Member Focus: Wendy Smulski
Today I am delighted to introduce Wendy from The Chic Wedding Company one of our associate members based in North Yorkshire.
Why did you become a wedding planner?
I set up The Chic Wedding Company after using a wedding planner myself. As a busy professional, I realised the problems associated with organising our own wedding while working long hours and juggling a busy home and hectic social life. . I used an Italian company to organise our own big day – in Venice. Without them I don’t think we could have done it. We had a very short timeframe – just a matter of weeks after deciding we’d do it – and the hurdles looked pretty daunting. I had no contacts in northern Italy, just a vision of what I wanted. Without a planner working for me I would have been lost. They were invaluable. I decided that I wanted to give other people the kind of wedding day that we had…. It was absolutely perfect a truly amazing experience and one that we’ll never, ever forget. So, after previously helping friends and family organise their weddings over a number of years too (and being told how great I was at it) it was suggested that I should do it professionally, I finally plucked up the courage (with much encouragement) and decided to give it a go!
I’ve worked for many years where having extremely strong organisational skills is a must and I found that the skills and experience I have (and being a perfectionist) mean it’s the perfect job for me!
What’s your USP?
My communication and organisational skills are legendary. My attention to detail borders on the obsessive – always a great trait for a professional wedding planner. Nothing is overlooked – ever!
However, people tell me it’s my friendly nature that wins out. Having a highly organised and experienced wedding planner on your side is great, but one that becomes your friend is priceless.
What’s your signature dish?
Hmmm…. I really had to think about this… I love to cook for my family and friends and my speciality is puddings and desserts (particularly Italian ones!). But I’m told that my latest creation – a mint and chocolate cheesecake is amazing! I have people queuing up for this one…!
Do you have a favourite venue?
I would have to say my own wedding venue in Italy – the ceremony in a Venetian palazzo being married by the Mayor of Venice followed by lunch at the world famous Cipriani hotel. However, if I had to choose one in my area it would have to be Rockliffe Hall on the County Durham/North Yorkshire border.
How would your clients describe you?
It’s been said that it’s my friendly nature that wins out and having a highly organised and experienced wedding planner on your side is great, but one that becomes your friend is priceless. One of my brides said “I knew we would get on from the moment we met. It was like having a fairy Godmother looking after me.”
If you could plan a celebrity wedding (alive or dead) whose would it be?
Grace Kelly’s wedding would have been amazing to do. She was such a beautiful, elegant stylish woman and every inch a princess. It would have been a real challenge to arrange having guests from all over the world attend including famous Hollywood stars to royalty!
Which wedding planner’s work do you respect/admire and why?
I really admire the work of Andrea Swift of Fabulous Day. She is from the UKAWP and trained me. She really inspired me and encouraged me to follow my dream of becoming a wedding planner.
What’s your vice?
Shoes, handbags and everything Italian…! The food, the ice cream, the fashion, the sunshine… need I say more?..!
Describe yourself in 3 words
Friendly, fun and focussed.