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As an event planner, it is my  job to organise and successfully carry out a variety of different events for my clients. I will take the wedding planning burdens from you and all you have to do is come and enjoy your special day. 

Preliminary planning

Wedding Brief, Planning and Budgeting

Creating an Outline Plan covering availability of Main Guests; Timing of the Wedding; Choosing the correct Day of the Week on which to be Married;Setting out an Outline Budget from Wedding Jewellery to Catering; Upgrading your Wedding; Wedding Contingency Planning.

Location, Time Management and Wedding Legalities

Choosing the Right Location for the Wedding, Unique Reception Venues, Themed Weddings, Wedding Styles; Wedding Coordination Planning Setting out a Critical Path ; determining if the Outline Plan can be Achieved in the time and on Budget. Checking the Legalities, Wedding Risk Management Insurance, Legal Documentation; Prenuptial Agreements etc.

Wedding Guest Management

The Guest List and Cost Management

Drafting the Guest List; Inviting Children; Immediate Relatives; Relatives one step removed. Consulting Parents about the list; Endeavouring to Invite Equal Numbers between Bride and Groom. Inviting Parents to Contribute to Costs; Managing and Coordinating the Growing Guest List; Limiting Numbers; Agreeing Final Guest List with both sets of Parents. Managing Two Event Guest Lists: Full Day Guest List and Evening Guest List.

Managing Wedding Guest Special Requirements

Wedding Guest Etiquette- Guest bringing friends; Facilities for Special Needs Guests - High Chairs and Baby Facilities, Disabled Guests and Accessibility, Vegetarians and Vegan Guests. Seating Plans. Out-of-town Guests - Accommodation, Maps, Contact Details.

Wedding Guest Seating Plans

Types of Seating Arrangements; Coordination of Ceremony Seating Layout; Reception Seating Layout; Top Table Plan; Parents Table; Seating Layout by Family; Buffets.

Wedding Guest Invitations

Pre-Wedding Parties; Invitation Sent, Gift Received, Thank You Notes etc. Wedding Printing Invitations - Engraved, Hand Printed. Reply Paid Cards. Gift Lists. . Order of Service Sheets. Menus. Wording, Press Announcements Style. Maps. Cake Boxes. Place Cards. Envelopes. Seating Plans. Costs.

Wedding Outfitting

What to Wear, Hiring versus Purchasing Clothing

Coordinating the Bride, Groom, Best Man, Ushers, Bridesmaids, Fathers, Mothers. Hiring a Designer; Difference between a Designer and a Dressmaker. Buying off the Shelf. Hiring Clothing Fittings; Hired Clothes Contracts; Retrieving and Returning Hired Items; Dealing with Clothing Disasters.

The Bride & Groom, The Groomsman, Bridesmaids and Ushers

Borrowed Wedding Dresses; Family Heirlooms; Types of Fabric to Choose; Beading and Detail; Veil Styles; When to Buy; Wedding Shoe Essentials; Going Away Outfit Purchase; Emergency Repair Kit; Suit versus Tuxedo; Hire versus Buying; Hire Checklist; Accessories; Colour Coordinating the Groomsman, Bridesmaid and Ushers Outfits, Hiring versus Buying; Bridesmaids Jewellery, Accessories and Headpieces; Coordinating Ushers Outfits; Collection and Return of Hired Outfits; Contingency Planning.

Wedding Catering

The Wedding Cake

Specially made versus Store Bought; Choosing the right Baker; Selecting the appropriate Cake for your Guests; Themed Cake Decoration; Number of Tiers; Cake Flavour Filling and Size; Cake Accessories; Number of Servings Required; Wedding Favours; Commercial Baker versus Caterer.

Menus and Catering

Planning Menu Options and Reception Styles; Liasing with Caterers; Menu Budgeting; Taste testing; Food Preparation and Handling Check; Ethnic Recipes; Guaranteed Numbers; Ratio of Servers to Guests; Dress Code; Tableware, Linens, cutlery and Glassware; Catering themes and Decorations; Licences; Special Occasions Licences; Health and Safety; Purchasing Alcohol; Catering Staff Costs.

