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Wedding Planning Excellence 2015

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Ever since becoming a wedding planner I have been a proud member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP), and I’m pleased to say I am now a level 3 member and co-Regional Ambassador for London and the South-east. I firmly believe as a planner it is my responsibility to be constantly learning new skills and developing my knowledge to improve my business and the service I provide to my couples. Every year I like to invest in furthering my knowledge and this year I’m delighted to say that the UKAWP have brought back Wedding Planning Excellence 2015 (WPE2015), a two day seminar to support new and experienced wedding planners. Providing practical, educational sessions to support business growth and development, the WPE was born as a result of the UKAWP’s passion to promote professionalism in the wedding industry.

Millbridge Court Wedding venue Wedding Planning Excellence 2015

Taking place at the beautiful Millbridge Court Wedding venue in Surrey, this two day seminar is on 27th & 28th November, the packed program will keep you planning and thinking about what changes you need to make ahead of next year’s wedding season with hour long seminars and time for questions.

Day 1 has been tailored to newer wedding planners who have been in business less than three years and will hear talks by branding specialist and author Fiona Humberstone, The Brand Stylist on ‘Branding for brides: How to make your brand utterly irresistible to your client base’, Michelle Kelly from Pocketful of Dreams will be talking about ‘Killer content: How to market your business through social media & blogging’, Kelly Chandler from The Bespoke Wedding Company will cover ‘When nuptials turn nasty, keeping your head when all about you lose theirs’. I pleased to say I will also be sharing my tips on wedding photoshoots,  ‘Shooting for glory, building a dream team to create styling magic’. At the end of day 1 a dedicated panel discussion will take place for attendees to ask senior UKAWP planners questions. The day will end with a formal, sit down dinner catered by Kalm Kitchen.

Kalm Kitchen catering for Wedding Planning Excellence 2015

Day 2 has been planned to help experienced planners fine-tune their skills and take their business to the next level with talks on getting the life and lifestyle you want, with life & business coach, Polly Alexandre, who will be focusing on ‘Loving what you do or why you do it, creating the life & business of your dreams’, Nicola from The Social Stylist will cover ‘Selling through storytelling, How to write and share your business story and connect with clients’, Laura Burkitt, freelance stylist who has worked at BRIDES Magazine will share her advice on ‘Pursuing the press, innovative ideas to showcase your expertise and get on editors’ radar’, James Lord from Quintessentially Weddings Atelier will talk on ‘Marketing to millionaires, breaking the luxury market barrier’.  Day 2 will end with a formal, sit down dinner at Loseley Park and is being hosted by UKAWP supplier member Caper & Berry.

As you can see it’s a jammed packed schedule with lots of amazing speakers and a great chance to network with other planners and pick their brains. If you’re a wedding planner whatever stage your are in your business it will be well worth the investment and you can choose to go to just one day or both. a

The investment is £375 per day (£325 for UKAWP members), including food and refreshments provided by Kalm Kitchen and a dinner the night of attendance. 10% discount will be applied to day 1 + day 2 bookings. To book, you can visit This is a small event, tickets are limited so don’t delay book your place today!!

Advice for choosing your wedding dress

When it comes to choosing your wedding dress it really should be a fun and exciting experience, after all this is the dress you’re going to be married in (yay!) and who doesn’t love bit of shopping. However, all too often I hear stories of unhelpful boutiques, badly fitting samples, unsupportive bridesmaids and the weight of expectations that add up to a less then enjoyable experience.

Jesus Peiro sequin metallic wedding shrug

Kobus Dippenaar via Morgan-Davies Bridal

There are varying thoughts and opinions on how you can improve the whole experience out there so I’ve gathered some great advice articles from a few of the top UK weddings blogs to guide you.

A great place to start is the Rock My Wedding downloadable guide to Choosing Your Wedding Dress it includes helpful drawings and explanations of different dress shapes, necklines and fabrics with shopping tips from well known UK wedding dress designers:

In a similar vein but with a few alternative options is Rock and Roll Bride’s Choosing you Dress, part of her “How to plan your wedding” series.

