Weddings At The Shard


Walking past this magnificent building the other evening, had me thinking how remarkable it must be to be getting married at such dizzy heights, and that old saying ‘the sky is the limit’ takes on a whole new concept.  London has many buildings with stunning views but there’s only one Shard.   If you are a couple who wants to own that unique spot up above the clouds to exchange your beautiful wedding vows  – then you will be pleased to know the Shard is also a luxurious wedding venue.

The Shangri-La Hotel situated up on the 34th Floor hosts a selection of complimentary services with an exclusive wedding package to host civil ceremonies and receptions for up to 100 guests.  Apart from the spectacular views such as Tower Bridge, the River and St Pauls Cathedral – pleasing your guests – you can rest assured the opulence of the venue will be a very special moment of additional splendour to your wedding day.   Just standing here gazing up and taking this photo has made me realise that a wedding in the Shard will be nothing short of pure indulgence fitted with heavenly panoramic visions – the ultimate luxury hotel wedding experience.


I won’t go into the statistics of the building as I am sure many of you have heard and seen them all before.  However, if you are considering The Shard as a venue for your dream wedding, then the Shangri-La Hotel has some incredibly unique professionally arranged packages to simplify your wedding planning, and therefore, takes care of everything you desire for your special day.

I was lucky enough to have had the chance to go up to the Shangri-La Hotel and see for myself not only the stunning backdrop,  but how meticulously well the service was.  From the moment you step inside the reception – you instinctively know you have arrived at a special place.  So if you are planning a wedding in the heart of London, with visions that simply cannot compete, then check out the wedding services that are offered to take the strain away from your big day.  With an additional stay in the Shangri-La Suite and beautifully decorated rooms for your wedding guests, it can only be the perfect end to a very special stay.


Further details on weddings at The Shard can be found here:  The Shangri-La Hotel

Live Wedding Lounge

A Whole New Wedding Experience – Live Wedding Lounge

Bride Icon have attended many events featuring a range of wedding inspirations, but no such inspiration has so far matched the real-life wedding experience presented to us by Jessica Hay, Director of Live Wedding Lounge.  This new concept is an innovative take on showcasing what a wedding would look and feel like, by recreating a real life wedding environment!   Directed by Jessica, it was clear to see her passion on how she wanted couples who were planning a wedding, to have the opportunity to have a fresh new approach in wedding planning.  Bringing this new idea into reality, Live Wedding Lounge successfully created an extraordinary wedding experience for  couples to view, savour and share the ambience of how their wedding might look like.

Live Wedding Lounge

Live Wedding Lounge

The Five Star, Grade II listed Sofitel St James Hotel in London, known for its British design and contemporary style that is distinctly French, delivered in style with guests served up to 3 delicious courses of smoked salmon for starters, followed by succulent beef and sweet desserts by Maitre ChouxRemy Martin provided the guests with welcoming drinks as well as the delectable brandy toast after dinner.

Live Wedding Lounge

Live Wedding Lounge

Live Wedding Lounge

Live Wedding Lounge

It was the perfect setting for some of the uppermost wedding professionals to display a selection of bridal dresses, photography, table settings and an evening of joyous live entertainment brought to us by the All Town Music band with singers Dan Daniel and Daisy Dance, who delighted the guests to create the perfect wedding experience in all its glory!

Live Wedding Lounge

Live Wedding Lounge

This new-found experience and success into producing a real-life wedding vision is possibly the beginning of more similar events to come up from Jessica and her team.  Live Wedding Lounge has set the precedent in creating an up, close and personal experience for couples to have first-hand knowledge and understanding into not only seeing how their wedding would look like, but also taking part and being closely involved, when it comes to the ultimate decision-making process.

Live Wedding Lounge

Live Wedding Lounge

It’s been a captivating and new experience for Bride Icon and the guests who had attended – one that has truly set the bar high in terms of wedding inspirations.  Congratulations to Jessica and the Live Wedding Lounge team for making this into reality – we are certain this will be a big part of the future wedding planning scene!

For more details, or if you would like to take part in the experience yourself, see their website here: Live Wedding Lounge


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Alexandra Pisani

Alexandra Pisani Weddings & Events @ The Corinthia Hotel

Alexandra Pisani has launched her bespoke luxury weddings and events business at the Corinthia Hotel, London.  With a wealth of experience in the 5-Star hospitality industry, and knowledge of both the American and European social and events markets, Alexandra provides an exceptional and unparalleled offering within the event planning sector.  Known for her creativity and sophistication, Alexandra produces and provides incredible, one-of-a-kind events including weddings, parties and private dinners.  Alexandra sets out to do things differently, focusing on authenticity and understanding, she aims to provide a pure and highly personalised experience by centering her values and work in harmony with her client’s needs.

