Member Focus: Zoe Lingard
In our regular fortnightly series we welcome Zoë from Weddings by Zoë Lingard who is a full member of the UKAWP.
Why did you become a wedding planner?
I found myself at that stage in life where countless wedding invitations seem to come through your door. All too often the weddings felt generic and I found myself thinking that there must be more; all of the couples were very different so why were their weddings so similar? Over time and whilst planning my own wedding, I found myself becoming massively passionate about weddings and creating a celebration that was personal and as fun to attend as it was to be the couple. For me, life has always been about the minute details and being a planner combines my love of people, creativity and organization.
What’s your USP?
We place a big emphasis on the design aspects of a wedding and strive to make all our weddings (each with their very different styles and themes) reflective of the client’s personality.
What’s your signature dish?
I like to challenge and push things and don’t think things should be done a particular way just because ‘that’s the way they’ve always been done’.
Do you have a favourite venue?
I recently got to work in an ’empty shell venue’ which as you’d expect, had nothing provided except the very basics and absolutely everything had to be hired in (just like a marquee wedding). I love the freedom and momentary nature of these kind of weddings; one day they’re there and the next they’ve disappeared without a trace. These types of weddings feel extra unique to me.
Have you ever had a challenging client and how did you deal with it?
Yes, definitely. The UKAWP have always been a great support, having seemingly unending patience to listen to me incoherently ramble on about the slightest nuances of a particular job and give me great advice. Had it not been for Kelly, Sandy and Bernadette, I have no doubt that I would have given up before I’d really started.
If you could plan a celebrity wedding (alive or dead) whose would it be?
Jacqueline Bouvier and John Kennedy or Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier; I love the style and romance of the 50s.
Is the job as glamorous as you thought?
I’m not sure I thought it would be glamorous per se and this wasn’t a big motivating factor for me. In reality the job has snippets of glamour now and again but the day to day reality is much more down to earth than most people imagine. When I first meet people and they coo over hearing what I do, I’m always quick to say “oh it’s not as glamorous as it sounds.”
What themes are you working on for 2010?
I have a particularly lovely bohemian vintage wedding that I’m currently working on for a really fun and quirky couple. I’m also working on a really girlie, pink fest which is completely out of my usual style and it’s great fun adding piles of glitter to everything!
What’s your biggest achievement since launching?
Actually being able to buy things using income that has solely been earned from the company is deeply satisfying!
What is your vice?
Celebrity trash. I am ashamed to say I’m a Perez Hilton addict and can occasionally be found watching The Hills (oh the shame!). It drives my husband to absolute distraction.
What trends are you seeing for 2010?
Candy bars and photobooths will be massive in the UK over the next few months. Oversized balloons, moustaches on sticks and bolder colour palettes are also ones to watch.
Do take time to visit Zoë website and learn how she can help you with your wedding.