What is your most memorable wedding?
They’re all amazing and we love every single wedding we’ve ever worked on. Early on in Victoria’s planning career she planned a luxury marquee wedding at a clients home, there were two separate marquees, one for dinner and the huge party afterwards, and another for the wedding ceremony and reception. The decor was custom made and the lighting was stunning. A showband were flown in from Paris to make the day even more special. It was a Jewish wedding with lots of meaning, fun, love and special touches. That set the tone for the luxury wedding and events she is so well known for designing and creating.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Luxurious, bespoke, individual, personal, quality
What about your business are you most proud of?
We've been in business since 1994 and are proud to continue to provide excellent quality products and event planning for the most discerning of clients. We continue to work by recommendation only and have worked for many families on several occasions. Having been in business for 24 years this year we have now done several weddings for the same people that we asssisted when it was their Barmitzvah at the age of 13.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Relax and enjoy the process, it's meant to be a really happy occasion and not cause stress. We know it's easier said than done when there are several people to please, but it's over in a flash! Stay true to your personalities, and as much as there needs to be some compromise along the way to keep everyone happy, remeber why you're getting married, and the vision you set out with.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
We love to see each families very differing personal touches, from a silk pashmina, embroided with a personalised wedding monogram, to a handcrafted individual place setting. Our favourite was a wedding programme, written as a story of the couples marriage journey, detailing the various elements of their wedding ceremony rituals and their meaning.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Initially we meet for an informal chat, we love to hear all about your vision and the things that matter the most to you. We listen to everyone involved and gain an understanding of the important little details that mean something to each of you, whether that be Mum, Dad, Parents in law etc. We explain how we work and the general services that we offer. Every wedding we look after is bespoke to that client, so as much as there are a typical three ways to help, we can really tailor our services to each client. This ensures the service we provide gives you exactly what you want from a planner.
What is the most unusual thing you’ve been asked to plan?
A divorce party!
How do you ensure a stress-free wedding?
Our supportive calming nature gives you the reassurance that every detail will be planned and executed to perfection. We check and double check everything, and give you several updates along the way for all of the information that will be needed. We help you do all of the things you can't face or don't have time to do, but at the end of it all you are always in total control.
What do you love most about your job?
Relax and enjoy the process, it's meant to be a really happy occasion and not cause stress. We know it's easier said than done when there are several people to please, but it's over in a flash! Stay true to your personalities, and as much as there needs to be some copromise along the way to keep everyone happy, remeber why you're getting married, and the vision you set out with.
What is your favourite moment at a wedding?
When we co-ordinate a Jewish wedding our favourite moment has to be the bedecken ceremony. This ceremony takes place just before the Chuppah (wedding ceremony) and involves the key women (Bride, bridesmaids, Mums, sisters, grandmas etc) who wait anxiously in a room away from the main ceremony and await the arrival of the groom and his key male bridal party (Ushers, best friends, brothers, fathers, grandfathers etc). The men typical cheer and sing the Groom towards his Bride in a very lively fashion and you can hear them from way down the corridor. As the door opens and the men walk in it is the first time the Groom will have seen his Bride. There are often lots of happy tears and last minute mascara! The Groom confirms it is his bride, and places the veil over her face. The Rabbi and fathers make blessings over the Bride and Groom and then the procession to the wedding can begin. It's a very exciting, emotional and loving ceremony, and the start of the main event!