Songbird Weddings

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Experienced Wedding Planner. Writer of the Expert planning feature for Festival Brides and Curator of the Rustic Wedding Show - designing wedding weekends with unforgettable atmosphere.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£750
Details

Products and Services

Marquee Wedding Specialist
On-the-Day Wedding Coordination
Week of Wedding Planning
Full-Service Planning
Full Description
Full Wedding Planning (10% of Budget) This is my most comprehensive planning service, which provides support down to the last detail. I’ll take charge of budgets, spreadsheets, contracts and suppliers. See below for a fuller (but not exhaustive) list of what’s included in this service: Venue search Sourcing and liaising with all suppliers Creating a design for your day and putting together supplier briefs Establishing and managing the budget Negotiating contracts and charges Assisting with styling and design (engaging a stylist where necessary) Managing the guest list and liaising with your caterer regarding dietary responses Wedding administration (arranging transport, accommodation, table plan, organising on the day stationery, liaising with suppliers, sourcing any hire items etc) Preparing a detailed timeline for the day and ensuring things stay on schedule Set-up and pack away support as well as on-the-day coordination Unlimited advice and regular meetings, phone calls and emails throughout the planning process. Final Weeks Co-ordination (from £1500) This service is for couples who have booked their venue and all of their key suppliers but who want assistance bringing it all together at the end. I will meet with you 10-12 weeks before your wedding and together we’ll put together a detailed plan for the day, identifying what remains to be done and which of the outstanding tasks I can handle for you. I will get in touch with all of your chosen suppliers to ensure that everyone is on the same page, will be their main point of contact in the final run up to the wedding, and will oversee all the final preparations for the wedding; allowing you some much-needed time to relax. On the day itself, I’ll co-ordinate everything, field any supplier enquiries and assist with set up and styling. You can enjoy every minute of your wedding and the hard work you’ve put into it, knowing that everything is under control. On the Day Co-ordination (from £750)

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Katie Slater
Hi I am Katie and I run Songbird Weddings. As a planner, I love outdoor weddings, whether that is in a marquee, a tipi or any other structure. I love that each one is different and in the design stages you can create something unique which reflects the couple you are working with. My weddings are design focused and we talk a lot about the atmosphere we are trying to create as well as the overall look. I am obsessively organised, addicted to tea and I love flowers!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2016
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(6)
Hannah and Rich
Married in November 2018
August 2018
Katie was the best decision we made when planning out wedding
Katie was the best decision we made when planning our wedding. She was absolutely incredible. The day was so much better than we could have imagined (let alone planned!) She took the stress and worry out of everything. Her eye for tiny details is fantastic, she thinks of absolutely everything. Katie is also wonderful to work with. Although her brain must work at a hundred miles an hour she comes across as totally laid back and relaxed. We really cant thank her enough for everything that she did for us and couldn't recommend her highly enough x Hannah and Rich
Hannah and Rich
Married in October 2018
November 2018
Katie was the best decision we made when planning our wedding
She was absolutely incredible. The day was just so much better than we could have imagined (let alone planned!). She took the stress and worry out of everything. Her eye for tiny details is fantastic, she thinks of everything. Katie is also wonderful to work with. Although her brain must work at a hundred miles an hour she comes across as totally laid back and relaxed. We really cannot thank her enough for everything she did for us and couldn't recommend her highly enough.
Shirley (Guest)
Wedding: July 2018
August 2018
What a lovely venue for you in which to create your magic
Just to say that we had an amazing time on Saturday. You did a brilliant job and it was much appreciated. What a lovely venue for you in which to create your magic. A day to remember.
Jess and James
Married in July 2018
August 2018
Katie made a day that I imagine could be stressful into a day that was fun, relaxing
Of all the many wedding decisions we made, having Katie be part of our day was genuinely the best decision of all!! I'd never really heard of having a wedding day coordinater but now I can't stress enough how much of difference Katie made and actually feel panicky at the thought of a wedding without her! Not only is she helpful, professional and completely on it, but she is so friendly and lovely to work with! In the run up to the wedding Katie went above and beyond to ensure all suppliers had been spoken to, that all the timings made sense and that we had all the little things in place that we'd otherwise not have thought of. Then on the day, Katie made me and my husband feel so relaxed and that everything was under control. I don't know who we originally thought would do all the little jobs e.g. lighting all the candles and lanterns, welcoming the suppliers such as the band when they arrived, lighting the fire pit, turning the fairy lights on when it got dark, building the jenga, keeping track of timings and speeches etc. etc. the list goes on! Katie made a day that I imagine could be stressful into a day that was fun, relaxing and allowed us to focus on celebrating our marriage with all our friends and family without having a single worry. We can't thank Katie enough, she made our wedding what it was and we'd recommend her to anyone!xxx
Jess and James
Married in July 2018
November 2018
Our wedding day
Of all the many wedding decisions we made, having Katie be part of our day was genuinely the best decision of all!! I’d never really heard of having a wedding day coordinater but now I can’t stress enough how much of difference Katie made and actually feel panicky at the thought of a wedding without her! Not only is she helpful, professional and completely on it, but she is so friendly and lovely to work with! In the run up to the wedding Katie went above and beyond to ensure all suppliers had been spoken to, that all the timings made sense and that we had all the little things in place that we’d otherwise not have thought of. Then on the day, Katie made me and my husband feel so relaxed and that everything was under control. I don’t know who we originally thought would do all the little jobs e.g. lighting all the candles and lanterns, welcoming the suppliers such as the band when they arrived, lighting the fire pit, turning the fairy lights on when it got dark, building the jenga, keeping track of timings and speeches etc. etc. the list goes on! Katie made a day that I imagine could be stressful into a day that was fun, relaxing and allowed us to focus on celebrating our marriage with all our friends and family without having a single worry. We can’t thank Katie enough, she made our wedding what it was and we’d recommend her to anyone!xxx
Liz and Ian
Married in June 2018
August 2018
Top marks 100 out of 100
Katie was a pleasure to work with and takes almost all of the hassle and stress out of organising. She has a fantastic array of contacts (bands, camping, drinks, catering etc) all of the highest calibre ensuring a great event. We tended to defer to her judgements if we weren't sure and this invariably proved to be the right thing to do. She was always available to discuss ideas when we called. Top marks, 100 out of a 100'
Location & Contact Details

