Member Focus – Simply Chic Wedding & Event Management
Today we would like to introduce you to Teresa Bence, owner of Simply Chic Wedding & Event Management . Over to you Teresa….
How did it all start?
Before I trained as a Wedding Consultant, I gained over 15 years experience as a SeniorProject Manager overseeing delivery of multi million pound projects for blue chip Companies such as British Aerospace and BT. My corporate background has given me a firm knowledge of leading diverse teams of people, working together with one aim to deliver complex projects, to tight timescales and budgets. Bringing together my project management skills with a passion for weddings, led me to set up my own business – Simply Chic Wedding and Event Management.
Do you have a favourite venue?
Based in the North West of England, we are so lucky to have a wide range of venues to choose from be it the breath taking and romantic locations of the Lake District to cosmopolitan cities such as Manchester and Liverpool. There are so many to choose from, but if I had to pick one venue it would have to be Peckforton Castle in Cheshire – it is truly a romantic setting.
How would clients describe you?
My Clients would describe me as very organised and calm under pressure, always professional and elegant, sassy with a good sense of humour.
Wedding planner/s you admire?
I admire Sandy Moretta and Bernadette Chapman of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP). The wedding industry is not regulated anyone can set up and advertise to be a wedding planner however, by becoming a member of the UKAWP each member is vetted and must follow a strict code of business ethics.
It is fantastic to be part of a network of planners who support and share best practice with each other, and my Clients can rest assured that I am qualified to be a professional wedding planner.
How do you unwind?
I unwind by having a facial or a body treatment at a luxury spa or buying a beautiful pair of shoes always works!
What themes are you working on for 2013/14?
Vintage is always in vogue, however, we are seeing influences more on the early 1900’s with the hit series Mr. Selfridge and the film Great Gatsby due for release later this year.
What trends are you seeing?
Clients putting their own personal stamp on their day, for example one client had a sweet station at their reception filled with sweets that they bought on their first date and love hearts with the date of their wedding.
What is your signature dish?
Beef Bourgnion – cooked from scratch
Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to design?
Jennifer Aniston she eludes elegance and chic.
Is the job as glamorous as you thought?
Before becoming a wedding planner, I organised major events for BT, so I was under no illusion what being a wedding planner would entail.
That said, nothing beats getting to know a couple how they met, what they want their wedding to look like, working with them to achieve their expectations and then seeing it all come together on the day – it is a real privilege to be part of a couple’s wedding day and the desire to exceed their expectations never diminishes.
What is your vice?
Kettle crisps and a romantic girly film you cannot beat it.