FAQ

Questions you might have

I’m not sure I need a wedding planner. What can you do for me?

I feel like I should whisper this, but planning your wedding is a stressful time. On average it takes around 200 hours to plan a wedding, and when you’re juggling work, social lives and remembering to eat and sleep it can often feel overwhelming to add hours of ‘wedmin’ on top of everything else. I can absolutely guarantee that my expertise will reduce your stress, and make the planning process a more enjoyable experience.  Whether it’s the logistics and admin side of things, or the creative input and design elements that are causing you pain, I’ll streamline your to-do list and take tasks off your hands to leave you with the fun bits that play to your strengths. I’ll be with you every step of the way, from our initial consultation, through supplier sourcing and design, to the day itself. You can be safe in the knowledge that everything is taken care of. Find out more about how the planning process works below.

OK, so what exactly does working with a planner entail?

First things first, we need to get to know each other. The first step for any of my clients – no matter how far along they are with their wedding planning – is a free, no-strings-attached consultation. I want to find out lots about you and what makes you tick, hear all the details about your life together, your proposal and the plans and dreams you have for your big day.  After that, if you decide to book me as your wedding planner, I’ll go away and work on finding you the perfect venue. No matter if you’re looking for urban warehouse chic, stately home elegance or a rustic festival vibe, I’ll bring you a shortlist of carefully researched options that suit your needs.

Once we’ve sorted where your wedding will take place, it’s time to get designing. Using Pinterest and other resources, I’ll put together a series of moodboards showing colours, themes and other ideas for each part of the day that will work beautifully with your chosen venue(s). Together, we’ll source a talented team of suppliers who can bring the design brief to life. I’ll be on hand to help keep track of everything as the planning progresses, providing you with schedules and timelines, and having regular update calls and meetings. Remember, this is your wedding, and you are in charge. Tell me which tasks you’re not enjoying, and ‘poof’ they’re off your hands. Last but absolutely not least, on the day itself, you’ll be able to relax knowing I’m there – liaising with suppliers, keeping the schedule running and making sure your focus isn’t diverted from having the best day of your lives.

I’ve got a Pinterest board and loads of ideas. Will you be able to work with them?

Yes please! I love it when my clients have lots to bring to the table – even from the first consultation we’ll be positively fizzing with ideas, and it makes the design stage of the process all the more fun if there’s lots to go on from the get go. Planning this wedding is a collaboration. I am part of your team, and my overall goal is to help you translate what you’ve got in your heads into reality, so you don’t need to worry that I’ll take over and you’ll be left feeling out of control.

What if I find Pinterest terrifying and am totally stuck for inspiration?

That is completely ok too. Post-engagement overwhelm can sometimes strike – when there seem to be endless choices to make and such a plethora of pretty out there that you can’t see the wedding wood for the trees. The early stages of the planning process with me will really help you work through this, and I am 100% confident that you’ll end up with a design brief full of creative touches and gorgeous ideas. How am I so sure? Because your wedding is all about the two of you, and you don’t need any more of a theme than that! Once we get chatting and you tell me your love story, we’ll be able to join the dots and find design elements that capture your personalities and your love for each other. Hands down, this is my favourite part of the job!

What sort of weddings do you work on?

Now, this is a tricky one to answer, as I don’t have a set style of wedding. I’ve had the pleasure of working on a diverse range of wonderful celebrations – from boutique hotels and ultra-cool London restaurants, to wild and whimsical teepee weddings and everything in between. The thread that ties all of these together is my complete focus on my couples. Your guests will be able to walk into your wedding and immediately see that everything has been stylishly curated to be a reflection of you and your unique story, and you’ll have a day to remember for the rest of your lives.

What happens on the wedding day?

The key thing that happens, is that you two relax and enjoy every moment! I’ll be there from first thing in the morning until the dancefloor is packed, taking care of all the details just as we’ve planned and making sure everything runs on schedule. I’ll be equipped with my trusty lists, detailing every tiny aspect of the day. If a supplier has a question, or a guest needs some information, I’m there. Don’t worry, you won’t see me in the background of all of your photographs – my presence will be an unobtrusive one – but I’ll make myself available to reassure, style and organise as required.

We don’t live anywhere near where we want to get married. Is that a problem?

If this is your situation, working with a planner will make life so much easier for you – you’ll have someone on the ground with local knowledge and a stellar list of connections. While planning a wedding from a distance can make the admin burden heavier than choosing somewhere local to you, I’ve worked with couples coming from all over the world to get married in London or the South East of England, and each and every celebration has been memorable and beautiful.

Can we see references from previous clients?

Of course! I’m really proud of the relationships I’ve built with my past clients and would be more than happy to share reviews with you. You can find a selection of testimonials here, but if you have any specific questions you’d like to ask them, or want to find out more about what it’s like to work with me, I can put you in touch with some of my couples so you can chat to them directly.

OK, I’m interested. How do we move forward from here?

Send me an email or give me a call, and we’ll get your free consultation (including tea, a slice of something tasty or possibly a cheeky glass of vino) booked in.

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