Wedding Venue Coordinators

There are lots of blog posts out there discussing the difference between wedding planners and wedding coordinators (I’ve written one myself!) However, there is very little written about what makes a good wedding venue coordinator and why so many venues are getting this wrong! After many years as a wedding planner here in Wales, I have worked in countless wedding venues, with myriad venue coordinators – many many fabulously good ones, some who are OK and some who it has to be said, are just terrible!  But is this the main problem? A number of years ago, as alluded to above, I wrote a blog post about the difference between wedding planners and venue coordinators.  At that time, I was finding it increasingly frustrating that couples often said to me “we don’t need a wedding planner, our venue has a coordinator” when I was acutely aware that venue coordinators are responsible for looking after the venue and their priority wasn’t the couple choosing their wedding venue as the place to celebrate the most important day of their lives and they absolutely didn’t do the job that a wedding planner did, whose sole focus was the couple – their clients and …

British Wedding Traditions and the Changing Face of Wedding Culture

It has occurred to me that I have never actually written a blog post about Wedding traditions in the UK! In fact, if I’m honest, the idea has largely come out of a favour my favourite aunt has just asked of me… she’s currently in China on a work trip and is attending a lecture on Chinese wedding culture and been invited to contribute – which if you knew my aunt would make you smile, as her job has no links to the wedding industry at all and to be honest, by her own admission, weddings would probably be one subject she has relatively little interest in (and being a fabulous feminist will totally balk at most of these traditions anyway!)… …hence the favour – could I put together a few slides on UK Wedding culture? But of course! a) because she is my favourite aunty and b) because I love any opportunity to share my wedding expertise with the world 😊 So, here you go, my brief presentation on a few of our British Wedding Traditions and the Changing Face of Wedding Culture, transformed into a blog post just for you: 1) The White Wedding Dress In olden times, …

Wedding Trends for 2019

I am delighted to have been asked to guest blog over the coming months for Weddingbooker.com the online wedding venue search site, offering the UK’s largest list of wedding venues, designed to help you to find, view and book your dream wedding The first of my guest blog posts for them, focuses on the top 7 wedding trends of 2019 and looks at the key wedding colour scheme and wedding themes out there right now, as well as considering some truly awe-inspiring statement wedding cakes, the season’s wedding dresses to die for and of course what’s going on with florals, foliage, trees and the less-traditional choices that are becoming increasingly popular in 2019. And what’s new for 2019? Well the increase in people choosing ethical and eco-conscious alternatives for their big day has unsurprisingly made its presence felt within the wedding industry, as has an increase in personalised and hand-produced wedding stationery and those little personal touches that make the day your own. And I have to finish with my own specialist subject… food! Two words for you: Grazing Tables. Enjoy and see you soon x Image credit: JuJu’s Kitchen

The first 3 things most brides think about for their wedding day…

When you first get engaged and think about everything you need to do, to plan your wedding day, what are the first things that you usually start thinking about, before all else? As a wedding planner, when I sit down with prospective clients, one of the questions I ask them is “what planning have you done to date” and I can pretty much guarantee that these three things are the first things you’ve considered, probably in this order… Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash 1) The Dress Finding THE dress is one of the most loved elements of this whole ‘getting married’ thing! And you are definitely seeking out the perfect number from the word go! There’s no getting away from the fact, that what you wear on your special day is the biggie and you just have to absolutely adore your dress!!! There are oodles of valuable tips when choosing your wedding dress, because ultimately, it’s all about the dress which is why it’s one of the first things you’re thinking about, almost every time! It has to speak to you, express your personality and ultimately, you have to feel a million dollars in it. As far as many of my brides are …

What do couples ask wedding venues before they even visit?

The six top questions couples need answers to, before viewing a wedding venue… When prospective clients contact a wedding venue, there are six key questions that are always on their list, regardless of their style, theme or budget. It doesn’t matter what you think your venue’s key features or selling points are – if they’re not important to the couple who are viewing, put blatantly, they really won’t care, so make sure you address these key questions as an absolute priority on your website for prospective clients to easily find, before they pick up the phone to book a viewing, otherwise you will be wasting their time as well as your own: 1. How many guests can you accommodate? It might sound simple, but if you can only seat 60 for a ceremony or 90 for the wedding breakfast and the interested couple are struggling to bring their daytime numbers anywhere below the 200 mark, they’re not going to book you, it doesn’t matter how beautiful your venue is. So, be clear upfront, what is your ceremony capacity? How many can you seat for the wedding breakfast? And, how many additional guests can they invite to their evening party? 2. …

Wedding Venue Consultancy & On The Day Wedding Venue Management

Once upon a time…. (everyone loves a good fairytale with a happy ending!) I visited a Welsh wedding venue searching for the perfect location for one of my brides’ big days. It was a stunning venue, in a beautiful location – ideal for some incredible photography on the chosen date. It had a huge amount going for it and, like many wedding venues, it was used for alternative events during the week. When I held my initial meeting with the venue director, they explained that they loved hosting weddings but they were struggling to resource it effectively as they not only needed to cover weddings on the weekend, but because they also needed to have enough staff to manage the standard working week. They couldn’t justify taking on another employee, as they only really needed them for wedding season. And so, it created a completely new avenue for Weddings by Zoë… Having understood the requirements, established the service they wanted to offer and the potential volume of events throughout the year, I offered to sub-contract to them – to run their weddings and other special events on their behalf as their on-the-day coordinator – and we all lived happily ever …