Ever heard of 'concierge' services? Imagine a lifestyle management company with a 'your-wish-is-our-command' motto; a personal and corporate members' club, on-call 24hr, where anything you desire - be it a table at the Ivy tonight, a private jet to Cape Town or a list of the best burger bars in New York - will be delivered by a team of expert coolhunters. Ten UK is the newest one on our radar, and their wedding-planning team will guarantee your vision is materialised beyond your expectations.
So how does it work? 'We offer unlimited help and support on all aspects of organising a wedding,' says Ten's Catherine Allen. 'We can book venues all over the world (such as the London Eye, pictured), find specialist caterers, arrange couture dress fittings in Paris, suggest favours ideas etc.
VIP members have one-to-one access to a personal 'lifestyle manager'. This means they will know exactly what you like and don't like, and you have one individual coordinating all requests relating to the big day.'
'Ten can help organise absolutely anything (as long as it's legal). Our buying power and insider contacts mean that we can often source items not available to the general public, or get better prices than our members could without our help. We've booked helicopters to a remote hillside location, dinner on a sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean, celebrity entertainers for the evening reception and found one-of-a-kind 'money can't buy' wedding gifts. We've also come up with ideas on unique ways to propose and given advice on choosing the right diamond. We've even arranged for the perfect pair of Jimmy Choos to be shipped over from America. The list is endless and stretches as far as your imagination can take you.'
There are different types of membership available from Ten (all wedding requests are included - however, an extra fee may be charged when a lifestyle manager needs to work out of office hours to visit suppliers, for example to purchase items such as flowers and gifts, or to oversee the running of the big day itself).
• VIP membership (24/7 support, and gives you one-to-one access to your own VIP lifestyle manager): from £300 per month
• Dedicated membership (call us anytime 24/7): from £150 per month
• If you bank with Coutts, Barclays or Lloyds you are likely to have complimentary access to our services as a benefit of your bank account
To join, or to find out if you are eligible for complimentary access, call 0845 020 5270 / 020 7479 3456; or email firstname.lastname@example.org