Siobhàn Craven-Robins Latest News / In the Press
Siobhàn started her business in 1996 having identified a gap in the market for a fully dedicated wedding planning service. Her industry peers credit her with increasing public awareness of just what wedding event planning is and ending the myth that it is just for celebrities. Siobhàn is known for her creativity and sense of enjoyment. She is adamant that planning a wedding should be as enjoyable as the event itself and strives to ensure it is the case for all her clients.
16th January 2023
Siobhàn featured on BBC Radio Kent discussing the challenges currently faced by the UK wedding industry.
9th-11th January 2023
Siobhàn was invited as a guest to the Dubai Global Wedding Excellence retreat. Hosted by Dubai Tourism, this is a leadership platform for the global wedding industry.
#DubaiGWE is Dubai Tourism's initiative to foster excellence in every aspect of wedding planning and to showcase Dubai's destination offerings for global weddings.
Siobhàn is named Wedding Planner of the Year in the UK Enterprise Awards.
Siobhàn, together with The Event School London, won the Best Innovator Award at the 2022 Bridelux Awards. The innovation award recognised their
development of bespoke training programmes for the wedding and event industry andacknowledged their innovative approach to student and graduate support throughout thepandemic and into recovery.
Siobhàn says "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!"
Siobhàn was invited to host a panel discussion on 'Work/Life...balance?' at the Bridelux Symposium on 3rd October.
"This has always been a topic close to my heart." says Siobhàn "Right from when I started my business, I strived to get this balance right in order to be able to fully enjoy both my work and personal life. Many people struggle to find this balance in our industry - an industry where we are largely client-led and working irregular hours. I was able to curate a great discussion with my industry colleagues Claire Potts (Peboryon), Britt-Marie Monks (The Honeymoon Fixer), and Charlotte Ricard-Quesada (La Fete) and provide some helpful takeaways for the audience based on our combined experiences."
Siobhàn and The Event School London appear in Life Magazines (London editions) publication. You can read the article at issuu.com/fishmedia/docs/life_mags_london_sept22/166.
Siobhàn contributed to DWP Insider's article 'The Million Dollar Question, Answered By The Experts'.
Siobhàn was presented with Lux Life Magazine's 'Leading Wedding Co-Ordinators of the Year - London' award.
29 April 2022
Siobhàn appeared on BBC Radio Berkshire's Breakfast Show discussing the start of a busy wedding season.
28 February 2022
Siobhàn featured on You and Yours consumer show on Radio 4 discussing the rising cost of weddings and explaining how the industry has been impacted by increasing overheads. You can listen to the show by clicking here.
5 Star Wedding Directory list Siobhàn in the UK's Top 15 Wedding Planners.
Siobhàn is one of the UK''s most lavish and established wedding coordinators...
20 August 2020
Siobhàn was interviewed by Melanie Abbott on Radio 4's You and Yours programme, giving an insight into the effects of the pandemic on the UK Wedding sector and its clients. You can listen to the show by clicking here - Siobhàn's interview starts at 18 minutes.
17 August 2020
Siobhàn was interviewed by BBC Radio Cumbria on the struggles businesses are facing in the Wedding sector.
8 August 2020
Siobhàn was interviewed by talkRADIO on guidelines for weddings and the effect they are having on the industry and couples.
30 July 2020
Siobhàn was interviewed by BBC East Midlands news on the current state of the UK Wedding sector.
Siobhàn was interviewed for a feature on the Events Industry in England starting to open up again post lockdown. Click on this link to view it.
30 June 2020
Siobhàn spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer during her Talk Radio breakfast show on the new guidelines for weddings in England.
Siobhàn contributed to an article for Royal Horticultural Halls regarding weddings post-Covid19. You can read the full article here.
Siobhàn was interviewed by photographer Ross Willsher for his podcast series on 'Creating the perfect wedding'.
Click 'Play' to listen to the interview.
Siobhàn was invited to speak at the SW Wed Meetup at Rockbeare Manor.
Siobhàn was delighted to be invited to speak again, this time, alongside her fellow NAWP Directors, at the Bridelux Symposium in London.
Images courtesy of John Nassari.
19-20 October 2018
Siobhàn was delighted to be invited to be a speaker and panellist at the inaugural Bridelux Symposium in October. She spoke about the importance of networking in the UK Wedding Industry and shared anecdotes from her 22 years of Wedding Planning. She was also referenced by Alan Berg in his talk with regard to the kind of recommendations you want, and aspire, to get from clients.
9 October 2018
Siobhàn was delighted to speak at the Devon WedMeetup UK at National Association of Wedding Professionals' venue member The Dartington Hall Trust in October. Siobhàn gave tips on working with Wedding Planners and networking in the UK Wedding Industry as well as answering questions from the audience. She shared the stage with another NAWP member, Christine Jensen of Peboryon, who delivered a great talk on pricing. NAWP members
ER Stationery and Sweet Temptations were also exhibiting at the event.
