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How do I choose a wedding planner?

June 2018

My Top 10 Tips for choosing your Wedding Planner:

Believe it or not, choosing the right wedding planner for you isn't too dissimilar from choosing the right life partner! It might not be quite as important of course, but getting it wrong could have a massive impact on your big day.

Tip 1: Make sure you have the basics in common

Find a planner who gets you both and what your vision is for your day, having things in common helps the creative process. You can show your planner a thousand pictures of the Neon Rave theme party you want, but if they have never been to one...with the best will in the world they just won't get it.

Tip 2: Don't change who you are to suit them

This goes for all elements of your wedding. For first time brides and grooms, it's easy to be steered in a direction that might not be entirely you. You might be worried that your ideas are silly or that your'e going to offend someone. Truthfully, someone will always be offended or dislike an element of your wedding. But, it is YOUR wedding and you should look for a planner that completely embraces that and wouldn't dream of 'dumming' you down to please the masses.

Tip 3: Find someone you can talk to

Planning a wedding is a real process, there will be up's and down's and day's you might think about running away to elope! Having a planner you can bounce your ideas off is one thing. But finding a planner who you can be yourself around and who you can share all your worries and woes with is something else.

Tip 4: Take a test Drive

Simply put, meet in person. It's great to introduce yourselves over email or on the phone. But just like any relationship...sometimes you need to look into the whites of someones eyes.

Tip 5: Don't rush into things

Do your due diligence. Websites are fab, they are there to showcase our work and show people what we can do. Don't be tempted to click on the first site that comes up on your search engine, it's likely that ad is paid for. Read reviews, ask for previous client feedback and check out their social media.

Tip 6: Are they just telling you what you want to hear?

Unfortunately there are planners and wedding stylists out there who will talk the talk really well. They will promise you the earth, or those singing flamingos you have your heart set on. A trustworthy planner, who you have a great relationship with won't be afraid to give it to you real...there are just some things we can't do. I'd rather tell you this upfront and save you the disappointment come the big day.

Tip 7: Are you both prepared to make sacrifices?

I am not for a second suggesting that you haggle and barter with a planner who has given you a quote, like it's a car-boot sale. However, like any good relationship there should be give and take. You may have to sacrifice one or two elements of your wedding to afford the services of the right planner for you. But likewise, a good planner will always do their best to work within a clients budget and create the best day possible with it.

Tip 8: Do you like them?

Now this might sound really obvious but it isn't always. Your planner may have been perfect for your cousin, bestie or mum's neighbour. Also, you might feel like because they have been recommended to you, that it would rude to decline their services or that "well they did a good job for...". Just cause it's right for one, doesn't make it right for another.

Tip 9: They should excite you

Similar to any new relationship, the initial consultations with your planner should leave you excited, wanting more, and unable to help but tell your friends about them.

Tip 10: Always be honest with each other

If you don't like an idea, say so. If you can't afford something, say so. If we are completely barking up the wrong tree...just tell us. All the most successful relationships are built on trust and the client/wedding planner relationship is no exception.

What's the difference between a venue coordinator and a wedding planner?

September 2018

Honestly, pretty much everything. If you have chosen to marry in a hotel or somewhere that has a dedicated coordinator then you might fall lucky and have good one. It's likely that you won't need a planner to coordinate your day for you, as the venue should take care of this for you.

What a lot of couples don't realise though, is that outside of being on hand to help on the day - a venue coordinator can and will do little else.


They will never be able to be impartial and offer you truly the best advice, as they will always have to work for the best interests of that venue, their role is simply to create revenue...I know this because it was my job for a number of years. 

The suppliers that they recommend to you, they will usually be doing so because they have an agreement with them...not because they are the best suppliers for you. When I recommend vendors, I only recommend those that I feel would be a great fit for you and those that I trust explicitly to deliver on the day.


A wedding planner should always work for the best interests of the couple, offering impartial advice and guidance throughout...and that's exactly what we aim to do.


Jen x

The difference between a stylist and a venue dresser...

November 2018

A wedding/event stylist is not to be confused with a venue dresser. There are literally hundreds of venue dressing companies all over the UK offering budget friendly dressing. A venue dresser will give you limited options for you to choose from a list of stock, they set it up, then collected after - for this you usually pay per item.


A stylist offers so much more, we work with our clients to design your event offering expert advise, problem solving and unique design ideas. It also means that your wedding or event is completely bespoke and designed around you, your choices are limitless.


5 things our clients have said about booking our styling and design services are:

1) "I actually saved money".

2) "It meant I could enjoy the morning of my wedding without worrying about the venue".

3) "I was so stressed before we hired you".

4)"The design was so much better that anything I could have done myself".

5)"Everything was such good quality, all our guests commented on it".


I hope this helps to explain a little more in depth what a stylist can do for you. 

Jen x


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4 expert tips to help you plan the perfect proposal...

December 2019

The festive season is finally here and, if you're planning on popping the question, now is the perfect time to do it. Here, Sarah Buck from Est1897 gives her expert tips to help you plan the ultimate proposal this season.


