Should you use a Wedding Planner?


Hi everyone, today’s post has been one that has been simmering in the background for a little while, but yesterday I heard a wedding story via another supplier that made me scrunch my eyes up, hold my breath, feel anxious and encourage me to post it.  It may not be everyone’s opinion and of course that is absolutely ok, but here goes…..

The main focus of the story was that a friend of the bride had organised her own wedding a couple of years ago, did a fantastic job and she absolutely loved doing it.  She offered her services to her newly engaged friend, and, as a wedding present to the couple, undertook to take the role of a wedding planner.  Everyone was thrilled with the arrangement – it was a very generous gift, the engaged couple were happy that they would save a substantial amount of money in hiring a qualified wedding planner and the friend was over the moon that she could help, share her personal experiences from her own wedding and could be so involved.



Sadly the agreement didn’t work out as everyone hoped and the wedding planning became increasingly stressful –  the budget wasn’t managed as it should have been, suppliers let them down very close to the wedding weekend, the day did not run smoothly and with hindsight, the couple hugely regretted their decision to use a friend to plan and manage their wedding.

So this post is about the use of a wedding planner  / co-ordinator .  If you are thinking of hiring one for your wedding, why you absolutely should employ an individual who has previous clients you can speak with, genuine testimonials from couples that you get confidence from, a website with their previous weddings shown and finally, someone who doesn’t just have experience but also has the relevant insurances (so important) and is a member of a wedding body in a largely unregulated market.

It is one thing to have organised your own wedding, or managed and co-ordinated the wedding of a family member or friend, but is entirely another to work for clients – a couple who are paying for a service.



I am not saying at all that you absolutely must hire a wedding planner (it is really ok not to!) but I sincerely believe in the value of researching your professional wedding planner.   This can be said of any wedding supplier really.

Ok, so with my personal opinion out of the way (!) here are a few reasons why you may consider hiring a professional wedding planner.

– First things first, every supplier you use for your wedding has to be the right one, whether this is your caterer, dress maker or florist.  You should feel at ease with them, like them and feel confident in their understanding of what it is you are looking to achieve.    You should want them at your wedding and have the moment of ‘you are the one’.  Most wedding planners will offer a free first consultation so it is worth while speaking to more than one.

– You need help focusing your vision.   Geez we all know that Pinterest is the fountain of inspiration but this can have it’s own problems when you are trying to focus on the style, colour, theme or feel for your day.  Too many ideas can be overwhelming and it can be really useful to have help with piecing together the wedding puzzle.

–  You don’t have time to plan your wedding.    I have read more than once that it can amount to a part time job to plan a wedding – which is around 15-20 hour per week!  An average wedding can take around 200 hours of planning to pull it all together.  A dedicated wedding planner can take a sizeable amount of this time off your shoulders.  This can be particularly useful if your own job is a standard 9   – 5  as many wedding suppliers and venues will work around these hours too.    So let your lunch hour be free for wedding shoe shopping and let your wedding planner take some of the stress from you.

–  You are lost with your money , what you have spent and what you have left to spend, have a dislike of spreadsheets and balancing the books.  A professional wedding planner will have vast experience of managing a budget, negotiating the best prices with suppliers and most are a strange breed who are friends with their calculator and Excel.

–  You want to enjoy your day and not be worried about the schedule, ensuring suppliers are there when they should be, dealing with minor emergencies and the little details of the day.  Your wedding planner is there to take all of this away from you and your families, leaving you to really relax and have fun, which is what it is all about.  This is the bit that really cannot be overestimated and is difficult for a bride and groom to plan for as they really don’t know how the day will run and what will happen – this is when I think a ‘go-to’ person is invaluable.  The calm that you need.


There are many super talented and experienced wedding suppliers out there who are truly passionate about their work and, most importantly, have the confidence and experience to back up their offerings of wedding planning.

Over the last four years I have worked with, spoken to and spent time with a handful of pretty amazing ladies who are worth speaking to if you decide you would like to find out more about what they can offer you.  There are many more of course, and a good place to start is by checking their background and their accreditations.    The main body is The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners.

Bennessamy Weddings and Events

Unique Wedding Planning

Carmen Weddings

Pure White Wedding Company

Pretti Gracy Weddings and Events 


Happy planning.


Karen xx


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17:47 25 November 2014

Candle Making Workshop

Pearl Lowe

Hello lovely people, hope you are all well.

Are you coming along to the Fabulous Places Summer Market on 5th and 6th July?

DIY Candles

There are three fabulous workshops to consider attending –


Places are limited and for full information, times and costs please visit the Summer Market website:


Candle Making Workshop

  • Learn how to make your own natural wax candles in this half hour workshop.
  • Darby & Joan started their journey by making these candles and I will be hosting this workshop to share my tips and to take you through the process, from a packet of wax flakes to the finished candle.
  • I was asked to contribute to Pearl Lowe’s book “Vintage Craft” and here my step-by-step candle tutorial is featured.
  • They are ridiculously easy to make once you know how!
  • You will leave the session with your own candle and the knowledge of how to do it all at home.
  • Full course notes are provided.


