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Member Focus – That Black & White Cat

Today we introduce Linzi who runs That Black and White Cat as our newest Associate Member. Over to you Linzi…

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How did it all start?

Since I can remember I have always wanted to be a wedding planner. Over the past few years, some personal life events made me realise that being an accountant wasn’t where my heart was anymore. I met my partner Seb, who already works in the industry, and he made me believe it was all possible. So we started lots of research, attended the UKAWP course and met some fantastic like-minded people.

It took days and weeks to decide on the name for the business. The one thing we were certain on was that it had to be different. It had to stand out from the crowd. We’d already decided that our core values are original, creative, and distinctive with a dash of fun so ‘that black & white cat’ was born.

Do you have a favourite venue?

At the moment, The West Mill in Derby is ticking the industrial vibe. It has lots of open spaces with stacks of original features. Perfect to put your own stamp on it.

I also really love Tipi tents. The blank canvas provides the opportunity to really shape a wedding day around our clients. And what better than putting your family up in bell tents around you for the night (as long as they like camping of course!).

How would clients describe you?

Down to earth, creative, honest and fun.

Wedding planner/s you admire?

Isabel from Isabel Smith Wedding Design. Isabel was at my UKAWP training course and I admired her straight talking and honest approach to wedding planning.

How do you unwind?

With our cats Sooty and Betty who rule the house! Sooty was the inspiration for the name ‘that black & white cat’ and we affectionately refer to both of them as the bosses of the business. If you follow our twitter feed you’re sure to see a few pictures of them helping out!

We also love live music and especially festivals. Oh and red wine is a favourite!

What themes are you working on for 2016/17?

We’re working on an Alice in Wonderland / Mad Hatter theme at the moment. Its full of bright colours, statement centre pieces and overall qwirkiness. It’s a fantastic theme to create something really truly unique as there are so many creative options.

What trends are you seeing?

There are a few things I’m excited about this year

–       Glitter making a comeback – everything from tablecloths, doughnuts and your hair. It can really add a dash of pizzazz!

–       Pantone’s top colour trends for 2016 weddings included Snorkel Blue (perfect for beach themed weddings) and Fiesta (ideal for bright summer weddings).

–       Taking the inside outside – creating your own original living room / reception space outside your reception venue! Think leather chesterfield sofas, oversized cushions to match your colour scheme and fire pits to keep the guests cosy as you sit under the stars sipping personalized cocktails.

What is your signature dish?

I’m a vegetarian so this won’t be that interesting I’m afraid but I do love Thai food. A nice Penang coconut curry is always a winner!

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

Freddie Mercury – because he would have just gone out there and done what he wanted to do!

Is the job as glamorous as you thought?

I never expected it to be glamorous! Just lot of hard work and effort creating a truly memorable day. Always going the extra mile to deliver something really unique and special.

What is your vice?

Eating too much cheese and drinking too much wine!

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