Romantic Pale Blue & Greenery Inspiration.

Romantic Pale Blue & Greenery Inspiration.

Our Classically Georgian Inspired Editorial Shoot.

This editorial evoked a fresh take on Georgian inspired weddings. When we went to look around the stunning Royal Crescent Hotel in the beautiful and historic city of Bath, we knew that a rich blue palette with timeless silver accents and that stunning incandescent silver leaf silk ribbon would compliment the pastel colours and hints of antique blue.


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That pop of greenery and white flowers were so eye-catching and created a beautiful and classic colour contrast against the pale blue linens and beautiful silky textures. When it comes to using colour we know as stylists how important it is to work colour in without going overboard!


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We adored the way that the stationery design captured the romance of the setting with classic details and an architectural motif - Proving that classic design and styling can create a wonderfully unique and exciting setting!

- STYLED & PLANNED BY LILY & SAGE -


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An English Country House Summer Wedding.

An English Country House Summer Wedding.

 

We first met the lovely Jennifer and Timothy in their beautiful home in London. Jennifer is American and Timothy is English which made us even more excited to start planning their Anglo-American wedding and to create the perfect blend of both of their countries amazing cultures!


 

WHEN WE WENT TO VISIT NORTH CADBURY COURT TOGETHER WITH JENNIFER AND TIMOTHY, WE ALL FELL IN LOVE WITH IT'S ECLECTIC CHARM. THE STUNNING FAMILY OWNED HOUSE WAS FULL OF CHARACTER AND HISTORY AND WAS THE PERFECT SETTING FOR THE COUPLES' 125 GUESTS TRAVELLING FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD INCLUDING AMERICA AND SINGAPORE (WHERE JENNIFER USED TO LIVE AND WORK BEFORE MOVING TO LONDON AND MEETING TIMOTHY). JENNIFER AND TIMOTHY WANTED THE FOUR DAY LONG WEDDING WEEKEND TO BE A HOLIDAY FOR ALL OF THEIR GUESTS.

Being from a design and marketing background, Jennifer has a very keen eye for style and details. We helped her to create a wedding that was elegant yet natural and relaxed. The colour palette was feminine and simple incorporating soft pink and blue (Timothy’s favourite colour), white and green tones to create a soft chic and timeless look.

 

NANCY AND I WERE ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED WHEN JENNIFER AND TIMOTHY CHOSE NICOLE COLWELL FROM OUR SHORTLIST OF RECOMMENDED PHOTOGRAPHERS. WE LOVE WORKING WITH NICOLE AND COULDN'T THINK OF ANYONE MORE SUITED TO CAPTURE THE WEDDING. WE ALSO LOVED THE FACT THAT SHE IS ALSO AMERICAN - DRAWING ON THE WEDDINGS ANGLO-AMERICAN LOVE STORY.

 

 
 

 
 

“Katie and Nancy were a dream to work with. Their client-focused approach meant that they were extremely tuned in to our needs and our personalities, anticipating many of our concerns and our desires and always taking our opinion to heart and listening to our feedback”.

JENNIFER & TIMOTHY WOODALL

 
 

 

THE FLOWERS CREATED BY THE INCREDIBLY TALENTED LADIES AT AESME FLORIST WERE UNDONE AND ORGANIC. THEY INCLUDED WILD FLOWERS INSPIRED BY THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE, CREATING AN ARCHITECTURAL, ROMANTIC AND AROMATIC ATMOSPHERE. THE STAIRCASE AND FIREPLACE FLORAL DESIGNS WERE CREATED BY THE IMMENSELY TALENTED CISSY FROM WILD STEMS - ONE OF JENNIFER'S VERY CLOSE AND LONG TIME FRIENDS, WHICH ADDED A LOVELY PERSONAL TOUCH TO THE HOUSE. 

 

 
 

THE CEREMONY WAS HELD AT THE BEAUTIFUL ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH SET WITHIN THE GROUNDS OF NORTH CADBURY COURT. A LARGE FLORAL BORDER INSTALLATION FRAMED THE TOP OF THE AISLE WHERE THE CEREMONY WAS CONDUCTED BY TIM'S CLOSE FRIEND CRAIG. A STRING QUARTET PLAYED CONTEMPORARY AND MODERN PIECES AS JENNIFER WALKED UP THE AISLE WITH HER FATHER ANGELO. JENNIFER WORE A STUNNING YET SIMPLE GOWN BY DELPHINE MANIVET SOURCED FROM THE MEWS BRIDAL IN LONDON. HER HAIR AND MAKE-UP WAS BY THE VERY TALENTED AMBER FROM LIPS & LOCKS.

 

AFTER THE CEREMONY THE GUESTS WERE DIRECTED TO THE BACK OF THE HOUSE WHERE DRINKS AND CANAPES WERE SERVED ON THE TERRACE IN THE SUNSHINE. THE WEDDING BREAKFAST WAS HELD IN THE BALLROOM WITH LONG TRESTLE TABLES STYLED USING FRAGRANT FOLIAGE AND WHISPY GESTURAL FLOWERS WITH TRAILING VINES IN ORNATE GOLD VESSELS, BEAUTIFUL STONE LINEN TABLE RUNNERS AND NAPKINS FROM TABLE TO DINE FOR, AND MODERN GOLD CUTLERY AND CANDLESTICKS FROM VINTAGE GOLD CHINA PAIRED WITH TALL TAPERED CANDLES. THE STATIONERY SUITE WAS DESIGNED BY JENNIFER TOGETHER WITH HER GOOD FRIEND CHAD.

 

FOLLOWING ON FROM THE SPEECHES, JENNIFER AND TIMOTHY HAD THEIR FIRST DANCE TO THE TUNE OF 'DO YOU LOVE ME' BY THE CONTOURS. THE EVENING THEN PRECEDED WITH DANCING AND COCKTAILS INCLUDING TIMOTHY'S VERY FAVOURITE MARMALADE GIN COCKTAIL (HE HAS SHALL WE SAY A SLIGHT OBSESSION WITH MARMALADE!).  

 

SPENDING TIME WITH JENNIFER AND TIMOTHY MADE US FEEL LIKE WE WERE IN THE PRESENCE OF TRUE LOVE - THEY REALLY ARE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL COUPLE BOTH ON THE INSIDE AND OUT, WE WILL REALLY MISS HELPING THEM TO PLAN AND STYLE THEIR WEDDING.

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Our Favourite Boutonnière Styles.

Our Favourite Boutonnière Styles.

Our Favourite Boutonnière Styles.

We are huge fans of boutonnières (otherwise known as buttonholes). With so many gorgeous designs to choose from, it can be hard to pick and narrow down your favourite! Our brides often spend a lot of time thinking about these small yet important details for their ceremony.

They can be such a lovely way to incorporate something unique to our couples we adored these simple yet meaningful buttonholes, which were created by the wonderful Rachel at the Rose Shed. They incorporate a beautiful white Orchid. Orchids were very symbolic as they are the flower of Singapore where our couple are based!

 

 
 
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WITH OUR ARCHIVE OF THE BEST FLORISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND SUPPLIERS IN THE UK & EUROPE WE ARE YOUR INDEX FOR WEDDING SUPPLIERS!

If you would like advice from us and help planning or styling your wedding

Contact Us Here.

These stunners are delicate, textural and so unique. We fell in love with them and were so pleased that our bride & groom’s love of wild flowers was executed with such perfection by Aesme Flowers. This shoot was featured on the beautiful fine art wedding blog Magnolia Rouge take a look for more English wedding style inspiration.

 

 
 
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We adored this next editorial with a moody yet feminine Autumnal theme, soon to be featured on magnolia rouge . the styling was all about nature. incorporating autumnal tones and textures These stunning boutonnières were created by the the lovely Hannah at Bloom Fleuriste for our shoot set in a magnificent English Manor House.

 

 
 
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Simplicity and an elegant European style was the inspiration behind our very own Katie of Lily & Sage’s wedding! Olives leaves and white roses (with an individual cappuccino rose for the groom’s boutonnière) created such a fresh and clean look. This wedding which is so dear in both of our memories was featured on the fantastic once wed blog.

 

 
 
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These wonderful eye catching boutonnières were designed by Hannah of Bloom Fleuriste for our editorial shoot at an incredible Baroque English Country House. They remain one of our personal favourites. With so much beauty and detail each one is completely unique to the next, which is something we recommend asking your florist to do to if you want something bespoke to each member of your bridal party.

We adore the berries, thyme, and feathers, which created something so magically timeless and pretty! Featured on one of our favourite Fine art wedding blogs Wedding Sparrow.

 

 
 
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Our Favourite Boutonnière Designs Images Styled & Planned by Lily & Sage.




Chic & Romantic Bath Engagement Shoot.

Chic & Romantic Bath Engagement Shoot.

