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Blended Weddings / Merging beautiful cultures.

As a Wedding Planner which Caribbean heritage I  have the great pleasure of coordinating weddings from different cultures.  The Wedding Industry caters for couples from all over the world, which is a joy in itself.  Apart from couples dreaming of experiencing their special day home and abroad to exchange vows, they also want to merge their cultures, either in the UK or travelling overseas for a Destination Wedding.

Knowing the traditions of the bride and groom  is just as important as being able to fulfil their creative dreams.

When we as planners ask couples for the design, theme or even feel of their wedding it just doesn't involve the colours, design and concept of their wedding planning experience, it  involves all aspects of both the couple's historical cultures that they want to incorporate into their special day.

What elements of your wedding that you can incorporate into your Wedding with a traditional theme/flavour?

In my experience of working with couples from blended cultural families I have found that the following are areas where they can add a touch of their traditional ideas into their day.

The Ceremony

The couples can write their own vows or ask their Wedding Officiant to read special words that come from their religious backgrounds or family traditions.


Music can play a large part in their special day. Starting from the Ceremony where couples can choose, traditional hymns, worship songs, modern wedding ceremony songs or have musical artists, singers or performers producing music to their specific tastes. e.g. Traditional organist Gospel Choir and musicians.

Wedding DJ's are usually given a playlist from which to entertain the Bridal Party and their guests throughout the evening.  Most couples will have specific types of music they would like to be played to incorporate their family in traditional / modern dances to showcase their cultural background. This makes the Wedding entertaining in itself without the extra need for Musicians, Singers, Performers etc.

Wedding Dress / Grooms Wear & The Bridal Party Outfits

With so many wedding dress designs, colours and styles to choose from it can be an exciting time for the modern bride to choose her traditional white / off white / pastel coloured wedding dress.  Imagine the excitement of being able to wear more than one wedding dress to your Reception Party incorporating your Bride / Groom's cultural heritage or tradition.  These can incorporated in the following ways:-

Traditional Wear / Colours / Prints / Designs

Traditional Wedding Dress

The Modern Wedding Dress

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There are so many countries in the world with different traditional dishes, you could take your guests on their own cultural experience incorporating, starters, main meals and exciting desserts to your "Wedding Breakfast". Because the possibilities are endless when it comes to food, I have even known Caribbean Brides to opt for a completely British menu to let their guests experience a completely different menu from the traditional caribbean / african menu they may have been expecting. It's all a matter of preference and incorporating your favourite types of food into your Special Wedding Breakfast for your guests to enjoy.

Music DJ Playing requested songs from your cultural background, heritage. Live Bands, Singers, Performers, musicians playing particulate instruments from your families homeland. The possibilities are endless.

Both parties want to feel like their family traditions and heritage are displayed and cherished in parts of there wedding ceremony and reception.

There are many ways a couple can incorporate their ideas for the guests to enjoy. 

Look out for further updates on other traditional elements that can be incorporated to ensure your guests have the best experience possible throughout your blended /cultural wedding.

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Getting Married in Cuba

  • Cuba Marriage Requirements
  • If you have never been married before, all you need is a passport that is valid throughout your stay in Cuba, and a tourist card (available from a travel agent, airline or the Cuban consulate).
  • If either the bride or groom has been married before, the previously married person must, in addition to the valid passport and tourist card, also produce the following documents:
    • if divorced: his/her birth certificate and Certificate of Divorce;
    • if widowed: his/her birth certificate, Certificate of Marriage and Certificate of Spouse's Death.
  • Have your birth certificate and any divorce/marriage/death documents translated into Spanish and legalized by the Cuban consul in Canada (service fee applies).
  • In addition, you must:
    • Create a sheet that lists your names, home address, occupations, level of education, nationality and the full names of your parents, living or deceased.
    • Attach the photo page of your passport to this sheet.
    • Fax copies of all documentation (including the extras described above if you have been married before) in both English and Spanish to your hotel in Cuba at least three weeks before your arrival there.
    • Bring all your original documents with you.


Your marriage will be formalized in the name stated on your passport. Your passport must therefore be correct, and the name on your passport must match that on all your other documents.

After your wedding, your Marriage Certificate will be prepared as quickly as possible and either given to you before you leave (time permitting) or couriered at the hotel's expense to the home address on your documents. Your marriage is legalized by the Canadian Embassy in Havana and the Cuban Foreign Affairs department.

Registrars Offices

The registrar's office should be contacted for specific rules regarding planning your destination or beach wedding in Cuba. They will also provide information regarding marriage licenses and marriage certificates.