Alexandra Pisani collaborates together with her clients to make their vision a reality. With an extensive contact book of all the very best suppliers in the industry from floral designers, caters to stationers, Alexandra will ensure that any wedding or event is truly bespoke and a complete reflection of the couple.

Alexandra Pisani

The 5-Star Corinthia Hotel in London was founded 50 years ago by Alfred Pisani in Malta who is the Founder, Chairman and incidentally Alexandra’s father.  The hotel gleams opulence and splendour at your service and based in Whitehall, providing an ideal backdrop of the iconic London skylines.  Alexandra has been part of the team at the Corinthia for a few years, but is now taking this milestone step to launch her own wedding business – which essentially has been a dream and passion of Alexandra’s on becoming the guide and pillar of strength that every bride needs on their most intimate day.

Alexandra’s unique background in hospitality is unparalleled; born and raised in the hospitality business, giving her a deep insight into the art of providing unrivalled personal customer service. From an early age, Alexandra understood the importance of going above and beyond to create experiences that will never be forgotten.  She now strives to continue this legacy through curating the most unforgettable moments for her clients.

Alexandra Says:

“This business has been a goal of mine for many years and seeing this vision turn into a reality gives me great joy and pleasure. I am so excited and I can’t wait to work closely with my brides and grooms to bring their dreams come to life.’’

Alexandra Pisani

Alexandra Pisani

The Corinthia Hotel’s in-house florist By Appointment Only Design embellished the whole room with an abundance of colourful and vibrant floral displays flowing from above, that had the guests in delight along with the beautiful serene table decorations and candles – the wedding scene was ready and set!   Visit their boutique from the Northumberland Avenue entrance of the Corinthia Hotel or see more details here

Alexandra Pisani

To add to the indulgence, Yevnig Davis the cake designer behind Unique Cakes by Yevnig created a sweet and colourful table full of mouth-watering deluxe cakes and intricate treats. Yegniv has a real passion for integral designs which embraces her individual flair to create elegant luxury wedding cakes. More cakes by Yevnig can be seen here on

Alexandra Pisani

Alexandra Pisani

It was not only the vision of the Corinthia that was full of splendour but it was the aroma too.  Creator and manufacturer of fine, natural home fragrances and cosmetic products Stephen Cordina brought together an exhibit of scented candles that lit up the room, but with a magic touch of  combining  the candles with a scented balm of essential fragrant oils, that awakened everyone’s senses and felt exquisite on the skin too.  Visit Stephen’s website to see more of his creations here:

Alexandra Pisani

Alexandra Pisani


Rain Or Shine: Bingham Is The Perfect Wedding Venue

With the unpredictability of the weather, one of London and Surrey’s leading wedding venues, the Bingham in Richmond-upon-Thames has now enhanced its offering through the addition of a bespoke fitted terrace canopy.  Whether its cloudy or sunny; the new canopy allows couples and their guests to enjoy the riverside garden whatever the weather, banishing the worries of the dreaded rain and what ifs!

BinghamFor the winter season, guests can enjoy cocktails in the warmth of the private heated terrace underneath the bespoke awning.  This terrace canopy is available for all weddings taking place in the months of October to April. For couples outside of these months, the canopy can be hired for a one off fee covering installation and subsequent removal.

At the same time, Head Chef, Shaunak Singh is launching the new Autumn/Winter Wedding menu.  Aside from the breathtaking views of the river easing its way down the Thames, the award-worthy food is an attraction in itself; Shaunak uses fresh, seasonal and ethical ingredients to create vibrant and interesting dishes.

The new winter menu features signature dishes such as seared hand dived scallops served with roasted pumpkin veloute, potato gnocchi, glazed root vegetables and parsley oil, Creedy carver duck breast, with crispy leg croquettes, vanilla and celeriac puree, braised red cabbage, potato fondant and duck sauce and Opera Cake with chocolate ganache and white chocolate ice cream.


With a unique river setting, modern interiors, comfortable bedrooms and restaurant grade seasonal food, the Bingham has everything a couple could want to host their own private luxury celebration and with the addition of the new canopy, the Bingham offers greater flexibility than ever before with the opportunity to use the outdoor grounds of the venue during the often unpredictable Autumn, Winter and early Spring months. New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day dates are available.

Wedding packages at the Bingham start from approximately £105 per person with Autumn Winter Exclusive Use starting from £15,000 including use of all fifteen bedrooms. For further details have a look at their website here

Celebration Spa

Celebration Spa Day At Bedford Lodge Hotel

Celebration Spa
Relaxation Room

Get that Pre-Wedding Day Glow with the Celebration Spa Day at The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel!

Following a stressful period of wedding planning, an effortless, relaxed and sophisticated way to celebrate your engagement with your bridal party is an exclusive luxuriously pampering Spa day out. Arrive with your bridal party at The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel for the Celebration Spa Day for some relaxing yet fun bonding time which will leave you all feeling totally pampered, glowing and relaxed.

