We hope you’ve all heard the news – the UKAWP‘s Wedding Planning Excellence (WPE), a two day seminar entirely dedicated to wedding planners held at Millbridge Court on 27 and 28 November, is back for its 5th edition! A few weeks ago we announced it with a blog post providing some key information about the seminar and 5 reasons why we feel every wedding planner should be attending. If you’ve missed it, here‘s your quick shortcut to the post for you.
Over the next few weeks we will introduce you to the inspirational speakers that you will get a chance to meet at WPE. We are so excited by the quality and level of expertise they will bring to the seminar, and we honestly can’t wait to soak up the knowledge, wisdom and tips they will impart over the course of the two days.
To kick off the series, we are pleased to introduce you to Michelle Kelly of Pocketful of Dreams. Much thought has gone into selecting our speakers, and when it came to choosing an expert that could provide invaluable advice on marketing your business through the use of social media and blogging, we knew Pocketful of Dreams would be perfect.
Michelle’s session will be primarily aimed at wedding planners that have been in business less than 3 years or anyone that hasn’t yet embraced social media and blogging as key tools to reach potential clients and raise their profile.
Do you want to get to know Michelle better? We’ve asked her to tell us some facts about her and her business, so that you’ll be able to see for yourself why we feel she is the perfect girl for the job!For your chance to hear Michelle speak and learn from her experience as a wedding planner and marketing specialist, head over to ukawp.com/wpe and book your space for either day 1, or day 1 + day 2.
In the next few days we will introduce you to the amazing Fiona Humberstone, author and branding expert for entrepreneurs, who will speaking on day 1 on how to create a brand identity that’ll prove irresistible to your ideal brides.
We hope to see you at Wedding Planning Excellence!
We are delighted to introduce our readers to the first in a new series of posts which will investigate different counties and regions and their particular appeal for couples getting married. This first piece, covering getting married in Surrey, has been created by The Bespoke Wedding Company and Sarah Clifford Weddings…
Surrey is a wonderland for all things weddings from amazing venues to fabulous cake designers, top-notch dress shops and extra-mile service. If you are thinking about getting married in Surrey you will certainly be in good hands. There are so many different parts to planning your wedding and we would struggle to cover everything here, but we do want to give you a little insight into some of the wedding wonders of this beautiful county and what she has to offer.
A perfect venue for a perfect day
Whether you are looking for a barn, a farm, a country house or a palace, Surrey has it all. For some, finding the perfect venue is the most challenging part of wedding planning, but our advice is to really think about your style as a couple, venues that you enjoy or places you like to visit on a day to day basis, and try and incorporate those elements when looking for a venue. That way you will be sure to find something that is true to you and you’ll feel at home there on your big day. There are so many incredible venues in Surrey, it’s really tricky to narrow them down but here are a few of our favourites as a starting point:
Millbridge Court is a brand new barn venue that launched this year and is a truly beautiful location for a relaxed Surrey wedding with ultimate contemporary style. We particularly love the luxurious and spacious bride’s room with enough mirrors and furnishings for even the largest of bridal parties to be pampered in. And, with catering by the fabulous Kalm Kitchen it’s a great choice for a quintessentially Surrey wedding.
For those of you looking for a little more history and tradition, dine with Kings at Hampton Court Palace with it’s spectacular setting. This is a really grand and opulent venue and very British, with a range of options within the grounds/Palace buildings to suit differing budgets.
Built as a royal hunting house the stunning Great Fosters (above) is a luxury country house hotel and another great choice for your Surrey wedding. With varied ceremony spaces, as well as the stunning tudor Tythe Barn and light and bright Orangery to dine in, this is luxury country living at it’s finest.
Based on the River Thames, the Runnymede on Thames is another great venue to look at. It has varied reception options (think drinks and canapés on the river or in a chic ballroom), spa and hotel facilities, as well as having the convenience of being close to London with the beauty of the open space by the river.
Surrey is also home to a great selection of schools that open their doors for weddings during the holidays and can be a great option when looking for venues.
All things sweet
A fun part of planning (did someone say tasting?) and a part you can really personalise is the cake. The styles, decorations and flavours available now are second to none and good cake suppliers will work with you to create your perfect masterpiece. SK Cakes (see below) are Cobham based and work with you to create anything sweet and wedding related from light and delightful cupcakes, 5 tier contemporary cakes or biscuit favours and they were The Wedding Industry Awards 2015 Regional Winners. For ultimate luxury, look no further than Kingston based Cakes by Krishanthi. Beautiful, bespoke and delicious- they provide the ultimate wedding cake experience; this lady is a true artist.
Once you have found your venue your thoughts will no doubt turn to the flowers. For most people flowers are a key part of their day from the bridal bouquet to table centrepieces and room decoration, they add colour, style and scent to your wedding. Surrey is lucky to have some fabulous florists on our doorstep from the likes of Kate Avery and Rosie Orr to Euphoric Flowers (below), and all will work with you every step of the way to create personal and creative arrangements with great attention to detail.