Bath and The Cotswolds have always had a special place in our hearts, which is why my husband Tom and I decided to get married in The Cotswolds and why we chose Bath as the perfect setting for our engagement shoot with our good friend and photographer Katie Julia. In fact, there was a long weekend break to Bath a couple of months before Tom proposed to me in Capri, Italy where I was pretty certain that Tom was going to pop the question (mainly because most of my girl friends were insisting that it was definitely going to happen then)! Bath is also a short drive away from The Cotswolds venue where were married in March this year so it just felt right!

 

 
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Tom and I are both self confessed foodies, so there definitely needed to be an element of food in our engagement shoot! We put together a romantic picnic setup (complete with Prosecco and pink lemonade) on the park in front of the awe-inspiring Georgian architecture of Bath’s Royal Crescent. Styling food can be so much fun and it’s definitely a perk of being a wedding stylist when you get to eat the food that you are styling! I have to say olive bread is so delicious and those red grapes were too!

 

 
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I’m absolutely addicted to buying and wearing statement earrings, and I found it hard to choose between the two pairs that I packed ready for the shoot! In the end I decided to wear a gorgeous pair of rose gold toned jewel tassle drop earrings, which complemented the dress beautifully and added a modern touch to my outfit. 

 

 
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For now our little family to be wouldn’t be complete without our cheeky little french bulldog Harry, so it was essential that he came along too! He was a fantastic (and I think you'll agree gorgeous) model and will do pretty much anything for a treat! 

 

 
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We finished the shoot with cosy and intimate hot chocolates outside a typical yet stylish little English pub (and then a mad dash by me to get inside and in front of that roaring fire)!

- STYLED & PLANNED BY LILY & SAGE -

 

 
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A White Winter Wedding.

A White Winter Wedding.

 

Our brides always want the most unique, intricate and stylish design for their wedding. It's all about finding that perfect balance between styling a couture wedding and making things completely practical and special for your guests.

 

When it came to creating exactly this for our bride and interior design queen Gemma and her husband to be mark we knew that we needed to pull out all the stops - bringing together all of our expertise and guidance. 

 

The look was minimal couture, with pretty touches of peonies, roses and hydrangeas...

oh how we adore hydrangeas!


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"Nancy is an excellent researcher and stylist, brilliant at providing creative ideas and helping you visualise them. Katie is a meticulous project manager - highly organised, an effective task master, brilliant communicator, great at managing budgets and overseeing the coordination of your special day".

 
 

 
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"Both are helpful, respectful, supportive,  reassuring and talented at styling, which being an interior designer myself was an absolute must have wedding planner quality I required - they didn’t let us down either, everything looked exquisite!"  

 

 
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"Lily & Sage helped us to achieve our overall wedding vision - they supported and guided us through our decision making, which we found really valuable. Without the help of Katie and Nancy our wedding would not have been such a success! Thank you so much ladies!!"

GEMMA & MARK HOMER

 

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Experts Guide - Proposals & Engagement Rings.

Experts Guide - Proposals & Engagement Rings.

The decision to propose to your loved one is such a special but equally important one!

 

It's often a little overwhelming to know how/when to do it and, if you haven't happened to receive a few subtle (or perhaps not so subtle) hints from your 'fiancé(e)-to-be' about the ring of their dreams, the added pressure of choosing the right ring can be quite daunting too!

 

To give you a little helping hand, Nancy and I have been speaking with the incredibly lovely Maxine and Emma at independent and multi award-winning British luxury jeweller 'ROX' to get their top tips and advise on this incredibly beautiful and life changing occasion! 


What do you think the most stressful thing about proposing is?

 

Finding the perfect ring is often the most stressful part about popping the question. There are so many different styles to choose from, so finding one that captures the style and personality of a partner can understandably be a little daunting.

 

We’re honoured to offer help and advice every step of the way to ensure our clients feel comfortable with their choice. However, we are seeing more couples than ever before choose the ring together to remove any element of doubt. In fact, 30 per cent of people who took part in our recent Perfect Proposal Survey with Confetti said that they came ring shopping together.


What are your top 5 proposal planning checklist tips?

No. 1

Timing is everything, so plan ahead. There’s no denying that getting down on one knee is both thrilling and terrifying in equal measure so it’s important to be ready. Making a plan not only makes the moment all the more memorable but it also helps prepare you for the big moment. After all, you don’t want to be lost for words when you have a very important question to ask.

No. 2

Do you know the style of ring your partner has their heart set on? From round brilliant cut solitaire designs to cool emerald cuts, there are a myriad of different designs to choose from so it’s always good to have a sense of what your partner would prefer. Our new Online Concierge Tool is great for those keen to find out more about their partner’s tastes.

No. 3

There’s no escaping the allure of a beautiful diamond but it’s important to know just what makes a sparkler so special. At ROX we believe in the 5Cs which represent Cut, Colour, Clarity, Carat and Certification. Each plays a part in creating a truly mesmerising engagement ring, so it’s important to keep them in mind when searching for the perfect ring.

No. 4

It’s always good to have an idea of your partner’s ring size when looking for an engagement ring but important to remember that it isn’t vital. Most engagement rings can be re-sized to make them larger or smaller, while rings that cannot be adjusted (such as rings with diamonds set on the band) can be exchanged or remade for the perfect fit.

No. 5

Find the perfect spot. A proposal is a moment like no other so it’s important to get the setting just right. For those looking for a little inspiration we have pulled together Perfect Proposal Guides to each of our cities – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Leeds and Newcastle – which help our couples plan a truly special adventure.


What advice would you give the proposer when choosing the right ring for their potential fiancé(e)?

 

It’s important to remember there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to finding the perfect ring. An engagement ring is a sparkling symbol of commitment and a celebration of your love, so as long as it captures the personality and spirit of your partner you can’t go wrong. If you really can’t decide, why not pop the question with a token ring? That way you have the capture the charm and magic of the moment whilst still allowing your partner the opportunity to choose their own design.


 
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Do you have any proposal do’s and don’ts?

 

Do choose your moment carefully. You only get one shot at the perfect proposal so it’s important to take your time to get it right. A proposal is a reflection of your relationship and a celebration of your love in all its glory so be sure the time, place and mood are just right.

 

Don’t be afraid to show off your romantic side. Whether it’s an intimate dinner at the restaurant where you had your first date or a quirky in-joke that means everything to you both, make it personal to show off your devotion.


What is the average cost of an engagement ring? 

 

The most popular price point for a ROX diamond engagement ring is between £1500 - £3000.  There used to be a saying that you should spend one to three months’ salary on an engagement ring but we say spend what's comfortable.  


Is it a good idea to consult family & friends when selecting an engagement ring, or is it best to choose it yourself?

 

Ultimately it comes down to personal choice. If you feel like you need a little extra advice from friends and family and know they can keep a secret then it could help ease the pressure of ring choice.

 

This is where our Online Concierge Tool comes in handy; you could get their best friend to take the quiz on behalf of your partner to get an idea of designs they might like.


Does a custom-made ring mean THAT it will be much more expensive?

 

It very much depends on what design you’re looking for. We’re proud to be champions of the art of craftsmanship with all of our engagement rings designed in-house and handcrafted in our London workshops. 

 

Only one per cent of the diamonds we see actually make it into our rings and each design is both delicate and charming thanks to its refined features – there really is something for everyone. However, we are able to offer advice on bespoke design for those looking for something a little different.


And Lastly…

 

What is the best advice you could give to someone who is looking for an engagement ring?

 

To put it simply, come in and see us. We’re honoured to become part of your story and our diamond specialists are proud to offer advice and support that is second to none. Customer care is at the heart of everything we do and are proud to offer a service and designs that reflect just that.

 

If you’re keen to have a little bit more information before coming to see us or are interested in shopping online, be sure to check out our guide to the 5Cs so you know what makes a diamond really special and, of course, try the online concierge tool for yourself.

 

 

Visit Rox UK LTD for more inspiration. 



Style - Finding beauty in the imperfect & practising simplicity.

Style - Finding beauty in the imperfect & practising simplicity.

 

Something we always talk about is our passion for the undone beauty of simple  design. We find that we are constantly drawn to this aesthetic of the simple

 


Where did my love for this type of style come from?


 

As a designer I have always been interested in a clean look; perhaps stemming from my Bachelors in Contour Fashion. As a young designer I would seek out this juxtaposition between overly intricate detailing with a sleek and modern design.

 

 
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It’s this classic style which constantly comes back into fashion, and I believe as humans this is because we need to focus on less…When our minds are so preoccupied with technology, work, relationships, life, I find for me having a calming place to relax in that focuses on beauty and elegance is my escape from all of this.

 


How can simplicity make my wedding better?


 

Weddings can and usually are in some way inherently stressful (even for the most chilled out bride) but this is where design and simplicity can create a serene atmosphere for both you and your guests.

