Canadian TV viewers are set to get the low-down on the Royal Wedding from a Lichfield expert.

Renowned wedding planner Jane Dayus-Hinch has been confirmed as the correspondent for Canada’s Entertainment Tonight on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day on April 29.

And despite a 25-year career which has seen her work with more than 1,000 couples both on and off screen, she admits the chance to cast her eye over the Royal nuptials will be particularly special.

Jane Dayus-Hinch

She told The Lichfield Blog:

“I did a little dance round the living room when I found out they wanted me to do it. It all came about when I went into the studio in Canada to do an interview for them in January. It must have gone well because they invited me back. Then, when they wanted someone to cover the Royal Wedding they decided that I was the person.

“They’re going to send over a TV crew and we’re heading down to London the day before the wedding and staying in the Mayfair, which is very nice of them! But then the hard work starts as I have to have hair and make-up done and be standing to attention for 5am on the big day.

“It’s going to be hard work because for every minute you see on TV there is about an hour’s worth of filming to be done. But I’m really looking forward to it.”

As part of her role on the big day Jane will be having to share some of the moments from her own memorable wedding.

She explained:

“I got married at Lichfield Cathedral, arrived in a glass carriage and had Lord Lichfield has my wedding photographer. It was a real fairytale occasion. But I’ve got to dig the albums out now so they can use the pictures!

“I’ve also got to research everything there is to know about the Royal couple as well, but I’ll be able to know just how much planning has gone in to every detail of the wedding and be able to share that with the viewers.”

Jane has quickly become a household name for North American TV viewers with a series of appearances including her own Wedding SOS show, which sees her play fairy godmother to couples struggling to create their perfect day.

But she admits that appearances in the UK have been much harder to come by.

She explained:

“It’s bizarre really. I’m the only TV wedding planner in the UK and I’ve enjoyed real success in Canada, but there’s been nothing here. People who say it’s much harder to break into TV in North America seem to have it wrong as I’ve found it the other way round!

“The same could be said for the likes of Debbie Travis who is a huge star in North America but many British viewers won’t know who she is.”

Jayne Dayus-Hinch’s Wedding SOS programme can be viewed on the Sky3 and Sky Real Lives channels in the UK.


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