My favorite Brands

 On Friday 10th April 2015 I had the pleasure of being invited to Quintessentially Weddings Atelier at Somerset House, London, WC2R 1LA.

Array of Designers displaying their gorgeous brands all the entice the luxury bridal Market.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Jimmy Choo - Cinderella Shoes.

Utilising our extensive black book of contacts with luxury brands and our Quintessentially network, we can secure prestigious wedding venues, celebrity photographers, famous wedding dress designers and drop dead gorgeous flowers; every aspect from the grand scale production to the finest details to create simply the most magical weddings.

Here are a few of the favorite brands from the show.

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Stunning Cake Designs

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Raj Tent Club


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Lilac Cake - gorgeous


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Chanel Floral Displays

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Chanel - Fragrance Display

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Rosalind Miller Cakes - Wedding Cakes

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The Grosvenor Stationery Company


Winter Wedding @ Woolston Manor, Chigwell, Essex

 Weddings by Lisa Lee was proud to plan this gorgeous Winter Wedding at Woolston Manor, Chigwell, Essex.  Event though it was quite a chilly winter's day the couple wanted a soft coral themed wedding and made the sunshine come through with their lovely ideas.  A gorgeous wishing well supplied by Creative Ballooon Company, Lovely flowers & decor by Ann & Yvonne. Along with Caribbean Catering by Caribbean Edge, London.

The couple had lots of talented friends who performed during the ceremony and reception. Music by Stars Disco DJ kept everyone dancing!

 Wedding Coordinator - Weddings by Lisa Lee

Catering - Caribbean Edge

Venue Decor - The Creative Balloon Company

Entertainment - Stars Discos DJ


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Caribbean Queen feature in You & Your Wedding Magazine Nov/Dec 2014 Issue

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Brush up on your spring look 2014

Some more exciting news on the Dior make up set which makes you feel bright and breezy this spring time! No need to buy lots of different products, just invest in a lovely palette. Dior have eyeshadows and blushers to enhance your spring collection. Take a look at more of the palette's that Dior has to offer.

Dior palettes 2014

Colours for your nails are just too cute. Here are a few you can try to co-ordinate with your fashion accessories.




All You Need to Know about a Polish wedding reception, in ten easy steps.

Reception at Bialy Palace, Lodz, Poland.

Reception at Bialy Palace, Lodz, Poland.

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1. The salt and the bread

Off to the party, which in this case is at the Bialy (White) Palace. On arrival everybody gets a drink and the bride and groom get salt and bread. Again, if you ever find yourself in this situation, don’t panic – it’s just symbolic, it doesn’t mean you’re only getting salt and bread  for the rest of the evening. One or other of the parents who’s job it is to provide the bread and salt may make a short speech and start blubbing at this point.

2. Song

Sto lat, sto lat,
Niech żyją, żyją nam.
Sto lat, sto lat,
Niech żyją, żyją nam,
Jeszcze raz, jeszcze raz, niech żyją, żyją nam,
Niech żyją nam!
which translates roughly into English as:
A hundred years, a hundred years,
We want them to live.
A hundred years, a hundred years,
We want them to live,
Once again, once again, we want them to live,
We want them to live.

Immediately following the salt and the bread business all Poles in the vicinity will break into song. The song is known as “Sto lat” (“100 years”) and is the same song you will hear sung at birthday parties, presidential inaugurations and, in extreme cases, the opening of a tin of sardines. Here are the words — Please learn them. You’re going to hear them a lot in the next few hours:

3. First dinner, first dance

Once the singing has died down everybody sits down to the first meal. Note my use of the word ‘first’ here. There may be additional singing in the form of traditional demands for the bride and groom to kiss like alien face-huggers, but there’s nothing important going on there that you need to worry about. Immediately following the first meal the newlyweds are invited to embarrass themselves horribly by  performing the first dance.

4. A lot more dinners

Dorota and I often advise people going to Polish weddings to beware of the amount of food they will be required to consume. “There will be a lot of food” I say “I mean, really a lot.” “Oh good” they say. I shake my head and hold my tongue. A few days later I see them again and they say “Why didn’t you tell us there would be so much!” “I did!” I say “I tried to warn you.” “My god” they say with the horror of recollection   in their eyes “I didn’t know there was that much food…”

This is how it works. Immediately after the first toast you will sit down to an excellent meal of something roasted, with vegetables and potatoes and a side salad preceded by soup. You will eat this and then help yourself to the various cakes, cold meats, breads etc. scattered liberally about the table. At this point you will be completely stuffed. About an hour later the waiters will be bearing down on you with another dinner. An hour after that they will be back again. By now you’ll be feeling the fear. Fortunately there are only three or four  more courses to go, each one the size of a hearty Sunday dinner.     And then cake.