As with all areas of your wedding you need to have a budget in mind for your wedding dress. For advice on how much a wedding dress costs, this 3 part series on Bridal Musings looks at wedding dresses for under $1000, mid range wedding dresses and couture wedding dress options with top tips on how to find the dress of your dreams in your price range.

Jenny packham callie sequin dress

Jenny Packham dress via Morgan Davies Bridal

Once you have an idea of the style of wedding dress you want and costs it’s time to start shopping!

Here are some top tips from Rock and Roll Bride: The bridal shop experience and how to come out alive; Wedding Dress Shopping Top Tips on Bridal Musings and the curvaceous bride’s guide to dress shopping on Love My Dress.

Not long until your wedding then take a look at this article from Love My Dress on Wedding order times and if you’re on a budget and considering shopping in the sample sales then this article on How to decide if sample dress shopping is for you from Love my Dress might prove helpful .

As part of my full wedding planning service I can recommend bridal dress designers and wedding boutiques that will be the right fit for you and your budget and arrange your appointments. I can also accompany you to your appointments too if you’d like some extra support and impartial advice. Get in touch today for further information on my wedding planning services.

Credits: Photography by Fiona Kelly

A multicultural fine art wedding shoot featured on Nu Bride

So after a busy summer with weddings, rebranding (sneak peeks coming soon)and our house renovations it’s time to play catch up with what’s been happening at Always Andri Wedding Design.

Back in July I designed, planned and coordinated an exciting multicultural fine art wedding shoot in collaboration with Nu Bride and Cecelina Photography that took place at the fabulous Bignor Park in West Sussex. Nova featured the shoot and some great behind the scenes photos by Louise Bjorling and a video by HD Moments of us in action on her blog Nu Bride here:

multicultural fine art wedding photoshoot featured on Nu Bride Blog

This was a wonderful photoshoot to work on as we had a great team of suppliers on board; if you’re looking for fine art inspiration for your multicultural wedding I hope you find lots to inspire you.

Nova has also started a great You Tube channel covering all the latest wedding news and during the shoot we did a little interview about the inspiration behind the shoot which you can see here.

Styling – I’ve been part of so many beautiful styled shoots during my years as a full-time wedding planner and you can see more in my portfolio. If you’d like to know more about my wedding styling services, just click here for more information or get in touch today for a free consultation to discuss your wedding plans.

A pretty pastel spring wedding in Surrey

On a lovely sunny day in May Rachel and Alex tied the knot at their Northbrook Park wedding in Surrey. A day all involved had eagerly anticipated after it had been postponed from the year before; it was full of pretty petals, delightful details, love and laughter all wonderfully captured by photographer Marianne Taylor

Northbrook Parkk Surrey Wedding venue

Rachel’s beautiful fitted lace dress was a bespoke design by Phillipa Lepley which she wore with fabulous Jimmy Choo shoes. Her bridesmaids each had dove grey dresses by Maids to Measure.

guests gathering at Northbrook Park Cornish flag flying at Northbrook Park

The wedding ceremony was in the Vine Room, the lovely Steph from fairy nuff flowers sprinkled her magic fairy dust around with the prettiest pastel peonies, spray roses, fluffy hydrangeas and fragrant stocks. The Crystal Palace Quartet provided the musical accompaniment as Rachel walked up the aisle to the admiring glances of her waiting groom and guests.

bride and bridesmaids enter Vine Room at Northbrook Park Northbrook Park Vine Room wedding ceremony Wedding ceremony set up at Vine Room Northbrook Park bride walking down the aisle with father Crystal Bride looks at groom during wedding ceremony groom puts ring on bride's finger bridesmaid adjusts birdess dress during ceremony happy married couple walk back down aisle

Following the ceremony guests were treated to drinks and delicious canapés by the superb Jacaranda Catering in the walled garden.

