About the Event

Connections Weddings will be hosted for the very first time in Puglia, the heel of Italy's famous boot, in partnership with Pugliapromozione and Joan Estrada Special Weddings; the specialist division of Joan Estrada Special Events & Communications.

Dedicated to empowering event planners to organise every element of the wedding, from the venue to bespoke tailoring to experiences, attendees will participate in one-to-one meetings enhanced with authentic experiences. Together with Inventure Life, Connections Weddings will showcase a range of unique moments including mixology workshops, flower arranging sessions, guides to driving classic wedding cars and local wine tours. Event planners will also be able to attend inspirational talks from industry leaders and listen to rare knowledge from tailors, caterers and interior designers.

As one of the world's most romantic destinations that is famed for tailor-made bridal gowns, breath-taking floral design suppliers and renowned gourmet experiences, Puglia will undoubtedly inspire with a programme curated with authentic experiences showcasing the very best of the region.

When & Where

15 - 18

Puglia
Puglia

Agenda

Sunday, 15th September

VIP Transfer to Host Hotels & Check-in

Upon arrival to Brindisi, please look out for a Connections logo – your driver will be waiting for you. The transfer gives you the opportunity to relax after your flight and take in the scenery.

Transfer from host hotels to Cocktail Reception, sponsored by Inventure Life

Duration: 45 minutes

Informal Cocktail Reception and dinner at Furnirussi Tenuta, sponsored by Inventure Life

Duration: 4 hours

Location: Furnirussi Tenata

Transfer to Host Hotels sponsored by Inventure Life

Monday, 16th September

Transfer to Furnirussi Tenuta, sponsored by Inventure Life

Duration: 45 minutes

Opening Ceremony

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Furnirussi Tenuta

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Furnirussi Tenuta

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Furnirussi Tenuta

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Coffee break

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Furnirussi Tenuta

Your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Furnirussi Tenuta

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Furnirussi Tenuta

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Furnirussi Tenuta

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Connections lunch, sponsored by Furnirussi Tenuta

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Furnirussi Tenuta

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Location: Furnirussi Tenuta

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Furnirussi Tenuta

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Furnirussi Tenuta

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Coffee break

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Furnirussi Tenuta

Your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Furnirussi Tenuta

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Furnirussi Tenuta

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Transfer to Host Hotels, sponsored by Inventure Life

Free time

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Transfer to Tenuta Centoporte, sponsored by Inventure Life

Cocktails & Dinner, sponsored by Centoporte

Location: Tenuta Centoporte

Transfer to Host Hotels, sponsored by Inventure Life

Tuesday, 17th September

Transfer from host hotels to Tenuta Centoporte, sponsored by Inventure Life

Welcome briefing

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Tenuta Centoporte

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Location: Centoporte

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Tenuta Centoporte

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Coffee break

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Tenuta Centoporte

Your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Tenuta Centoporte

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Tenuta Centoporte

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Tenuta Centoporte

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Lunch, sponsored by Centoporte

Location: Tenuta Centoporte

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Location: Tenuta Centoporte

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Tenuta Centoporte

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Tenuta Centoporte

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Coffee break

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Tenuta Centoporte

Your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Tenuta Centoporte

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Tenuta Centoporte

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Transfer to Host Hotels, sponsored by Inventure Life

Free time

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Transfer to Tenuta Luca Giovanni, sponsored by Inventure Life

Gala Night at Tenuta Luca Giovanni, sponsored by Maglio Eventi

Location: Tenuta Luca Giovanni

Transfer to Host Hotels, sponsored by Inventure Life

Wednesday, 18th September

Buyers' Breakfast

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Location: Host hotels

We will be hosting a leisurely breakfast meet up from 8-9.30am. This will be a final opportunity to connect with your fellow buyers before departure.

Post-Event Buyer FAM Trip to Salento

Dress Code

The Connections way works best when you embrace the experiences on offer. We would like you to be prepared so here are some useful information in advance of the event.

During the day we would advise that all delegates to dress in a comfortable/casual attire. Some of the experiences on offer may require a bit of walking so we advise no heels!

Suits are not required – we all like you to look your best, but our programme being quite active, suits won’t work that well!

Ties are not required – even with the evening programme, we are in a relaxed environment and want you to feel comfortable.

Think carefully about heels – heels can be a problem if you want to join some of the activities on offer, so if you’re going to wear heels, consider bringing some flats too so you don’t miss out.

We do advise that all delegates take their own necessities, which may include, insect repellent, medical supplies, etc.

Connections Experiences

As the first Connections Weddings event, we’re dedicated to creating the best possible environment to help our event planners and suppliers create lasting business relationships with each other.

We put a significant amount of thought into the planning of the schedule to ensure ample time to meet as many people as possible. Even our lunches, dinners and transfers are geared toward relationship forming opportunities. Connections Experiences are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try and activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Here is a list of activities, to give you an idea of what to expect:

  • Maglio Arte Dolciaria Chocolate Tasting
  • Flowerist creations
  • Local Wine Tasting by Cantine Coppola
  • Photography class by Sergio De Riccardis wedding photographer
  • Tailor creations by Leonardo Nuccio Showroom
  • Handmade pasta creations class
  • Yoga class
  • Hair salon & make up creations
  • Biking and hiking
  • Massage during meetings
  • Hotels tours
  • Vintage car tour inside the property by Apulia Vintage Cars
  • Candies & wedding sweets tasting
  • Handmade amaro tasting by Margapoti family factory
  • Tea and infusion tasting by San Demetrio
  • Pizzica dance class & folk music experience
  • Jam and local produce tasting
  • Cocktail making class