Member Focus: Kate Fletcher
Continuing our member focus series I am delighted to introduce Kate from Kate Fletcher events who is one of our associate members. Kate is based in Essex and covers the East Anglia region.
Why did you become a wedding planner?
I initially worked in the corporate sector organising exhibitions and events worldwide. I went freelance after having my boys and contacted a local stately home who were converting a derelict coach house and stable block into a wedding venue. I helped them set up the venue and planned their weddings for over two years. The experience was invaluable.
What’s your USP?
What I enjoy most is helping the couple relax and enjoy organising their wedding. My attention to detail in styling is slightly OCD, but always appreciated! I am known for moving every name card a few millimetres!
What’s your signature dish? (can be literally or in terms of wedding)
Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Rocket & Parmesan.
Do you have a favourite venue?
Hengrave Hall near Bury St. Edmunds is currently top of my list. A stunning location, beautifully restored with nothing overlooked. They even have their own church! Hannah the Venue Manager is also delightful.
Have you ever had a challenging client and how did you deal with it?
There are often situations when clients have fixed ideas about what they want, but don’t think about the logistics. You have to tactfully offer alternative solutions to impossible requests.
How do you unwind?
Having friends over for dinner. I spend just as much time ‘faffing’ about the house as making the meal. I served Rhubarb Crumble in vintage tea cups last week – I’m slightly worried myself!
If you could plan a celebrity wedding (alive or dead) whose would it be?
One of my favourite weddings to organise was for a gay couple. They were the nicest girls and were totally appreciative of everything I did for them. Perhaps Christopher Biggins – his wedding would be a lot of fun!
Which wedding planner’s work do you respect/admire and why.
Franck from ‘Father of the Bride’. Watching him go into overdrive explaining everything in a hilariously unintelligible Eastern European accent – ‘cake’ as ‘kak’. Every brides nightmare wedding planner, but I admire how he pulls everything together in the end!
What themes are you working on for 2010?
Vintage styling complemented with English flowers and herbs. Simple, but completely stylish.
What’s your biggest achievement since launching?
Organising Jimmy & Michaela Doherty’s wedding from BBC’s Jimmy’s Farm. I had an article on Jimmy pinned up on my wall at work for years, so to end up organising his wedding was completely amazing!
What is your vice?
Merlot & Rioja (its not the name of a shop!)
What trends are you seeing for 2010?
A sweet table instead of wedding favors seems to be a new trend. Choosing flavours that are reminiscent of childhood – midget gems, sherbert pips & cola cubes for me! As I mentioned before, I do think the vintage scene is very popular – there are even dedicated Vintage Wedding Planners. It does open up a wide spectrum of colours to choose from but I equally like weddings in white with one dramatic colour. I am addicted to styling and design sites around the world and my favourite is everything in white with simple vases of yellow mimosa.
To find out more about Kate visit her website