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I'm a wedding planner, ask me anything!

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SharronNeedles · 14/07/2018 19:12

I've been a wedding manager for years and years (planning and running them) but before that I planned and ran hen weekends too.
Ask Me Anything!

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Twinkie1 · 14/07/2018 19:20

Worst bride story please.

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Lilao · 14/07/2018 19:24

Do you think you can tell if a couple will last?

If yes, do you ever find out if you're right?

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SharronNeedles · 14/07/2018 19:40

Twinky one bride booked a warehouse for her wedding, but she wanted a very Romantic, traditional wedding. She was so upset that her DH wouldn't get married in a church. Anyways, she tried everything she could to manipulate the building to suit her theme rather than using the buildings USP. she went mental when I informed her she couldn't be dropped off inside the venue in her horse and cart as if didn't physicially fit through the doors and was too tall. She claimed that because it wasn't written in her contract I had to allow her to do this. There was no explaining this to her, she just didn't understand.
On the day, when the horse and cart didn't fit, she had a full blown tantrum and sobbed all the way down the aisle.
The venue also didn't have a kitchen so we had to prep the food and use a regen oven to heat it up before service. She claimed she was allergic to this type of oven (!) And if we did this, she would sue us. As we had no other choice, I had to tell her she either accepted this or looked for another venue (the venue were getting to the point where they would just refuse the event). Obviously on the day she had a 'reaction' to the cooking, her only symptom was a headache which couldn't possibly be accredited to all the wine she was downing....

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SharronNeedles · 14/07/2018 19:42

Lilao I like to think I can...Ive been surprised a few times though but usually I've called it. It's nice when they send cards on their 1/5/10 years anniversary and you can see the little family they've made. Makes me feel super proud

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Hortonlovesahoo · 14/07/2018 19:43

has there been a couple that you’ve thought: they’re made for each other? Or alternatively: they’ll not make it past a year?

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YoYotheclown · 14/07/2018 19:46

Does it pay well?

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ApocalypseNowt · 14/07/2018 19:48

Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by a couple's ideas? I.e. thought what they wanted wouldn't work/look good but actually turned out really nice?

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BrazzleDazzleDay · 14/07/2018 19:49

Have you became friends with any of the couples

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SkeletonSkins · 14/07/2018 19:49

What works really well at weddings?

What is a waste of time/money?

What has been the most unusual wedding you’ve been involved in?

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SharronNeedles · 14/07/2018 20:26

Yoyo for the stress of the job- no. You're looking between £17k- £30k (up north). You'll start (obviously) at the lower end of the scale but still be expected to deliver someone their wedding. You're expected to pull miracles our of your arse and there is very little thanks or praise from co-workers or staff.

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SharronNeedles · 14/07/2018 20:27

Apocalypse yes! I had a festival theme once in a very traditional venue. It was class!! Mini tents everywhere, the brides dress was amazing, guests were more casual etc. Really really wow

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SharronNeedles · 14/07/2018 20:28

brazzle I have a few couples I still speak to! I wouldn't say we've become BFFs but will chat online and have been invited to anniversary parties etc

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SharronNeedles · 14/07/2018 20:34

skeleton hmm, tough one. Photographer really makes a difference. Fewer bridesmaids (1 or 2), fewer groomsmen. I'd avoid things like light up letters and sweet carts- no one remembers this. Id also always hire chivari chairs and do something really simple with beads or flowers than chair covers (less mess and can usually be wiped down). Definitely spend money on entertainment for young kids (magician or just simple entertainment packs). Don't worry so much about the food or favours. I'm a huge fan of donation favours instead.
Always make sure someone has a mini sewing kit, flip flops and hair grips. The amount of times I've had to sew someones dress (bride and other guests, or buttons on groom!) Is crazy! I've had to sew a bride in before and help cut her out at the end of the day

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cheminotte · 14/07/2018 20:34

Are you married? How much did your wedding cost?

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SharronNeedles · 14/07/2018 20:50

chim I am married yes. I got married outside under a popup gazebo and had a great big BBQ and hogroast for a wedding breakfast and live bands (all friends) play.
Thanks to many contacts in the biz, friends and family, my whole wedding was around £2.5k including the dresses and suites

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cheminotte · 15/07/2018 20:00

Sounds brilliant.

Are you freelance or do you work for a venue? If you are freelance how do you set your fees?

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