LUX July 2017

LUX - July 2017 27 And Now for Something Totally Different After a successful corporate career, Julia Dowling started Snapdragon because she believed that there was a need for event planners that could combine real creativity, project management and business skills. In this interview, the firm’s Founder & Managing Director, Julia Dowling reveals more about the firm and what they do, plus the type of clients they serve. “Many of my clients are celebrities or senior business figures who, no matter how large their budgets, expect value for money. Therefore, all my team members combine a solid track record of event delivery with a good grounding in business and commercial skills. This philosophy is a real attraction to clients and most of Snapdragon’s new clients are by personal referrals. “Even a relatively small wedding or party can take many weeks of work – far more time than most of our clients must spare. So, we aim to crystallise your ideas, define your vision and make planning your event fun. The result will be unique and spectacular. “Most clients come to us through personal recommendation. We pride ourselves on total discretion and professional approach; we combine creativity, style and practicality with a genuinely personal service. With many decades of experience across the team, expect us to bring together the best suppliers in the business and manage the execution of an event, however large or complex, with calm efficiency. “Snapdragon’s mission is to define a new standard of service in event management. Imagine having your own blisteringly efficient and friendly event guru, who is extremely responsive, leaves no detail to chance and manages a budget as if spending their own money. In the last 12 months alone we have delivered events in the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, China and South Africa.” Snapdragon can be described as the event planners of choice for clients who want a genuinely bespoke event, delivered flawlessly almost anywhere. The firm delivers events worldwide, from their headquarters in London. Julia is eager to tell us about the firm’s reputation and the kind of service they strive to deliver. “We are renowned for the creativity of our events as well as extreme attention to detail, even for very large and complex multi-day events. Snapdragon aspires to make all clients feel as if they are our only client. Clients select us because our event planning approach and commercial model are different to most of our competitors. With years of event planning experience as bespoke event and wedding designers, we create unique, luxury parties tailored perfectly to your personal style. “Snapdragon prides itself on world class service, deep event planning experience and the stunning events we create. The firm’s team of experienced event planners and creative designers work alongside clients to create unique experiences. We are full service event and wedding designers, planning catering, stying, transport and entertainment, as well as the venue arrangements and all the details in between. “Snapdragon are luxury wedding planners, serving clients with the highest expectations, all over the world. Our clients demand elegant, fun and stylish weddings that are flawlessly delivered, no matter how complex their requirements. We are the wedding planners of choice for the sophisticated and savvy couple who expect a first-class service. We design and deliver bespoke luxury weddings all over the UK, as well as internationally. “The firm’s discerning international clients include international royalty, public figures and couples seeking bespoke, unique and original wedding celebrations. We tend to work on larger or higher budget weddings, usually involving events over multiple days and often requiring coordination of guest travel and concierge services.” Snapdragon has its own in-house creative design team, who can help you envision something truly unique and memorable Julia tells us. She then tells her about the extraordinary high level of service they provide, without overstating this in any way. “Snapdragon specialises in complex production and have delivered spectacular events in the most unusual locations, without ever compromising the levels of service you would expect from finest hotels in the world. “We plan and deliver elegant, glamorous and stylish weddings. Many of our new clients come via referrals from past clients. We don’t shout about our work, but it is nevertheless regularly featured in high profile publications and leading blogs. We also feature in a TV documentary on Channel 4 in the UK. “Snapdragon delivers such a personal level of service that clients often remark that we make them feel like they are our only client. We also guarantee absolute discretion. Snapdragon are proud of the weddings that we have created for previous clients, which is why the firm has created a beautiful portfolio demonstrating our capabilities, some of which you can see on the social media channels.” Julia then moves the conversation towards the luxury and corporate events that Snapdragon are renowned for. “With years of event planning experience as bespoke event and wedding designers, we create unique, luxury parties tailored perfectly to your personal style. Snapdragon prides itself on world class service, deep From an intimate party, a decadent wedding through to an immersive brand activity, Snapdragon can create a multi-sensory and a seamless experience. As part of our Prominent Women in Business series, we interviewed the firm’s Founder & Managing Director, Julia Dowling to find out more about her and what Snapdragon can do for you. Company: Snapdragon Name: Julia Dowling Email: [email protected] Web Address: Address: 96 Kensington High Street London, W8 4SG UK Telephone: +44 (0)20 7416 6664