 

 

Sometimes less is more…

 

 

 
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We can put so much effort into cluttering a table, and fitting in so many elements, trends, and fads...

 

 

But our style ethos encourages a stripped back approach; boldly making a statement whether it’s a floral arrangement simply placed on a table nothing else needed, or an aisle made up entirely of white candles. Creating an un-fussed, elegant, & timeless wedding will honestly look so much more incredible, cost less, and have a bigger impact.

 

 
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Our Italian Honeymoon Destinations.

Our Italian Honeymoon Destinations.


Katie and I are very fond of Italy! There is so much to do, see and experience there! Italy will always have a significant place in our memories as Katie’s fiancé Tom proposed to her on a boat underneath the Faraglioni on the Isle of Capri last summer!

 

We have put together our top three breathtakingly romantic and unique honeymoon or even mini-moon locations in Italy to give you a little inspiration…


Ravello, Campania

 

One of our fondest memories of our recent trip to Italy was soaking in the enchanting atmosphere of Ravello whilst sipping aperitivo in the beautiful Piazza Duomo. The sound of the peaceful cathedral bells and the stunning views of the Amalfi coastline make this medieval hilltop village a perfect honeymoon location. Since the early 20th Century, Ravello has always been an exclusive destination with celebrities and writers alike from Jackie Kennedy to D.H. Lawrence. With so many places to visit within easy reach of Ravello, you can truly experience Campania’s regional culture & explore it’s many treasures. There are lots of fabulous hotels to choose from including the 12th Century renaissance Palazzo Avino (Travellers’ Choice® 2016 Winner) and the luxurious Belmond Hotel Caruso.

 

Our recommendations…

 

– Immerse yourself in the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Pompeii & Herculaneum

– Explore the sites of Amalfi, Positano & Sorrento on a breath-taking coastal drive

– Soak in the glamour of Capri

– Revive yourself in the thermal spas of Ischia

– Hire a Vespa for a thrilling coastal ride that you will never forget!

– Experience Ancient Greek Civilisation in Paestum

– Sample a true Neapolitan style pizza, whilst admiring Naples’ varying architecture from Medieval, to Renaissance and Baroque.

– Relax & unwind with a couple’s massage overlooking the majestic Amalfi Coast

– Experience a true taste of Italy whilst learning some new skills at Mama Agata’s Cookery School

– Book tickets with the Ravello Concert Society for an enjoyable evening of music & opera

– Charter a traditional Gozzo boat to take in the panoramic views of the coastline, stopping along the way to explore the stunning Emerald Grotto

 

Taormina, Sicily

 

Considered by many to be the Pearl of the Mediterranean, Taormina is one of our favourite spots. This spectacular resort town, picturesquely perched high above the sea has been a popular tourist destination since the 18th Century, when young noble men would embark on their Grand Tour. As you explore the beautiful winding alleyways sprawling off the Corso Umberto I, you will be spoilt for choice with the many outstanding bars and restaurants that Taormina has to offer. We absolutely adored the romantic atmosphere and stunning views of the Piazza IX Aprile from the rooftop restaurant of the Baronessa, and equally the fantastic culinary experience of the Ristorante Cinque Archi. Our stay in the luxurious Ashbee Hotel was idyllic. With it’s details of artistic and cultural heritage, this English villa built in 1908 offers breath-taking views from it’s infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranen, and a true feeling of being in an Italian style garden with scents of Sicilian lemon and orange filling the air from the surrounding trees. Not to mention, the hotels’ exclusive honeymoon suite will make every bride and groom feel completely pampered! If cocktails and jazz are your thing, you will be in your element at the cosmopolitan Hotel Metropole. Located in the heart of the town, this hotel is fantastic for shopping and access to everything that Taormina has to offer!

 

Our recommendations…

 

– Spend a romantic evening listening to opera with an incredible backdrop of the Teatro Greco & Mount Etna

– Visit Taormina’s array of beautiful beaches including the Baia di Mazzarò & Isola Bella

– Find peace and tranquillity combined with terrific views of Mount Etna & the coast in the Giardini della Villa Communal

– Take a tour of the volcanic Aeolian Islands

– Join a boat tour for a scenic meander along Taormina’s dramatic coastline…make sure to see The Blue Grotto!

– Sample a deliciously refreshing granite or a mouth-watering gelato at one Taormina’s many gelateria’s

– Take a stroll around Taormina’s beautiful churches, Santa Caterina and San Giuseppe.

– Step off the beaten track with a visit to the nearby captivating hilltop village of Castelmola

– Visit Siracusa’s ruins & stop off for lunch in the magnificent Piazza Duomo nestled within the historic Island of Ortigia

– Walk in the footsteps of the Ancient Greeks with a trip to the outstanding Valley of the Temples

– Get active and take an excursion up the pre-historic Mount Etna…don’t forget to pack your walking boots!

 

Tuscany

 

With it’s beautiful rolling countryside, artistic heritage and architectural masterpieces, Tuscany has an abundance of romantic and fabulous places to visit and stay on your honeymoon. Tuscany is a region rich in medieval history. We loved the relaxed vibe and tranquillity of Volterra and the impressive Romanesque and Gothic architecture of San Gimignano. Ristorante Etrutia in Volterra’s Piazza dei Priori boasts some fantastic traditional Tuscan cuisine…and you may even be as lucky as we were and witness a traditional Italian festival such as the Volterra A.D 1398 medieval fair. Whether you fancy a rustic yet luxurious countryside retreat or a cosmopolitan hotel in a city full of culture, Tuscany has it all! Two wonderful hotels include the impeccably stylish Villa Bordoni located in Chianti, and the contemporary and sleek J.K. Place in Florence.  Although Tuscany doesn’t often spring to mind beach holidays, you will be surprised by how many delightful coastal locations it has to offer, such as the vibrant and lively beaches of Versilia or the more peaceful and untouched beaches of Livorno and Grosseto.

 

Our recommendations…

 

– Spend the day wondering around Tuscany’s bounty of gardens such as the Florentine Giardino di Boboli or the Renaissance garden of the Villa Medici, Fissile

– Take a romantic carriage ride to explore Florence

– Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Florence’s galleries & museums – go on a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery or visit the Palazzo Medici Riccardi

– Experience some of the world’s most fantastic Renaissance architecture such as Il Duomo

– Stand in awe of Florence’s Gothic style Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

– For a true taste of Tuscany visit the organic Vineyard Val delle Corti, famous for it’s Chianti Classico Wine…sample a glass (or perhaps a bottle) accompanied by a delicious plate of salami whilst watching the sunset

– Tread in the footsteps of film stars in Siena – enjoy a drink in the Piazza del Campo whilst taking in the views of the impressive Fonte Gaia

– Climb one of the world’s most unique pieces of architecture – the Leaning Tower of Pisa followed by a carriage tour of this fantastic University city

– Explore the Renaissance walls and cobblestone streets of Lucca – famous for it’s Olio d’olive Lucchase and the home of the great Italian Opera composer Giacomo Puccini

If one thing can be said about Italy, it never ceases to amaze! Far from the traditional and sometimes repetitive beach holiday, Italy is truly one of the world’s most exciting and romantic places to visit!

 



What To Include in Your Final Wedding Checklist.

What To Include in Your Final Wedding Checklist.

No. 1

Full Details of all of your Wedding Suppliers.

 

these are details that you most likely have floating around in your inbox or phone but it's really important to put together a complete list of everything in one place including contact names, telephone numbers and email addresses.

 

you should share this information with all of your suppliers and your wedding party on your wedding day itinerary.


No. 2

Full Details of your Main Wedding Party.

 

MAKE A LIST OF all PHONE NUMBERS the your MOTHER & FATHER OF THE BRIDE, your MOTHER & FATHER OF THE GROOM, your MAID OF HONOUR, your BEST MAN, your BRIDESMAIDS & your USHERS/GROOMSMEN.

 

again it's useful to share these details on your wedding day itinerary so that you're not bothered with endless questions and queries on your wedding day!


No. 3

your kEY TIMINGS FOR THE DAY.

 

THIS SHOULD INCLUDE ON THE MORNING RESPONSIBILITIES, THE CEREMONY, THE DRINKS AND CANAPÉ RECEPTION, THE WEDDING BREAKFAST, THE SPEECHES, THE ARRIVAL OF the EVENING GUESTS, THE CUTTING OF THE CAKE, THE EVENING MEAL, THE FIRST DANCE & THE THROWING OF THE BOUQUET.  

 

yOUR WEDDING DAY ITINERARY SHOULD THEN GO INTO MORE SPECIFIC DETAIL OF TIMINGS FOR THE DAY.


No. 4

your PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY DETAILS.

 

make sure to note down the planned arrival times of your photographer and videographer. in our eyes a good artist should have already helped you put together a list of formal and detail shots that you really want to include, but if not it's essential that you do this so that nothing gets forgotten.

