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Collaborative Approach to Training Scoops Best Innovator at Luxury Wedding & Event Industry Awards

Updated: Oct 12, 2022


At the wedding and event industry’s most prestigious awards for luxury providers, The Event School London’s collaboration with wedding industry leader and influencer, Siobhan Craven-Robins, has been recognised for Innovation.

On Tuesday 4th October Bridelux held their annual Awards for the luxury wedding, party and event industry at the iconic 5-star hotel, the Rosewood London.

In a prestigious ceremony hosted by TV presenter and comedian, Tom Allen, amongst the night's winners were industry icons operating at the highest levels of exclusivity and luxury, including for British & European royalty.

So it was in esteemed company that the Best Innovator Award 2022 went to the collaboration between The Event School London and Siobhan Craven-Robins.

The innovation award recognised their development of bespoke training programmes for the wedding and event industry and acknowledged their innovative approach to student and graduate support throughout the pandemic and into recovery.

From James Lord, Bridelux CEO,

"The Bridelux awards are the only luxury wedding awards globally, and the only awards voted on by the industry itself.

The Event School London and Siobhan Craven Robins’ approach to training has led the field for many years and they are full deserving of this award. Long may they continue."

Siobhan Craven-Robins, co-winner of the Award was delighted with the recognition the win offered her graduates saying:

“It was wonderful to win this industry award in recognition of the calibre of wedding planning courses we deliver, and the new talent we are integrating into the international wedding industry. Teaching these courses feels like I am giving something back to an industry that I have now had the pleasure of working in for 26 years! Developing grassroots talent, helping them find their place within the industry, and seeing them work professionally is hugely rewarding. This award feels like it is as much for them as it is for us!”

As a testament to the collaboration’s success there were nominations and wins for the school’s graduates at the Awards. Graduate Roberta was a finalist for the Best Destination Planner category for her Mayfair based destination planning and design business, Roberta Burcheri Events (Italy and London).

Graduate Emma walked away with the Planner Rising Star Award for her recently launched luxury planning consultancy, Emma Murray-Jones, Weddings and Events (UK and Spain).

Trained by The Ritz London, Emma’s extensive experience will now be shared with students at The Event School London as she takes on a Guest Lecturing role this month.

Sharing the stage with industry leaders and award winners, graduate Jade Saliba, now working as a freelance event planner, assisted with the Bridelux awards presentation ceremony. Pictured here with compare Tom Allen, it was fitting Jade was also on stage later with her alma mater, The Event School London, and her teacher Siobhan, as they were presented with and received their Award.

(The Event School London graduates were also present at the previous day’s Bridelux Symposium with Destination Planner, Sandra Maureder, and Camille Roman /// POSY PATOU , Wedding Planner and Designer, representing their respective companies, Getting Married in Austria and Posy Patou.)

Maria O’Dea, Founder and Director of The Event School London, was overwhelmed by the support they had received from industry and the positive and aspirational spirit of the awards night:

“There is no doubt that after a very challenging time for the wedding, party and event industry, that individuals and businesses feel the tide has turned. Speaker after speaker at the Symposium shared stories of 2022 being their busiest ever and the awards ceremony was a fabulous celebration of the year’s successes.

It was an honour sharing a winner’s mantle with luxury event industry stalwarts that included Rob Van Helden, Winner of the Lady Elizabeth Anson Party Planners Lifetime Achievement Award, and Suzie Turner inducted into the Hall of Fame. All credit to Bridelux CEO James Lord for hosting a simultaneously glamorous and meaningful symposium and awards event.”

With the crème of high society planners, venues and vendors in attendance, the shimmering Awards night theme was beautifully encapsulated with flower design by Christina Antoniou Stevens, flowers by Hoek and production by Luminaire Events. Entertainment included the legendary Beverly Knight and industry favourites The Travelling Hands. The Awards night was photographed by the talented John Nassari’s team and expertly hosted by TV celebrity and comedian Tom Allen.

Photos by John Nassari



The Event School London are specialists in event industry education and training. Initially a division of a combined hotel, tourism and events college (HTE Schools Ltd) from 2005, the school has trained thousands of planners who now work in the industry in the UK and internationally. A highlight was delivery of the “Medal “programme for the Office of the 5 Host Boroughs, preparing East London residents for roles at the 2012 London Olympics.

Relaunched as a stand-alone specialist event school in 2017, the organisation has gone from strength to strength, with unique tailored training programmes for a range of event types from an Event Production MasterClass for the BBC Live Music and Events team to a bespoke Exhibition Management programme for a Greek Exhibition Organiser.

The Event School considers its relationship with renowned wedding industry leader and influencer Siobhan Craven-Robins as one of its most successful collaborations. Regularly appearing in the media providing wedding related expertise, including as GMTV’s resident wedding expert, Siobhan is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s original professional wedding planners. She is Co-Director of the National Association of Wedding Professionals (NAWP) and Chairperson Legacy & Representation Working Group on The UK Weddings Task Force. She now shares a wealth of expertise with her students that includes experience gained planning VIP and celebrity weddings such as Joan Collins, Barbara Windsor, Greg Kinnear, Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, Des O’Connor and Ronni Ancona.

The Event School London are also members of the London International Education Group supporting their industry focused study tour and summer school delivery in London. This year they were proud to support a unique and innovative Digital Transformation study tour for 127 Master’s Students from the University of Manchester.

For further information contact Maria O’Dea on 0203 239 0950 or

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