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Delighted to be able to introduce your to Soniamarie Loves, one of our wedding planner members based in Croydon. She likens herself to a professional wedding best friend for her couples. View her listing with us here. Tell us about yourself Soniamarie…

UKAWP Wedding Planner Member Soniamarie Loves

How did it all start?

I have always been the chief organiser among my family and friends and was often asked to plan and organise parties, events and weddings.  I started doing it over 10 years ago. It was also my plan to make it more “official” and branch out. So I decided to brand myself a couple of years ago (it has changed a few times!), now here I am as Soniamarie Loves.

Do you have a favourite venue?

I do not really have a fave venue as such. I admire great décor and opulent spaces. Le Meridien Piccadilly is gorgeous. Also love Belair House in South London or and Fennes in Essex.

How would clients describe you?

Fun, outgoing and passionate.

Wedding planners or suppliers you particularly admire?

There are so many people who I admire that it is hard to choose between them. I actually admire anyone in the industry how has had the guts to take a leap of faith and start their business. It is not easy.   Passionate, personable and professional people are the ones who get my admiration the most. I am very blessed to have quite a few of them around me.

How do you unwind?

I love spas. I also love jumping on a plane at the last minute and go overseas for a few days. Oh, I cannot forget my mani pedi ritual every month either!

What trends are you seeing for 2019?

I am seeing more people doing it for themselves and following their own tastes and style rather than doing the traditional carbon copy wedding.

I think there will be more use of bold colours, more boho style weddings and more outlandish entertainment.

What is your signature dish?

I make a mean Bailey’s and white chocolate cheesecake. It is very rich, boozy and delicious. I am very well known for it!

Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love work on?

I would have loved to have worked on Megan Markle’s wedding only because it consisted of what they wanted and didn’t follow all of the traditions. I love couples who want to do it for themselves, their way.

What is your vice?

Hmm not sure.  Maybe expecting food everywhere I go and eating during meetings. (shame on me!)

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