Jacaranda catering canapes and champagne guests mingle at drinks reception at Northbrook Park wedding guests

Before taking their places for the wedding breakfast guests were greeted by the magnificent escort card display of labelled mini vases and bottles filled with sweet-scented flowers crowned by a display of hanging lanterns created by Stress Free Hire.

hanging lantern dispaly above escort card table details of bottle escort card table wedding escort card table with small bottles and pretty flowers hanging lanterns and escort card display table

The wedding breakfast was held in The Orangery where the guests sat at round tables adorned with luscious silver vases abundantly filled with pretty pastel flowers. The classic stationery by Louise Richardson completed the table décor; tables were named after important places to the couple. To complete the look lounge areas were set up near the bar and dance floor for guests to relax after the meal.

wedding reception dining tables orangery set up for wedding breakfast pretty pastel table flowers peonies and roses wedding table setting peonies and roses chair backs wedding guest book table display giant light up love sign and floral heart wreath

Speeches preceded dinner, which was followed by cutting the delectable buttercream cake by The Cake Parlour. Once dinner was over guests then really let their hair down and enjoyed a night of dancing with The Wedding Smashers on the decks.

wedding guests at dinner groom gives speech at weding breakfast weddign guests at Northbrook Park cheese cake tower buttercream wedding cake bride and groom first dance bride and groom dancing at wedding Phillippa Leply wedding dress wedding guests on dancefloor hanging lanterns at night

Supplier Credits

Photography Marianne Taylor Wedding Coordination Always Andri Wedding Design Venue Northbrook Park Wedding Dress Phillipa Lepley Bridesmaids dresses Maids to Measure Florist fairy nuff flowers String Quartet Crystal Palace String Quartet Catering Jacaranda Stationery Louise Richardson Wedding Cake The Cake Parlour Lounge furniture and hanging lantern installations Stress Free Hire LOVE lights & DJ The Wedding Smashers

A Press Round Up

I regularly post links to my press features on my Facebook page but I realised recently that’s it’s been a very long time since I last updated the blog so this is going to be a rather large catch up…

You and Your Wedding Magazine front cover feb March 2015

I’ve been delighted to feature in a few recent issues of You & Your Wedding Magazine with our expert advice and top tips but I was most proud of being asked to style a photoshoot for them based on a reader problem. For their Something New section I styled a very bright and colourful watercolour and art inspired shoot at the ICA in London. Photographed by Anushé Low with an amazing team of suppliers it really was a fabulous day and we were all thrilled with the results. I look forward to sharing the full shoot on here soon but in the meantime you can see the behind the scenes video by Go Forth on the You and Your Wedding Magazine website here

We’ve had lots of lovely real wedding features including Rachel and Alex’s fabulously floral Northbrook Park wedding  feature in Wedding Flowers Magazine.

Wedding Flowers Magazine photo by fairynuff

Photo via fairynuff

Nic and Rich’s informal London wedding featured on Love My Dress here

Love My Dress Real London Wedding feature

Sophia & Oskar’s colourful Dulwich Wedding featured on Nu Bride here

Nu Bride Real wedding feature Always Andri _opt

Ruth and David’s relaxed outdoor Jewish wedding featured on Smashing the Glass here

Smashing the Glass Jewish wedding feature Always Andri

Rebecca and Fran’s pretty pink and gold wedding that I helped coordinate with US planner Elizabeth Duncan Events featured on Wedding Sparrow here

Wedding Sparrow real wedding feature


I’ve also had a few of the photoshoots I designed and planned featured on some wonderful blogs:

The Opulent Organics shoot, a glamorous take on a barn wedding featured on Bloved here

Bloved wedding inspiration shoot feature Always Andri

Contemporary elegant textures with a palette of sage greens and whites with metallic hints featured on Nu Bride here This shoot also featured on The Wedding Community Blog here

Nu Bride WEdding inspiration shoot feature Always Andri _opt

Fresh and modern inspiration with zesty lime featured on Love Scarlet here

Love Scarlett photoshoot feature

I’ve been working hard recently on making my Instagram feed a place for me to get creative and post inspiring images with a little insight to my day to day activities so I was delighted when Bridal Musings named me in their Top 30 Wedding Planners and Stylists on Instagram

Bridal Musings top 30 wedding planners and stylists on Instagram


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