Member Focus – Your Wedding Angel
Today we are excited to introduce one of our newest Associate Members, Heather from Your Planning Angel . Over to you Heather…
How did it all start?
I’ve always adored weddings and in 2010 I thought about setting up my own wedding planning business, but at the time I was invested in a career within the financial sector. 5 years, a wedding, two house moves and two children later I finally decided that it was time to put my plans into action. After training with the UKAWP I knew I’d made the right choice. I left my job in February 2015 to set up Your Planning Angel and I’ve not looked back since!
Do you have a favourite venue?
There are too many fabulous places to have a favourite. Stately homes and Castles are always beautiful places to work at but I love a venue that is a blank canvas. It gives the couple the chance to really let their imagination run wild and dress it to suit them and their day.
How would clients describe you?
According to recent reviews, approachable, polite, imaginative, super organised and confident.
Wedding planner/s you admire?
I admire many wedding planners and love how all of them are slightly different in their approach and style but if I had to narrow it down I’d have to say Matthew Oliver for his gorgeously informal vlogs that make me smile every time I watch them, Bernadette of Dream Occasions because what she doesn’t know about Marquee events just isn’t worth knowing, and Natalie Lovett who was my inspiration to take a leap of faith and set up Your Planning Angel.
How do you unwind?
In an ideal world I’d snowboard every free moment I could but due to the considerable lack of snow in Wiltshire I try to go running at least once a week instead. Failing that, a good cup of tea usually does the trick!
What themes are you working on for 2015/16?
Very pretty weddings taking inspiration from the vintage theme with a very romantic feel. Lots of beautiful highly scented flowers, candles in mason jars, lots of different textures and gorgeous glassware on the tables.
What trends are you seeing?
Vintage and Rustic Country are still very popular and that has fed into an increasing desire to bring the outdoors in. I’m seeing some truly gorgeous set ups using trees, plants and lots of flowers to create an outdoor feel, which is a perfect choice with our rather unpredictable weather. The biggest trend, if you can call it that, is for couples truly personalising their day and planning everything from the location and design to the food and entertainment to reflect them as much as possible.
What is your signature dish?
Chicken & mushroom Risotto, according to my Husband but I really love to cook anything Asian inspired with lots of chilli, ginger and fresh vegetables
Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to design?
Prince Harry, definitely. The day would no doubt be gorgeous and traditional but we all know Prince Harry has a bit of a wild side, so I think the reception would be nothing shy of spectacular!
Is the job as glamorous as you thought?
The hours are a lot longer and the time I have to invest in actually running my business as well as planning weddings is pretty intense so I wouldn’t exactly say it’s glamorous but it is however the best job in the world in my eyes and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What is your vice?
Great food and great wine. Followed by dark chocolate. Then more wine.