Devine Bride: Dry Hire + On the Day Specialist

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COVID-19 Update
I still offer, and continue to provide, my planning services throughout. Although obviously there are some venue specific planning aspects that have had to be put on hold. And to be honest I’m finding my clients are needing me more than ever to help navigate this awful situation while planning or postponing their wedding. I offer Planning Power Hours for £120, and it’s actually two hours’ worth for that money. They’ve been going down a storm in lockdown. The name is because it is usually around one hour of us on a video call together, and then one hour of me going away and doing planning work for you – and can include anything from budget estimates, to venue recommendations, venue specific advice, sample supplier quotes, décor sourcing, and décor and DIY how to’s. Thereafter, my planning time is charged at £95 per hour, and can be taken ad hoc or in blocks. My whole mission is that wedding planning should be bespoke, fun, and flexible.
Pick + Mix Wedding Planning: On the Day Coordination | Wedding Day Management | Partial Planning | Styling + Set Up | Hire a Bridesmaid
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£120
Details

Products and Services

Last-Minute Orders
On-the-Day Wedding Coordination
Week of Wedding Planning
Full-Service Planning
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Full Description
Bespoke services, flexible help, pick + mix planning! Devine Bride is run by Laura Devine – hi! I’m a wedding planner based in East London and run a multi award winning blog as the backbone to my website offering planning tips and advice. My tag line is ‘pick + mix wedding planning’; couples can pick and choose which elements they need help with, and we’ll take it from there. I have personally planned and worked on some 170+ weddings and events to date, and I know what’s worked, what’s not, and what’s fun! From partial planning to planning power hours, help on the day to hire a bridesmaid, and everything in between! My speciality is difficult dry hire venues. I tend to help couples who know what they want and what they are doing, who are generally quite creative and non-traditional, but just need a hand to bring their vision to life, hone in on the finer details of the planning, and make it all happen on the day. For peace of mind, I am also: -Fully insured -Level 2 Emergency First Aid trained -Level 2 Fire Safety & Fire Warden trained Exhibitor: Most Curious London 2020 Exhibitor: The Un Wedding London 2019 Exhibitor: Most Curious London 2018 Recommended Supplier: Rock My Wedding Speaker: The National Wedding Show 2017 Contributor: The Scottish Wedding Directory Nominee: The British Wedding Awards 2018 Winner: Your London Wedding ‘Wedding of The Year’, UKBA17, The Wedding Blog Awards 2016