Christmas is the most popular time of the year to propose, with more engagements happening between 24th December to 1st January than any other time of the year (Chillisauce). And, since the festive season is a time for surrounding yourself with love and family, it’s the perfect time for you to get down on one knee.


But, before the wedding planning can start, it’s all about the proposal. To help you prepare the ultimate proposal, I'll be giving you my top tips below.


Choose the perfect diamond

One of the most important parts of any proposal is the ring, so you'll want to give it a lot of thought to make sure you're choosing the best one. For a diamond engagement ring, you'll want to pay attention to four important things: the cut, clarity, colour, and carat.


The carat is the measure of the weight of the diamond, and you should opt for the highest that your budget will allow. It can help to go for a carat that's just below one of the key carat weights, such as a 0.95 carat diamond rather than a 1 carat, as the difference will be barely noticeable and you could save quite a bit of money. The diamond should also be as clear and white as you can afford, and you should check that the stone has been cut well, as this will reflect more light and you'll get that lovely sparkle.


If you're after a more unique ring, or your partner isn't a fan of diamonds, coloured gemstones are also a popular choice for engagement rings. For example, Princess Diana's engagement ring was famous for its Ceylon sapphire gemstone. These rings can sometimes cost a bit more money but buying pre-owned can be the ideal way to get a luxurious coloured stone for a lower price.


Take notice of their taste

It's not only the diamond that you'll need to choose, but the ring band too. At any jewellers, you'll usually have the choice between yellow gold, white gold, silver or platinum, and rose gold, and you'll need to take into account your future fiancé's personal taste to pick out one they will love. 


Before shopping for their engagement ring, do a bit of research first. Take a look at their existing jewellery collection to see if there is a type of metal they like to wear. It might also help to ask their friends and family if they've dropped any hints, as this could give you a clearer indication of what kind of thing they'd like. 


Find the perfect venue

Once you've got your ring, you'll then want to think of where and how you're going to propose. If you've got a special trip planned, you could make their holiday even more memorable by popping the question. Or, if you've got any events lined up, like a family Christmas gathering or a party, you could get down on one knee and involve their nearest and dearest, too. You could even plan your own event to propose at, complete with a photographer to capture the special moment.


But, a public proposal in front of a crowd can be scary. If you feel like this isn't the option for you, you could plan a romantic meal with just the two of you and propose in private. Then, you can always celebrate with a big part afterwards. Whatever you choose to do, they're sure to appreciate the thought and effort you've put into it. 


Keep it a secret

Often, the thing that makes a proposal so special is the element of surprise, so make sure you keep it a secret in the run up to the day. If you're planning an event or a trip away, just make sure you have a back-up story planned to throw them off the scent. If you want, you could even let family and friends in on the secret so they can help you to plan the perfect proposal.


Planning a proposal can be nerve-wracking. But, by following the tips in this guide, you can take some of the pressure off, so you can relax and celebrate with your loved ones. 


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World Religion Week - Nice day for a - church wedding?

January 2020

Saturday 19 January is World Religion Day. I thought it might be a good opportunity to talk about weddings in religious settings. 


Each culture has its own particular way of celebrating and honoring the combining of two lives, many of them traditions that have been lovingly passed on for many generations.

However, in the UK, the percentage of opposite-sex couples marrying through religious ceremonies has decreased steadily over time. In 1900, religious ceremonies accounted for 85% of all marriages, by 1980 this had fallen to 50%.

Religious ceremonies accounted for 26% of marriages between opposite-sex couples and 0.7% of marriages between same-sex couples in 2015.

That said, almost 25% of contemporary brides and grooms still turn to traditional religious ceremonies because it honours either their religious belief, culture, or heritage.

Churches, Mosques, Temples; these buildings offer outstanding beauty. Old or new, big or small, there are about 30,000 places of worship in the UK and are some of the nation’s most stunning wedding venues, with many of these being listed buildings.


I have loved all of the weddings I have coordinated over the years, but because there have been fewer religious ceremonies, they really stand out in my memory as special because it is often the venue where the bride or groom have a connection; maybe they were baptised here, maybe it’s where their own parents were married. It’s perhaps nice to imagine all the couples who have married in your chosen church. The historical connection can make your day feel even more special.


What about a fusion wedding?

Family ties are often a pressure point when it comes to getting married, particularly so when both parties have a strong religious traditions that are completely different. If this is you, have you thought about a fusion wedding?

This way you can blend the two distinct cultures or religions from both people. This could be one ceremony or event, or two separate ceremonies. Either way, it means that your own personal customs are accommodated so you can enjoy your big day and start your married life as you mean to go on.

Some couples choose to go down this route either because they both have a strong sense of their religious identity (a great reason) or to try and keep both sides of their family happy. Remember: It’s YOUR day.


If this sounds like an option for you, please get in touch. I know how hard it is to try and accommodate everyone’s needs - that’s why I do what I do!