Pretty Props and Decadent Décor
Styling and decoration are an ever-increasing part of a wedding day and there are no limits when it comes to how creative you can be. For the ultimate table styling, we love Couvert (see below) who can provide everything from crockery and glassware, to linen, lanterns and beyond. They provide unique and beautiful items, from gold beaded chargers to high quality contemporary crockery and can transform a room with their items.
A big trend for 2015/2016 is modern calligraphy- beautiful handwritten place cards, invites, envelopes, table plans all look stunning in calligraphy. This is a great idea if you want to add a creative touch or just have beautifully written place cards to add to the table. Judy Broad Calligraphy (see above) is a Surrey local, offering both old and modern calligraphy styles and can cater for all your needs.
Hosting the perfect Hen Do
Surrey hosts a range of amazing activates from pottery making, make-up tutorials, dance classes… the list is endless. For the more adventurous amongst you we love the idea of a trip to Go Ape in Farnham or to the home of clay shooting in Bisley! For a girlier weekend you can’t beat a Spa break and where better to go than The Dorchester country retreat, Coworth Park (ok, we know it’s not strictly in Surrey, but it’s a stones throw from the border and worth going the extra 100 metres or so into Berkshire!).
A very Surrey Wedding Day Out
Every bride deserves at least one day full day of pure wedding pampering, so leave the wedmin at home and follow our advice for the perfect wedding day out in Surrey. We strongly believe every good wedding experience should either include cake or Champagne (ideally both!) so start with a coffee and a cake at the delightful Nest Café on Ripley high street- you can get some wedding and home inspiration from their shop whilst you are there too. Follow that by finding your perfect dress at Miss Bush Bridal just next door. The Chapel houses some stunning bridal designers and the service you will receive is second to none. Once you have found ‘The One’ why not pop over to The Anchor to finish the day with a lovely meal with your bridesmaids, oh and a glass or two of bubbly!
Photo Credits: Pippa Mackenzie
This evening we are delighted to introduce the gorgeous Lucie of Loved By Lucie who tells us all about her passion for the job….
How did it all start?
It started after I did a Law Degree at University and decided I was far more creative than the Law! From there I plunged into working in various events sectors until Loved By Lucie came alive in April this year. I absolutely LOVE what I do and leaving the Law was the best decision I ever made.
Do you have a favourite venue?
I have a bit of a soft spot for barns. I love the fact that you can take a blank canvas and create an individual dream. My favourites at the moment are Almonry Barn in Somerset and our very own new Essex wedding barn with a difference Houchins!
How would clients describe you?
Calm, collected and a pocket friend ….. And that I love a list (or ten).
Wedding planner/s you admire?
Bernadette Chapman. This wonderful lady is my inspiration. Not only is she exceptional in what she does she is also a great friend to me.
How do you unwind?
A long hot bath, surrounded with candles and book…… and NO children!
What trends are you seeing?
2016 is set to see some great trends filtering through. In particular, I am loving the metallics in the form on sequins, rose gold and shimmer; wild flower posies and arrangements creating a more affordable relaxed vibe and with the dresses its all about the “sleeve” and the “deep V neck line” – Gorgeous!
What is your signature dish?
My little girl, Poppy, absolutely loves a spag bol – so I have this dish down to a fine art now.
Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to design?
Audrey Hepburn – I adore her elegance.
Is the job as glamorous as you thought?
Glamorous? Not exactly….. But it is definitely exciting, challenging, creative and I LOVE it!
What is your vice?
Chocolate, candles and bridal magazines!
This year we are pleased to confirm that the London UKAWP social event, the Mix and Mingle party, will be held on Wednesday 30th September at Altitude 360, an amazing and modern venue with breathtaking views over the city and the river.
We are really pleased to let you know that this year event will be absolutely free of charge to attend.
The view from Altitude 360
The Mix and Mingle is the perfect occasion for wedding planners and wedding industry suppliers to get together, whether they are members or not, to relax and enjoy a great evening. We all do deserve it, after a whirlwind wedding season!
Our host for the evening is the stunning Altitude 360, who are also kindly providing cocktails, drinks and canapés. For everyone with a sweet tooth, you are definitely in for a treat! We are so excited that GC Couture and their partners Goose and Berry are preparing amazing sweet surprises…
Cakes by GC couture
Bouquets by Blue Sky Flowers and Flower Wall by Paper Flower Wedding
We have been very busy organising the musical entertainment for the evening, which will be provided by The Undercover Monkeys and Timeless Acoustic, complemented by DJ, lighting and letters from Mighty Fine Entertainment. Get your moves ready!
If you do not fancy dancing the night away, don’t worry…we will have the largest photo booth in town from Boutique Booths and magician Darren McQuade will also join us. Make sure you don’t go too crazy on the night, lovely Kate from Kate Nielen Photography and Mark from Hang the Moon will document the evening for us.
Love letters from Mighty Fine Entertainment
And finally, we would also like to thank our contributors to the goody bags:
We hope you can join us on Wednesday 30th September, from 6.30 at Altitude 360, on the 29th floor of Millbank Tower. We are getting close to reaching the maximum numbers for the event, please try to book early at http://www.ukawp.com/booking-form-mix-mingle.php.
We look forward to seeing you there!!