Member Focus – Love to Plan

I love introducing our new members via these regular Member Focus posts – the answers are always so fun and inspiring and proof that we have some of the most brilliant and hard working wedding planners out there as part of our membership. Natalie of Wiltshire-based Love to Plan is no exception as we get to know her more here.

How did it all start?

 I have always been the ‘organiser’ and really loved the planning elements of my previous job.  I started thinking about a career in events around 7 years ago and really felt that my personable and hard-working nature would work very well in the wedding industry, for which I have a passion.  I started a Wedding & Event Management course, accepted a proposal from my now Hubby…and the rest is history!

 Do you have a favourite venue?

 I think my very favourite has to be Highclere Castle (I had the privilege of working at Highclere on my first client wedding); the stature and timeless elegance of the building really lends itself to being the most spectacular wedding venue.

 How would clients describe you? 

 Hard working, motivated with huge attention to detail.  Caring, considerate and very enthusiastic.

 Wedding planner you admire?

 Although there are many wedding planners that I seriously admire, it is the companies that are involved in the huge national affairs that really inspire me.  Take the Olympics organisation for example; I have serious admiration for all involved to make it such a smooth and professional event.

 How do you unwind?

 With a hot bath, glass of wine and a very good book!

 What themes are you working on for 2013? 

 The hottest themes at the moment seem to be vintage (of course), and a little boho-chic.  The colours coming through are hot pink, baby blue, soft peach and sage green – most incorporating a rustic / made at home feel.

 What trends are you seeing? 

 I’m starting to see a return of etiquette along with a desire for a more intimate wedding and reception followed by a larger party in the evening.

 There is a very definite move away from the more traditional hotel reception to the more inspiring marquee / tipi / barn / village hall venue, all with the aim of making a personal statement without the restrictions and limitations set by a hotel venue.

 Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to design?

 It would have to be Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly; beautiful ladies with such grace and style.

 Is the job as glamorous as you thought? 

 I never envisaged the role being a glamorous one, just a hard one with huge job satisfaction…I can’t imagine a better job for me.

  What is your vice?

 Flowers; and lots of them!  Especially if there is a little lace, a rustic jug or pearls involved!

 Thank you Natalie! Next time we’ll be introducing our most long-distance member, based in New Zealand, the lovely Laura from Mint Events


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