Member Focus: Nikki Foster
Today I am pleased to introduce Nikki Foster from I Do Designer Weddings Ltd one of our associate members based in Leeds.
Hmmm – interesting question. My background is actually in financial services; eight years of top level investment management. However, throughout my career I have been heavily involved in arranging events and weddings for people around me. I guess I became an ‘unofficial’ wedding planner a long time before I became an official one!
It wasn’t until my mother got ill and challenged my career that I realised that I was in the wrong job. She gave me the courage to walk away from a successful career and set up my dream business – I haven’t looked back!
What’s your USP?
So many of them! If I can only pick one little thing I guess it has to be my ability to listen. It might sound irrelevant, but I have an exceptional ability to ‘hear’ what people are saying when they are describing their dream day.
Understanding a vision is the key to being able to transform it into reality for a couple. Setting to work to design, plan and manage the day is the easy bit.
Do you have a favourite venue?
There are so many amazing venues around Yorkshire and Cheshire. Swinton Park, Allerton Castle, The Star Inn – they are all beautiful and all different. However my absolute favourite venue has to be a marquee on private land. There is nothing better than a blank canvas to inject the bride and grooms personalities into. My current favourites are Papakata tents – just brilliant for a really different look and feel – when dressed for a wedding they have the Wow factor in spades.
How would your clients describe you?
It has to be as a perfectionist.
Design is very important to our weddings; we aim to make each one very different and representative of the bride and groom – I am relentless until we have it absolutely right!
If you could plan a celebrity wedding (alive or dead) whose would it be?
Well, the obvious one is a Royal Wedding – I would revel in planning a wedding for Prince Harry. It would be fabulous to be able to really go to town with no restriction on budget. I have picked Harry because his personality would surely allow for some real fun elements to be injected into the day!
When you’re ready Harry – you know where we are!
Which wedding planner’s work do you respect/admire and why?
What’s your biggest achievement since launching?
Everything! I set up my business during a very difficult period in my life – losing my mother. So for me, ‘I Do Designer Weddings’ is a huge achievement in itself.
I would also say that my biggest achievement is always changing as it’s my last wedding – seeing the months of planning and management culminate in a fabulous event provides the most amazing buzz.
Every happy client is a big achievement!