“It’s always the next one. That’s where my passion lies.”
Colin Cowie, celebrity wedding planner, has been putting together fabulous affairs for 30 years. His trendy design ideas and eye for the bigger picture has attracted clients such as Oprah Winfrey and Kim Kardashian for all of their party and bridal needs.
“Weddings I like the most,” Cowie says. “They’re happy occasions and mark a big difference in a person’s life.”
Many brides find it difficult to plan their own weddings, which is where Cowie takes over. His job is to make his bride and groom happy with what he has created for them.
However, this doesn’t mean a guaranteed “perfect” wedding.
“I could give you a list of things where the band went to the wrong address, where the electricity went out, where it starts to downpour but it wasn’t supposed to be raining at all,” Cowie says. “The big picture is what you started to do in the first place. It’s a celebration of families coming together. If something does go wrong, it’s not a big deal.”
Cowie started out with his own catering company before he ended up working with Hugh Hefner as a food consultant. After watching the party go in “10 different directions,” he mentioned how he would do it differently.
“The next second I was standing in front of Hugh in his pajamas and he said, ‘That’s how I want to do it.’”
Cowie collaborates with many businesses in his line of work. One of these businesses, Blue Nile, happens to be the largest jewelry company in the world. Cowie designs wedding bands and engagement rings with the company.
There are three collections of engagement rings that Cowie created: Eternal, Promise and Romance. As for wedding bands, he designs both men and women’s bands using timeless and beautiful metals and stones.
Cowie says he loves the idea of making jewelry, and that it’s been an amazing opportunity to work with Blue Nile.
“They’re very innovative, [with] the ability to pick from a half million stones and put your own setting on it, which mean it’s a one-of-a-kind piece,” Cowie says.
As for himself, the halo settings from the eternal collection and the extended men’s collection are his favorites.
Whether designing jewelry, planning a cocktail party or putting together someone’s dream wedding, Cowie believes hard work and passion are what set him apart from other planners.
“I’m in the business of making people happy…I love what I do. I love the people that I work with,” Cowie says. As for weddings, “it’s not just another party for me. It’s getting two people and getting them to make a statement as one.”
Although he may work with celebrities who have more cash to spend on a big affair, Cowie has many tips for brides on a budget. Some of these include doing your invitations online, having a beautiful Sunday brunch wedding and choosing a lounge environment in lieu of a sit down dinner.
As for himself, his own wedding would be on a beach in Mexico with his close friends and family. “It would be a three-day affair, for sure,” he adds.
Want to learn more about Colin Cowie? Visit his website at ColinCowie.com!