In The Hotseat, Planning
Jamie & The First Class. Party Band. In The Hotseat.

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Getting the right atmosphere for your evening wedding party is so important, and I don’t think you can get much better than live music.

This afternoon I have Jamie & The First Class here to share all about their fantastic band and how they could be just perfect for your wedding or event. They have a great repertoire and range of music styles perfect to suit every taste and generation…


Hi Jamie, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?


Hello, I’m Jamie. I’m the front man, singer and guitarist with my group Jamie & The First Class and The Zoots. I manage my bands full time with my partner Harriet from our base in lovely Wiltshire.


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What do you love/dislike about your job?


I have always wanted to be a performer since I was 11 so its very rewarding being able to do what I love. It’s always such an honour to be asked to perform on someone’s wedding day. We’ve even had bride & grooms change their wedding date to fit around us!! The single most satisfying feeling is when I perform at wedding or a concert and I can see the joy our music brings to other people. The downside of running a band? Lots of late nights and waiting around in the airports for overseas performances! Luckily we have really fantastic band members so we have a great time.


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How did you get into performing and into the wedding industry?


I began playing the drums at 11, my Dad was a drummer, I wanted to be just like him. It was a rather noisy hobby, so I had to play in the attic at my parents house to not to annoy our neighbours! From the age of 13 I was regularly performing at local parties, pubs & clubs with my older brothers band. My first wedding reception I performed was in 1998. Soon after, I set up Jamie & The First Class as I wanted to put my own spin on the music. Since then, we’ve only got bigger & better, performing at all sorts of events, weddings & parties up & down the UK and overseas.


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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?


My band, Jamie and The First Class, and I, aim to provide the best evenings entertainment you could ask for on your wedding day. We like to create mash up & medleys and put our own style to songs which everyone knows and loves. We’re a school themed party band, so we dress up in school uniform, run around, jump about and just have a freakin’ awesome time. We love to get the whole wedding party involved, as well asking the bride and groom for their song choices and ideas. We love making every single one of our performances very memorable. When we are booked for a performance we like to(if we can) visit the venue and meet the venue manager, chat to them about the load arrangement and parking arrangements to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day of the wedding.


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BlueBird Wedding Stationery. In The Hotseat & Win 50 ‘Save the Date’ Cards



This afternoon is all about stylish stationery. Gorgeous whimsical designs for unique and fun couples.

BlueBird Wedding Stationery creates super lovely wedding invitations and stationery and all at a brilliant price point. This afternoon we get to know BlueBird Wedding Stationery and one very lucky WWW reader will win 50 save the date cards, plus there is 15% off for all entrants too… amazing!!


Hi April, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?


Hi, I’m April and I am the face behind BlueBird Wedding Stationery.

I am based in beautiful rural Herefordshire, and currently work on my own with a little help from my lovely husband.

With a background and a degree in Graphic Design, and an extremely artistic family I always knew I would love to create unique and beautiful designs for people in one way or another.




What do you love/dislike about your job?


I love being a part of the most special day in a person’s life. I only wish I could be there on the day as well to see it all come together! I envy photographers for that!

I love creating something unique for a client, it’s a lovely feeling when brides are thrilled with the results and receiving great feedback is brilliant motivation.

Hate is a difficult one, I do hate the endless sales calls… but that’s about it!




How did you get into the wedding industry?


I got married in 2011 to my wonderful husband; this was my first experience of wedding invitation design, I loved it and received so many compliments from my guests from the design. Soon after I started work at a local printers and designed many different kinds of wedding invitations for customers. However I couldn’t shake the feeling that I wanted more time and freedom to share my ideas and love for the wedding industry in my own unique way. I also really missed planning my own wedding and couldn’t wait to get back into the wedding scene.


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In The Hotseat, Planning
Patchwork Present. Alternative Wedding List Service.

This afternoon I have the utter pleasure of sharing a unique and rather wonderful alternative wedding list service with you; Patchwork Present.

Flexibility is key, the possibilities are endless as the service allows you to ask for money from your guests towards the one thing you really want. Whether you would like a dream honeymoon, to create your perfect abode or would like some pretty new items for your home. This is the wedding list for you…



Tell us a bit about you and what you do?


My name’s Olivia Knight and I’m Founder of Patchwork Present. Our site is an alternative wedding list for couples who want to collect cash towards one big gift. Whether it’s a piece of art, a honeymoon or something special for the home, Patchwork Present lets friends and family get together to fund one much-wanted gift, piece by piece.