Photos by Mimosa Photography
27 September 2018
Siobhàn was invited to speak at the National Convention for Celebrants on working with Wedding Planners.
18 September 2018
Siobhàn was interviewed on Radio 5live and BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester to give her opinion on public proposals.
To support the development of new talent in the Wedding industry, I am leading three Summer Schools in Wedding Planning this August with The Event School London. Places are strictly limited so click here to view full details and order your brochure now.
24 July 2018
Siobhàn was interviewed on Radio 5live's breakfast show on the increased number of Bridal stores charging for consultations. You can hear the extracted clip by clicking here.
21 July 2018
Siobhàn was interviewed by The Telegraph on the increase in Bridal stores charging for consultations. Click here to read the article.
Siobhàn wrote the foreword and contributed to Victionary's latest publication - a guide to planning your wedding.
Siobhàn featured on Radio 5live's Drivetime show discussing a wedding related news topic.
Siobhàn is a guest speaker at WedX talking about the industry changes she has seen in her 21 years of wedding planning, the NAWP, and advice on how to charge effectively for your wedding services.
Siobhàn was a judge for the inaugural UK African Wedding Awards.
Siobhàn was delighted to be a guest lecturer at the GSM graduate week in Greenwich.
23 June 2017
Siobhàn was interviewed by UKAWEP for the Wedding Academy Live Blog. Click here to visit the Blog article.
Siobhàn featured on BBC World News talking about Pippa Middleton and James Matthews' wedding.
Siobhàn became a trustee for the HEIR Foundation, a charity founded to help the underprivileged girls on the tea picking plantations in Sri Lanka. The foundation will provide career education for them specialising in bridal hair and make-up skills. Siobhàn has been recruited to help write the Wedding Business syllabus for the course.
Siobhàn was delighted to win a Luxury Travel Guide award again this year. She was named 'Wedding Expert of the Year'. In 2016 LTG named Siobhàn 'Wedding Co-ordinator of the Year'. Siobhàn says 'I am delighted to win another industry award. After 21 years in the business, it's wonderful to know that my industry peers rate my work so highly'.
The NAWP were invited as Keynote speakers at the Cornwall WedMeetup. Siobhàn delivered a well received talk on 'Pricing Effectively'.
Siobhàn wins the Luxury Wedding Co-ordinator of the Year award presented by the Luxury Travel Guide.
Wedding Venues and Services magazine featured Siobhàn and her fellow NAWP directors in their 'Meet the Professionals'.
Siobhàn was invited to attend the Brides Magazine 60th Ball at Goodwood House.
NAWP launched their new website.
Siobhàn's articles on Wedding Styling featured on The Wedding Community throughout the year.
September - December 2014
Siobhàn wrote guest blogs for the UKAWEP.
Siobhàn was invited to write a guest blog for the 5Star Wedding Directory.
Siobhàn launched her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/scrweddings
Siobhàn, along with Amanda Sherlock and Lester Gethings, launched the National Association of Wedding Professionals (www.nawp-uk.com) a networking and governing body for the wedding industry.
Siobhàn was featured in a video for Tiffany & Co on modern day engagement and wedding traditions.
Siobhàn hosted a live web chat on wedding dilemmas for Cosmopolitan magazine.
Siobhàn was interviewed about modern day wedding traditions by Vanessa Feltz for her radio show.
Siobhàn was the featured expert on The Fixer on BBC2.
Siobhàn opened the Barleylands Wedding Fair.
Siobhàn filmed an informative piece for Slurp Vision on choosing the right wines and champagne for your wedding.
Siobhàn is one of the industry experts taking part in the HTE School Events evening.
Siobhàn gave a presentation at the inaugural 'The City says I Do' at 1 Lombard Street.
Siobhàn featured on the Alan Titchmarsh Show talking about weddings on a budget.
Siobhàn was one of the featured suppliers at the VOWS evening in Chelsea.
Siobhàn was on BBC Breakfast talking about etiquette and the modern wedding.
Siobhàn was one of the panel of experts along with Jennie Bond for the Freeview Royal Wedding Bloggers night at the Covent Garden Hotel.
Siobhàn spoke at the UKAWP annual Wedding Planning Seminar.
Siobhàn was appointed The Wedding Community's Wedding Design Expert.
Hudson's Wedding Venues Guide out - Siobhàn wrote the foreword.
Siobhàn featured on the Breaking news on Sky news talking about the Royal Engagement and the next morning on Sunrise with Eammon Holmes.
Siobhàn featured on BBC breakfast talking about pre-nup agreements and weddings.
Siobhàn was the spokesperson for the Mercure Hotel campaign to findwedding planners for two of their hotels.
Holly McQueen's latest novel, Confetti Confidential goes on sale. Siobhàn was the Wedding Expert Holly shadowed to get insight into the life of a wedding planner.
Siobhàn featured on the Wright Stuff talking about the cost of weddings.
