LIMERICK’S Adare Manor is to play host to 250 of the world’s most influential wedding planners this week at a summit taking place for the first time in Ireland.
World leading industry experts, including those who worked on Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend Engage!, the global Luxury Wedding and Event Business Summit at the five star resort this week for a three day event.
Founded by Kathryn Acre and Rebecca Grinnals, Engage! Summits bring together professionals from around the world that work on events hosted for Royalty, Presidents, world leading luxury brands and Fortune 500 companies, to intimate private weddings and parties.
According to Fáilte Ireland, the overseas wedding market already generates around €70m in revenue for Ireland – in addition to the estimated €150m in spend which comes from overseas wedding guests.
Adare Manor said it was an “immense opportunity” to showcase what the resort has to offer for destination weddings and events worldwide.
Paul Heery, general manager at Adare Manor said the hotel was “delighted to welcome” the Engage! team and delegates to Ireland and Adare Manor.
“This global industry leading event attracts the best of the best from around the world, who come together to discuss and share innovative ideas. One of the most popular industry events in the global calendar, it allows for open and honest networking in a non-client and non-competitive environment.
“Careful attention is paid by Engage! to create an intimate atmosphere for every individual attending that blends structure and downtime, and here at Adare Manor, this is what we do best.
“We take great pride in hosting this international delegation as we believe it is a huge opportunity for Adare Manor, Limerick and Ireland to have this summit here in Adare. The opportunity to showcase what we have to offer for destination weddings and events worldwide is immense”.
The event is being supported by many Irish stakeholders, including Failte Ireland, Limerick City and County Council and Xena Productions.
Organisers Kathryn Acre and Rebecca Grinnals said: “We believe in the magic of connection – of bringing together like-minded souls in a supportive environment, with the chance to inspire each other, challenge each other, and grow as an industry. In order to achieve this, it is very important for us to host in a suitable luxury resort that has scale and award winning service with complimenting wonderful intimate surroundings.
“We are delighted to come to Ireland and Adare Manor, ‘Hotel of the Year 2018’ and we hope this magnificent backdrop will set the scene for an all inspiring Summit and an everlasting Irish relationship.”
Paul Mockler, head of commercial development at Fáilte Ireland, said it was “the first time Ireland has hosted an event like Engage!, and this week’s conference will give us the unprecedented opportunity to directly target 250 influential wedding planners.
“I’m confident that the top-quality Irish suppliers presenting at Engage! will provide these buyers with countless reasons to sell Ireland as a premier and unique wedding destination to their clients,” he added.
Some of those attending include Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events, who boasts a portfolio of clients and work that includes Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and Christmas at the White House and Matthew Robbins of Matthew Robbins Designs, who was voted one of America’s Top Wedding Planners on Harpers Bazaar’s best of the best.
Also attending is Jes Gordon of ‘Jes Gordon / Proper Fun’, who has multiple signature style designs, which include collaborating and assisting on major film sets, including Interview with a Vampire and Dead Man Walking and whose clients have included Madonna, Barbara Streisand, Harrison Ford, Nicolas Cage, JFK Jnr, Woody Allen, Mel Gibson, Elton John and Sting.
Ireland’s Tara Fay and Peter Kelly are also on the speaking line-up.