Wedding Countdown Logistics

Hair, Makeup and Jewellery

Choosing Wedding Rings; Bridal Jewellery; Choosing the Right Make-Up Artist; Make-Up for Photographic Shoots; Coordinating Make-Up and Outfit; Skin Preparation; Trial Make-Up Tests; Essential Emergency Make-Up Kit; Choosing the Best Hairstyle ; Finding A Stylist; Presenting your Ideas; Stylist Portfolios; The Stylist Client Communication Process; Home Versus Salon Styling; Styling and Coordinating the Bridal Party;

The Gift List

Compiling the Gift List; Choosing Gift list Vendors; Returning unwanted Gifts; Displaying Gifts; Security of Gifts; Gifts for the Bride and Groom.


Hiring Musicians; Hiring DJs; Hiring Audio Visual Equipment; Selecting Ceremony Music; Choosing Play lists for Reception

Photographer and Videographer

Photographs and Video Recording - prints, copies of films etc Videoing the Wedding Ceremony; After Ceremony Photography; Reception Video; Group Shot Planning; Selecting Photographic Style; Choosing the Wedding Photo Album; Hiring a Good Photographer.

Flowers, Favours and Table Decorations

Planning the Florist; Brides Bouquet; Bridesmaids Bouquets; Ceremony Flowers; Centrepieces; Buttonholes; Headpieces; Throw away Bouquet; Aisle Runners; Corsages; Planning the Archways. Floral Themes; Seasonal Flowers.

Transport and Insurance

Transport to the ceremony; Limousine and Bus Hire; Designated Drivers List; Managing Parking at the Various Locations; Breakdown Contingency Planning.

Wedding Ceremony

Types of Ceremony

Words to be used, promises to be made - are they acceptable to both parties.

Church Wedding

Person giving bride away. Marriage preparation requirements. Order of service. Vows. Music. Signing the register. Choir and seating. Bell ringers. Confetti

Civil Weddings and Ethnic Weddings

Differences which may exist between Civil and Christian weddings and weddings involving people from different religious groups etc.

Celebrity Weddings

Dealing with the special needs and requirements involved in planning and managing celebrity weddings.

Location of Ceremony

Approved Premises; Types of location; Special Settings; Obtaining permission; Listed Buildings; Stately Homes; Outdoor Ceremonies;

Wedding Ceremony Logistics

Wedding Rehearsal; Best mans role. Roles of family members. Booking a time; punctuality. Documents; witnesses. Fees. Flowers. Music. Confetti. Timetable of ceremony. Planing the Seating. Legal requirements. Payments and collections. Rehearsals.


Types of Reception - Hotel, Home, Barns, Marquee, etc. Food, Wine, Champagne. Sit-down or buffet. Confetti. Insurance. Car Parking. Changing Rooms. Security Plans. Cloakroom and Toilet Facilities. Heating. Drinks Licence. Disabled Guests. Planning the Accommodation for Guests Overnight. Master of Ceremonies Duties. Drinks on Arrival. Top-table-relationships. Toasts. Teetotallers and drivers. Duties of Bride and Groom. Role of Best Man and Groomsman.


Best Man. Groomsman. Bride. Brides Father. Brides Mother. Special Requirements for each Speaker - Toasts, Responses to Toasts. Planning a Speech. Delivering a Speech. Messages. Encouraging Practice. Practice Guidelines.


Coordinating the Honeymoon. Documents. Hotels. Insurance. Choosing the Perfect Location. Night after Wedding. Arranging Work Leave. Passports. Cost.

Final Plan

Creating a Comprehensive Plan for all activities, for the Bride, Bridegroom, Bridesmaids, Flower Girl, Page Boy, Mothers and Fathers, Best Man. Duties of all participants to be listed at each location. Final Budget Decisions. Using a Software Planning Package. Databases and lists.  




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