London’s Battersea goes Hollywood for Movie-style wedding

London’s Battersea goes Hollywood for Movie-style wedding

The New ‘B’ is in Battersea, not Bentley

Smart couples willing to pay a little more are now opting for movie style glamour in hiring the most sophisticated luxury wedding planners in the world. Weddings like these may seem out of this world for the average Joe Bloggs like me but for the monied set, they represent a new rising trend in expressing one’s wealth.

Wedding planner Mark Niemierko, who choreographed this extravagant production (should we call it a wedding?) described it simply, saying: “It was epic!”

So next time you see the streets lined with cones, high-end film production crews and directors looking down the barrel of a pro camera lens, check yourself because it’s likely not a movie but just someone you never heard of making a wedding video.

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Event: Theatre Deli announce The Great British F*ck Off Festival

Brexit has divided many in the country but there is one thing we all share in common on the subject: we all want a better a brighter future for Britain. The devil is just in the detail of how we get there. One thing many Europeans respect British people for is our sense of pragmatism and sense of fair-play.

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A dispiriting visit to the new Carnegie Library

At long last, the Carnegie Library is open but its opening is as controversial as its closure. I popped in yesterday to see for myself. A security guard on the main door exchanged pleasantries and I walked into the main room. Here were shelves of books, computers and tables and a toddler group underway. Another security guard stood near the door to the stairs that led to toilets. He told me they weren’t open yet.

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Dulwich Picture Gallery’s New Exhibition of Norwegian painter, Harald Sohlberg, resonates between landscape and the painters inner world

Harald Sohlberg (1869-1935) paintings will be completely new to many in Britain unfamiliar with his work. A contemporary of Edvard Munch, he was born in Oslo (then Kristiania) in 1869 and went on to become a true master of the landscape.

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William Hope Hodgson; cult writer, war hero, child seaman

Among the many casualties in World War One was Lieutenant William Hope Hodgson, writer of weird and horror fiction, seaman, pioneering photographer, binder of Houdini and teacher of physical culture to the Blackburn police. On 19 April 1918, forty year old Lieutenant Hodgson was killed in an artillery bombardment near Ypres.

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Can you go too far with wedding planning? (This is how the uber-wealthy do it!)

Planning a wedding day is as much about expression and creativity as it is about love and longevity. How you choose to do it will be noticed by your nearest and dearest and, no doubt t, they’ll love you for it. The uniform wedding format seems to have fallen out of favour with contemporary wedding planners as they conjure events that are a cross between an Oceans 11 movie and a Mexican carnival.

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Dulwich Picture Gallery Scouts Local Artistic Talent …. Sort Of!

In the heart of picturesque Dulwich Village, the oldest purpose-built gallery in the world, designed by architect Sir John Soane, stands stout and firm, self-confident in the world-class collection of paintings that can be found hanging on its walls. It is, of course, the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

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London’s art scene prepares for the Summer Olympia Art & Antiques Fair

Opening it’s doors today (20th June), The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia, will play host to many of the UK’s most prestigious galleries. The fairs long history places it firmly on the annual calendar of art selling events in the capital. Collectors traveling from near and far have the opportunity to pick up museum-quality pieces ranging from the likes of Pablo Picasso to travel pieces by David Roberts RA.

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Prince Harry & Meghan: How much should you spend on a “royal” wedding?

Recently announced news about Prince Harry and his fiancé, Meghan Markle, who are to wed, has people bursting with an excitement all over the world. Everyone is waiting to find out more details about this wedding but the exact details are yet to be announced.

Details so far are scant but we already have a glimpse of where it will take place and when. Saturday, May the 19th this year has been picked as the best time and the venue had been agreed on as the Saint Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle. This will be on a Saturday despite royal weddings typically taking place during weekdays. Another little throw to the status quo.

Even so, we impatiently wait for more particulars on the reception, the guest list, the wedding dress, the ring, decorations, entertainment, the menu, wines of the day, security and all the rest needed to throw a big bash… but how big will it be?

As Harry is the 5th inline to the throne, it seems unlikely that he will ever manage to sit on the big chair, however, he is still royal and the world expects a big, slightly less formal, but certainly not a boring wedding. 

The capacity of the venue is 800 which is a big cutdown from 2000 when William wedded a few years ago. It’s positively tiny compared to Diana and Charles wedding, whose guest-list hit 5000. One of the UK’s most famous wedding planners says: “800 might seem as an extreme to most of us but it’s quite an intimate number for a royal wedding.”

The royal family is picking up the bill for the wedding, although we should consider that the venue and the staff are going to be practically free. So the question is: how much cash will actually be spent to make an unforgettable party?

Apparently one “pays between 250K upwards to a half a million pounds” on average for a splash wedding these days in London, but it really depends whether you spend £25,000 or £100,000 on a wedding dress for instance. “And after all, the cost goes up considerably if you decide to spend more on the actual evening which the public will not necessarily get to see". 

As it’s a state occasion one can still expect the bill to rise as many national and international VIPs will certainly attend and the security, as well as the overall presentation, will be very important and, of course, costly. The fact that Windsor was chosen instead of London will definitely cut the cost down considerably and, of course, 800 guests will not cost as much as 5000, nonetheless, those guests will be state figures and the figure is still expected to cost.

So, what can we expect in terms of expenditure for this wedding? As our celebrity wedding planner informs advises: “just stay true to yourself, you don’t need to follow a formula, don’t follow the latest trend you have seen on Pinterest for example. Be yourself. And, we are already seeing that with Harry and Megan."

What we have seen so far from Prince Harry and Megan is that they already broke a few royal rules and they are opting for slightly more radical choices than the previous royals. They come across as very much in love publicly and we hope that the cost will not matter after all as long as they decide on a fun, unique and chic wedding. We can’t wait to see it!

 

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