The Wedding Sanctuary: The aftermath – part 3

Today’s post is all about thank yous.  Last month’s Wedding Sanctuary was a roaring success, but could not have happened without input and dedication from our amazing members!

Everyone there on the day pulled out all the stops to set-up, answer those tricky planning questions, and undertake the less glamorous jobs like ushering, but there are a few members who deserve a really big shout out:

The planners behind the plans:

Overseeing the bigger picture of the whole show was our very own Kelly Chandler of The Bespoke Wedding Company .  There is no doubt planning the show was more challenging than expected, but Kelly consistently demonstrated herself as the professional she is, taking on many of the thankless tasks, liaising with many of the all important suppliers and of course overseeing the running of the show on the day.

Taking on much of the responsibility for promoting our first ever public wedding event was Isabel Smith of Isabel Smith Wedding Design  – well you can always count on her to have something to say, so we thought we’d give her something useful to chat about!  Although turnout for the afternoon session was a little lower than we had expected, overall, we were thrilled with the ticket sales – and the quality of the couples through the door on the day – so thank you Isabel for your wording wizardry!

Andri Benson of Always Andri  was our design guru, overseeing the look of the whole event – ensuring creativity and general stunning-ness from all the dining tables without design overlap.  Liaising with those supplying the wares for our inspiration zone was a complex and time consuming task and Andri’s calm outlook and attention to detail was a true God-send – and certainly paid off!


The style queens:

Andri’s role of course falls into this category too, but full credit must also go to the lovely Lisa Sabin of Just Bespoke  who took responsibility for the design of The Boudoir area of the show.  What started out as one of the simpler tasks ended up quite a logistical challenge, so we can’t thank Lisa enough for her dedication. 

Also working hard in The Boudoir, the generous Kate Fletcher who kindly loaned a huge range of wares from her own home – all of which are available to hire for events via her company Vintage Style Hire .  The Boudoir looked fabulous ladies so thank you both so much!


We must also offer a huge thank you to Melanie at Cranberry Blue  for providing the signage for the show.  This all important element ensured that all our visitors knew what was happening, where and when, and was a true testament to the bespoke table plan design service that she offers.


Also  a big thank you to the super team at  Mechgem Cars  for very kindly offering our prize draw winner luxury transport to the show by chauffeur driven car – a taste of the wedding day glamour to come for that lucky bride.

I think our very own Sandy Moretta summed The Wedding Sanctuary up best when she said ‘I am amazed/ ‘staggered’ by the sense of togetherness and cooperation we saw this weekend… I think we have the most amazingly talented and gifted bunch of people we could hope for’.

Thank you Sandy – and here’s to The Alliance, and to next year’s show!

Photo Credit: Julia Boggio

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