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From castles to royal palaces

25th October 2019

Our search for European elegance led us to the finest of locations

When our global trading and investment client reached out to us to help them create an elegant reception for their European clients, we jumped at the chance. Having worked with this client for a number of years, supporting their strategic objectives and placing the highest of value to their own client relationships is an area we have a deep tacit knowledge of.

Locating the ideal city that could offer not only the right cultural appeal, but finding a venue with a rich history that was relevant to the client, embedded within its walls was absolutely key. With the help of our DMC partners, we reviewed some exquisite palaces, castles and majestic venues across both Germany and France before selecting Hotel d'Evreux in Place Vendôme, Paris.

Chic, understated and brimming with elegance, Hotel d'Evreux is home to fine Parisian caterer and events company, Potel et Chabot, whom we partnered with on this occasion.

Working in collaboration across two countries is nothing new these days and ever better when there's a mutual respect and appreciation of the others' skills and speciality. In this case, bringing together our thorough understanding of the client's requirements having worked with them for a number of years, and combining with the caterers expertise of applying only the finest of catering and service within their managed venue was a great match.

For an autumn VIP reception, this venue proved to be perfect. As Raconteur quoted in their article when reviewing the location:

"There can hardly be a more glamorous and glittering address than the Place Vendôme in Paris, a square teeming with world-class jewellers, well-toned security guards and celebrity visitors"

Starting with red carpet for the arrivals, a team of polished hosts and hostesses set the tone for the evening. Our clients' visiting CEO from Japan, the UK MD and the Parisian senior teams all acted as perfectly tuned hosts in welcoming their new EMEA clients and reacquainting with existing partners.

Utilising several areas within the facility enabled a carefully curated early VIP drinks reception set within the elegant Louis XIV style first floor Salons, followed by the main reception held in the main event space of the Salle des Tirages, home to the original French Lottery.

Giving a nod to Japanese heritage, the central bar was decorated with a traditional Acer Japonica tree, complemented with autumnal toned florals, the venue required very little further decoration as the main focus was based around service levels. Getting the correct balance of the highest level of attention without being over-powering was absolutely key from guest arrival through to the waiting staff, hosts and final departure.

Our vibrant case study highlights the detail that went into this project and the outcome - click here to view.

With remote planning, several site visits to Paris during the warm summer months, an enthusiastic set of experienced suppliers all working to a clear set of objectives, the project was an absolute delight. Wherever the next event will be located we look forward to planing and delivering to the same exacting standard...

Venues in headline image:

Top row L to R: Musee de L’Homme, Academie Diplomatique, Grand Palais

Middle row L to R: Petit Palais, Petit Palais, Castle Nymphenburg.

Bottom row L to R: Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, The Ritz, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

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