It’s lovely to be back in the swing of things this week and what better way to start the year than with a look at planning your day to precision.
I am chatting today to Laura from The Budget Bride Company, all about the brilliant services she offers and the planning tools she has ready and waiting for you. It’s always a lovely to feel organised and under control, which is exactly where Laura comes in. Plus there is a special offer up for grabs…
*Special Offer* The DIY Wedding Planner will be available for the special price of £75 until the end of January. Regular price is £95.
Hi Laura, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?
My name is Laura, founder and wedding planner at The Budget Bride Company. I’m a complete wedding and events addict and love nothing more than helping brides plan their weddings beautifully on the budget they have available. I’m a mummy of one (Isla who is a little tinker – aged 1!) and fiancée to John who I have been with for 13 years!
Photography by Danielle Mobbs
What do you love and dislike about your job?
I love helping brides get organised and over the ‘overwhelm’ that planning a wedding usually entails. Having an events industry background (I have managed events for Aston Martin, the MOD and BP to name a few), I am very unflappable and love taking away the stress from wedding planning for my couples.
Hmm, what do I dislike? This is much harder! As a self-employed lady, I must say that I am not a fan of the administration that comes with running your own business! I always prefer planning weddings to filing and accounting!
How did you get into the wedding industry?
Having worked in corporate events for years, I always knew that I wanted to run my own business but the thought of running a classic events agency never really appealed to me. Being a creative who loves working one on one, wedding planning was a really natural progression for me and I must say that I have never looked back!
Tell us about your typical working day.
I usually get up at about 6.15am, to get Isla up and ready for nursery. After dropping her off, I will then head back to my home office where I can crack on with creating Wedding Planning Programmes or Wedding Planning Services for my clients. I spend a lot of time finding ideal wedding venues or suppliers for my clients, as well as helping with theme styling inspiration and working out budgets and wedding planning time lines. My working week varies massively dependant on my client’s needs, which is fantastic as there is never the opportunity to get bored!
If you could choose another role in the wedding industry what would it be?
I think that I am just too much of a born planner to even think about any other role within the wedding industry! I think if I said florist, I would be asking the bride questions about how the rest of her planning was going and wanting to find out about the venue! Which of course would not be helping to arrange beautiful bouquets for the day!
What do you aim to achieve for your clients?
My aim is always to give brides guidance and inspiration to achieve an incredible wedding day on the budget that they have available. I know that I have done my job when the couple are happy with all elements of their day – from venue to cake and everything in-between and that they have not felt stressed or upset at any point in the wedding planning process.
What style is your work?
My work is always focussed on creating the most beautiful wedding I can on the budget that is available. I am a big believer in remaining positive and remembering that if you want something badly enough, you can always make it happen. So for that reason, I would describe my wedding planning style in three words as: inspired, beautiful and confident.
Could you tell us some information about your packages/prices?
I offer a full range of wedding planning services, to suit most budgets.
My DIY Wedding Planner programme is very popular as it gives couples the luxury of the full guidance and knowledge of a wedding planner, but in a do-it-yourself format. There are step by step guides to planning your wedding perfectly, along with handouts, workbooks, videos and check lists. It’s a fabulous option if you’re on a tight budget and can save you lots of money compared to paying for separate wedding planning services.
I also offer Wedding Venue and Supplier Finding Services as well as a Kick Start Wedding Planning Session where we have a one hour chat to get you started with your wedding planning and I create you a bespoke wedding planning time line and wedding budget.
Are you seeing any trends for the year ahead?
Small quirky details that really pack a punch are going to continue to grow in popularity, I have recently seen some ombre manicures that can look super chic on your wedding day (think subtle rose and gold). I love the new trend for ‘different’ takes on the wedding dress – have a look at House of Ollichon for their bridal jumpsuits which are a great alternative to the more traditional wedding dress. I also love the fact that couples are more free than ever to express their personalities on their wedding day. 2016 will see lots of character weddings along with the more traditionally styled wedding days.
Can you give us a teaser about what you are working on now?
I am so pleased to be able to share my new DIY Wedding Planner with Whimsical Wonderland Weddings readers. I have created it especially for brides planning their gorgeous wedding on a smaller budget so that I can provide all of my wedding planning expertise for a fraction of the cost of full wedding planning services. I have poured all of my knowledge and hard learned tips and tricks of the trade into this DIY Wedding Planner programme, ready for brides to apply to their own weddings. The DIY Wedding Planner offers a fun and structured aid for brides planning their own weddings and ensures that no wedding planning stones are unturned and that nothing is forgotten!
How can we get in touch with you?
You can see full information on my wedding planning services on the site at www.budgetbridecompany.com and I am on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/The-Budget-Bride-Company-306611229359598/ and Twitter on https://twitter.com/budgetbrideco
Amazing. Thank you Laura for giving us a real insight into you planning services and brilliant business. Plus don’t forget that brilliant special offer WWWers xo Lou
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