Colin Cowie, “Mr. Wedding” and event planner of the century, talks exclusively to Blush for an in-depth insight into how he broke into the biz, and why even Hugh Hefner chose him to get the job done. The author of eight bestselling books, Colin has been at the forefront of the biggest events globally for 25 years.
“I met Hugh Hefner and was commissioned to design and produce his wedding…little did I realize how famous the world’s most famous bachelor was! From then I was labeled Mr. Wedding,” says Cowie. Mr Wedding indeed, with clients that range from a who’s who in royalty and aristocracy, celebrity and society, Colin professes that his South African roots brought hospitality to the forefront in Los Angeles entertainment. From then on, it was up and away for the entrpeneur. He advises that couples should “pick three things and do them well rather than 5 things on the skinny. Spend your money on elements that your guests will get the most out of. Offer a better cut of meat and quality of wine instead of party favors, serve a delicious 3 course meal including dessert instead of an elaborate multi-course menu. Offer a signature cocktail instead of the proverbial red wine, white wine and water, save them for the meal service. And rather than hiring a band, book a DJ! Find one who understands how to work the energy in the room so when it’s time to party everyone is on the dance floor.” Sage advice from the man who has conceptually developed some of the biggest nuptial events in the world
What else can a couple do when entertaining to maximize impact?
- If you want to show people your real sense of style, open your house to them.
- When decorating, keep a thread of style by identifying your look and colour. Create one master theme that starts with the wreath on the front door, to the garland over your fireplace or stair banister to the focal point, bringing it to your tree and keep it going on your dining table.
- Don’t forget the invitation should follow theme too.
- I love the idea of making fabulous well-crafted cocktails. The bartender of yesterday is the rock star mixologist of today!
Cheers Colin, we’re raising our glasses to you!