London’s top wedding planner talks venues and 2011 trends

Mark Niemierko is Britain’s top luxury wedding planner. His company Niemierko looks after the kind of weddings held up as examples of what you can achieve - if only you had the time, money and imagination.

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Mark Niemierko is Britain’s top luxury wedding planner. His company Niemierko looks after the kind of weddings held up as examples of what you can achieve - if only you had the time, money and imagination.

“2011 is all about the personal touch", Mark tells us, "showy ostentation is so over and so impersonal. Weddings should always scream the couple’s personalities. Whether it be through their favourite food, favourite cocktail or favourite band. Guests should walk in and say “this is so them””.

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Mark has just finished a winter wedding at Claridge’s, which he rates as “the most heavenly chic venue in London - timeless elegance without even trying”.

Other top London venues are the Dorchester “for all out WOW”, the Mandarin Oriental “a fab choice thanks to its ballroom’s views across Hyde Park. I’m in love with One Marylebone and Kensington Palace Orangery is beyond stylish. I also love taking over restaurants exclusively from the likes of Bluebird in Chelsea or The Ivy’s private dining room.”

And if the whole wedding dress hunt isn't quite the fanciful jaunt you'd hoped for, Mark can scoop you up in a chauffeur-driven car and tick off all the best London haunts; Browns Bride, Pronovias, Temperley London, Sassi Holford and more. His presence ensures some much-needed champagne on arrival (this is meant to be fun, not to mention the biggest single-purchase expenditure of your life) and extend opening hours. Now that's what added value looks like...

See more beautiful looks at Mark's website www.niemierko.com

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