23rd September 2009
Siobhàn was on hand for wedding event advice at the Anoushka G Bridal Fashion Event in Soho.
12th September 2009
Siobhàn spoke to Kath Melandri on BBC Radio London about the pressure on brides to lose weight before their big day.
6th July 2009
Siobhàn spent the day speaking to radio stations throughout the UK on planning the perfect wedding on a tight budget.
Siobhàn features with her top wedding event tips in Wedding TV's new 'Planning a Wedding' DVD launched this month.
21st & 22nd February 2009
Siobhàn hosted the Lakeside Wedding Fair and gave talks on inspiration for your wedding day.
10th January 2009
Siobhàn gave a presentation on top planning tips and ideas for your wedding at the wedding workshop at The Belvedere in Billericay.
Hudson's Dream Wedding Venues Guide 2009 released which includes Siobhàn's guide to finding the perfect venue.
10th November 2008
Siobhàn was the keynote speaker at the Wedding Professional Seminar in London.
14th September 2008
Siobhàn hosts a second wedding workshop for the Ramada Jarvis Country Collection Grouptaking place at the Elcot Park Hotel near Newbury.
26th August 2008
Siobhàn was interviewed by Ann Diamond on BBC Radio London on the tradition of the wedding cake and emerging trends.
25th August 2008
Siobhàn appeared on Big Brother's Little Brother to give an insight into planning a wedding for celebrities.
28th July 2008
Siobhàn appeared on GMTV to discuss the effect of the credit crunch on wedding event planning and give cost saving advice.
13th July 2008
BBC Radio London. Siobhàn was interviewed on the etiquette regarding children at weddings.
Siobhàn's column in Canary Wharf and City Life magazine is launched.
March - May 2008
Wedding Breakfast on Wedding TV. Siobhàn featured each week with her 12 part step-by-step guide to the countdown to your wedding day.
24th February 2008
Siobhàn is the keynote speaker at the Royal Berkshire Hotel's Wedding Workshop in Ascot.
16th February - 19th April 2008
Siobhàn's wedding planning DVD 'From this day forward' aired on Wedding Breakfast on Wedding TV.
8th January 2008
Siobhàn was interviewed by BBC Radio Somerset on the emerging trend to renew wedding vows.
September and October 2007
Siobhàn features regularly on Wedding TV's show 'The Wedding Experts' imparting her advice on decor, marquees, ceremonies and wedding protocol.
25th September 2007
Hello magazine features the wedding of Des O'Connor and Jodie Brooke Wilson organised by Siobhàn at Highclere Castle on 16th September.
'The Wedding Experts' programme is launched on Wedding TV. Siobhàn's appears regularly throughout the series advising on various elements of planning a wedding.
Wedding Magazine cover mount Siobhàn's DVD ' From This Day Forward' on their April/May issue.
25th and 26th March 2007
Siobhàn is guest speaker at Careers and Jobs Live at the ExCeL Centre.
Siobhàn is asked to comment on the appeal for couples marrying in Las Vegas for Ancestry.co.uk 's Valentine's Day press release.
Siobhàn joined Wedding magazine as their Expert Wedding Planner, answering all the readers wedding queries in her Planning SOS page.
Siobhàn features in Channel 5's Shocking Moments programmes commenting on the past year's celebrity weddings.
7th December 2006
AOL's new Weddings website launched with Siobhàn the Wedding Expert.
24th July - GMTV launch their 'Married in the Morning' wedding feature. This is the 4th year Siobhàn has been invited to be GMTV's wedding expert.
Siobhàn fronts the RAC campaign on how to get to your wedding safely and on time. Siobhàn provides her top tips for the press release as well as being interviewed on TV and Radio on the importance of transport for a wedding.
Siobhàn was asked to be the expert speaker at the HTE Schools Wedding Planning course.
On 23rd June Siobhàn was part of an expert panel along with Suzanne Neville, Bridal Dress Designer and Raj Grover, expert cosmetic surgeon that broadcast interviews to 10 regional BBC radio stations.
Wedding website The Hitching Post launched their TV show Hitched TV on Sky. Siobhàn was asked to take part in the inaugural show giving advice on planning a wedding in 2006.
Siobhàn was asked to contribute her top tips on 'fragrance and your wedding' for Davidoff's Echo perfume launch. These have featured in all the publicity linked to the launch of the fragrance.
Siobhàn was on GMTV most weeks throughout the summer as the organiser for their 2005 Interactive Wedding - her third year in a row. The GMTV wedding itself was live on television on Friday 2nd September 2005.
On May 19th, Siobhàn was the keynote speaker at the Inspire Your Life seminar in London. 'It is the first time I have ever spoken about my business and the last 10 years. I am so used to giving talks on planning a wedding but this was first for me. I did really enjoy it and was thrilled to have been asked.'
The following day Siobhàn appeared on GMTV to launch this year's Interactive Wedding. Siobhàn will design the look and theme for the wedding this year as well as appear each week giving advice on the various aspects of planning a wedding.