wedding venue shopping at Fulham Palace with @urbanflipflops.
A majestic peacock in Holland Park; Baccarat chandeliers at One Marylebone, a spectacular London wedding venue; House of Dior exhibit at Harrods – beautiful and inspiring; cheese-flavored macaron at La Cave a Fromage – genius.
And, the jewel in the crown, seeing Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience. Truly incredible performance and a must-see if you are planning to be in London before June!!!
So excited to share this article from the current issue of The Georgetowner where I share current trends and advice for brides. Even more exciting, three of my event photos were chosen to accompany the article!
Are you overwhelmed with planning your honeymoon? Are you considering using a travel agent, but never worked with one before? Here are a few myths about working with a travel agent that I asked my friend and today’s guest blogger, Sue Michailidis, luxury travel consultant with Connoisseur Travel, to debunk for us.
“I don’t need a travel agent.”
A travel agent brings years of experience, organization and industry contacts to your travel planning. While the internet has taken over a large piece of the leisure travel pie, do you want to trust your honeymoon to a website? Travel agencies still account for 51% of all travel sales in the US. We are knowledgeable insiders on destinations and accommodations. And heaven forbid, something goes wrong while traveling, you’ll have your very own travel advocate—not a call center–assisting you every step of the way.
“Travel agents are a waste of time.”
For planning your trip, a travel agent can save you from hours of painful research and comparison shopping. You have enough on your plate with the wedding plans! After awhile, every overwater bungalow in Bora Bora looks fabulous—but what is the right fit for you as a couple? Work with someone who is a destination specialist in the area—they have been to the resorts, and can give you insider information—stuff you can’t differentiate on websites, or on Trip Advisor.
You’ll also save time once your trip is booked. Say you want to make a change to your itinerary once it’s booked through Expedia….can you say “hold time”? Instead, send your agent a quick email or text.
Finally, your travel agent bundles your trip as a package, if any changes are made, it’s done seamlessly: flights, car rentals, resorts, transfers, etc. are all notified. Doing each booking on your own, you’ve got your work cut out for you.
“It’s expensive to use a travel agent.”
Most agencies do not charge an upfront fee to do business, always ask first.
As for getting a better deal online—rarely is this true. In your research, if you find a better deal online, let your agent know. Oftentimes they can match whatever you find.
My agency is part of a consortium & preferred partners with exclusive resorts. We offer our clients a bunch of perks for hotel stays that you cannot get booking online: free breakfasts, room upgrades, etc.
Finally, often times online rates don’t include taxes and fees upfront. Most travel agent packages show the full price—no surprises.
“Travel agents try to needlessly upsell.”
Travel agents try to find the best value for your vacation. This isn’t necessarily the lowest cost option.
Sometimes this means suggesting an ocean view room on your Hawaiian honeymoon, rather than booking a “resort view” room ( a view of the parking lot). Or recommending a non-stop flight the day after your wedding, as opposed to a flight with multiple or long layovers. Believe me, you’ll be wiped out! Travel agents want your business and referrals—their goal is for you to have a trip that exceeds your expectations.
Who needs service on their honeymoon, when I can book it all online?
Your honeymoon is truly a trip of a lifetime. Work with a professional to customize a unique experience for the two of you. In addition to all the basic services they provide, agents can arrange car service, personalized activities, romantic excursions, special dinners. You can rest easy trusting your trip is in the hands of an experienced professional.
Sue Michailidis is a luxury travel consultant with Connoisseur Travel. She specializes in South Pacific Honeymoons. She lived in Maui for 5 years, traveling throughout the South Pacific: Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii and beyond. She now resides in Washington DC with her family and sells travel destinations worldwide. If you would like to talk to Sue about planning your honeymoon or next vacation, you can email her at
I just finished three days of wedding festivities for A & B at a family horse farm and vineyard in Middleburg, VA. What an amazing couple and spectacular setting for a wedding! We kicked off the weekend with an intimate dinner in the house. Saturday featured a day-long Southern-style BBQ with lawn games, hay bale lounges, and a whiskey bar. The wedding ceremony took place nestled by some trees (where the couple had carved their initials) in a field.
Here are just a few photos from the beautiful weekend!
This past weekend I was in Stone Harbor, NJ for my client’s wedding. Ashlynn and Gregg were an absolute pleasure to work with and their wedding was AMAZING!
My good friend and staff assistant, Rebecca, did an adorable post on her blog Urban Flip Flops about the quaint town of Stone Harbor with a few pics from the wedding. Check it out here.
I can’t wait to share the photos from Rodney Bailey when they are available. In the meantime, here are a few quick snaps I was able to take.
The beautiful beach at Stone Harbor.
The adorable welcome bags.
The super cute and preppy monogrammed Oxfords the bride gave to her bridal party (and one for me!):
A very relaxed Father of the Bride:
The fabulous getaway vehicle taking the Wedding Party to the reception:
A sparkling send off:
Saturday could not have been a more beautiful day for the wedding of my absolutely lovely clients, Melissa and Lou.
A few more sneak peeks can be found here.
Rebecca and Jason were an absolute pleasure to work with and their wedding couldn’t have been more perfect for them! The team at the Hay Adams did an impeccable job, as always, and from all the smiles in the photos, it is evident that a good time was had by all.
I really loved the old European manor house and garden romance we were able to weave throughout the event.
Head on over to Michael Connor’s blog to check out all the fun.