Back to School…The Life of a Wedding Planner

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When I decided to set up my own wedding business, I knew the best way to learn more and improve, was to spend time with the experts – people who had already established successful careers in the industry. 

I have been doing this in a variety of ways, from assisting top wedding planner, Andri Benson, from Always Andri, to developing relationships with other wonderful wedding suppliers and coming together to plan a very special styled shoot (we will reveal all soon….)

But as well as hands on experience and learning by example, I do love to sit in a classroom and learn. I’ve always been this way, my husband actually calls me a nerd, and even though he says it to tease me, I actually quite like it!

So off the back of that, I started researching the different courses and opportunities out there for Wedding Planners, and the first thing that I realised is that there are A LOT! I’m sure all of them have their own merits, but the one the appealed to me was ‘The Life of a Wedding Planner’ Course, run by Dominique Douglas, owner of Stylish Events. This was because:

a) it seemed excellent value for money (£99 for a whole day’s workshop!) 

b) I liked how it was described – ‘the life of a wedding planner’ seemed to be exactly what I wanted to know about, all of the ins and outs

c) after looking at the Stylish Events website, it looked like the kind of successful company that I wanted to know more about and learn from. 

So I hopped on the train to Canary Wharf, with my notebook and pencils, ready to absorb every snippet of information that I possibly could. I was not disappointed…It was such a valuable day from start to finish. There were only five of us in the group, which made it really friendly and intimate, and the way that Dominique had formatted the day meant that we spent a good chunk of the morning getting to know each other, finding out everyone’s motivations for being there, and where they were up to in their wedding career ‘journey’. We then went on to discuss all aspects of wedding planning, from how and where to get clients, to how create useful spreadsheets, invoices, and contracts. Everything was covered, and if it wasn’t Dominique was more than happy to answer any of our questions, and made us comfortable to ask them (even the silly ones!).

Overall it was a great experience, and I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about becoming a planner, whatever stage you are at, it’s worth it! I left feeling really inspired and confident that I am capable of achieving my dreams! 

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Alexandria’s Afternoon at the Chanel Atelier

For me, salve one of the best things about being a bride-to-be, about it has been allowing myself to become slightly  obsessed with all things beauty. So when I was given an exclusive invitation to the Chanel Makeup Atelier, for myself and three of my best girls – how could I say no?

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It was an afternoon of pure bliss at Chanel Covent Garden, after arriving a little flustered, (and 20 minutes late – thanks for that District Line…) we were taken down to a private basement area, given glasses of gorgeous homemade lemonade, and greeted by the delightful Jennifer who would be looking after us for the day.

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The idea of the session is that a professional makeup artist creates a ‘wedding look’ on the bride, and her three friends copy it on themselves. Everyone has their own table full of goodies to work with, including skincare products too, like cleansers, moisturisers, and primers (there is a lot of focus on skin-prepping – which we learned is very, very, important!). My sister was particularly impressed by the gorgeous little Chanel notebooks and pencils that we were given to write down all of the products we were using (her stationary obsession rivals my makeup one!)

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For someone who loves makeup, but has questionable technique and limited skill herself, this was an incredibly useful session.  I found out that I have been applying eye-cream the wrong way for the past five years, that contouring is possible without knowing how to create a Kim Kardashian-esque zebra face, and that brown liquid eyeliner is my new best friend.

Even though I am not doing my own makeup on my big day, the idea behind this session, is that if you would like to DIY, it is possible with bit of practice. The look that we created together was simple to do, yet flawless, and is truly something that I feel confident that I can replicate at home.The session costs £50 per person, but is redeemable against products, so it is really excellent value for what you get out of it. To book an appointment you can call 0207 240 2001.

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