You will learn about:


  • Health & Safety
  • Equipment required
  • Suppliers information
  • Types of eco & vegetable waxes available for the candle maker
  • Choosing the right wick and wick sizing
  • Colouring your candle
  • Trouble shooting

Cost is £10 per person


faulous places 2014 summer market


Image credit – Style me Pretty

6:31 18 June 2014

Wedding Colour Trends for 2015

Sandon Hall elegant afternoon tea wedding styling

Hello Lovelies! We’ve got some lovely wedding inspiration for you today.   This year’s wedding season is winding down for us and we are hearing from lots new brides who are planning their 2015 weddings.

In today’s blog we’re taking a peep at our favourite wedding colour trends for 2015, and oh my they are gorgeous!

I hope you enjoy!

Mirlah xox



Yellow & Grey

Sophisticated but fun and full of sunshine this colour palette is the perfect mix between a formal affair and a proper summer do.  Pastel lemon and washed out greys or block colour and patterns, it doesn’t matter what you choose, this unusual colour combination works so well. I forget their ‘proper’ name but I love those little yellow ‘billy balls’ of delight they work really well as button holes or just popped into mismatched stem vases. We’re seeing this more and more now where brides are doing away with any greenery and opting for a colour block bouquet. I think it looks stunning and an all yellow rose or peony bouquet next to floaty grey bridesmaids dress sounds like perfection. To really go for it and another splash of colour to your wedding day you can even tie in the colour of your drinks. Think cloudy lemonade in drinks dispensers, mini Limoncello bottles as favours and a pineapple inspired cocktail for happy hour.

2015 Vintage Wedding Colour Trends - Yellow  and Grey Inspiration

Moodboards by Best Day Ever

Yellow Bouquet – Joe Elario Photography via Style Me Pretty | Chevron Runner – Sweet Monday via Ruffled Blog

Ribbon Backdrop – N & L Notes | Letters – Jennifer Eileen Photography via Bride & Joy

Lemon Table scape – Revel Blog | Pom Poms – Figlewicz Photography via The frosted petticoat

Orange & Peach

This year peach has been teamed with lots of minty goodness and whilst this is still a firm fave of ours we’re loving where brides are taking peach to next. Say hello to a fruity burst of gorgeousness with peach,coral and orange. An absolute feast for the eyes this citrus inspired colour palette is for the fun loving couple who are up for a bit of a fiesta. For this look you can really go wild with flowers mixing lots of different shapes, sizes, textures and colours and we’re never one to say no to different vases and vessels to put them in. For a fresh look dress you tables in crisp white linen with a bright patterned runner or if you fancy something a little more rough around the edges, wooden trestle tables make for a colourful rustic affair.

2015 Vintage Wedding Colour Trends - Peach and Orange Inspiration

Image Credits: Table Setting –  Sweet Root Village via Ruffled Blog | Ice Lollies –  KT Merry via Southern Weddings

Orange and Peach Bridesmaids – Eric Kelley via Southern Weddings | Bright Bouquet- Angela Higgins via 100 Layer Cake

Table scape – Anna Delores Photography via Style Me Pretty | Orange Balloons – Stephanie Kapra Photography via Burnett’s Boards

Neutral & Sparkle

Is white a colour? Not sure? but our next look is all about keeping things neutral and letting the sparkle do the talking. A modern take on the traditional white wedding this look is a breath of fresh air and all types of beautiful. Dress you maids in shades of white, eggshell and cream and keep the blooms simple too. I love the idea of tying some ribbon or sequins round the bouquets and letting them hang down and sparkle in the breeze! You may have seen over on Facebook  that we’re pretty smitten with the sequin table runners we used at Sandon Hall the other week, they were courtesy of  The Sweet Hostess and are just stunning. Plain white table clothes, a sequin runner, stunning white/blush roses and vintage china = The perfect mix of timeless, understated, vintage glamour!

Fancy more pretty? See pictures of Darby & Joan’s table styling at Sandon Hall Here.

2015 Vintage Wedding Colour Trends - Neutral, Sparkle and Sequins Inspiration

Image Credits: Neutral Bridesmaids – Matt Johnson Photography via Style Me Pretty

Tassel Garland – Your Cloud Parade | Elegant Table Setting – Harwell Photography via Style Me Pretty 

Sequin Tablecloth – Yasmin Khajavi via Social Bliss | Bridal Bouquet – Robin Lin via Style Me Pretty



So there we have it. Our top picks of wedding colour combinations for 2015, which ones your fave? or what are you favourite wedding colours? Let us know!

9:46 17 June 2014

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