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Laura
My services are pick + mix, so please don't hesitate to get in touch for a bespoke quote! I'm a specialist in dry hire weddings, as well as on the day services!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2015
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
Reviews
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Jenny + Kenny
Married in July 2020
July 2020
Laura was so friendly and approachable
“I had no idea how useful a moodboard would be until I spoke to Laura at Devine Bride. There are so many different wedding ideas out there and I was becoming a bit overwhelmed! I’m not creative at all and was struggling to see how it would all go together. I sent Laura some ideas and then we had our phone call. I felt like I threw so many different things at her I didn’t know what to expect at the end. But she must have known exactly the right questions to ask because when our moodboards arrived….that was it-that was what we wanted our wedding to be like! It’s probably the first thing my fiancé and I have agreed on straight away! Laura was so friendly and approachable & has given us some amazing ideas. I feel like we now have something to work with and have a plan to work towards. Thank you so much!“
Katie and Sam, Buckinghamshire
Married in April 2020
February 2017
we honestly couldn’t have done it without Laura
Wow wow wow! Where do we start with how fabulous Laura is.... We decided to make our Wedding Day extra special and book it for New Years Eve! It sounded like a dream initially but we didn’t realise how much effort and stress was involved in planning a wedding, in a dry hire venue... on NYE. Overwhelmed and in need of some serious help... In comes the wonderfully talented Laura Devine and after having just a one hour planning meeting with her we felt like our wedding had all of sudden fallen into place. Laura followed up with an incredible wedding schedule, detailing every inch of our wedding (everything we had overlooked), she had contacted each of the suppliers to arrange their timings and agreed to set up the day for us. The meeting left us so excited for our big day and watching Laura bring all of our ideas together. Roll on the big day... with a week to spare we realised we’d made a huge oversight on our part and hadn’t arranged for anyone to ‘take down’ at the end of the wedding (something most dry hire venues request). We needed to find someone in the industry, a week before our wedding, willing to stay until 5am- New Years Day! Panic struck we immediately turned to Laura and to our amazement she immediately cancelled her own NYE plans in order to take down our wedding! We were elated!!!! On the day... we honestly couldn’t have done it without Laura. She was a one woman power force, setting up all suppliers, organising 150 overexcited guests, running around with what seemed like a Mary Poppins pocket with endless essentials that we’d not even thought about... (Wedding Cake knife!). Throughout the day we had so many of our guests tell us how wonderful she was and we couldn’t agree more... Laura you are fantastic and THANK YOU so much for making our day run so smoothly, bringing all of our ideas together and most importantly given our guests a fantastic party!!! You truly are insanely good at what you do and we couldn’t recommend you highly enough. Katie & Sam Darvell X
Nisha, Clapham
Married in November 2019
February 2017
she provided me with the most helpful planning doc
Nisha, Clapham “I came across Devine Bride on Instagram, having followed Laura for some time, I contacted her via the website to book a planning ‘power hour’. I had booked the main things for my wedding but was feeling stuck about what I needed to do next. As soon as I met Laura she was personable and friendly and offered some great advice and provided me with the most helpful planning document to kick start the rest of my wedding prep. She made me feel at ease and made sense of what I wanted for our special day. I’d highly recommend her services for anyone who needs expert advice from Laura.”
Krissun and Christina, Bethnal Green
Married in October 2019
February 2017
Laura listened attentively, provided encouragement
Krissun and Christina, Bethnal Green “Laura was absolutely superb as our on-the-day wedding co-ordinator. We cannot recommend Devine Bride highly enough. We had very particular ideas when organising our wedding (250 guests, dry hire venue, Greek BBQ, mobile bar, furniture hire, tropical plants instead of flowers, a DJ, an acoustic band, a piano man etc etc etc) and to compound the logistical quagmire further, the venue needed to be completely cleared within an hour of the guests leaving. At our initial meeting, Laura listened attentively, provided encouragement, ideas and recommendations as necessary. We walked away from that meeting comforted and sure that we had found the right person for the job. As the months went by, we continued to use Laura as a sounding board for new ideas and solutions for challenges. She really knows what she is doing and made us constantly feel at ease and reassured. The day before the wedding (at very short notice), Laura masterfully co-ordinated with all our suppliers and also helped a small team of friends and family decorate the venue. On the day, Laura was completely in charge of the show, she liaised with all the suppliers, co-ordinated separate interviews with the registrars (so bride/groom didn’t see each other before the ceremony), kept everything running to schedule and even guided us through the happy chaos of the evening. She made sure we had fun – had some food and always had a full glass of champagne and sensing our nervousness, she gave us both a small pep talk before our speeches. Multitasking talented Laura also set up our cheese table beautifully! We felt hugely supported by Laura who was able to communicate our ideas very clearly to execute our vision. The wedding was a smoothly run success. We have a million happy memories of the day. Thank you again. Lots of love Christina & Krissun”
Esther, Bermondsey
Married in October 2019
February 2017
if having a dry hire wedding then you need her
Esther, Bermondsey “Laura is divine, she is super organised with a real eye for detail and, importantly, she is super fun to have with you on the day. Laura really understood the relaxed party vibe we wanted for our wedding and used her endless skill set to help us achieve it. The day ran without hitch and also without anyone feeling marshalled about – a hard balance to achieve. We initially booked ‘on the day coordination’, but when faced with timeline issues we booked a ‘power hour’ session and on site recce. The output of this session was an extremely detailed document with multiple timeline options which really helped me plan the day Additionally, we met with Laura for a catch-up and chat a couple of weeks before the wedding to chat through the final and finer details. Following this meeting a detailed wedding brief was produced, which our suppliers were in admiration of, with one saying “I wish every bride had a Laura.” I cannot recommend Devine Bride highly enough, if you are having a dry hire wedding then you need Laura on your team.”
Jen, Walthamstow
Married in September 2019
February 2017
Laura was our wedding angel sent from Google!
Jen, Walthamstow “Of all the things and services we spent money on for our wedding there was one stand out that was worth her weight in gold! Laura was our wedding angel sent from a Google search! I knew I wanted to do most of the planning for our wedding myself but as we got further and further into the process I realised that I couldn’t do it all and be a bride who enjoyed her day. We asked Laura to work with us as our on the day coordinator. From the moment I had my first call with Laura I felt more at ease and confident in the planning process. From saying just a few words she knew exactly what we were looking to achieve on our day and was able to advise us on how we could do this. As we got nearer to the day Laura became more and more invaluable. We were doing things a little differently and getting married in Australia 2 weeks before our wedding in London, Laura completely got this and stepped up so that as we flew out to the other side of the world we could relax knowing that she would be the perfect point of contact for all our suppliers as the big day got nearer. She put together a Wedding Day Brief that got everyone singing from the same hymn sheet and tirelessly chased up the pesky supplier who’s contact wasn’t so reliable! Then it was time for the big day, Laura arrived at the venue and did all the set up, making the venue look absolutely stunning and turning the pub courtyard into our beautiful magic wedding chapel! She had everyone under control, even the groomsmen! After the ceremony, I swear it was as if she multiplied, she was everywhere. Seemlessly organising a perfect exit from the ceremony through a bubble walk, ensuring that all the wedding party had drinks before the photos started. She effortlessly took care of the guests inside enjoying drinking whilst also nudging me to hold my shoulders back so I looked better for the photos! She was magic! Throughout the whole day she would appear and whisper in mine and my husband’s ear “we’re going to do this part in about 5 minutes” so that I could finish a conversation or my drink and get to the right place on time. Your wedding day is hectic and there is so much going on that you have to be involved in but it’s hard to focus when all your favourite people are in one place. Laura made it so that we didn’t have to focus, she enabled us to just enjoy it. I was a guest at my own wedding and it was 100% because of Laura! I implore anyone to seek Laura’s help with their day! I promise you she will make the entire experience everything you could possible dream of! Thank you Laura – Wedding Angel”
Location & Contact Details