How did Patchwork Present come about?


I came up with the idea for Patchwork Present when I was getting married a couple of years ago. Me and my partner had been living together with our two kids for ten years so we weren’t exactly nest building and didn’t need a department store list. So I built a very simple site that let us show our friends and family our dream honeymoon and then allowed them to choose which part of the trip they’d like to treat us to. And that’s where it all started.


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Can you explain how the site works?


You can use the site to fund any gift for any occasion. But let’s stick with weddings. Perhaps your one wish is to fund your honeymoon. You simply customise one of our many travel patchworks or create your own from scratch. Then show your guests your ideal adventure broken down into a ‘patchwork’ of pieces so they can choose to buy you whatever piece they want e.g. £200 for a night in a hotel, £50 for a fishing trip or £10 for a couple of cocktails on the beach.

As our site is independent of any retailers, gift money given by friends and family goes directly to your via PayPal account (minus our 3% commission) for you to spend when and where you like.

And when you’ve collected all your funds and are on your honeymoon, you can upload photos to your account to then email thank you notes, along with a picture of you enjoying your experience, to the specific friends who funded each piece.


What trends are you noticing in gift giving?


It seems that most couples getting married these days are already living together. When it comes to gifts, most people don’t want spoons and napkins!

Most couples use our site to fund their honeymoon. But we also have a lot of people using it to fund a deposit for their own home, to do up the kitchen or buy a new car.

I think so many couples are using our site because you can use it to fund anything. You can collect cash from friends all over the world to spend on what you want. It removes the embarrassment of asking for cash, makes giving money meaningful and is a fun, personal, creative experience for both those giving and receiving.


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In The Hotseat, Stationery
A Bird and A Bee. Vintage & Quirky Wedding Stationery. In The Hotseat



Today I am thrilled to be getting to know one of WWW’s newest sponsors, wedding stationery designers A Bird and A Bee.  A Bird and A Bee creates vintage and quirky wedding stationery, which I just know you guys are going to love. I just adore the La Di Dah range, so so cute!

Anyway, let’s get to know A Bird and A Bee and the designer behind the pretty paper even more…


Hi Ellie, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?


My name is Ellie & my biggest love and passion in my life is my beautiful little girl Amelie who is 4 and who constantly amazes & amuses me! A very close Second is my love for art & design which started at the age of 5 when I won a painting competition in our local newspaper!


What do you love/dislike about your job?


Working with the most lovely couples who are embarking on an amazing & exciting journey to their big day! I love seeing the photographs (sometimes a year later!) of how our stationery helped set a theme for their special day. I also love the luxury of working from home so I can be flexible around Amelie and be there for her big events!

How did you get into design and into the wedding industry?


I started A Bird & A Bee after I couldn’t find the style of stationery I wanted for my own wedding in 2008, everything was co-ordinating colours, frills and satin ribbons which just wasn’t us! We wanted a relaxed, rustic feel and so I decided to make our own invitations which all our guests complimented us on, and were just want we wanted! After I became a mum I wanted to work from home so decided to jump head first in and launched A Bird & A Bee, it has been a lot of hard work and sleepless night but has definitely all been worth it!




What do you aim to achieve for your clients?


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Frances Carlisle Photography. In The Hotseat

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This afternoon I am excited to be getting to know London wedding photographer, Frances Carlisle. Frances is a photographer with a relaxed and fresh style, who captures timeless photographs of precious moments.

Just wait until you see her beautiful work…


Hi Frances, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?


Hey! I’m Frances, and I’m a wedding photographer. I live in London with my partner and our little boy. After our son was born, I had a complete career change. I wanted to be more creative, had fallen in love with photography – and, well, weddings are such happy, joyous, gorgeous events – why wouldn’t you want to photograph them?! I also get to spend more time with my son, so it’s a perfect situation.

I loved my previous job running a charity for Latin American women in London. As a result I love all things Spanish and Latin American and can often be found sipping good Colombian coffee and speaking in Spanish!


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What do you love/dislike about your job?


I love working with people and it’s always been the central element of my job (past & present). Photographing a wedding, it just feels such an honour and a joy to be part of the happiest day of someone’s life. Having run a charity with very little budget, I don’t stress easily, so when emotions run high, I’m calm and collected.

Like most photographers, I prefer to be behind the camera – I love the creativity involved, and I love looking through a lens and seeing the beauty and emotion in people’s faces. I’m a giver, so when people fall in love with their photos, I’m one very happy woman!


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