The Shop, Ibiza Wedding Planners, deliver the ultimate…
It was clear from the outset that their ambitious plans would require event production of the highest standard. Each of the five events would be special in its own right and demand a wide range and variety of provision. With this in mind, events specialist The Shop Ibiza was engaged to supply complete event management. The Shop is Ibiza’s premier creative events and production agency and its motto – ‘Be Spectacular. Be Inspired’ – was never brought more sharply into focus. The Shop has worked on every scale of international project, meeting the demands of a host of organisations and individuals but few events could match this all-encompassing brief.
As well as the wedding ceremony itself, for the Ibiza wedding planners, the overall brief comprised a beach-club meet and greet occasion, a Hollywood meets Bollywood style party on the eve of the wedding, a world festival themed party afterwards and a private pool party on the final day. It was soon apparent that the design detail associated with each part of the wedding would demand exhaustive planning and an acute creative edge. Before a single piece of kit was placed on the ground, The Shop’s team consulted over every aspect, to ensure that the couple’s extravagant vision would become a practical reality. Having sourced venues that would perfectly suit the brief, The Shop designed and supplied staging, took care of audio equipment hire, stage-lighting equipment hire, projection mapping and special effects for each site, supplemented by all the other hardware necessary to successfully deliver the planned themes.
In addition to the audio and lighting hire, DJ equipment hire, stage set and furniture hire, required to support the event production, there were a large number of ancillary requirements essential to plotting the absolute success of every fine detail. Demonstrating its versatility as a leading Ibiza event organiser, The Shop was responsible for the supply, co-ordination and budget management of everything from transport to catering, event licensing to booking entertainment and even the sourcing of gifts.
The meet and greet – complete with mermaids on a stunning beach – was followed on the second day by a glamorous Hollywood meets Bollywood spectacular – picture Bollywood market square and dinner accompanied by an Oscar-style performance with full live show – at one of Ibiza’s foremost restaurants.
The ceremony itself took place at another exclusive beach resort, surrounded by beautiful bespoke props, after which the ‘reception’ took the form of a boho-glam festival, with huge stage, held in the grounds of a chic ‘finca’. On a stage inspired by Burning Man, UK band The Egg performed a version of the couple’s favourite song, accompanied by synchronised, dedicated video content.
Around the site, The Shop had created 7 distinct areas labelled England, The Middle East, California, South East Asia, Spain, Jungle and Cosmic Corner. Each staged its own choreographed performances and enjoyed specially crafted food and beverages. As was the case at The Hollywood meets Bollywood event, more than 100 performers took part against the backdrop of lavish sets created in their workshops by The Shop’s own team of highly-skilled set designers, builders, carpenters, scene and sign painters. The ‘England’ area, for example, delivered a quintessential summer fete, with tombola stall and coconut shy accompanied by a traditional country pub (with landlady) where actors played the roles of traditional village characters. Even the waiting staff were styled to match the theme.
This cornucopia of entertainment remained in full swing until midnight, at which point the guests were invited inside a barn that The Shop had transformed into a jungle night club. The final-day pool party, as would be expected, maintained the exceptional production standards throughout.
Managing Director of The Shop Ibiza, Simeon Friend reflects on the challenge:
“We’re very well-accustomed to dealing with some pretty extensive wish-lists at The Shop and we tackle a very broad spectrum of live event production, large and small but I have to confess that when Kenton and Hassiba outlined what they had in mind, there was a bit of pause whilst we took it all in! It is fair to say that even given its status as a magnetic destination playground for those involved in the creative arts, this was quite unlike anything any event organiser in Ibiza had staged before. The bride and groom declared themselves very happy indeed with the outcome and the event must go down as the most spectacular wedding Ibiza has ever hosted .”