What has been the most rewarding part of your job?
The friendships I build with my couples is most definitely the most rewarding part of my work and one of the many reasons why I love what I do. Planning a wedding takes a lot of hours and hard work so receiving such lovely feedback from my couples makes it all so worth it, especially when they say how grateful there are to have had me there to support them with the planning and coordination of their special day.
When it comes to weddings, what advice would you give to brides and grooms starting to plan and think about planning options?
When you are ready to start wedding planning it's important to focus and note down a list of what you need to do and when. Take advantage of the checklists that you see in magazines and online, it will make the whole planning process a lot easier and less overwhelming. Focus on your guest numbers, budget, ideal month/date and look and feel of your day before you consider searching for a venue and booking your church ceremony or registrar. Once you have the venue and ceremony confirmed you can then look at all other suppliers such as your photographer, caterer, florist, entertainment etc. Be aware of the time of year as often suppliers get booked up well in advance during high season. The important thing to remember though is to not rush into booking your suppliers. Take your time to do your research, get recommendations from family and friends, go to wedding fairs and check out their reviews. . Plan regular date nights with your partner and remember that this day is about the both of you!
What are your favourite details of weddings to plan and be creative with?
Outdoor and DIY weddings are so much fun and always involve lots of fabulous ideas and quirky suppliers. I love getting involved with the DIY projects that couples set out to create. Often I'll be setting up on the morning whilst the couple enjoy getting ready, which involves putting all of their creative creations into place such as DIY table plans, photo backdrops and garden games.
This is going to sound ridiculously boring but I'm also a sucker for a schedule! For every wedding I get involved in I create a schedule that details each and every supplier involved along with the timings from the day of set up to take down. I'm such a geek when it comes to anything like this and often my suppliers and couples comment on how detailed and great it is which is always nice to hear!