 

again you should share this list with your wedding party and also give someone specific the responsibility to make sure that everyone turns up for their formal shots - allowing the photographer the opportunity to actually focus on taking beautiful photos! 


No. 5

your flowers.

 

it sounds over the top but it's always worth re-listing exactly what floral elements are going to be there on your wedding day. sharing this with your florist a couple of week's before your wedding can help to identify any discrepancies between what you and the florist might have in mind.

 

for us this is something that we always like to double check. florists are often under a great deal of pressure - sometimes even delivering to more than one wedding in a weekend.

 

of course the florists that we work with are always careful to include a full breakdown of exactly what will be delivered - updating it constantly as you develop your floral design concept together which can chance considerably between the intial proposal stages and the day itself. 


No. 6

your catering details.

 

make sure to list your final guest numbers including any food requirements and children.

 

IT'S ALSO WORTH PROVIDING ALL SUPPLIERS WITH A COPY OF THE TABLE PLAn, reCONFIRMING THE NUMBER OF BOTTLES OF WINE & WATER PER TABLE AND finalising the number of DRINKS & CANAPÉS REQUIRED NOW THAT YOU HAVE your FINAL NUMBERS.

 

DETAILS SUCH AS WHETHER THE EVENING BAR WILL BE PAID OR OPEN, WHETHER YOU WANT TO SAVE THE TOP TIER OF YOUR WEDDING CAKE AND EXACTLY HOW MANY SUPPLIER MEALS ARE REQUIRED should also be listed and shared with the caterers.

 

And lastly as THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY, IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT YOU MAKE SURE THAT SOMEONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR making sure that the bridal party is fed some breakfast on the morning of your wedding!


No. 7

your styling & decoration.

 

decide and note down who is responsible for various styling & decoration elements such as making sure that your order of ceremonies get to the church and that they are handed out, and THAT your wedding STATIONERY IS PLACED IN THE RIGHT POSITION (PERHAPS EVEN INCLUDE A QUICK SKETCH or a photo to illustrate HOW YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR TABLE SETTINGS TO APPEAR so that nobody gets confused).

 

Establish where you would like your seating plan to be placed and who by. If you're having a guest book, card & gift table and a wedding cake table, make sure that you list where they're going to be, check that they're big enough and determine who will be providing the cake knife/stand (this isn't always something the cake designer includes).  

 

IT'S A REALLY NICE IDEA TO PUT TOGETHER A VANITY/ESSENTIALS KIT FOR THE LADIES (AND SOMETIMES EVEN THE GENTS) TOILETS INCLUDING MINTS, HAIR SPRAY, DEODORANT, TIGHTS, HAIR GRIPS/BANDS ETC. MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS DON'T GO TO WASTE AND THAT SOMEONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE THAT THEY'RE PLACED WHERE THEY NEED TO BE. 


No. 8

your MUSIC.

 

MAKE A LIST OF ALL OF YOUR KEY MUSIC CHOICES INCLUDING YOUR MUSIC FOR WHILST GUESTS ARE BEING SEATED AT THE CEREMONY, YOUR ENTRANCE SONG, THE SIGNING OF THE REGISTER, THE HYMNS, YOUR EXIT SONG, YOUR RECEPTION, YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST, YOUR FIRST DANCE & YOUR LAST DANCE/SEND OFF.  


No. 9

your annouNcements.

 

note down the timings and who will be responsible for announcing the throwing of the bouquet, the call to dinner, the seating of the bride & groom, the cutting of the cake, the first dance & the send off.


No. 10

parking & access.

 

if your wedding is at a venue, make sure to discuss and finalise access arrangements for all of your suppliers and parking for your guests. if someone needs to be responsible for directing cars when parking, make sure to decide who this will be and share their details with all of your suppliers and your venue before your wedding day. 


No. 11

transport. 

 

make sure that transport has been arranged for all of your wedding party, and that everyone knows how they are getting to and from your wedding ceremony and reception. share everyone's contact details with your wedding party and transport suppliers to make sure that you're not bothered by anyone on the day!


No. 12

your final payments.

 

LIST ANY FINAL PAYMENTS THAT ARE DUE TO SUPPLIERS AND DETERMINE WHETHER YOU WILL BE PAYING THEM BEFORE THE DAY OR ON THE DAY ITSELF. IF ON THE DAY, MAKE SURE THAT YOU KNOW WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT THIS GETS DONE. 


No. 13

WET WEATHER PLAN.

 

MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A CONTINGENCY PLAN IN PLACE FOR BAD WEATHER. HAVE YOU CONSIDERED UMBRELLAS, WALK WAYS FOR GUESTS AND A PLACE FOR SMOKERS INCASE IT'S RAINING?


No. 14

YOUR HONEYMOON DETAILS.

 

IF YOU'RE GOING ON YOUR HONEYMOON ON THE DAY OF YOUR WEDDING OR THE FOLLOWING DAY, MAKE SURE TO NOTE DOWN YOUR FLIGHT DETAILS AND ANY IMPORTANT LAST MINUTE ITEMS THAT YOU NEED TO REMEMBER. 


No. 15

YOUR WEDDING INSURANCE DETAILS.

 

INCASE OF ANY UNEXPECTED EMERGENCIES IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE NOTED DOWN YOUR POLICY NUMBER AND IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS. KEEP THEM IN A SAFE BUT ACCESSIBLE PLACE SHOULD YOU NEED THEM ON THE DAY!




My Wedding Planner Journey - The Best Luxury Wedding Dress Designers.

My Wedding Planner Journey - The Best Luxury Wedding Dress Designers.

I’m about to embark on a hunt for my very own wedding dress and I’ll be honest, I’m finding all a little bit daunting!

 

As a luxury wedding planner & stylist there’s already that pressure there to find an incredible wedding dress, and whilst with clients I can always tell almost immediately what style of wedding dress would be perfect for them, it’s probably the thing I’m most worried about for my own wedding! I have to admit I have a major problem with FOMO in every day life let alone when it comes to wedding dress shopping, and I literally feel like I want to try on every single wedding dress and visit every single bridal boutique out there before I make my big decision! There are so many stunning and unique designers out there it’s often so hard to pinpoint exactly which one to go for.

 

I’m sure that there are a lot of other brides out there feeling exactly how I am, and as a luxury wedding stylist I know a thing or two about bridal wear, so I wanted to give you ladies some ideas of designers (as opposed to particular dresses) that I particularly love and that would suit all different brides tastes and wedding styles.


Designer # 1 - Pronovias

This Barcelona based designer is a go to for any bride who adores a classic, sophisticated and very elegant style. the look evokes a modern take on the style of Grace Kelly. it's traditional silhouettes and the use of luxurious laces would make any bride feel like a european princess.


Designer # 2 - Inbal Dror

 

Image By Jose Villa

 

If you're the type of person who likes to sparkle, Inbal Dror is the designer for you. eACH DRESS IS BEAUTIFULLY COUTURE AND DETAILED USING Beading, emBELLISHMENT AND INTRICATE EMBROIDERY. THE COMBINATION OF SHEER ELEMENTS AND TULLE GIVE THESE GOWNS AN ETHEREAL QUALITY, PERFECT FOR A ROMANTIC SETTING. 


Designer #3 - Rime Arodaky

 

Image By Greg fiNCK

 

Perfect for the ethically minded bride, Rime Arodaky creates stunning designs that have a hint of rock n' roll style combined with the most feminine and pretty details. i'm particularly obsessed with her 'love is in the air' collection. Rime is part of the modern bridal designer movement that is moving away from the more traditional silhouettes of full skirted gowns, and instead adopts a chic, bodycon yet bohemian style. plus I absolutely love the fact that her designs are inspired by one of mine and nancy's idols stevie nicks


Designer #4 - Karina Galstyan

 

Image by nastia Vesna

 

This belarus based designer creates a modern fairytale look using ethereal embellishments. i particularly love the crystalised effect of the beading that karina creates. If you're looking for a really unusual coloured gown, this designer would be perfect for you.  


Designer #5 - Cortana

 

image from cortana

 

Spanish designer Rosa Esteva creates simple yet extremely elegant bridal gowns. the lightweight quality and sheer materials combined with pastel water colours are perfect for any bride who wants to keep cool whilst looking incredibly chic and understated.  




What Makes Us Unique To Other Wedding Planners?.

What Makes Us Unique To Other Wedding Planners?.

 

 

We know how hard it is for couples to decide on a wedding planner. after all, it's such a personal choice and it will effect the outcome of your special day massively.

We pride ourselves on being unique and going against the grain.

So Why Are We Different?

 

 

No. 1 -

How We Work Together.

