Engage! luxury wedding business summit in Venice

Engage! is the internationally known wedding business summit for selected creative people in the field of luxury events. In total, 200 participants from 25 nations participated and i was lucky to be a part of it. The event took place at the Hotel Belmond Cipriani in Venice an ideal location to meet for luxury weddings: timeless elegance, glamour and romance.

Engage! brings together leaders in the global wedding and event industry from celebrity planners to luxury lifestyle experts to creative entrepreneurs offering unique insights on business strategies and life balance.

Venice was the most beautiful backdrop for Engage! 2017 | Photo: Betsi Ewing

The who’s who of the luxury at Engage! 17wedding industry

Engage! is the ideal place to socialize, meet new colleagues and old friends. This is where the industry’s big names meet, such as celebrity event planner Marcy Blum, internationally acclaimed event planner Mindy Weiss, luxury wedding planner Sarah Haywood, and wedding designer Colin Cowie.
In addition to professional sessions on the latest trends, business strategies and visions were also presented. Furthermore Engage! presents what is currently or very soon announced at weddings.

Trends and inspirations on the Engage! 17

Color, color, color … big statement centerpieces, local products in goodie bags, signature drinks, these are just a few of the trend points that I noticed in the sessions and parties of Engage! 17 Venice thats seams like will be trending next year!

According to Mindy Weiss, glamping, fairy lights and organic florals will be very popular for 2018!

Everything is in the details, Lynn Easton from Easton Events says and we agree. So she thinks of  goodie bag or hangover kits for the bridal couple as well as for the guests. A great idea is also a fabric bag embroidered with the couple’s logo. As soon as something does not fit into the clutch, you have the bag as an attentive of course immediately ready. Another funny idea, are branded ice cubes! Or imagine, you’ll find an elegant picture frame with a wedding photo of you at the honeymoon hotel.

After the party

Event planner Bryan Rafanelli, the “Man of the Moment”, as he was once called by the English luxury magazine “Town & Country”, also focuses on details such as follow-up gift about a month after the wedding. These little souvenir gifts are for example: the speech of the bride’s father in a frame or the wedding invitation written on glass!

I loved Venice! And with the participation in the Engage! 17 my trip to the lagoon city was a powerful and enriching experience!

Here are some of my favorite photos from Betsi Ewing and John Cain Sargent.


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