With a passion to listen, plan and execute with immaculate detail, David Carlo ﬂawlessly weaves your dreams together to create a wedding designed with you, for you, always. It is this tailored philosophy that has seen David recognised within the wedding industry as the Gold Coast & Hinterland’s Number 1 Wedding Planner - Venues.
David, how long have you worked within the wedding industry?
It’s been almost 19 years. I started out in my home country of England at 16 year old, and since then I’ve cultivated a career specialising in high-end, luxury wedding planning. It’s brought me all the way to the oh-so-tropical Gold Coast.
What do you feel are the most important elements to designing a party or wedding?
Entertainment - this will either make or break the atmosphere of your reception, trust me.
What are your favourite wedding trends this year?
I’m loving big over the top styling – I’ve seen The Grange styled with heavy, full greenery draped over arbours, beams and table runners and it looks amazing. I also have a soft spot for Geode & Agate – one of my brides last week had agate napkin rings and geode table numbers. It hasn’t fully caught on yet but it will and I’m obsessed with it!
What tips do you have for brides just starting to plan their wedding?
- Set your guest list – and your budget. Opening the doors to a world of wedding suppliers can be overwhelming and sometimes very expensive if you haven’t pre-set a budget or settled on a number of guests.
- Once you have a venue booked in, try to lock in your bigger suppliers first such as your celebrant, photographer and videographer. Your first choices may not be available if you leave it too late and we want to make sure you get the wedding of your dreams.
- Remember that just because your sister or cousin got married last year does not make her a wedding planner or a stylist – listen to the professionals, we’ve got a lifetime of expertise that we can’t wait to share with you!
What’s the most eccentric request you’ve received from a bride?
I once had a bride request camels during pre-dinner drinks. That was strange. I also had a groom request that the Resort remove glass ceiling panels from the lobby so that he could abseil into the venue. Please note I declined both – the camels weren’t available.
Which famous wedding in history would you have most liked to be involved with and why?
If I had received an invitation to Prince William & Kate Middleton’s wedding – I would have been over the moon. A reported 20 Million GBP was spent – I’d love to do a wedding with a 20 million pound budget. Not to mention Westminster Abbey making the most incredible venue, an Alexander McQueen dress and the lunch reception hosted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace… I could go on!
How do you deliver a unique wedding with tailored touches that truly reflects each individual love story?
First of all, I get to know my couples and their families, I become their new best friend to talk all things ‘weddings’ with.
Secondly, I actually listen and understand their wants and needs for their day. There’s not just one lane that a wedding needs to stay in – I do what I can to make each wedding their own.
Thirdly, I inspire. We have an incredible collection of unique experiences available at InterContinental – from Kerrie Hess as our Official Bridal Artist in Residence – to our stunning Wedding Chapel – and beyond to our one-acre Lagoon Beach. The Resort is truly one of a kind and my InterContinental bride’s wedding day should be too!
For more information from our talented weddings team and of course David, please get in touch and they will be honoured to assist you in making your special day, truely memorable.