 

WE LOVE TO THINK THAT THE FACT THAT WE ARE SISTERS HAS A REALLY POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE WAY THAT WE WORK TOGETHER. WE ARE ALWAYS COMPLETELY HONEST AND OPEN WITH EACH OTHER, AND WE THINK THAT THIS REFLECTS ON THE WAY THAT WE COMMUNICATE WITH YOU

YOU WILL HAVE THE BENEFIT OF WORKING ALONGSIDE BOTH OF US TOGETHER. UNLIKE MANY OTHER WEDDING PLANNERS THERE’S NOT JUST ONE OF US, AND WE EACH BRING OUR OWN DIFFERENT SKILLS AND TALENTS TO THE TABLE

 
 

 

No. 2 -

Our Approach.

 

THE WORD ‘PACKAGE’ JUST DOESN’T EXIST IN OUR VOCABULARY – AND THE EVEN WORSE PHRASE ‘BESPOKE PACKAGES’ IS JUST A CONTRADICTION IN ITSELF!

JUST LIKE WE EACH DO OURSELVES, WE APPRECIATE THAT EVERYBODY HAS DIFFERENT TASTES AND IDEAS, AND NOTHING MAKES US HAPPIER THAN BEING ABLE TO CREATE A WEDDING THAT IS UNIQUELY SYMBOLIC OF YOU AS A COUPLE AND REPRESENTATIVE OF YOUR STYLE AND PERSONALITY.

IT’S MORE IMPORTANT FOR YOUR WEDDING TO TRULY REPRESENT YOU AS A COUPLE THAN TO BE FOLLOWING THE LATEST TREND, AND WE LIKE YOUR DECISIONS TO COME NATURALLY WITH OUR GUIDANCE.

 
 

 

No. 3 -

Our Prices.

 

YOU WILL ALWAYS COME FIRST AND WE ARE COMPLETELY TRANSPARENT WITH OUR PRICING. YOU WILL PAY YOUR WEDDING SUPPLIERS DIRECTLY; WE DON’T TAKE ANY COMMISSION AND ANY DISCOUNTS THAT ARE OFFERED TO US ARE ALWAYS PASSED ON TO YOU DIRECTLY.

 
 

 

No. 4 -

Our Skills.

 

SADLY THE NAME ‘WEDDING PLANNER’ HAS OFTEN BEEN GIVEN A BAD RAP. MANY OF THE PLANNERS OUT THERE JUST REALLY AREN’T TRUE ARTISTS – TO SIMPLY PUT IT THEY ARE JUST ORGANISED AND EFFICIENT BUSINESS PEOPLE.  

THROUGH US YOU WILL ULTIMATELY HAVE A TEAM OF ARTISTS BEHIND YOU WHO ALSO BRING THE ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS OF A WEDDING PLANNER TO THE TABLE.

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WE WILL HELP YOU TO NARROW DOWN YOUR IDEAS BY CREATING A DETAILED DESIGN CONCEPT THAT WILL ENSURE THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY COMMUNICATING A CLEAR VISION TO YOUR SUPPLIERS AND THAT IT IS EXECUTED PROPERLY. ALL TOO OFTEN BRIDES LOOK BACK ON THEIR WEDDING DAY AND ARE CONFUSED ABOUT WHY CERTAIN ELEMENTS LIKE THEIR FLOWERS DIDN’T LOOK QUITE LIKE THEIR INSPIRATION PHOTOS ON PINTEREST ETC.

THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN WITH OUR BRIDES.

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BY PUTTING YOU IN TOUCH WITH ONLY THE VERY BEST SUPPLIERS IN THE INDUSTRY FROM OUR ARCHIVE OF TRIED AND TESTED SUPPLIERS AND CREATIVES, WE BUILD A NETWORK OF PEOPLE WHO COME TOGETHER AS A TEAM AND WHO ARE 100% BEHIND YOU AND YOUR VISION.

IT’S IN THOSE DETAILS AND IN THOSE CONTACTS THAT AN AMAZING WEDDING IS CREATED – AND THAT’S WHERE MANY PEOPLE GO WRONG IN TERMS OF PAIRING SUPPLIERS TOGETHER.

IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT SUPPLIERS AND CREATIVES ARE ABLE TO WORK IN HARMONY WITH EACH OTHER. FOR EXAMPLE, DOES A CERTAIN FLORIST PREFER TO WORK WITH A CERTAIN PHOTOGRAPHER, WILL A CERTAIN VIDEOGRAPHER PAIR WELL WITH A CERTAIN PHOTOGRAPHER?

WE KNOW THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS.

 
 

 

With all of this being said...

 

ULTIMATELY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO BEAR IN MIND WHEN HIRING A WEDDING PLANNER (WHETHER IT BE US OR SOMEONE ELSE) Is that it's MOST IMPORTANT THAT YOU FIND SOMEONE WHO RESONATES WITH YOUR VISION AND WHO IS IN ALIGNMENT WITH YOU AS A COUPLE. ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS.

 

 
 

 

How To Plan Your Wedding Budget.

How To Plan Your Wedding Budget.

The beginning of your wedding planning journey is such an incredibly exciting time, and it’s often so easy to overlook budgeting and to perhaps get a bit carried away building your dream wedding without doing some serious thinking over the numbers.

 

At the end of the day, it really determines everything! In fact, chitchat and formalities aside it’s the first question we will ask any bride who enquires about working with us.

 

So the first and most important thing you absolutely MUST do is establish your budget! 

 

If you’re not completely funding the wedding yourself as a couple, you need to start having those often rather awkward but 100% necessary conversations with your parents and other family members. This is an important and completely natural part of the wedding planning process, so don’t beat yourself up about it!

 

Once you’ve established your wedding budget, it’s often a little daunting to work out;

 

One. 

- the different elements that you need to include in your budget.

 

and

Two.

- the proportion of your budget that you should dedicate to which areas. 


Below is a list of what we think are the most essential elements that need to be considered, and our rough guidelines on what percentage of your budget you should use where. 


The Ceremony (2%)

Location Cost

Styling Props (excluding flowers)

Officiant

Confetti

Organist, Choir, Bell Ringers (if in a church)

The Reception (48%)

Venue Cost

Marquee Hire (if applicable)

Catering

Styling Props (excluding flowers)

Wedding Cake

Alcohol

Special Events Permit (if applicable)

The Music & Entertainment (8%)

Ceremony (e.g. singer, string quarter, harpist)

DJ

Band

The Photography & Videography (8%)

Photographer Fee

Photo Albums

Videographer Fee

The Transportation (2%)

Wedding Car

Transportation for Wedding Party

Parking  

The Flowers (10 %)

Ceremony Venue Flowers

Reception Venue Flowers

Bride’s Bouquet

Bridesmaid’s Bouquets

Flower Girl’s Flowers

Boutonnieres

The Stationery (3%)

Save-The-Date Cards

Invitations

Enclosures

Programs

Place Cards

Menus

Thank You Cards

Postage

 The Apparel & Accessories (10%)

Bride’s Dress (including alterations)

Bride’s Veil & Headpiece

Bride’s Lingerie & Garter

Bride’s Jewellery & Accessories

Bride’s Hair, Makeup & Beauty Treatments (including trial & on the day)

Bridesmaid’s Hair & Make Up (on the day only)

Bridesmaid’s Dresses (including alterations)

Bridesmaid’s Shoes

Bridesmaid’s Jewellery & Accessories

Groom’s Apparel (including shoes)

Groomsmen’s Apparel

The Wedding Rings (3%)

Bride’s Wedding Ring

Groom’s Wedding Ring

Ring Pillow or Box

The Gifts & Favours (3 %)

Gifts for Maid of Honour & Bridesmaids

Gifts for Best Man & Groomsmen

Gifts for Flower Girls

Guest Favours

Guestbook & Pens

The Miscellaneous (3%)

Reserve Funds

Wedding Insurance


 

Our Tops Tips

No.1

There are lots of resources and wedding budget planning tools available to download online, but we find that if you’re computer savy and any good with formulas, the easiest way to build a system that is completely bespoke to you and your wedding planning is to create a simple excel worksheet. But of course it’s totally up to you to decide which works best for you!

No.2

Schedule yourself quarterly or half yearly budget reviews to make sure that you’re on track!

No.3

Note down and diarise payment schedules and important dates!

No.4

Keep track of deposits paid and amounts due to help you work out how much you’ve spent so far and how much more you need to spend

No.5

If you’re planning to hire a wedding planner you should always remember to factor this into your budget too!




Creating a Sensory Experience at Your Wedding.

Creating a Sensory Experience at Your Wedding.

'Sensory'.

derived from the Latin word 'Sentire' - meaning "to perceive and feel." 


A scent can remind us of a special memory; of a day spent by the sea, a loved one, or it can simply make us feel uplifted and bright in our everyday lives. 

 

By opening up your wedding to the experience of the senses not only will your wedding have its signature style emphasised, but its scent will also provoke a feeling in your guests; helping to elevate your wedding in the memory and sensory experience of your family and friends. 