Address

Chrishall, eseex, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Saffron Walden

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Cambridge J10

Nearest Train Station

Royston or Audley End

Nearest Airport

Stansted

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Press & Awards
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Press & Awards (2)

Festival Brides
Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Accreditations / Associations (1)

Wedding Wishing Well Foundation
FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

My first one of course! Their is something incredibly special about the first couple who put their abolsute trust in you to bring together the most important day of their lives. Everything has to be perfect and run smoothly but still reflect them. I will forever be thankful to the first couple who put their trust in me and started me off in a career that I love and adore.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Outdoor, Stylish, Fun, Boho, Creative

What about your business are you most proud of?

Well this year being asked to write the expert planning feature for Festival Brides was a real high. But I am so proud of my business and how it has formed from big ideas and a lot fo hard work. In particular, my wedding show (The Rustic Wedding Show) because it has such an incredible reputation and continues to inspire both couples and suppliers and is something I still love doing.

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

Hire a planner of course - but after that, it is budget budget budget. Write it out. Split it up and work within it.

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

When the bride remembered the wine they had had at their first date and organised it to be the wine at their wedding as a surprise. It was a subtle but romantic gesture to celebrate the journey they had been on.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

I meet with a couple and get a full brief of what it is that they hope to achieve. From then I go away and put together a budget breakdown and a brief. Once the client has approved that brief I go about sourcing all of the elements. We start with a venue and then from their build up all of the suppliers. I create a concept and style document which also gets distributed to potential suppliers so that when they pitch they can do so in a more focused way. I run the RSVP list for my clients and produce all of the guest lists and dietary requirement forms. As the wedding draws closer I put together a schedule which sets out in detail everyone’s movements and instructions for each supplier for the day.

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

A day of the dead corporate event

How do you ensure a stress-free wedding?

By making sure the couple know I have everything in hand and trust me completely.

What do you love most about your job?

Hire a planner of course - but after that, it is budget budget budget. Write it out. Split it up and work within it.

What is your favourite moment at a wedding?

Such a hard question - but I love the speeches. By the speeches everyone has relaxed a bit and had a drink and I think you get a glimpse into the emotions of both the couple and the guests.