Member Focus: Hannah Lester

I am delighted to introduce Hannah from Designer Wedding Days who is based in Essex, Hannah is one of our associate members.


Why did you become a wedding planner?
Having been in the corporate events industry for over 8 years, I was very experienced in organising large and small scale complex corporate events. It has always been my dream to be involved in the wedding industry so I decided to use the skills and knowledge gained in the events industry to start my own wedding planning business.

What’s your USP?

I am exceptionally organised and very calm under pressure. I also pride myself on attention to detail. I think these skills are key to planning a wedding.

My professionalism and friendly, re-assuring manner means I get to know each of my clients personally so that I can truly understand what is important to them and going to make their day extra special.

Do you have a favourite venue?

From a personal perspective, Vaulty Manor will always be special to me as it is where I chose to have my wedding reception. However, I think each wedding is unique and there are many wonderful venues to suit every requirement.

Covering weddings in London, Essex and Hertfordshire, this can range from a sophisticated London affair at somewhere like the Landmark Hotel, a classic English country wedding at Braxted Park, a unique themed experience at The Natural History Museum to a grand occasion at the historic Gosfield Hall

How would your clients describe you?

I imagine they would describe me as organised, efficient and total in control both in the run up to the wedding and on the day itself. Being a wedding planner is also about building a relationship with your client so I would hope they would comment on my personal touch.

One of the nicest comments was hearing from the bride that by having me there on the day meant she knew everything was under control and she could totally relax and enjoy the day and that they couldn’t have done it without me. Giving a bride the confidence to enjoy their day without the worry is what being a wedding planner is all about.

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

It would have to be someone like Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy O’Nassis. Both remembered for their style and elegance, their weddings would have been amazing social events. I imagine they would have been hard work and very complex to organise but would have been elaborate, stylish and beautifully classic.

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

It may sound like a cliché but I would have to say Bernadette, Kelly and Sandy from the UKAWP. Rather than look at other wedding planners as competition they provide support and training for new and established wedding planners to boost the standard and reputation of planners within the industry. Рahh thanks hannah!

The training and support I have received has been invaluable and for that I am very grateful.

What’s your biggest achievement since launching?

I think actually launching my own business has been my biggest achievement to date. Feeling passionate about something and putting all of your time and energy into it and finally seeing the rewards

What is your vice?

I would have to say chocolate and the series 24 – I am totally addicted. I am also a perfectionist which I suppose is not such a bad vice in this industry.

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