 

So how do you come up with a way to fill your wedding day with beautiful, unique to you and personal scents?

 

We have compiled a list of our top four ways to create a sensory wedding experience...

 

 

 
 

#1 - Flowers.

This may seem pretty obvious, but of course flowers are the most organic way to create a beautiful scent at your wedding.

When you meet with your chosen florist ask them about scents, placing flowers together that harmonise together is so important to create that dreamy floral scent.

 

 
 

 
 

#2 - Candles & Fragrance.

Filling your wedding venue with a light beautiful scent can really make all the difference to your wedding atmosphere.

Combining non-scented and scented candles can create a really delightful and yet subtle scent, which will create a calming, pleasant and lovingly detailed ambience.  

Fragrance is perfect for spritzing around the room just before guests enter, and it can create a very delicate hint of scent.

Another personal favourite of ours are diffusers! We absolutely love diffusers because of their ability to control the level of scent entering the space.

Sometimes it is the simplest of detail such a scent which gets forgotten.

 

 
 

 
 

#3 - Food & Drinks.

Of course you want your wedding food to taste exquisite! But shouldn't it also smell incredible too?! 

We believe that your food should tie into the sensory journey that you have created for your guests.

 

Remember when you meet with your caterers these three words; taste, smell, texture.

 

Ask yourself…

How does this smell?

How does this taste?

How does this look?

 

How do the textures feel when eating this food? Is it easy to eat and do I feel relaxed when eating this food?

 

Also ask yourself these same questions when selecting drinks. creating a signature cocktail is a huge trend. make sure that this truly represents your wedding and adds to the sensory experience in a positive way.

 

 
 

 
 

#4 - Your Perfume & Fragrance. 

Selecting your wedding fragrance can be a lovely experience for the bride and groom.

Before your wedding it is a good idea to set up a little collection of samples. Keep smelling these scents whenever you have time.

scents are a very personal taste and it is important that you feel yourself on your wedding day.

Whether it's a classic favourite or a new fragrance entirely, don’t be afraid to explore this wonderful world!

Also remember that you want to smell great as a couple too. an overpowering men’s fragrance could interrupt your scent entirely. this is something to consider and discuss with your groom.

 

 
 

 
 

It's so easy and enjoyable to make scent a part of your special day, and it's something that we promise people will notice! 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

Why Hire A Wedding Planner & Stylist?.

Why Hire A Wedding Planner & Stylist?.

 

 

Often in social situations when asked what we do, people are sometimes surprised and taken aback because they don’t really understand the role or purpose of a wedding planner and stylist.

 

Unlike in the U.S., wedding planners are a fairly modern and new concept in the U.K. and Europe so it’s not a total shock to us when we get these kinds of reactions.

 

The thing is, nowadays more and more couples are turning to wedding planners to help with their wedding.

So Why Hire A Wedding Planner?

 

We’ve come up with what we think are the best reasons to hire a wedding planner…

 

 

 

No. 1 -

A Wedding Planner Has That Elusive Time That You Might Not Have.

 

You and your fiancé most likely have incredibly demanding and stressful full time jobs – so do you really want to spend every waking minute of your free time dedicated to planning?

 

ON AVERAGE FULL WEDDING PLANNING AMOUNTS TO roughly 150-250 HOURS OF PLANNING, DESIGN, SET-UP AND COORDINATION WORK. 

 

For most modern couples, this level of dedication just isn’t very realistic (especially when the sun is out and there are so many distractions and social commitments out there). You want to enjoy your time being an engaged couple, and unless you’ve very lucky and have a partner who is very into wedding planning, it usually ends up - like in Katie’s case - with your fiancé wanting a relatively hands-off approach (as long as the food is great, the music’s loud and the wine is flowing – he’s happy).

 

A wedding planner doesn’t take away the magic of making those exciting wedding decisions. They can help you to shortlist your options and deal with the tedious less romantic elements of wedding planning logistics - giving you more time to focus on the best bits like food tastings and dress shopping!

 
 

 

No. 2 -

A Wedding Planner Knows How to Manage Budgets.

 

It’s part of a wedding planners job to be precise with numbers. For you it may take a lot of time, effort and frustration; but for a wedding planner who is used to number crushing and analysing tedious excel spreadsheets this comes naturally.

 

A wedding planner can help you to avoid those costly mistakes that you might otherwise make, and it’s always good to have someone to bring you back down to earth when getting overexcited about things that you might not be able to afford - whilst also giving you alternative options that are just as equally amazing!  

 
 

 

No. 3 -

A Wedding Planner Is Your Index For Wedding Suppliers.

 

A lot of time and sometimes wasted effort goes into wading through Google’s endless supply of caterers, marquee companies and cake designers.

 

It’s often so hard to know whether they’re any good, and do you really want to determine your wedding based on a review written by a stranger who you barely know (probably five years ago).

 

Wedding Planners know their market and spend a huge amount of their time building relationships with tried and tested vendors. They know what to look for in a vendor and what questions need to be asked from the onset - saving you time and making sure that you avoid those mistakes right from the beginning.

 

If they’re like us, they won’t accept commission from vendors, and any advice that they give to you is purely based on your best interest. Not to forget wedding planners can often pass supplier discounts on to you - which always helps with that elusive budget management!

 

Wedding planners can also help you with boring (and sometimes scary) vendor contracts, which are equally very important to get right!

 
 

 

No. 4 -

A Venue/Catering Coordinator Is Not A Wedding Planner.

 

We’ve worked with some really great venue coordinators who can be really helpful and honestly indispensable!

 

However, they aren’t wedding planners and they won’t be there with you throughout the whole process. In short, venue coordinators work for the venue and not for you, and sadly they don’t always care about all of the little additional details.

 

A wedding planner will be dedicated to your wedding vision.

 

They will know every element and they will ensure that everything is executed perfectly when it comes to your big day!

 
 

 

No. 5 -

A Wedding Planner Loves Lists.

 

It’s a known fact amongst friends that we are both absolutely obsessed with making lists!

 

A wedding planner will know the plan for your wedding like the back of their hand! It’s second nature to them to make schedules, timelines and checklists and they will always make sure that everyone keeps to the schedule. 

 
 

 

No. 6 -

A Wedding Planner Has Experience.

 

Wedding planners are always up to speed with the latest trends as well as old traditions.

 

The have experience of what works and doesn’t work – they learn from other weddings.

 

It’s part of a wedding planner and stylist’s job to read blogs and magazines, and to come up with unique ideas and inspiration.

 

A wedding planner will also be fully insured and able to deal with any unexpected problems that may come up.

 

Your wedding only happens once in your life so why not make sure it all runs perfectly?!

 
 

 

No. 7 -

A Wedding Planner Is A Professional at What They Do.

 

It’s not always realistic to rely on friends and family. Things can go wrong at the last minute – and you don’t want to have to deal with them.

 

Not only can you often feel like you’re asking too much of friends (or that you don’t want to offend them if you become at any point too bossy), your friend may just get a bit carried away with the champagne and socialising and forget their responsibilities and timings!

 

A wedding planner will always get things done and won’t let anything get in the way of their meticulously planned schedules! At the end of the day it’s their job.

 
 

 

No. 8 -

A Wedding Planner Can Be Your Mediator.

 

Lots of people may come to you with their ideas of what your dream wedding should look like and how it should run! It’s so hard and often daunting to tell people that you don’t like their suggestions, and you’re probably worrying too much about offending people.

 

A wedding planner can be a good intermediary and can communicate your thoughts and feelings with your best interest at heart (without getting involved in family politics).

 

Sometimes it helps family members to get a professional and realistic perspective of what will and will not work.

 
 

 

No. 9 -

A Wedding Planner Can Actually Save You Money.

 

It’s true. You might think that you can’t afford a wedding planner and that it’s perhaps an extravagant expense - but when you think about all of the money that you’re investing into your day already, why stop there?

 

a wedding planners budget management skills and their ability to get you vendor discounts and avoid costly mistakes can make you huge savings in the long run!

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 

My Wedding Planner Journey - Finding The Perfect Wedding Venue.

My Wedding Planner Journey - Finding The Perfect Wedding Venue.

So...we’ve found our perfect venue!

 

We're keeping the location quiet for now, but As a wedding planner I’ve felt a lot of pressure to get this right, so having a simple guideline has really helped. Knowing what you want is great, but often when you arrive at a venue you can get carried away in the moment and be easily swayed into decisions that you perhaps wouldn’t ordinarily make.

 

It’s often hard to find somewhere that ticks all of your boxes and to know what questions you should ask during your visit. You have so many elements to think of like whether it fits in with your style, your number of guests, your budget and your preferred location. It’s also important to determine how flexible you want them to be. Whether our venue dictated which suppliers we could use or whether they would let us choose our own was ultimately a deal breaker for Tom and I.