Address

London, Greater London, England

Travel Notes

I fit around your schedule and am very happy to meet in person at The Wing in central London or in or around Walthamstow. I also do FaceTime and Skype meetings.

Nearest Town

London

Nearest Motorway & Junction

N/A

Nearest Train Station

Walthamstow Central/Wood Street

Nearest Airport

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Press & Awards
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Press & Awards (12)

Wedding Ideas Magazine, Apr 2018
Rock n Roll Bride: Real Wedding, Feb 2018
Scottish Wedding Directory (print) – Winter 18 issue
Wedding Ideas Magazine, Nov 2017
SEE MY AWARDS + PRESS PAGE ON MY WEBSITE FOR A CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF ACCOLADES
Your London Wedding Magazine (print) – Sept/Oct 2017
Perfect Wedding Magazine (print, Aug 2017
Love Our Wedding Mag (online) Planning made easy with Devine Bride, Sep 2018

Accreditations / Associations (2)

CONTRIBUTER: Writer for Vows and Venues 2017
CONTRIBUTER: The Scottish Wedding Directory 2017-2018

Industry Awards (7)

SPEAKER: The National Wedding Show 2017
NOMINEE - The British Wedding Awards 2018
FINALIST - Wedding and Events Category UK Blog Awards 2017 (#UKBA17)
WINNER - Best Rising Star Wedding Blog Awards 2016
SEE MY AWARDS + PRESS PAGE ON MY WEBSITE FOR A CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF ACCOLADES
RECOMMENDED SUPPLIER: Rock My Wedding
EXHIBITOR: Most Curious London 2018
FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?

They are all my favourites! But dry hire weddings are great because they are completely bespoke to the couple; I love weddings where the couple have little personal details woven throughout their day to represent their union. I just love love and making people happy!

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Fun, contemporary, unique, easy-going, creative.

What about your business are you most proud of?

Quite simply, all the amazing weddings I've done. Each one has been completely different and completely amazing in their own way.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Don't be afraid to ask for help, whether that be from a friend or family member, or a wedding planner. It's the most magical time so make sure you ask for help when you need it so you can actually enjoy it!

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

I'm always wowed with client’s ideas for table plans, I did a vine one once for a wine themed wedding, but I was also did a wedding once where the table plan was all of the couple's favourite gins! It was also hand drawn by the groom’s sister - it was awesome. At my own wedding, we had photos of us both as kids on the toilet doors and I mocked up signs saying 'Little Boys Room' and 'Little Girls Room'... A client then asked me to replicate that with her mum’s dogs who she'd dressed up as a bride and groom!!

Describe your typical process with a couple.

I offer pick and mix wedding planning and my services are completely bespoke, so it varies depending on what the client wants/needs. Typically, they'll get in touch, then we'll either meet up in person for a drink or do a quick hello on skype. Then I'll send them a proposal, and if they're happy I'll send them a contract and an invoice for a 25% deposit. Everything is taken a step at a time and we tweak the process until they are happy - and I’m with them every step of the way.

What is the most unusual thing you’ve been asked to plan?

As a wedding planner, nothing is off bounds! The most important thing is that the wedding is amazing... I've been asked everything from sourcing a specific pair of socks for the groom to arranging to take a granny home!

How do you ensure a stress-free wedding?

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Prepare prepare prepare. Solid, constant, fluid communication is also key.

What do you love most about your job?

Ultimately, it’s all about making people happy – and I love that. There's no better feeling than seeing someone happy on their wedding day and knowing you've contributed to that.

What is your favourite moment at a wedding?

Seeing the happiness (and relief!) on the new married couples face when they are announced as married, and then cheering them on down the aisle.