Posts Tagged: real weddings

Sep 12

Wedding in the British Countryside

One thing I can’t deny as a wedding planner is that brides are extremely visual! They love pictures and finding inspiration from other weddings. Therefore, I want to show you a stunning wedding at Stoke Place I planned this summer. I had the pleasure of working with the unbelievably gorgeous bride and groom on their glamorous wedding filled with love, sunshine, crystals, and fantastic music. The bride walked out in her Vera Wang gown just as the skies filled with sunshine. We had been planning an outdoor wedding for over a year, which was a risk, and on the day it started to rain, but the sun gods were on this couple’s side just minutes before the ceremony commenced. Thanks to WildAbout Flowers for the great centrepieces and flowers, and thanks to Pearl Pictures for the fabulous photography.

Wedding at Stoke Place with Flutterfy Events, photography by Pearl Pictures

Bridal bouquet with diamantes

Wedding at Stoke Place with Flutterfy Events, photography by Pearl Pictures

Jimmy Choo bridal shoes – pure luxe

Wedding at Stoke Place with Flutterfy Events, photography by Pearl Pictures

Last minute preparations…

Wedding at Stoke Place with Flutterfy Events, photography by Pearl Pictures

Getting ready to walk down the aisle!!

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Beautiful ceremony aisle – wowza

Wedding at Stoke Place with Flutterfy Events, photography by Pearl Pictures

White twigs with crystal beads as centrepieces

Wedding at Stoke Place with Flutterfy Events, photography by Pearl Pictures

Carrying the crystal theme through to the place cards

Wedding at Stoke Place with Flutterfy Events, photography by Pearl Pictures

The pink lighting set the mood for a fantastic evening

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A good wedding photographer will catch the details!

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After dinner lounge area. White couches, black cushions, mirrored side tables

Wedding at Stoke Place with Flutterfy Events, photography by Pearl Pictures

The first dance on a twinkle dance floor – LOVE


Jun 12

Total Guest Experience

When you hear the word “wedding” you think of a bride and groom. However, weddings are nothing without the guests. You need to plan your wedding with your guests in mind as they want to have a fantastic experience too. I’m not saying to design your wedding to their style or taste, no way it’s your day, but plan each and every move as if you were a guest.

From the moment guests arrive, it should feel like every detail has been thought of with your guests in mind. It’s not just about making the room look pretty, it’s about making your guests feel welcome, letting them know where they’re supposed to be, making sure they have transportation to and from the venue, and giving them something special, treat them like royalty. To give your guests a great experience you must tap into psychology.

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Before the wedding even begins, I encourage couples to write a “welcome letter” for out of town guests. This letter will include information on local transportation, the best coffee shops, museums, pubs, cocktail bars, shopping, information on the wedding and any pre/post wedding events, etc. It’s a great way for guests to explore the town without having to do their own research.

To really turn up the heat on your guests’ experience, provide transportation to and from the venue. If you’re having a London wedding then consider shuttling your guests on an iconic red doubledecker bus. Providing transportation helps your guests relax as they won’t be stressing about traffic, parking, and who’s going to be the sober driver. It’s a wonderful gesture and is greatly appreciated. If your budget doesn’t allow this then consider printing off the name and number for two local cab numbers and placing a stack of these near the bar for guests to grab.

steph and matthew etherington wedding

There are dozens of ways to make guests feel special and welcomed. I’m not going to give away all my tips (!) but lastly, if you’re giving out guest favours, then have a strolling musician (like a strolling violin) go from table to table during dinner while a waiter personally hands a favour to each guests. Now that’s love!

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May 12

Wedding at Claridges, London

Last weekend we had an incredible wedding at Claridges in London. We had one of our favourite videographers take a behind the scenes video of the set up.

You can see from the video (below) that a lot of work goes into a single event. I can give you tips on working with specific vendors, but today I’m giving you a fire round of wedding planning tips for managing vendors in the run up to the wedding and on the wedding day:

Fire Round Wedding Tip

1. Contact all your vendors at least two weeks in advance of the wedding to confirm details, delivery/arrival times, collection/departure times, logistics, meals required and dietary requirements. At this time, provide them with information about venue access time, parking, and collection times.

2. Create a Table in a word document with all your vendor contact details and information. I like to have 5 columns; the first column for the vendor category, the second for arrival time, third for departure time, fourth for details such as what they’re bring and where they’re to be place, and fifth contact name and details. If you don’t have a wedding planner, give this document to a trusted bridesmaid and your venue in case there are problems on the day

3. Send your itinerary to each vendor in advance of the wedding. This will ensure they know what’s happening at what times so they can be in position when required. For an itinerary template, write a comment below and I’ll email you with my professional template

4. Let vendors know who the main contact is on the wedding day. If it’s your wedding planner then make sure they have her/his number. If it’s the venue then give them a mobile number for your contact. Vendors will look to one person for key moments throughout the day and when they have questions. There needs to be one leader

5. Make sure there is a room where vendors can rest and eat. Vendors are working hard to make your day seamless and perfect so providing them with food and sit down space will give you extra smiley vendors!

6. Contact your again two days before the wedding to double check everything is ready to go. Make sure you have the mobile numbers for all vendors as they won’t be reachable on their office phone

Happy Wedding Day!


Click on the link below and let me know what you think!

VIDEO: Claridge’s Ballroom 05|05|12. Password, if required: erika

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Feb 12

Burlesque meets Goth wedding theme

I’m extremely excited to show you this wedding I found over on Junebug Weddings. Using a mix of deep reds and blacks, this couple had a dramatic wedding with a burlesque meets gothic theme. Enjoy!

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