 

It seems so simple but having something structured like a list can give you all of the confidence you need to make the right choice. It also helps you to take note of things so that you can look back and review them once you get home (it’s easy to forget something or get confused).

 

No panicking or rushing into decisions...here’s a list that will help you to decide when a wedding venue is or isn’t right for you.

 

Oh and don’t forget to take plenty of photos (if you’re given permission. they always help you to remember those little details that you might otherwise forget!



General Information & Contact Details.

 

VENUE NAME:   

 

VENUE LOCATION:     

 

ADDRESS:     

 

WEBSITE:     

 

CONTACT:     

 

PHONE:     

 

EMAIL:     


Indoor Space.

 

NAME OF ROOM:   

 

SIZE OF ROOM:

    

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE SAT OR STOOD IN THIS ROOM?:

    

WHAT CAN THIS ROOM BE USED FOR (WEDDING BREAKFAST, DANCE FLOOR ETC.)?:     

 

DO THEY HAVE A FLOOR PLAN?:

    

IS This room included in the venue HIRE FEE?:   

 

HOW MUCH NATURAL LIGHT IS THERE (IF THIS IS LIMITED WHAT LIGHTING IS AVAILABLE?):     

 

WHAT’S THE COLOUR THEME OF THE ROOM?:     

 

ARE REPAIRS NEEDED ANYWHERE?:   

 

do you have ANY CONCERNS/WORRIES?:     


Outdoor Space.

 

IS THERE ANY OUTDOOR SPACE?:

 

SIZE OF SPACE?:  

   

SPACE DESCRIPTION?:     

 

IS THERE AN ADDITIONAL HIRE FEE?:   

 

DO THEY HAVE A WET WEATHER CONTINGENCY PLAN?:   

 

ARE THE GROUNDS ATTRACTIVE/WELL MAINTAINED?:  

   

ARE any REPAIRS NEEDED ANYWHERE?:  

   

do you have ANY CONCERNS/WORRIES?:     


Catering.

 

DO THEY HAVE ON-SITE CATERERS?:

    

DO THEY HAVE AN ON-SITE BAR?:     

 

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN THEY CATER FOR?:  

   

who's the CATERING CONTACT?:   

 

DO THEY HAVE A SAMPLE FOOD AND DRINKS MENU?:  

   

DO THEY HAVE A SET MENU OR CAN THEY BE MORE FLEXIBLE (CAN YOU GIVE YOUR GUESTS MORE THAN ONE CHOICE IF PREORDERED ETC.)?:

    

ARE ANY SPECIAL PERMITS REQUIRED?:     

 

DO THEY charge extra for CLEAN-UP SERVICES?:


Furniture, Tableware & Linens.

 

DO THEY PROVIDE TABLE LINENS (IF SO ASK TO SEE THEM)?:  

   

DO THEY PROVIDE CROCKERY (IF SO ASK FOR IMAGERY)?:     

 

DO THEY PROVIDE GLASSWARE (IF SO ASK FOR IMAGERY)?:     

 

DO THEY PROVIDE TABLES AND CHAIRS/COVERS (IF SO WHAT STYLE ETC. – ASK FOR IMAGERY)?:     

 

DO THEY PROVIDE ANY TABLE DECORATIONS/PROPS?:     

 

DO THEY ALLOW CANDLES?:     


Parking.

 

HOW MANY PARKING SPACES ARE AVAILABLE?

 

IS THERE AN ADDITIONAL FEE FOR PARKING?     


Music & Sound.

 

IS THERE SUFFICIENT SPACE FOR A BAND/DJ?:

 

IS THERE A SUITABLE SPACE FOR DANCING?:

 

DO THEY HAVE SUFFICIENT ELECTRICAL OUTLETS FOR A BAND/DJ?:

 

ARE THERE ANY TIME RESTRICTIONS ON MUSIC/SOUND ETC?:


Toilets & Cloakroom Facilities.

 

HOW MANY TOILETS DO THEY HAVE?:

 

ARE ADDITIONAL FACILITIES REQUIRED (LUXURY PORTABLE TOILETS ETC.)?:

 

DO THEY HAVE A CLOAKROOM OR SUITABLE SPACE FOR GUESTS TO LEAVE THEIR COATS ETC.?:


Disabled Access.

 

ARE TOILET FACILITIES ACCESSIBLE/SUITABLE?:

 

ARE ALL AREAS WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE (DO THEY REQUIRE/PROVIDE RAMPS ETC?):

 

IS THERE SUFFICIENT/ACCESSIBLE PARKING?:


Fees & Terms.

 

TOTAL COST:  

   

DEPOSIT AMOUNT:

 

ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL TAXES/VAT?:

 

WHAT'S THEIR CANCELLATION POLICY?:     




My Wedding Planner Journey.

My Wedding Planner Journey.


As a bride to be myself I will be bringing my own personal experiences, advice and suggestions to our latest blog series.

 

Focusing on everything from searching for your dream venue to designing your table settings, Nancy and I will be giving you a full rundown. You will have access to our wedding planning journey from the perspective of a bride, maid of honour, stylist and wedding planner!

 

So...Watch this space!




Being True to Your Style.

Being True to Your Style.

Never be afraid to do something that is truly unique to you.

 

There’s so much inspiration out there. although we see things that we love and appreciate for their beauty - like an image or a style of flowers, they can also hinder a bride from choosing something unique and authentic to her. It’s really about you, and being yourself. 

 

after all isn’t it you that your other half fell in love with?

 

We want you to feel yourself on your wedding day. always consider style over extravagance. 

 

Never be afraid to do something that is truly unique to you. it’s not about pleasing the people around you, it's about giving them an experience of you as couple. They will like it because it’s real.

 

We find the moments that make us proud as a business and as stylists, are those which are based around an organic thought process. 

 

What makes you happy? What do you find beautiful?

 

That little detail that is so simple, or the way a subtle hint of colour can bring focus and beauty.

 

Being successful to us means doing something that you love, and doing it well.

 




Simplicity is the Basis of Style.

Simplicity is the Basis of Style.

One of our mantras is that simplicity is the basis of style. By allowing objects, textures and tones to speak for themselves you can create something truly elegant and timeless.

 

Focus on t e x t u r e and t o n a l i t y and you can’t go wrong when creating a tablescape. These elements are so effective at evoking a sense of depth and adding dimension to the table.

 

Think about levels - the height of candles, and glassware. You don’t want a flat looking table, you want our eyes to move over the tablescape and take in its beauty.

 

 
Wedding Table | Lily & Sage | Wedding Planning & Styling | UK & Europe
 

 

Adding natural elements such as foliage is the perfect way to set off this relaxed  look and contrasts with the uniformity of the tableware.

 

Also key to this look is the table itself - whether you choose stone, textured wood or linens...

 

the back drop should act like the canvas of a painting and establish the mood.

 
Groom Table Setting | | Lily & Sage | Bespoke Wedding Planning & Styling | UK & Europe
 

 

Lastly consider a pop of colour, a ribbon tied around a boutonnière to direct your guest to their name card.

 




Creating a Unique Wedding.

Creating a Unique Wedding.

Elements of you.

 

Objects, passions and representations of you as individuals and as a couple.

 

This could be something as simple as an old photograph of family or yourself. Or if you want to be creative together, a pre-wedding shoot is perfect to create a sense of you; beautiful to look back at and can be used as part of your day.


Originality.

 

Think about you and your style as a couple.

 

if you aren’t sure, start with a simple list of words that represent you both. How is your home designed? how do you feel comfortable? What atmosphere do you like to be in together, sophisticated or relaxed? This will tie into your guest experience. the way you eat your wedding breakfast, how will your guests experience you

 

Be careful not to fall into a trap of trying to impress. your wedding is about you. often the simple details are the most powerful.

 


Process Driven Design.

 

Don’t just pick things you like from here and there. Really think about the emotions you want to feel; the way the textures, smells and tastes will come together to create a special and unique atmosphere.

 

Your guests will remember these small details.

 


Reflection.

 

Being a bride can be the most incredible and the most daunting experience.

 

Remember why you are doing this. how you felt when you began this journey.

 

It’s easy to get caught up and expect perfection. Letting go a little and compromising will help you to gain back control. 




Real Life Bride Series - III.

Real Life Bride Series - III.

STAYING TRUE TO THEMSELVES, STACEY AND TOM MURRAY'S ELEGANT NOVEMBER WEDDING WAS INFUSED WITH THEIR STORY AND PERSONALITY.


IF YOU COULD PICK ONE, WHAT IS YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE MEMORY OF YOUR WEDDING DAY?

 

There are so many! If I had to choose just one it would be the minute the doors opened and I looked down the aisle saw Tom and him smile - at the same moment my Grandad (who gave me away) squeezed my hand and started to cry. All of our guests were there - it was the last few moments of being a Miss and the excitement of becoming a Mrs - the day ahead was overwhelming. 

