Top Tips Tag

6 Tips For Involving Pets At Your Wedding

London wedding planner thames rowing club cathy&malcolm all saints church fulham

Anyone who follows my social media will know I’m obsessed with animals. From my beautiful pup, Bella, through to safaris being my favourite holidays, I just adore animals. So, when my couples tell me they’d like to incorporate their pets at their wedding I couldn’t be happier.Before you plan to have your pet or any animal at your wedding there are a few things to consider. VENUE RULES More and more venues are becoming flexible on their rules with regards to animals. If having your pets at your wedding is important to you ask the venue coordinator at the very first meeting before you commit it. Also check if they have any rules about areas they can/can’t go and any restrictions on which parts of the day they’re allowed to attend. PETS AT YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY Some of my couples want to ensure a quiet, bark-free ceremony where all attention is on them. These...

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How To Plan A Sequel Wedding

How To Plan A Sequel Wedding

During 2020 and 2021, Government regulations have forced couples to decide whether to postpone their weddings or go ahead with more intimate micro weddings. Many of those who decided to go ahead and have their legal ceremonies are now considering having sequel weddings. Of course, this concept is nothing new. I’ve planned sequel weddings for couples who: Originally eloped or had destination weddings Had limited time-scales due to visa requirements or a close family member in ill-health Had restricted finances at the time of the original wedding Wanted multiple ceremonies/celebrations for the different faiths within their families Covid has now bought a surge in couples wanting sequel weddings after their original weddings were subjected to restrictions. Below are some suggestions you might want to consider, but if you read nothing else, read the first tip! RULE FREE SEQUEL WEDDINGS The beauty of sequel weddings are there are no rules, you have freedom to do it...

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6 Tips for couples planning a micro wedding during COVID-19

Covid Micro Wedding Table

In a time of restrictions due to Covid many couples are choosing to go ahead with a more intimate, micro wedding. Their priority is to get legally married and feel like they can start the next stages of their lives. A more intimate guest list gives you a wonderful chance to really focus on creating a personal and unforgettable experience for both you and your guests. Here are a few tips to get you started, but do get in touch to discuss how we could create your dream wedding. CHOOSING YOUR MICRO WEDDING VENUE Choose a venue that can scale up and down to allow for changes in regulation in regards to guest numbers. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a huge ballroom with only 15 people! This is where exclusive use country houses and hotels come into their own as they usually have smaller intimate event space...

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What Does Full Wedding Planning Include?

Asian Wedding North Mymms Park Hertfordshire Sheena Yath 2

Couples often ask me “What does full wedding planning include?”. So I thought it might be useful for me to run through the four phase process that I use for planning my couples weddings when they book my full wedding planning service. In these examples I'm going to base it on a one-year planning process, obviously this can be extended or condensed depending on the time you have available or to work around other projects in your life such as holidays or busy periods at work. WEDDING PLANNING PHASE 1 - THE FOUNDATIONS & VIP SUPPLIERS Phase one is to produce the foundation documents and structures to ensure the wedding planning goes smoothly. It may seem rather unromantic but the 3 foundation documents are your budget, the schedule planner and the design board. Before we book any suppliers creating a realistic budget is key. The budget needs to be detailed and broken down, allocating it according to your...

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How To Organise A Black Tie Party or Event

London Event Planner Grosvenor House Hotel

I love getting dressed up in a glamorous dress and going to a formal event, likewise I adore when my clients choose black tie as the brief for their party or event. Although many people think it purely refers to the expected dress code it’s much more comprehensive than this. From your invitations alone, guests will instantly assume it’s going to be a more formal affair. Here are my top tips for how to organise your black tie party or event. The Basics of Planning Be really clear about your priorities and set a budget accordingly. Considering these aspects before jumping straight into venue finding will pay dividends and ensure you’re able to stay focused on the bigger picture. Choosing Your Party Venue When choosing your venue consider how the decor and ambience will work for a black tie event. With a generous budget transforming a venue is always a possibility, but with more...

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Tips for planning your garden wedding

Garden Wedding Marquee

Some of my couples, or their parents, are lucky enough to own properties with large gardens where they can host their weddings. Often this provides a beautiful and meaningful location, but they can be much more challenging to arrange. To help you on your way, I’ve outlined a few tips for planning your garden wedding. 26% of UK couples now hire a wedding planner, but this number sky rockets amongst those planning a marquee or dry hire venue wedding as the logistics involved can be much more complex. If you consider the average wedding takes 250 hours to plan, imagine how many more hours will be spent arranging all the extra elements that a garden wedding involves. I hope this blog helps outline some of the most important aspects. Cost Don’t expect a wedding at home to be cheaper than at a venue, this just isn't true. After all, not only do you...

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How do wedding planners charge?

As a consumer it can be daunting enquiring with a specialist, such as a wedding planner, when you have no idea how much it might cost. In today’s blog I outline some of the key factors on how a wedding planner charges for their services. Service Levels It’s helpful to start with a brief overview of the various levels of wedding planning. Most planners, including myself, offer services ranging from “on-the-day” wedding planning (read my blog here about why this is a misleading title), through to partial and full planning. “On-the-day” tends to have a fixed fee. To calculated this we need to get a full understanding of your plans i.e. guest numbers, venues, number of suppliers, complexity of design etc. We can then estimate how much prep work will be needed in advance of your wedding and how many assistants we’ll need on the day and from there we get a price. For partial and...

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Pinterest: Wedding Planning Friend or Foe?

Pinterest, it’s an incredible tool for wedding planning, great inspiration and a source of dreamy fantasy images.  Many of my couples will come with a Pinterest board in place, or at some point one will often materialise. For a wedding planner, or a bride, at first glance, Pinterest seems great! However, it’s just one tool in your wedding planning tool box. In today’s blog post I outline some of its pros and cons. Essentially, it all comes down to understanding the difference between replication v inspiration and using it accordingly. Use Your Pinterest board as Inspiration to Create a Wedding Personal to You Your wedding day is an amazing opportunity to have a day that reflects you and share your loves with your friends and family. This will always trump producing a cookie cutter wedding that is purely based on the latest wedding trend. Trends are great for inspiration but don’t incorporate...

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How To Select Your Wedding Date

“You're engaged? Congratulations! When's the wedding?” I bet this is the first question everyone has asked you. But when it comes to selecting your wedding date there is a lot to be considered. Your instinct may say to choose your anniversary or another important date, but here's some tips on what else to consider when choosing your wedding date. Weather and the seasons Perhaps the first thing you should consider is which season you want to get married in. Do you prefer spring flowers, the summer sun, autumn leaves, or the potential for snow at a winter wedding? The time of year sets the tone, theme, and often the décor of your wedding. Do you see yourselves outdoors in a garden or indoors in a cosy, candle-lit venue? Weather is a huge factor if you would like your wedding to feature either an outdoor ceremony or reception. Statistically speaking, May is the driest...

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What is a Wedding Day Coordinator?

If you’re enjoying the planning of your wedding but want to a right-hand woman to ensure all your hard work comes to fruition, a day-of wedding coordinator may be the best option. Read on to find out exactly what an on-the-day coordinator does and how to find the right one for you. Why on-the-day wedding coordination is a myth You'll often see planners with packages titled 'on-the-day coordination', but really there is no such thing. You'll notice I call it 'wedding day management'. A planner can’t simply arrive on the morning of your wedding and instinctively know what is meant to happen. Instead, your planner is likely to start working with you about 4 to 6 weeks before your wedding. From this point forward, they become the main point of contact for your suppliers, fielding their questions for you rather than stressing you out. Depending on the complexity of the wedding, it takes...

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