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08071103-victoria-gordon-058-smaller5Today we introduce another of our Members, Victoria Gordon, who runs ‘Without A Hitch’….

 

Why did you become a wedding planner? 

I really enjoyed planning my own wedding and I love the mixture of left and right brain functions. I can be OCD with my organisation, plans and lists but at the same time I get to be creative and come up with exciting themes and designs that work with my couples personality. 

What’s your USP? 

Everyone in this business is highly organised and creative that’s what makes us all want to be wedding planners. I have set Without A Hitch up as an Eco Wedding Planning company. That doesn’t mean that I will only plan your wedding if you want it to be green, but the company itself is an Eco company and if you do want certain elements of your day to be more Eco friendly I can give you help and advice to achieve that. I have come across some wonderful ideas and inspiration while looking into this area such as wooden wedding rings, wedding invites printed on tea towels and all sorts of new and quirky ideas. 

What’s your signature dish? 

It’s something that I made up myself; I call it ‘chicken in a pot’. It’s basically chicken cooked in a saucepan with a sauce that consists of whatever I can find in the cupboards at the time. It never comes out the same twice, but I have never had it fail me in the taste department! 

Do you have a favourite venue? 

I really love old buildings that have lots of history behind them. I have been into see the RAF club on Piccadilly the rooms are gorgeous. They have so many great places for photos. I would love to arrange a wedding there. 

How would your clients describe you? 

I have been told that I am very calm and that this has a calming effect on people on the day. I have also been described as, reliable, hard working, highly organised and have great creativity. 

Have you ever had a challenging client and how did you deal with it? 

Each client is different, so each job has it’s own little challenges and needs that maybe you have never had to deal with before, but that’s what makes it interesting and keeps it fresh.  If everyone were the same you would get board very quickly. 

If you could plan a celebrity wedding (alive or dead) whose would it be? 

I think it would have to be Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis. Johnny Depp is such a great actor and has played so many amazing parts I am sure their wedding would be a wonderful personal wedding with great creative ideas and unique touches that only they could pull off. 

Is the job as glamorous as you thought? 

I never thought it would be glamorous, it’s a lot of hard work and you have to get a real understanding of what your client wants and is looking for. You have to get a real balance between giving the client everything they have ever wanted but still staying within budget. It can be so much fun when everything clicks. 

Which wedding planer’s work do you respect/admire and why? 

I really like Zoe Lingard’s style and presentation. I first came across her while I was training, and her whole image is really well put together. I think her blog is fantastic, she finds such amazing images. 

What’s your biggest achievement since launching? 

I think I would have to say starting my own business. It’s the most exciting and nerve wrecking thing, to take the leap from full time steady employment and jumping into the unknown. But at the end of the day you get to do what you love and hope that comes across in everything you do. 

What’s your vice? 

It’s got to be coffee.  When working in London a cup of coffee from one of the many coffee shops is always my little treat. 

Describe yourself in 3 words 

Caring, Quirky, Perfectionist

2 Comments

  1. Clare Ridd on 23rd September 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Victoria,

    I am very interested in your post as I am about to take the very leap which you talk about from full time employment into self-employed running your own business!
    It would be hugely beneficial to know when you launched, and pitfalls you encountered, how you got your first clients and any other advice plesae!
    I am about to undertake training with the UKAWP and am really excited about that. I am also building my company website and ideas in the background at the moment.

    Many thanks in advnace,
    Clare

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