Jeannine de Sousa

event planner , wedding planner

Jeannine de Sousa

Coordinators of Exquisite Weddings & Memorable Events

Illyria Events is an event planning company, specialising in the creation of bespoke weddings and parties for people who want their celebration to be one to remember.

Whether you are planning a 50th birthday party, a traditional wedding or civil partnership, we can help you at every stage of the process, from concept and design to budgeting and completion.

With our personal, one-to-one service, we will ensure that all of your expectations are delivered to the highest possible standard and that you are free to relax and enjoy the experience without the hassle of organising it all.

Illyria Events was set up by award-winning businesswoman Jeannine de Sousa.

A former associate director at a top management consultancy firm, Jeannine has a wealth of experience in managing multiple and complex interior projects simultaneously and dealing with clients with vastly different objectives and ideas.

In 2008 Jeannine was named Outstanding Achiever in Property & Construction Management in the prestigious Atkins Inspire industry awards, sponsored by Every Woman in London.

After 11 years in this industry, she decided to combine her exceptional project management skills with her enthusiasm and natural flair for design and communication and embark on her own venture in the form of Illyria Events.



We offer full event management services for people who wish to celebrate in style without the stress that comes with having to plan and organise everything yourself.

With our expertise, creativity, and meticulous attention to detail, we aim to turn your dream event into a reality.

One-to-one consultation sessions enable us to make a detailed assessment of your wishes and desires, which we use to draw up a perfect plan for your event.

We provide tailor-made event planning services for:

• weddings and civil partnerships, religious and non religious ceremonies of all faiths and backgrounds
• milestone and birthday parties, i.e. a 50th birthday party or a 1st birthday party
• holiday parties, such as Christmas or Halloween, Easter or Hanukkah
• children and teen parties as well as graduation ceremonies
• christenings
• bar/bat mitzvahs
• retirement parties
• house warming parties
• dinner events
• family reunions
• theme parties
• baby showers


Few visitors to Cape Town can resist falling in love with its breathtaking scenery, melting sunsets, beautiful Winelands and pristine white sandy beaches.

We have an excellent portfolio of 5-Star venues in Cape Town, each selected for its exclusivity and outstanding service and beauty These venues include the 12 Apostles Hotel, Grande Roche, Kleingenot, Le Joubert, Steenberg and Vrede and Lust Wine Estates, to name but a few.

The location of these venues range from the leafy wine regions of Constantia, the mountainous valley of Paarl and the dazzling beauty of Camps Bay, where the ocean is no more than 20 meters away from your exclusive accommodation.

Some venues are even able to arrange your own personal polo game as part of the festivities.

Weddings and Civil Partnerships in South Africa also provide an excellent opportunity for your guests to extend their trip .The choice of things to do and see is endless and offers great value for money.

Sample itineries could include the following excursions

• a few days on safari
• shark cage diving
• sky diving
• tours of the wine routes
• visits to Cape Point, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Robben Island and Table Mountain

Excursions for those who wish to travel further afield could include

• a tour via the awe-inspiring Garden Route to visit Knysna during the Oyster Festival
• a visit to Hermanus during whale-watching season
• tracking down the big five at the world famous Kruger National Park and other exclusive and private game lodges in Malaria-free zones

South Africa offers excellence in customer care and is a place where you will be remembered by name on your next visit.