Do not attempt to eat everything served to you. You will die. You    have to regard the food as symbolic. It’s a symbol of wealth and plenty, an overwhelming feast for the happy event, it’s not an actual meal.

5. The vodka situation

Vodka is a big deal at Polish weddings. Vodka is only drunk collectively. Glasses are filled, somebody proposes a toast, vodka is drunk, and glasses are refilled in readiness for the next toast. There’s no casual solitary sipping. It’s all or nothing every time. Do not be tempted to fill in the time between toasts with a beer or a glass of wine, that way lies very messy but dimly recalled madness. Try to eat between the toasts as much as you can, that might save you 😉

6. Throwing bouquets and ties

The throwing of the bouquet will be familiar to British readers and it has the same function at a Polish wedding. The difference at a Polish wedding is that it is taken much more seriously. In the half an hour before the tossing of the bride's bouquet/vail is due you’ll notice two things. Firstly the eligible ones begin their warm up routines. The second is the gradual but complete evacuation of the building by all unmarried females over the age of about 28. To be 28 or older and   still in that circle around the bride is a powerful shame. Unlike men   at British weddings Polish men also get the chance to make utter   fools of themselves scrambling after discarded clothing. The groom’s tie is the sought after item in this case. By this time of the night any male who is still able to stand, regardless of age, is considered a good catch.

7. Proper dancing

Dancing is also a big deal at Polish weddings. It’s the women’s vodka. Proper dancing is expected. In pairs, with feet and everything. Dancing schools make a killing in Poland. However do expect the 'birdie song' to appear every now and then.

8. Midnight cake

The cake is cut and distributed to the groaning overstuffed guests at around midnight. Then they wheel in an entire roasted cow just in case anybody is feeling peckish. Knocking off time will probably be sometime around 3 or 4 in the morning.

9. After midnight fun games/ Oczepiny

There are plenty of fun games to choose from - the band is usually deciding what bride & groom will have to do... Drinking champagne from her shoe? Garter chase? Rolling an egg through the groom’s   pant legs? Kissing recognition test? Expect crying from laughter...or just crying if the kissing recognition game gets out of hand.

10. The Ever-Present-Bride-and-Groom 

At most British weddings, the bride and groom will leave before the guests. Not so at a Polish wedding, unless of course they slip out for    a bit of necking and come back in. The happy couple is expected to    be at the party until the last guest leaves, the idea being you have     the rest of your lives to be together so tonight be a good host and stay and entertain your guests.


Bialy Palace, Gorgeous Venue for Traditional Polish Reception in Lodz, Poland

After the lovely Ceremony we were taken to the Bialy Palace a stunning white palace.

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Venue name: Bialy Palace

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Konstantynow Lodzki

The Bialy (White) Palace is situated just outside of the Lodz border     in a small town called Konstantynow Lodzki. Towards the end of the night mini buses and taxis will be on hand to take you back to the   hotel.




Looking for a Traditional Polish Wedding Ceremony in Lodz, Poland

On a lovely spring day in April I had the pleasure of attending a Traditional Family Polish Wedding at Poznanski Palace, a city landmark which is located in the heart of Lodz, a short walking distance from the famous Piotrkowska Street.

Name: Poznanski Palace

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The Poznanski Palace was originally designed as a commercial and residential property. When it was purchased by Izrael Poznanski in 1877 it was a simple corner building with modest elevation.   It underwent multiple transformations in the style of French neo-Renaissance and neo-baroque (in the years 1888-1903), according to design of Hilary Majewski. Palace is also known as "Louvre of Lodz". Later remodelling was associated with a change of its owners. In the inter-war period the building was the seat of the Regional Office. In 1975 the Museum of City History was created inside the Izrael Poznanski Palace. For more information contact

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Looking for your spring look - Christian Dior spring 2014 makeup collection

So you've found your gorgeous spring outfit and now your wondering what colours you can use for an ultra glam look for this gorgeous spring weather.  Look no further than Christian Dior Spring 2014 make collection.  Blush to Liliac, vanilla to baby blue. The beautiful feature on these palettes are the lovely embossed bows and roses and of course the luxury Dior logo.