Located in the gentile town of Newmarket in rural Suffolk, the Spa is a beautiful and intimate setting to spend the day with your closest family and friends. Taking a maximum number of 12 people in the Spa at any one time, the space will feel exclusive to you and your bridal party, perfect for engaging conversations and relaxing together.

SpaDuring the Spa Day guests will receive an ESPA Mini Facial, to help boost the radiance in your complexion, or a Relax and Revive Massage, to gently ease out any stress the bride-to-be or Maid-of-Honour may be feeling after a busy time in the lead up to the ‘Big Day’! The entire bridal party will have access to the Spa’s hydrotherapy and heat experiences which includes a hydrotherapy pool, steam room and modern sauna and the experiential showers to stimulate and soothe the senses followed by a delicious 2 course lunch with glass of champagne to toast to the future and each other.  We’ve added some details below to book your special Celebration Spa Day!

Price per person £86 (4-8 people)

Package includes:

  • Robe and Slippers
  • Access to the Spa’s hydrotherapy and heat experiences
  • ESPA mini Facial or Relax and Revive massage
  • 2 course lunch with a glass of champagne

The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7BX

Tel:  0800 652 2991

The Lord Bute

The Lord Bute – Festive Wedding Show


The Lord Bute

The Lord Bute in Highcliffe is hosting a special wedding showcase, highlighting the boutique hotel’s unique glamour and panache on the 3rd December 2016.

An upcoming wedding showcase at The Lord Bute will give soon-to-be-wed couples an opportunity to experience the venue when specially prepared and adorned in its finest wedding attire. Nestled between the New Forest and the Dorset coast, the sophisticated Lord Bute hotel and restaurant will be open to visitors between the hours of 11.00 am and 4.00 pm on Saturday 3rd December.


With five-star guest accommodation, two AA Rosettes for their food and Michelin Recommended, The Lord Bute has been making fairytale weddings come true for over 20 years. The ideal choice for couples on their big day, the hotel is well-known for its stylish interior, award-winning food, and impeccable service. Giving guests a special wedding insight, The Lord Bute will be welcoming all those who attend with drinks and canapés. They will then have the opportunity to tour the hotel and experience the beauty of a Lord Bute wedding first-hand.

From intimate celebrations to lavish affairs, The Lord Bute’s wedding planner has over 35 years experience in the industry and will be available to answer any questions on the day. Home to an enthusiastic team, guests will benefit from creative and unique ideas before peeking into the hotel’s little black book of reputed local suppliers. With some of these suppliers also in attendance, couples seeking to achieve the wedding they’ve always dreamed of will be able to ensure nothing is overlooked.

The Lord Bute

Simon Box, the Owner and General Manager of The Lord Bute, said:

We are looking forward to welcoming happy couples from across Dorset and Hampshire into our boutique hotel. A wedding should be a memorable experience and with the help of our dedicated team, we can offer the very best service combined with a luxury setting. We hope many engaged couples will join us to get a taste of just how magical their wedding could be!

For more information about The Lord Bute, please visit


Christmas Extravaganza @ Grosvenor House Hotel

Ameet Uberoi launches his Christmas Extravaganza at the Albemarle Suite, Grosvenor House Hotel, on Monday 28th November 2016 from 11.00 am to 9.00 pm showcasing some of the finest exhibitors in luxury, art, fashion and jewellery.

The launch is also in aid of the Be Kind movement whereby the primary purpose is to empower disadvantaged women in the UK and India by promoting kindness and generous acts.

The showcase will feature elegant and stylish jewellery by admired designers such as Chahat Mon Desir, and Zevar but also the equally exquisite Vashti collection, alongside a luxury range of lingerie by Zumruduanka and art from the Belgravia Gallery.

Chahat Mon DesirChahat Mon Desir are creators of elegant jewellery including luxury pearls from the South Asian seas.  The designs are inspired for the confident woman who desires to look different each time she steps out of her home.



Zevar celebrates the diversity of India and its multiple cultures. Their jewellery is sourced from selected artisans across the country and promotes the finest traditions of Indian craftsmanship.  The jewellery is niche, handmade and with a selection of unique designs add to the individuality of the brand.

Sought after fashion and lingerie designer Zumrudaunka is a luxury brand whose work has been featured on the front cover of Elle magazine, British Vogue plus many more. The style is sultry and sexy perfect for Christmas or the bride-to-be!


Vashti Collections is an online store with a range of exclusive and vibrant designer suits and sarees.  @vasticollections

Vashti Collections

Belgravia Gallery established in 1986 will be featuring the artwork from HRH The Prince of Wales and the late Nelson Mandela.  Belgravia Gallery have raised millions for charity and works with many established and emerging artists.

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By contributory writer – Ateca Akwue,

Creative Director for Lolase Make Up