5 TV Series Event Planners Love...

If like us, you're heading into the winter-tv-coma-season, we've got a few series to add to your list. From weird and wonderful weddings to carnival themed parties, these episodes capture our event-planning imagination and have us dreaming of post-lockdown days when we can hold events again…

Escape the Chateau, Channel 4

Dick and Angel Strawbridge have transformed the 19th Century Chateau de la Motte-Husson in the Loire Valley into the event venue of dreams. Watching their restoration project of the 45-room castle, beautiful Orangery, outbuildings-turned-granny-annexe, walled gardens and glamping pods, prompts us to start googling ‘french chateau for sale’ and brushing up our DIY skills. Combining their creativity, innovation and quirkiness to events is wonderful watching and we can’t help but feel inspired by their elegant vintage weddings, extravagant seasonal festivities, proposals, parties and more. With a new series in the pipeline, their new book A Year in the Chateau and spin-off series Escape to the Chateau: DIY and Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend, there is no escaping this French fairy-tale castle.

Don’t Tell the Bride, All4 and Netflix

A £12,000 budget, plenty of disastrous hen-dos, and a few horrendous fancy-dress weddings– what’s not to love? Keeping us entertained since 2007, each episode follows a different bride or groom as they organise every aspect of the big day as a surprise for their fiancé. Perhaps it is the carefree last-minute nature of the weddings, or the starry-eyed partners who love their bonkers and often poorly executed ideas, but we adore this show. Available on All4 and Netflix, we challenge you not to cringe when the laissez-faire attitude to event planning ends up with wedding parties stranded with no transport, catering consisting of nothing but supermarket snacks and cakes smashed in the back of a car-boot.  

Grand Party Hotel, BBC One

Go behind-the-scenes at one of the most extravagant party hotels in the UK: The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool. Think pink flamingos on the ceiling, lions’ heads on the walls, champagne trays in the bathrooms and communal Jacuzzis. Penned as the ultimate stag-do destination ‘where the party never ends’, this four-part fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the new general manager navigate the hotel through graduation celebrations, divorce parties, baby showers and weddings. While initial reviews are sceptical about the overindulgence and extravagance involved, we think it’s much-needed escapist reality TV – plus we love hearing about people’s extreme and wacky ideas for events.

Say I Do, Netflix

Queer Eye meets Don’t Tell the Bride as designer Jeremiah Brent, fashion designer Thai Nguyen and chef Gabriele Bertacinni join forces to create the dream day for eight special couples. The show is a perfect display of impeccably organised events, sneaky product placement and wonderful themes. Episode 2 is particularly noteworthy, as the no-expense-spared wedding is held inside a huge carnival tent and features trapeze artists, jugglers on stilts, a merry-go-round and photo booths. We know that their 1-week deadline is a façade for the cameras, but nonetheless, we can’t wait for Series 2.

Say Yes to the Dress, TLC or QuestRed

For daytime reality television series at its finest, head to TLC or QuestRed, and watch Say Yes to the Dress on repeat. Based at Kleinfield Bridal in Manhattan, we catch couples in the midst of their wedding planning as they pick the perfect wedding dress. You’ll soon get to know Randy Fenoli’s hilarious attempts to calm down ‘the entourage’ and an unusual amount of dresses by Pnina Tornai (Kleinfeld’s exclusive designer). Event planners: this is the perfect insight into the couples’ wedding planning process albeit dramatized. If you’d prefer to find something a little closer to home, David Emmanuel and Gok Wan have hosted UK spin-off series.

So, snuggle up on your sofa, grab the TV remote and enjoy…

Been inspired by a great event you’ve seen on the telly? We’d love to hear from you and one of our Commercial Event Co-ordinators will help bring your event to life. Email us on venuesandevents@cheltladiescollege.org or get in touch via social media.