 

The Dresses.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR STYLE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING DRESS?

 

This is going to sound very unglamorous now, but when it came to style inspiration - the only thing I wanted was to be comfy. I had heard so many stories of brides that couldn't wear underwear, that couldn't sit down as it was too tight, that couldn't dance because it was tight, too long or too heavy and all I wanted was a dress that I could feel comfortable in, could eat in without sucking my tummy in and could dance in until the early hours !

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING HER WEDDING DRESS?

 

Make sure when you try any dresses on, you sit down in them. Many look and feel amazing when your stood up but not when sitting down. If you find what you think is 'The One', go back and try it on again on your own. It's a girls dream to walk out of the changing room and your chosen few who are patiently awaiting immediately burst into tears and declare "that is the one!". This being very flattering and overwhelming, but your dress needs to be right for you. Return to the shop and try it on alone - this will give you the chance not only to see it again but to be at one with your thoughts about how you look and feel about yourself. 

 

WHAT STYLE OF BRIDESMAIDs DRESSES DID YOU HAVE?

 

I only had one bridesmaid (less stress, expense and female competition/hormones to battle with). It was a red in a grecian style with a side split. 

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING HER BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES?

 

Let them chose their own. This way they feel comfortable, valued and confident. I just asked for it to be red and the rest was down to the bridesmaid. 

 

The Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Something Blue.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING OLD AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?

 

I wore my Nanna's watch which my Grandad bought for her when they were married. I wear the watch for all special occasions and I wouldn't have gotten married with out it. I didn't care that it wasn't in with the theme or coordinated with everything else - it was the one thing that meant my late Nanna was with me on my big day. 

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING NEW AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?

 

I had my shoes as my something new - I wanted something that I could wear again. I had sparkly heels and have worn them may times since - each time I get them out of the box it brings back great memories. 

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING BORROWED AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?

 

I borrowed my bridesmaids' perfume. Leading up to the day there wasn't anything I could think of that I wanted to borrow from anyone - so whilst getting ready in the morning together we came up with the idea of borrowing her perfume. 

 

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING BLUE AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?  

 

I had blue gems on the bottom of my shows saying 'I do', and also a blue bow on my bridal underwear. I wanted to wear something blue as navy is one of my favourite colours. 

 

The Hair & Makeup.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT FINDING THE RIGHT HAIR STYLIST & MAKEUP ARTIST FOR YOU?

 

I spent a long time looking at bridal makeup and hair styles online and in magazines. There seems to be so much pressure around this when your getting married. I'm not a big fan of makeup and wear very little - so this was the only thing I found stressful leading up the wedding. I was recommended a stylist (Lisa) who lived nearby so I booked in for a trial. During the trial Lisa was very enthusiastic but relaxed and this made me feel at ease. Lisa asked my about my usual make up and hair styles and about what I had been researching. Lisa reassured me that the natural look was very much on trend and that I didn't have to (and wouldn't regret) not having big hair and a plastering of make up. I really enjoyed both the trial and the on the day experience of having my hair and make up done and felt very confident and comfortable with a natural look. 

 

WHAT WAS YOUR STYLE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR HAIR & MAKEUP?

 

Natural look all the way. 

 

How did you wear your hair and why?

 

I had my hair down and curly - this is natural for me and I was very determined that I didn't want to look back and not look like me. 

 

WHAT WOULD YOUR GO-TO BEAUTY SECRET BE? DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR YOUR BIG DAY, OR DID YOU USE ANY PRODUCTS THAT YOU RELIED ON ON THE DAY?

 

I would just say do what you usually do and stay hydrated (water not wine). If your skin is generally good don't go risking new products/treatments before or on the day of your wedding - just stick with what you know works. 

 

The Shoes.

 

WHAT STYLE OF SHOES DID YOU WEAR?

 

Sparkly heels.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY SECRETS TO BEING ABLE TO STAY ON YOUR FEET ALL DAY LONG? 

 

Gel support. But I cheated too - I changed into flat ballet shoes after the first dance. I wasn't risking not being able to dance the night away or having scabby feet on my honeymoon!

 

The Venue.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT choosing YOUR PERFECT VENUE?

 

We wanted somewhere local and somewhere that we could return back to for anniversaries etc. We searched online, looked at reviews and then went and visited. 

 

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE your wedding venue?

 

The setting, the staff and the food.

 

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE WHEN CHOOSING HER WEDDING VENUE?

 

I was given this as a tip when I got engaged and now highly recommend it to others. If you see a venue, go and visit with no appointment - go to the bar or restaurant and get a feel for the venue and the staff. Pre booked wedding viewings can be a bit false and you might not get a real feel of the atmosphere and service. 

 

The Food.

 

Did you choose a particular style of food and why?

 

We chose food that we love! As with everything we wanted it to represent us. 

 

What would your advice be for a Bride when choosing your food?

 

Choose things that you like to eat - don't over think it or worry about each one of your guests. You can't please everyone and it's your day. 

 

The Flowers.

 

WHAT FLORAL ELEMENTS DID YOU HAVE?

 

Simple yet elegant. We had bouquets, button holes, a registry table centrepiece, petals down the aisle and I had a flower in my hair. 

  

The Photography & Videography.

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER?

 

We were recommended a photographer by our venue.

 

What did you like about their work?

 

We had seen one of his albums in the venue and decided to go along to an upcoming wedding fair that he was attending. We loved how approachable he was, that it was a local family run business and that he was happy to do more natural photos rather than posed traditional photos. 

  

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING A PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER?

 

Make sure you take the time to talk to them about your expectations and make a list of must have photos - on the day everything goes so quickly and you don't have time to think on your feet about what and who you want on the photographs. Also just relax and forget the photographer is there - some of our favourite photographs turned out to be the ones we had no idea he had taken.

 

The Table Plan.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT ASSIGNING YOUR SEATING ARRANGEMENTS?

 

We sat down together with a bottle of bubbles - drew circles on a piece of paper - added 8 names to each - and hoped for the best! 

 

Did you face any particular challenges and how did you overcome them?

 

We only have a tiny family so the majority of our guests where friends - I think this made it easier. The only thing we really thought about was which couples where the least likely to get drunk early or swear and these made up the table that had children on!

 

DID YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR THEME FOR YOUR TABLE NAMES?

 

No we didn't we just went with numbers.

 

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE-TO-BE WHEN CREATING THEIR TABLE PLAN?

 

Keep it simple and don't over think it. 

 

The Favours & Gifts.

 

IF YOU GAVE FAVOURS WHAT WERE THEY AND WHY?

 

We didn't have individual favours - we had table games instead. We decided to do this as we thought that the games would be good ice breakers and that the favours would just get left behind. The money that we would have spent on favours we donated to charity.  

 

WHAT GIFTS DID YOU GIVE TO YOUR BRIDESMAIDS, USHERS, MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE ETC.?

 

Flowers for the ladies and alcohol for the boys. We wrote individual cards too. 

 

The Entertainment.

 

DID YOU HAVE A DJ OR A BAND?

 

We had a DJ.

 

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT RESEARCHING & SELECTING YOUR BAND?

 

Recommendation.

 

DID YOU CHOOSE A PARTICULAR GENRE OR STYLE OF MUSIC?

 

Both myself and my husband like very different styles of music - so we wrote a list of must haves and then gave him the challenge of mixing Pop/RnB with Indie and it worked really well. 

 

DID YOU HAVE ANY OTHER GUEST ENTERTAINMENT?

 

We had a dressing up table which included items from our hen and stag dos.

 

WHAT SONG DID YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR PROCESSIONAL MUSIC AND WHY?

 

We had a harpist who played Canon in D.  I chose this with my Grandad - not only is it a beautiful piece of music but it's easy to walk to. All you need is love was our choice for the recessional piece. 

 

WHAT SONG DID YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE AND WHY?

 

We had Joshua Radin - Lovely Tonight for our first song - it's slow and sloppy I know, but neither of us can dance gracefully and the words are perfect. For our last dance we had Etta James - At Last. 

 

The Honeymoon.

 

WHERE DID YOU GO ON YOUR HONEYMOON AND WHY?

 

We went to Cape Verde as it was a recommended destination for November. It's a small island with nothing much to do - so perfect for some time away to recover from all of the excitement. 

 

And Lastly…

 

IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO A BRIDE LOOKING BACK WHAT WOULD IT BE?

 

Plan in a 20 minute slot just for the two of you. After the meal and before the party we sneakily hid away. It was the perfect time to exchange gifts and to have time alone to take in what had just happened and to just be together. The day goes so quickly - everyone wants to talk to you, take photos of you and move you onto the next agenda item - but that 20 minutes together we still talk about now - it really made our day.