Member Focus: Boutique Weddings

   Today we invite associate member, Marine Kerivel-Brown from Boutique Wedding to share a little more about her and her company with us. 


 Why did you become a wedding planner?

It’s not something I actually carefully planned. It just happened. I first started working on weddings when I moved to the U.A.E over 15 years ago. I had the amazing opportunity to work on a few big royal weddings and that was it….. I was hooked! After strengthening my skills by organising big corporate events in the middle East, Africa and Europe (I have travelled a fair bit), it was only natural to revert back to my first passion: wedding planning.

What’s your USP?

I seem to mainly attract ‘unusual’ situations such as foreign nationalities getting married in the UK, overseas-based couples, etc, as well as Civil Partnerships, which actually suits me perfectly well. I always love a new challenge and can get bored easily!

What’s your signature dish?

I’m French so don’t get me started on food or I’ll still be talking about it in 2 hours! But nothing can beat a good tarte tatin.

 Do you have a favourite venue? 

No, simply because each wedding I plan is so unique in its context that I rarely have a chance to consider the same venue twice. However, my clients seem to want the big mansions and castles around London as opposed to marquee weddings.

How would your clients describe you? 

Very organised, professional, passionate and with a strong ‘can do’ approach. I have a very practical approach to life and handle each project in exactly the same way. I also have very strong professional ethics and I’m a bit of a perfectionist too.

Have you ever had a challenging client and how did you deal with it?

 Having worked with clients across two continents, I have faced at times some demanding situations, especially in the Middle East. Those who’ve met me might have heard some of my stories about brides wanting to recreate orchids’ gardens in the middle of the desert (which we did by the way)! However, I always handle those difficult situations the same way: stay focused on the end result, keep calm, manage clients’ expectations and always remember that all I can do is my very best. I do believe in honesty and I believe my clients always trust me as a result.

How do you unwind?

Running and reading, although not at the same time!  And spending time with my family.

If you could plan a celebrity wedding (alive or dead) whose would it be

Johny Depp and Vanessa Paradis. They’re such an unusual couple it would be quite an interesting project!

Is the job as glamorous as you thought
I never expected it to be glamorous so that’s fine. Anyone who wants to be a wedding planner because they fancy being the next J-Lo need to reconsider their choice!

 Which wedding planner’s work do you respect/admire and why?

I really like Zoe Lingard’s work and obviously Kelly Chandler of The Bespoke Wedding Company. I don’t seem to be able to pick up a single magazine without Kelly being featured in it! In both cases, it’s the attention to detail and all the small finishing touches that I really like. It all seems to be so easy yet we all know that it probably took 12 months of planning to achieve such results!

What themes are you working on for 2010/2011? 

At the moment, my clients seem to opt for understated elegance rather than quirky themes and I’m currently trying to create a theme involving an English castle with injecting a bit of French and Russian themes.

What’s your biggest achievement since launching? Having a child! Honestly, I have become a master at multi-tasking!


What is your vice? 

Oh, where do I start?  Champagne, dark chocolate, cheese, red wine, nougatine and Green & Black ice cream. I believe that a little bit of everything in moderation is the answer.

What trends are you seeing for 2010/2011? I’m seeing a return to classic themes. I think the recession might have made people want to go back to more traditional themes rather than wanting extravagance. A lot of my clients also seem to be very environmentally-aware and are trying to inject a more ethical approach to their big day.


Thank you Marine.

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